High-End Designer Frames
Bulgari (BIT: BUL) is an Italian jeweler and luxury goods retailer. The name is usually written "BVLGARI" in ancient Roman style, and is derived from the surname of the company’s Greek founder, Sotirios Voulgaris (1857-1932). Although the company made a name for itself with jewelry, today it is a recognized luxury brand that markets several product lines including watches, handbags, fragrances, accessories, and eyewear.
Coach, Inc. is an American leather goods company known for ladies’ handbags, as well as items such as luggage, briefcases, wallets and other accessories (belts, shoes, scarves, umbrellas, sunglasses, key chains, etc.). Coach also offers watches eyewear and footwear.
Dolce & Gabbana (spelled without spaces, unlike the name of the company) specializes in expensive luxury items, is influenced more by designers and is more formal and ‘timeless’, responding to long-term trends rather than seasonal changes.
Nike, originally known as Blue Ribbon Sports, was founded by University of Oregon track athlete Philip Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in January 1964. The company initially operated as a distributor for Japanese shoe maker Onitsuka Tiger, making most sales at track meets out of Knight’s automobile.
Oakley, Inc. is a company known mostly for their high end sunglasses, sports visors, and ski goggles. They also make watches, clothing, bags, backpacks, shoes, prescription glasses, football and hockey eyewear, and other accessories. Founded in California, they still manufacture their sunglasses in the U.S.A.
Prada’s originality gained it a place as the most influential fashion house in terms of design and look in the 1990s and was well becoming the 1990s premium status symbol. The signature Prada look encompassed luxurious fabrics in colors of mostly black, browns, grays, greens, and creams incorporated to become simple yet provocative styles.
In 1937, Ray Ban made their first patent on the Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses. Ray Bans quickly gained popularity through other wars and even made a debut in the movies. In 1952, Ray Ban created another style, the Ray Ban Wafer. This design of the wafer glasses became very popular with the normal everyday social-economic crowd. The wafer sunglasses were seen on movie stars, TV stars, and musicians. Still Ray Ban remains a top designer in the sunglass industry with their constant change in color, frames, and lenses.
Founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City in 1837 as a "stationery and fancy goods emporium," the store initially sold a wide variety of stationery items, and operated as Tiffany, Young and Ellis in lower Manhattan. The name was shortened to Tiffany & Co. in 1853 when Charles Tiffany took control, and the firm’s emphasis on jewelry was established. Tiffany & Co. has since opened stores in major cities all over the world.
The first Versace boutique was opened in Milan’s Via della Spiga in 1978, (though the Versace family is from Reggio Calabria) and its popularity was immediate. Today, Versace is one of the world’s leading international fashion houses. Versace designs, markets and distributes luxury clothing, accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings under the various brands of the Versace Group.
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