Advice on designer sunglasses

You’ll find all you need to know about sunglasses here. Advice on designer sunglasses like – how they’re made, why the lenses are different colours, and how to spot fake designer sunglasses?

How sunglasses are made?

When the sun is shining, there’s nothing better than grabbing your favourite pair of designer sunnies and heading outside to catch some rays. As well as being a trendy and fashionable accessory since the 1940s, sunglasses also have a very practical use in that they help to protect your eyes from the harmful UVA and UVB rays of the sun. But when it comes to their design, you might be wondering how designer sunglasses are made and what materials they’re made of too.

In our latest blog post, we take you behind the scenes to reveal the process of how your favourite shades are brought to life through the use of different materials – read on to find out more.

What are frames made of?

Sunglasses frames are typically made of plastics such as Zyl, nylon and metal. In terms of their different uses, zyl frames offer manufacturers with a cost-effective option that can be laminated with various colours. In addition, nylon frames are commonly used for sports due to their lightweight and flexible nature, and metal frames are often more rigid and sometimes have spring loaded hinges to make it easier for them to grip to the wearer’s face.

You might also be surprised to learn that in more recent years, various types of woods including bamboo, ebony and rosewood have been used by sunglasses manufacturers as they can help to make sunglasses non-toxic and allergy free too.

What are lenses made of?

Glass or plastics such as acrylic and polycarbonate are the most commonly used materials for sunglasses lenses.

In terms of the difference between these materials, it is thought that glass lenses provide the best optical clarity and scratch resistance, however they are often heavier than plastic lenses and can also shatter more easily. In comparison, plastic lenses are much lighter but are also at risk of scratching too.

Why are lenses different colours?

Sunglasses lenses are usually grey, green, or brown shades in order to avoid or minimize colour distortion, something which could affect safety when driving for example.

Here is a closer look at the benefits of different lens colours:

  • Grey and green lenses maintain true colours and are considered to be neutral.
  • Brown lenses cause a small amount of colour distortion, and also increase contrast too.
  • Turquoise lenses are best for conditions where light is medium or high, and not only are they good at enhancing contrast, they do not cause significant colour distortion either.
  • Yellow gives optimum object definition but unfortunately can create a harsh amount of visible light. In addition, amber coloured lenses are thought to make objects in the distance appear more distinct, especially in conditions with snow or water, making them popular with winter sports fans and those who enjoy fishing too.
  • Blue or purple lenses are mainly used for cosmetic reasons.

Why are some lenses polarised?

You will see in designer sunnies shops that some styles of sunglasses have lenses that are made of plastic sheeting that has been polarised. The main reason for this is that it helps to reduce the glare of the sun, which is caused by light reflecting from non-metallic surfaces including water and snow.

As part of this, sometimes a mirrored coating is applied to the lens to help deflect some of the sun’s rays. Although this is especially useful in bright conditions and it does not get hot in sunlight, unfortunately UV radiation is not always reflected as well.

Now that you know how sunglasses are made and the materials they’re made of, you might be thinking about your next designer sunnies purchase. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place because at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from big-name designer sunnies brands such as Ray-Ban and Dolce & Gabbana, all at fantastic prices. Why not treat yourself and visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?

What materials and colours are your favourite when buying designer sunglasses? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

Do we actually know when were sunglasses invented?

Sunglasses are undoubtedly one of the most practical (as well as stylish) inventions that the world has ever seen. Not only do they help to protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun, but they are the perfect fashion accessory, helping you to look your very best when you’re out and about on a sunny day or relaxing by the pool.

If you love designer sunglasses, you might be wondering when sunglasses invented. In fact, did you know that the history of sunglasses can be traced back to Roman Emperor Nero, who used to hold polished light emerald green gems up to his eyes in order to watch gladiator competitions? To get you up to speed, in our latest blog post we look at the history of our favourite fashion accessory in more detail – we hope you pick up a useful fact or two!

When were sunglasses invented first?

It is thought that sunglasses (as we know them today) were invented between 1268 and 1289. In a painting by Tommaso da Modena in 1352, a person is shown wearing sunglasses, the first painting that is known to include them.

Who wore sunglasses at this time?

Before 1430, sunglasses used to be worn in the Courts of China by judges. However, the smoky quartz lenses and flat-glassed panes were worn to conceal their expressions and to avoid giving away the outcome of their decisions, rather than protect their eyes from the sun!

When did sunglasses develop into the ones we know today?

