To save you a short scroll - YES some are. This is a tough egg to swallow for some customers we speak to, as you can probably understand its not what they want to hear! though its all nothing new this knowledge is not common and Ray-Ban do a great job of covering or should we say blurring the lines to maintain the market place image of Made in Italy.
* side note - Luxottica are the worlds leading eyewear manufactures and the sole owner and distributer of Ray-Ban eyewear.
"Lies all Ray-Ban's are made in ITALY, i read it on the internet and youtube , it cant be true?"
hhhm.. okay lets get down to it! here's one that came in today, the Aluminium Clubmaster RB3507 - first stop the label on the box.
On the label notice TRI (Tristar) and the "MADE IN CHINA BY LUXOTTICA"
Every inch is identical to any other authentic Ray-Ban made by Luxottica.
T on the inside of the right arm indicates made in Tristar - China.
Inside left arm numbers correlate to the Model - Colour Code - Frame Size - Arm Length
Throughout recent years, Luxottica has grown exponentially and have started opening factories outside their native country. Today, Luxottica operates factories both in Italy and China. Many Ray-Bans are made in Italy, but many authentic Ray-Bans are also made in China.
Since 1997 Luxottica (Pre Ray-Ban) has had a presence in China through the Dongguan plant in Guangdong province. In 2006, Luxottica increased local manufacturing capacity through the construction of an entirely new facility; in 2010, it began producing plastic sun lenses to be paired with frames that are manufactured in the same location. Soon after, the Company integrated a new state-of-the-art plant, primarily dedicated to frame details and decorations.
IMPORTANT - Luxottica guarantees that the quality of the products from their Chinese factories is in no way compromised. The glasses are made from the same materials with the same machines, just in a different location.
Still don’t believe us? Heres a few images of Luxottica Tristar (Dongguan) Optical Co!
Don’t get me wrong we love Ray-Ban as much as you do, as a retailer of the product for 20+ years on the high street (yes right back when they where made by Bausch & Lomb) we believe in the brand and strive to protect and preserve the iconic eyewear legacy..! But in such a fickle fast paced industry it’s also our responsibility to reassure & inform our customers of the truth of the products we sell.
As with all Ray-Ban retailers we don't dictate which products come from where, but rest assured that all quality is unrivalled regardless of which factory the product comes from, and if we took the labels off you would never know which is from which.
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If you would like more information or unsure of any products feel free to drop us a call on 01626 331154 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be more than happy to help.