Tom Cruise might have made them cool, but Swell made them accessible. However, neither of these things would have been possible had it not been for Lieutenant John MacCready. An avid hot air balloonist, MacCrady had longed searched for protective and sporty eyewear that was also elegant. In 1937, the lieutenant contacted Bausch & Lomb who officially took out the patent. The prototype, known as Anti-Glare, consisted of an extremely light frame weighing 150 grams. They were made of gold-plated metal with two green lenses of mineral glass that filtered out infrared and ultraviolet rays. Pilots in the United States Air Force immediately adopted the sunglasses, and the Ray-Ban Aviators became the most popular eyewear of the US military. In fact, a very famous photograph exists of General Douglas MacArthur wearing a pair when he landed on the beach in the Philippines during World War II. True story! Swell proudly offers a wide range of Ray-Ban sunglasses.