People started to realise the health benefits of wearing prescription glasses in the 1600s, especially in regards to helping the elderly to see better. Moving forward to the mid 18th century, and James Ayscough had started to explore the use of sunglasses for correcting optical impairments by developing blue and green corrective lenses.

As time went on, the frames of glasses frames were made from leather, bones and metal, and sidepieces were also added in the form of strips of ribbon that looped around the ears. However, the Chinese had also decided to add ceramic weights to the ends of the ribbons, which made it easier for them to stay in place, which led to the invention of solid sidepieces by Edward Scarlett in 1730.

Following this, by the start of the 20th century sunglasses had started to be used to protect eyes from the glare of the sun. Sam Foster began to sell mass produced sunglasses in the USA in 1929, which led to the Army Air Corps asking Bausch & Lomb in the 1930s to design some sunglasses that would help their pilots to see better when the sun was shining. Leading on from this, Ray Ban developed their popular  Aviator sunglasses in1937, and the fashionable trend for wearing sunglasses had arrived – the rest, as they say, is history!

Now that you know the history of sunglasses, you might be thinking about your next designer sunnies purchase. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place because at Designer Sunnies we stock a wide range of designer sunglasses from big name designer sunnies brands such as Ray Ban and Dolce & Gabbana, all at fantastic prices. Why not treat yourself and visit our online sunglasses shop to buy a new pair for yourself today?

Which fact about the history of sunglasses did you find the most interesting? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.

Would you know how to Spot Fake Sunglasses?

Designer sunglasses have become a popular fashion accessory among men and women. They are used for protecting the eye from harsh environments and UV rays, however, they have proven to be a great accessory that can complete any look, add appeal and add character to their wearer.

This has been fuelled by celebrities flaunting the latest and greatest sunglass brands such as Ray-Ban, Oakley, Armani, Hugo Boss, Revo, Persol and many more.

Thanks to this we are hooked in on finding the best designs to suit and complete our own individual style. But what happens when the designer sunglasses you have paid for look like they could be fake? Below we will help outline the main points on how to Spot Fake Sunglasses.


‘Spotting Fakes’ our useful guide!

Below we have a pair of fake Ray-Ban sunglasses. We will go through and help identify the issue with these sunglasses.

Model number – Ray-Ban RB3806

If you type this model number into the search on the offical Ray-Ban Website you will not be able to find any sunglasses that look like the images below. However if you type the same product number into google you will receive a whole bunch of links, for a few examples of links we have: ubuyglasses, 16dollarssunglasse, knockoffscheap and fakeglassesoutlet.


How to Spot Fake Sunglasses


Logos and Labels on fake sunglasses

Before you buy you should get to know your sunglasses logos and labels.  The luxury brands are consistent in how and where they display their crisp, identifiable logos, even if they vary from model to model. Legitimate logos are positioned on the arms, the lenses, inside the ear piece, or somewhere else on the glasses, and are always consistent. However there are some exceptions, but they are usually the same size, font, colours of exceedingly high quality.

The key is quality, consistency and authenticity.


Fake Sunglasses


Good workmanship goes together with premium materials. If the glasses feel cheap or flimsy, they most likely are. Press slightly on the hinges and arms to check their quality and stability, and wear the glasses for a few minutes to gauge the lens clarity.

Illegal manufacturers use cut-rate lenses to cut costs meaning that the sunglasses you have bought to protect the one thing they are supposed to protect, don’t actually protect you at all, in fact they could do more damage to your eyes.  Checking the brands website for what materials they use can be a big help too. Let’s say you have just received your sunglasses and want to double check they are authentic so you head over to the designer brands website and the model you have states they have glass lenses but when you check yours they are plastic and very thin, this could mean that the sunglasses you just bought are fakes.


Spotting dodgy Model numbers

Model numbers are consistent worldwide no matter whether you purchase the sunglasses online or in a store. Go the manufacturer website to verify the model number of the sunglasses.

If you spot or suspect the glasses you’re about to purchase are imitations, check that the manufacturer makes the model number found on the glass frames. Copies and fakes tend to have bogus numbers that are NOT listed by the manufacturer. The model number is usually found on the frames of the glasses. If in doubt, check it out. There is nothing worse than spotting a fake pair of sunglasses and not questioning it!



No respectable luxury brand would package itself with an unmarked flimsy sheaths or insubstantial sleeves. The real thing will always come in well-constructed and well-marked packaging.  A label with a bar code and manufacturer information should be on the bottom of the box. The box or cases will likely to include authenticity certification, warranties, legitimate tags, well-written information cards, and durable casings included. You will even find extras, such as a microfiber cleaning cloth, velvet lined case. Occasionally, depending on who you buy from, some of the above are not included even though the glasses are legitimate. Just be wary if anything feels cheap, insubstantial, or is unmarked. It could very well be a fake.


