80 YEARS OF DEMOCRATIZING BETTER VISION.
Polaroid Eyewear design and manufacture glare-free sunglasses with the highest level of UV protection possible and outstanding quality. Since we want more people to see more in life and experience the unbeatable comfort that polarized lenses provide, we"e;ll never charge extra for them.
It all started with a Harvard dropout.
In the mid 1920s, Edwin Land was a young and talented academic who dropped out from Harvard to pursue his dreams. As many other pioneers before him, he left for New York City. Lacking funds but bursting with ideas, he would sneak into a laboratory at Columbia University to use their equipment to validate his theories. He invented the fist inexpensive polarized film in New York before returning to Harvard. In 1929 Edward had his invention of modern filters to polarize light patented and went on to produce them for use in sunglasses, automobile headlights and photography. In 1937 he founded the Polaroid Corporation that gained fame through a landmark invention of the 20th century - the instant camera. The findings of Edwin Land still are the basis of how polarized lenses are manufactured by Polaroid Eyewear today.
A Rocket Start
In 1937, the newly founded Polaroid Corporation sells their first pair of sunglasses. And this is only the beginning. Two years later at the New York World's Fair in 1939, Polaroid showcases the first 3D movie glasses. polarized lens technology and sunglasses.
Polarization in the Air
Polaroid's Air Force and sport goggles made with Polaroid® lenses are worn by celebrities and war heroes alike.
State of the Art
In 1950, Polaroid Eyewear launches the Cool Ray sunglass generation, the best sunglasses yet, made to protect the eyes from reflected glare.