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Oakley is a world-renowned brand of sports eyewear and sunglasses with over four decades of existence and experience in the industry. The brand's popular "O" logo is easy to spot and identify and anyone who loves sunglasses and innovative eyewear is familiar with it and the quality it represents. Choose from an excellent range of sunglasses, ski/snowboard goggles and optical frames for your active lifestyle. Available here at Yakwax with FREE UK delivery!

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One of the world's highly popular sunglasses brand is Oakley. Based in Lake Forest, California, USA, the brand is a subsidiary of Milan-based company Luxottica - a conglomerate that owns dozens of other sports and optical eyewear brands.

One of the defining qualities of Oakley eyewear is their High Definition Optics® lenses that provide the sharpest and clearest vision. And then there's their Polarised lenses that protect the eyes from distracting and hazardous glares.

Humble Beginnings

Oakley was founded in 1975 by James Jannard in his garage with only $300 in preliminary investment. James derived the name of his company from the first name of his English Setter 'Oakley Anne'.

James started selling motorcycle grips which he called 'The Oakley Grip' out of his car's trunk at motocross events. These were quite different from other grips available on the market during that time. The same material is still used in making ear socks and nose pieces on Oakley sunglasses, as well as bands on Oakley watches. The brand went on to manufacture number plates, grips, gloves, chin and elbow guards, and goggles for the motocross and BMX communities.

A pair of goggles called the 'O-Frame' was released in 1980. The brand's logo was placed on the goggles' strap, which helped them gain more recognition and distinction all across the sports industry.

Oakley started selling ski goggles in 1983. In 1984, their sunglasses called 'Factory Pilot Eyeshades' were released. These sunglasses resembled goggles and were meant to be used in sports. In 1985, Japan-made casual style sunglasses called 'Oakley Frogskin' were released.

In the 1990's, Oakley soared by going public and raised $230 million, as well as acquiring other eyewear companies that either manufacture or have retail stores in the USA and across the globe.

In 2007, Luxottica bought Oakley for a reported $2.1 billion.


Oakley is dedicated in developing technically innovative sunglasses, gear, sports goggles and other sports and lifestyle products using extensive field tests in various conditions and athletes' inputs. They also sustain a US Standard Issue that provides eye protection for the US military and law enforcement such as the Oakley M Frame sunglasses which is part of the US Army APEL (Authorized Protective Eyewear List).

Oakley is absolutely one of the most prominent eyewear brands that many athletes, fashionistas and sun-loving individuals prefer. While they focus on sports and lifestyle eyewear, they also offer prescription sun lenses to meet the high demands of sports athletes.

If you need to upgrade your sports eyewear, Oakley is one of the most sought-after brands today. Get yours here at Yakwax and enjoy our amazing FREE UK delivery!