Ray Ban might get all the attention when it comes to Aviators – and they definitely have the history to back that up. But they aren’t the only brand out there with a history of making aviators, and when it comes to those actually being used by pilots in the US Military, Randolph Engineering is where you actually want to look.
Started in 1972 by former Royal Air Force navigator Jan Waszkiewicz – a Polish immigrant to America by way of England – in the Boston suburb of Randolph, Massachusetts, Randolph USA is the main supplier of aviation sunglasses to the US Armed Forces, having produced their pair of sunglasses for them in 1978 – only 6 years after opening up shop. Waszkiewicz and machinist partner Stanley Zaleski felt they could build a better pair of sunglasses than anyone else and created and patented a 200-step process to create durable, nearly-indestructible frames and joints from materials sourced entirely in the US. And today, they lay claim to being the only metal eyewear company left in the US.
The Randolph Concorde sunglasses are a stylish take on the already-stylish Aviators, named after the legendary Supersonic airliner from the 1970’s. It’s got the same classic shape and profile as the vintage Aviators, and are made with SkyTec Mineral Glass for a polarized, anti-reflective pair of sunglasses that cuts down on glare and offers 100% protection from UVA and UVB rays. There are self-adjusting nose pads for comfort, and they come in a variety of scratch-resistant finishes, such as 23k gold and Gunmetal. They also come with a hard leather case and soft pouch.
Handcrafted entirely in the USA with that patented 200-step process, the Concorde frames (as well as those on all all Randolph sunglasses) are backed up by a lifetime warranty. They’re the perfect combination of modern and vintage military styles, and perfect for everything from everyday driving to rocking your best suit. If shopping for new eyewear, these should be your first stop.