A Brief History of… Style.


My name is Ray and I’ve been through a lot.

I’m a bit of a rebellious creation. And I think that is why I am often associated with rebellious people and events. I remember my first time on the big screen, it was 1955 and some guy named James Dean chose to bring me onto the set and onto the big screen. Little did I know that this would be the start of something big.

After the initial success of the movie – I was getting quite popular all around the world and people wanted me to star in everything, hell, they even wanted me to be a part of their everyday life. Things were getting quite crazy, to say the least. But in 1961 a girl approached me, I liked her, she seemed to have big dreams and knew how to make them happen. She asked me if I wanted to work with her, and I didn’t really have a choice (not that it matters), so I joined the project.

You might have heard of it, they named it “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, it got quite big, and everyone loved Audrey’s performance. And I was there with her during the whole time (well almost), not on screen, they got a stand-in version of me, nice guy though, Oliver Goldsmith, really looked like me.

After this, all hell broke loose and I was everywhere, everyone wanted pictures with me, such as Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, and Kim Novak. They all asked to take pictures with me, which was when some guitarist in New York asked me if we could make regular appearances together. I think it was his name that swayed me to say yes, in the end, Bob Dylan has a nice touch to it.

I don’t know what it was people liked about me, I was always told I was rebellious and always did the opposite of what was the norm. But maybe it was just that, I simply was myself and didn’t follow any rules, so no matter where I was, you’d notice me. Speaking of getting noticed, I do miss John Lennon though, we had some good moments together that I will forever cherish.

But as with anything, people lose interest in you after a while, that’s life, and that’s fine, you need a break every once in a while. So I relaxed in the 70s, I appeared here and there from time to time, but mostly I was just doing my thing, traveling, meeting people, making new friends and so on. One of these friends was really nice to me and asked if I missed the spotlight, which I kind of did. So he asked me to join him on a movie set one day. At first, he said he was doing some risky business, and I thought I had been caught up in something illegal. Little did I know that it was the name of the movie, Tom was really nice to me to let me onto the set.

After this, plenty of people around him liked me and wanted to work with me, and just like that, I was back in action, this time with a singer that is still going strong today – Madonna.

This went on for quite some time, but after a while, I felt like I had spent my entire life in just one country when the world had so much to offer. So I decided to move abroad to see new things and try out a different scene. Italy was perfect for this –  the country of good food, good fashion and just a great lifestyle.

I made my way back to the people in 2006 after taking some much needed time off, and after all of this time, the original Ray was back once again. People wanted me once again – some Depp guy wanted to take pictures with me, apparently, he was a big deal (because now I hang out with all kinds of people, naturally) Robert Pattinson, James Franco, Jude Law and of course Leonardo DiCaprio. I could name a few more, but I wouldn’t want to bore you.

Life has been good to me, and I have a feeling that this is only the beginning.

My name is Ray, well, Ray-Ban actually, and this is my life story.

But feel free to call me Wayfarer.

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