Ray Ban Wayfarers were designed in 1952 by optical designer Raymond Stegeman, who procured dozens of patents for Bausch and Lomb, Ray-Ban's parent company. The design was a radically new shape, "a mid-century classic to rival Eames chairs and Cadillac tail fins." According to design critic Stephen Bayley, the "distinctive trapezoidal frame spoke a non-verbal language that hinted at unstable dangerousness, but one nicely tempered by the sturdy arms which, according to the advertising, gave the frames a 'masculine look.'" Wayfarers, which took advantage of new plastic molding technology, marked the transition between a period of eyewear with thin metal frames and an era of plastic eyewear.
Wayfarer Ray Bans have been very popular with many celebrities for decades such as Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Johnny Marr, Madonna, Elvis Costello, Blondie's Debbie Harry, Anna Wintour, Bob Dylan, Andy Warhol, Rob Orbison, Don Johnson, John F. Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn to name a few.
RayBan Wayfarers are available in the following models: Original Wayfarers, Wayfarer II, New Wayfarer, Folding Wayfarer, Wayfarer Square, Wayfarer Round, and Wayfarer Shield.