Smith Optics Introduces Iconic Archive Collection

KETCHUM, Idaho—Smith Optics, Inc. was founded in 1965 with the creation of the first goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam but in 1979, they introduced their first line of sunglasses for “people who live outside walls,” like company founder Dr. Bob Smith. The freethinking visionary had a lust for life and wanted to provide superior quality sunglasses to make everyone’s outside experiences even better, the company said.

For 2014, Smith is celebrating their history by reintroducing sunglasses from their past with The Archive Collection. All of the pieces in The Archive Collection are exact replicas of original Smith frames first made in 1988, 1991 and 1993.

Each of the five new styles; the Cheetah, Mt. Shasta, Marvine, Delano and Cornice, are labeled with its initial launch year and offered in original color ways. The glasses are still constructed from cellulose propionate frame material but have been updated with Carbonic TLT lenses for optical precision. Each style is available in polarized and non-polarized options.

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