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Ray-Ban Clubmaster – the story of an icon

Words by Rob Chilton

This is a club we want to be a member of

With the Aviator in the 1930s, the Wayfarer in the 1950s, the Olympian in the 1960s and the Balorama in the 1970s, Ray-Ban have been responsible for some of the most iconic sunglasses of the 20th century. But in the 1990s, they unveiled arguably their finest pair of shades: the Clubmaster, which are now available at The EDGAR Store.

Malcom X wore the browline frames in the 1960s

Inspired by the browline styles of the 1950s and 1960s, the distinctive Clubmaster shape was characterised by an upper rim that was thicker than the bottom.

Tim Roth wore Clubmasters in Reservoir Dogs

The Clubmaster’s popularity was boosted by their appearance in the 1992 biopic Malcolm X in which Denzel Washington played the civil rights leader.

Michael Douglas having a tough day in Falling Down

Other screen appearances saw the Clubmaster being worn by Tim Roth as Mr Orange in Quentin Tarantino’s 1992 modern classic Reservoir Dogs, and then by Michael Douglas in Falling Down a year later.

Ray-Ban Clubmaster, now on sale at The EDGAR Store

This season, 30 years after their debut, the iconic Clubmaster has been given a refresh with pairs carrying new colours on both frames and lenses. But, thanks to that retro brow-heavy frame, the Clubmaster still retains its vintage spirit and timeless look.

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