Brief History

Bronze Age - A Revolutionary Era for Belts

Bronze Age - A Revolutionary Era for Belts

Belts have a rich history in serving important roles in numerous civilizations and in some religious traditions over the years. From the Bronze Age to the present day, belts have evolved from a simple rope that supports clothes to a meaningful tool and accessory. In this blog post, we will explore a brief section of the rich history of belts throughout the ages but first let's take a brief look into the history of the Bronze Age. 

Inuit people wearing their ivory-derived snow goggles.

The People Behind Our Favorite Eyewear

Who were the brains behind one of the most popular fashion accessories today?

Well, there are several documented instances that might answer your mind-boggling question. 

The first documented instance of sunglasses was in 1752, when James Ayscough experimented with tinted lenses in spectacles.

He believed that blue-or green-tinted glass could potentially correct specific vision impairments. At this time, seeking protection from the sun’s rays was not a concern to the people. 

However, the earliest known form of eyewear dates back to the 10th century when Inuit people created goggle-like devices out of ivory to reduce glare reflected by the snow.

The first sunglasses as we know them today were invented in China by Emperor Cheng of the Song Dynasty.

Modern sunglasses were invented in the 20th century, with Sam Foster selling the first mass-produced shades in 1929. Bausch & Lomb began making sunglasses for American military aviators a few years later.