1987 B&L Ray-Ban Clubmaster W1850

In 1947, Shur-On Optical created the Ronsir frames, which coined a new style term called “browlines” for the heavy plastic (or sometimes aluminum) tops, with a metal chassis underneath.

This style were to dominate the 1950’s and 1960’s, however during the 1970’s the style died-out. However, during the 1980’s, the styles of the mid-century era were making a comeback. It first began when the Wayfarers, first introduced in 1952 by B&L Ray-Ban, were suddenly in demand after being worn by Tom Cruise in the 1983 film, Risky Business. Then followed more models that were originally from the 1950’s and 1960’s were suddenly revived, with the Signet, Olympian series, Meteor, and etc. However, Ray-Ban did not have any browline frames in the line-up from the past hence, in order to fulfill the demand, came in 1986, the Clubmaster.

Modern and streamlined in design, it was famously worn by Mr. Orange in the Tarantino film, Reservoir Dogs. It quickly made almost all wearers look sharp and subtly dangerous. Today it is worn by hipsters, artists, and the day-to-day people alike. While they come in many colors now aside from the initial black and mock tortoise shell offerings, rarely do they ever come in a Tokyo Tortoise color (Model W1850); a rare light yellow opal and black pattern combination, especially from the original parent on Ray-Ban, Bausch & Lomb.


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