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Carrera Eyewear: The Story Of The Legendary Brand

Spotted on many big celebrities both on- and off-screen, Carerra sunglasses are loved by the likes of Britney Spears, Sylvester Stallone, James Franco, Chris Hemsworth and many others. But what is it about these sunnies that makes them so popular? From the rich history of the brand to the advanced technology, comfortable materials and unique styles, it’s a combination of things that makes Carerra sunglasses stand out from the crowd. For everything you need to know about what makes Carerra one of our favourite sunglass brands, read the article below.

 

A history of excellence

Founded in 1956 by the well-renowned sports eyewear designer, Wilhelm Anger, Carrera was inspired by the Carrera Panamericana auto race — one of the most dangerous open-road, border-to-border races in Mexico.

 

After years working in the eyewear industry, Anger became disgruntled with the existing, heavy acetate he was having to work with and decided to come up with his own solution to this problem. A few years later, in 1964, he proudly patented Optyl — his signature material, weighing 20% less than previous acetate materials. Causing fewer allergic reactions and resulting in a more comfortable fit, the sporty Carrera sunglasses made from this new, cutting-edge material became a hit.

THE CARRERA LOOK AND QUALITY

Blending vintage sunglass styles with sporty, contemporary fashion, Carrera eyewear design is known for its unique look. Available in various lens shapes and frame colours, you can spot a pair of Carrera sunglasses from miles away.

While Carrera sunglasses have always been at the forefront of fashion, you may be wondering “are Carrera sunglasses good quality?”. The short answer is yes. In fact, each Carrera frame and its intricate details have been specially handcrafted to ensure every pair of glasses is a masterpiece.

But what about the lenses? Are Carrera sunglasses polarised? Selected styles of Carrera sunglasses come with polarised lenses. However, you can customise your sunglass lenses with polarisation for those styles that don't come with polarised lenses. In general, Carrera sunglasses come with high-quality protective lenses.

WHERE CARRERA GLASSES ARE MADE AND WHAT SETS THEM APART

Manufactured at their very own assembly plant in the province of Henan in China, Carrera sunglasses are still made from Anger’s patented Optyl plastic to this day. Carrera sunglasses are extremely durable, lightweight and available in various styles for every unique taste and preference. Their unique design did not go unnoticed and in 1974, Carrera partnered with designer Ferdinand Alexander and went on to co-develop the Carrera Porsche Design collection.

THE CARRERA BRAND TODAY

In 1996, Carrera received the ultimate stamp of approval and was acquired by Safilo Group S.p.A — an Italian company that owns five house brands and 32 licensed brands. Today, you can choose from rounded, square, oval, aviator, wrap around and many more designs — available in a variety of styles, perfect for everyday protection from the sun.

If you’re after a contemporary aviator style, the Carrera 27 sunglasses feature slender arms, gradient tinted lenses and glossy white, black or red frames. For those looking for a more traditional, sporty aviator style, the Carrera 113 model is perfect for you. With extremely lightweight and thin frames, this style is ideal for everyday wear. If you prefer a round shape, try the Carrera 167S design — featuring tinted UV lenses and round thin frames with the same distinctive Carrera brow bar.

SHOP CARRERA SUNGLASSES AT 1001 OPTICAL ONLINE

Embodying the rugged charm and history of sports sunglasses, Carrera is a notorious and celebrated brand across the world. Whether you are looking for classic aviator frames, contemporary round lenses or the ultimate sport fashion shades, Carrera has various unisex styles to complete any look. Browse our Carrera collection online today and find the perfect size and style to suit your face shape and facial features. Order today and enjoy fast international shipping.

For more information about our Carrera sunglasses or for help choosing the right pair for you, please don’t hesitate to contact our team online.

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