Know the Lingo/ Language

Words like cosmetic, inspired by, replica, or like are often used in glasses’ descriptions to catch your attention, when they should alert you to a scammer alert. Knock-off low quality shades are notorious for shattering easily and providing absolutely no UV protection for your eyes. High quality premium sunglasses will have a UV protection sticker on the lenses which can easily be removed.

The main mistake is logo misspellings or variations, like Guci instead of Gucci, Rai-Ban or Ray-Berry instead of Ray-Ban or just being in the wrong place, are clear indications that something is not as it seems. Genuine markings are usually stamped or embossed inside the glasses’ arms and include some or all of the following:  frame size, colour, model number, and manufacturing location.

It is always best to fully know the quality of your chosen brand before purchasing.


Where They Have Been Manufactured

A little research into the location of the designer’s manufacturing facilities can go a long way to help prospective buyer avoid being scammed. The Far East is the heart and soul of counterfeit product manufacturing, but many designer sunglasses are made in other parts of the world. Find out where your glasses were manufactured. Study the packaging and fine print for this information and guarantee that you won’t be scammed.


Spot Fake Sunglasses


Quality and Craftsmanship

Top sunglass manufacturers pride themselves on high quality craftsmanship and charge accordingly. Usually, this is what you’re paying for. Make sure that the glasses are sturdy and durable.  Do they feel heavy in your hand?

The illegal sellers will use the terminology to protect themselves from a trademark violation. If you are a smart shopper you will pick up on this not so subtle tactic and avoid the disappointment.

Keep in mind that counterfeiting or fake has the potential to be dangerous to consumers, illegal, harmful to legitimate companies and you are funding criminal activity. Remember to follow all these points to find yourself a pair of luxury sunglasses that you can be proud of.

A few shots from a genuine pair of Ray-Ban Sunglasses:

Ray-Ban Collage


Where to buy sunglasses?

Sunglasses are the perfect fashion accessory. With a style and shape to suit almost every occasion, there is definitely a pair out there that will fit your desired look best. But if you’re looking to buy a new pair to add to your collection, it can sometimes be hard to know where to buy sunglasses, especially if you’re on a bit of a budget.

If you have a love of designer sunnies in particular, thanks to your next pair of sunglasses will probably be much more affordable than you think – plus best of all, you don’t even have to leave the house to buy them! With a wide range of designer sunglasses available in our online sunglasses shop from some of the biggest names in fashion, all at fantastic prices, we can help you to look great and save some pennies at the same time!

If you’re looking to add a new pair of affordable designer sunnies to your collection, there are some important things that you need to keep in mind to make sure that you get the best value for money – read on to find out more!

What occasion will you wear them for?

As buying a pair of designer sun glasses is certainly an investment, it’s important to make sure that the decision you make is the right one! Before you even consider handing over that credit card, you need to ask yourself what kind of occasion you will wear them for, such as every day while out and about, sunbathing by the pool on holiday or while driving. You’ll want to make sure that you get as much use out of them as possible, so getting a pair that works for multiple occasions is a great idea.

What shape suits you best?

You also need to find out what shape of sunglasses will suit you best by taking a look at some different designer sunglasses brands online. As you’ll see, there are lots of styles to choose from such as oversize, aviator and cat eye – which is your favourite?

What look are you going for?

Once you have decided on the perfect shape of sunglasses, the next step is to decide what look you’ll be going for when you wear them. For example, do you want to look chic, classic or trendy? The right pair of designer sunglasses will compliment your outfit perfectly, so you need to make sure that you make the correct decision when buying them!

Which designer sunglasses brand is best?

Is there a particular designer sunglasses brand that you have your eye on? If you love the idea of owning a pair of Dolce & Gabbana or Prada sunnies for example, they are likely to be at the top end of your budget. However, at we definitely believe that if a big brand name is important to you, you should follow your instinct in order to make sure that you get as much wear of out of your new sunnies as possible! To get some inspiration for the different designer sunglasses brands that are available, it’s also worth taking the time to do some research online – there are almost too many to choose from!

From brand new models to all time classics, all at fantastic prices, you will find your perfect pair of designer sunglasses at Plus, UK customers benefit from free standard shipping and returns too – what could be better than that?!

Which pair of designer sunnies are you desperate to own next? We’d love to know, so make sure you join in the conversation by leaving your comments below.