Luxottica group (Italy): Ray Ban is currently manufactured by Luxottica Group in Italy, and because of the current policies of Luxottica, Ray Ban sunglasses are not distributed wholesale. When they are found at a discount, it will generally be in Luxottica’s own chains. Currently, they distribute to their own retail venues (Sunglass Hut), keeping a tight stranglehold on their products. Other groups like Safilo Group (Gucci, Dior etc), will often liquidate off-season products to third party distributors. What all this means is, due to the overwhelming popularity and demand for RB glasses, coupled with the difficult processes in securing any type of wholesale distribution, Ray Ban sunglasses are extremely appealing to counterfeiters. Fake Ray Ban is everywhere. However, it does not mean it is impossible to score a great deal on an authentic pair of RB. Note: When the glasses were being manufactured by B&L, they had a wholesale policy, so many of the vintage, or older model RB (B&l) glasses found online may be in fact authentic.
Fake Wayfarer: One of the most famous of the Ray Ban styles, and most heavily counterfeited is the Wayfarer Sunglass line. This model has reached almost icon status in the United States and abroad. However, they do have a singular feature that many counterfeiting attempts get incorrect. On the Wayfarer glasses, check the hinges holding the temple arms and the lens together. Look closely at the hinge. There should always be, with no variation, seven interlocking prongs, weaved together making up the hinge. If your Wayfarer sunglasses do have this feature, they are most likely fake RB sunglasses. Use this quick tip to weed out the phonies. Good luck and safe shopping.