A Step Back in Time: Sunglasses in the Movies

Apr 22, 2015 Olympic Eyewear


Strategic movie advertising has helped launch brands overnight, leading to decades worth of successful brand placement and recognition. Designer wholesale sunglasses have had their fair share of sunglasses advertising in movies.

  • Wayfarer Sunglasses – Timeless and lasting through the decades, Wayfarer sunglasses made their first Hollywood appearance in James Dean's legendary 1955 "Rebel without a Cause." Sean Connery then continued their popular appeal in James Bond's "From Russia with Love" and then "Thunderball." Audrey Hepburn solidified their feminine appeal in "Breakfast at Tiffany's," while Tom Cruise brought them back nearly two decades later in "Risky Business."
  • Aviator Bulk Sunglasses – Aviator sunglasses were one of the first types of sunglasses invented, dating back to the 1930s. Tom Cruise wore this iconic style in the 1980s cult hit "Top Gun." Johnny Depp later donned Aviators in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" and then Carrie-Anne Moss brought feminine appeal to this simple style in "The Matrix." Aviators are no longer just made by Ray-Ban, but many brands, such as Air Force, Arctic Blue, BeOne, Biohazard, CG DG Eyewear, Dxtreme, Giselle, Khan, Kleo, Manhattan, Oxigen, Polarspex, Retro Rewind, Road Warrior, Romance Sturgeon, USA and X-Loop.
  • Teashades – These round sunglasses were made popular by John Lennon, but their popularity has continued with "The Matrix Revolutions" and Woody Harrelson in "Natural Born Killers."
  • Persol – Steve McQueen made Persol 714 sunglasses famous in "The Thomas Crown Affair" and "The Getaway." They further became more popular when Daniel Craig donned a pair for James Bond in "Casino Royale."
  • Blinde – "The Matrix" producers decided to pair with a little known sunglasses company – Blinde – to have custom sunglasses made for each character.
  • Gargoyles – Arnold Schwarzenegger wore these classic 1980s shades in the first "Terminator" movie and then transferred to the aforementioned Persols for the sequel.

Olympic Eyewear specializes in selling cheap wholesale sunglasses that are personally selected by their expert staff members based on trends and styles. Retailers can purchase brands and styles based on new arrivals and best sellers.

As a one-stop shop, Olympic Eyewear also offers stand accessories, which makes it easy for retailers, boutiques, sporting good stores and other retail establishments to easily display their bulk sunglasses in a manner that is attractive and garnishes customers' attention.

Their sunglasses include a wide variety of styles, including retro, vintage, classic, modern, Aviator, Butterfly, Cat Eye, oval, rectangle, rimless, round, semi-rimless, shield and more. They also feature a variety of features, including animal print, celebrity style, clear lenses, driving styles, mirrored, novelty, oversized, rhinestone and vintage varieties.

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