Whatever else Oakley do, they put the hours in. Since the start in 1975 they've registered over 600 patents. If you've ever tried, you'll know that's not easy. You have to show that the idea for the thing - and it has to be a thing, not an idea - you want to register the design of has never been done before. By anyone. And you have to prove it. If there's a design registered somewhere even 100 years ago that even looks like yours - tough. Just like Oakleys.
Ok, the hard-to-face news first. There wasn't a Mr Oakley. Oh, deal with it. There was a dog though, if that makes you feel better. No, she didn't do the designs. James Jannard did, after he'd invented the "Unobtanium" material that still makes the earsocks on the ends of the arms and spent $300 he wasn't really sure he had selling out of the boot of his car. And it worked, because people like things that do.
Poor old Oakley Anne, the dog the brand was named after long ago went to the big sunny wood full of squirrels in the sky. Somewhat longer lasting Oakley sunglasses are GI standard kit on the U.S. Army's Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL) with their own NSN number so quartermasters can order them. The only problem comes when they get the order "Eyes Right' and the drill sergeant can't see if they obeyed it.
(Psssst. Yes, you. That isn't actually true, by the way. About the drill sergeant. The rest of it is).
We aren't in Paris, Rome or New York. Chelmsford, in fact. But because of that, we can offer you miles of style from international brands at a sensible price, all supplied with a totally free 14-day return policy. If you don't like them, if they don't suit you, if you just changed your mind, send them back. On us. We'll even send you a label so you don't have to use your own pen. And as we're called James Bryan Opticians, if you want those perfect sunglasses with a prescription lens we've got just one thing to say.
Which pair would you like?