• Randolph Engineering


    As Summer peeks around the corner, peek back in style while protecting your eyes. Randolph Engineering aviators ($99) were first brought to my attention by Michael Bastian (they are one of his five summer essentials for every guy’s closet). It is a solid aviator by an outfit who’s been supplying sunglasses to the U.S. Military and Air Forces world wide since 1982. They’re meticulously handcrafted using only the finest materials. Though lightweight, they feel like they could withstand mission after mission over Iraq...because they do. It’s a no brainer for guys. But for the ladies? Absolutely. You can customize frame, lens and temple configurations, ensuring a proper fit for your smaller frame.

    Photographed in New Canaan, CT

    Spring for a classic American silhouette (in gold with gray flash mirror lenses) in lieu of overpriced designer aviators this summer. Configure your own pair at Randolph Engineering's website or just drop by Sid Mashburn’s place in Atlanta and try on a pair in person.

    Apr 27, 2010 | Permalink (15) Total Comments

    Lonitra left a comment on 1/11/2015 at 11:12 AM:

    This article aceevhid exactly what I wanted it to achieve.

    John a/k/a JetAviator7 left a comment on 1/14/2013 at 5:26 PM:

    I love these Randolph Engineering Aviators, and the new packaging for them is really awesome!

    M Arthur left a comment on 2/20/2012 at 10:12 PM:

    The look deserves an “Oh behave!”. The aviator style is timeless.  This photo could have been shot in 1980!

    MainLine BlueBlood left a comment on 5/20/2011 at 12:26 AM:

    I’ve worn the same pair of RE Concorde aviators for years and they are hands down the best aviators available. Spend the extra money - your eyes will thank you.

    Bert left a comment on 5/13/2010 at 10:29 PM:

    American Optical is the exact same (I have a few pairs of each) for half the price. No brainer.

    For the record, American Optical invented the sunglasses in ‘58, and they went to the moon in ‘69. Randolph was started by an employee of AO in ‘82 because he thought he could manufacture the glasses cheaper and get the military contract. He succeeded and RE holds the contract to this day, however in the last couple years they’ve been trying to market them to civies and jacked the price up to $100 (they were $40 when I got my last pair in 2004). It also appears they got Don Draper to wear them.

    H. left a comment on 5/4/2010 at 11:04 AM:

    RE’s are nice, but i prefer american optical for best value.

    The Sporting Life left a comment on 5/3/2010 at 12:29 PM:

    I have smashed them flat w/o breaking the lenses, and bent them back into shape.  The best made sunglasses I have ever owned.

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 4/28/2010 at 12:33 AM:

    Those are really nice sunglasses and the girls is really beautiful. I like her ripped sweater.

    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 4/28/2010 at 12:16 AM:

    Fantastic. Adding them to the list this summer.

    Chris left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 11:18 PM:

    Extremely comfortable, stylish and very well made. I have Raybans, Persols, Costas and others but all I wear is RE. I do suggest the Aviator with the bayonet temples.

    homewrecker left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 11:04 PM:

    Where is this Bastian Summer Essentials list?

    Rhonda left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 7:40 PM:

    So glad that you posted this!  I have wanted aviators for the longest time, but they never seem to fit my face.  I am hoping this will solve that issue.

    constantstateofgrace left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 6:21 PM:

    Someone once gifted me a pair ... long story short: I lost them and you helped me solve a mystery!


    KFad left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 5:56 PM:

    The original pilots’ version are my go-to shades.

    Knot Clothing left a comment on 4/27/2010 at 5:47 PM:

    My friend who is in Naval OTS picked me up a pair of these from his base in Quantico, VA.  I highly recommend them for an alternative to Ray Bans!