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Oakley History

Oakley is a sport performance and lifestyle brand. The essence of the brand is conveyed via the hundreds of professional and amateur atheletes who depend on Oakley products to provide them with the very best, while they redefine what is physically possible. Sunglasses are not just a fashion accessory, they are a necessity when it comes to improving performance whilst maintaining healthy eyes and excellent quality vision.




Established in 1975, Oakley's first invention was motorcross grips. The material used in these grips led them to produce motorcross Goggles and shortly after, Ski Goggles.

In late 1983, Jim Bannard, founder and Chief Mad Scientist, was blinded by the sun durning his long drive from San Diego to Orange County. Annoyed by the sunlight seeping through the periphery of his Sunglasses, he decidedto create a solution to this problem. This launched the birth of Oakley Eyeshades, also known as the Factory Pilot, in 1994. Eyeshades was Oakley's first sunglass and originally positioned for the Ski market.


Today Oakley frames are worn by elite atheletes all over the globe. Oakley invents each product with a design philosophy called sculptural physics: The disipline of wrapping science with art. To put it simply, we "seek out problems, create solutions and wrap those solutions in art."



Matheson Optomertists stock a wide range of Oakley Sunglasses and Ophthalmic models at our Petersfield, Grayshott and Four Marks practices.