Oakley is one of the world's most popular brands for sports glasses and designer sunglasses. Best known for its sportswear Oakley has also built up a reputation for eyewear optics, with lenses that meet the demands of the many of the world's top professional athletes.
Oakley began life in 1975 in a garage in California where founder Jim Jannard peddled his 'Oakley Grip' motorcycle handlebar grips around motocross events.
In 1980, he broke new ground with goggles for BMX bikers that featured the Oakley logo, a move that brought widespread brand recognition in the sports world.
Oakley expanded quickly into other eyewear, notably into manufacturing ski goggles and sunglasses
As the company grew it snapped up designer eyewear companies such as Oliver Peoples and Paul Smith before being bought out by Italian conglomerate Luxottica.
Oakley glasses are now the eyewear of choice for many professional athletes and the company prides itself on its high definition lenses that combine performance and safety while boasting the clearest and most accurate vision in all circumstances.
Oakley glasses are now standard US issue for the military and many law enforcement officers across the country.
Oakley sponsored the US Olympic team in 2012 and now supplies eyewear to a vast number of professional athletes across many sports disciplines.
Oakley is certainly the biggest brand in cycling eyewear. The American company's products are preferred by some of the greatest names in the sport.
As well as sunglasses and sports eyewear Oakley products also include a full range of casual and technical clothing for a range of sports, as well as 3D glasses, footwear, travel luggage, watches and more.
In 2015, Oakley picked up the Brilliance Award for Sunglasses Brand of the Year as voted by the public and eyewear industry experts.