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Sunglasses Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy sunglasses.

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Abt currently carries two great lines of sunglasses-Oakley and Gucci. Oakley sunglasses are designed for people who maintain active lifestyles but also appreciate fashionable style, while Gucci sunglasses are geared more toward people with upscale tastes. We have prepared this Buying Guide for those of you who are unfamiliar with the various styles and features available from each brand, or who just want to know more about the technology that goes into these sunglasses.


Oakley was founded in 1975 by Jim Jannard, and he has developed his company into an athletic sunglasses empire. The brand's designs are a combination of futuristic style mixed with athletic know-how. The lenses are specifically designed to block out harmful rays from the sun, while also allowing the wearer to keep them securely and comfortably positioned.

Oakley brand sunglasses turn eyewear into a science. Not only have they created a huge line of fashionable frames and lenses, but like a car manufacturer, Oakley puts its various models through strict, rigorous safety testing. The California-based company has been awarded more than 500 patents in its 30-plus year history, and its sunglasses are worn by some of the world's top athletes.

Oakley Fun Facts

  • Oakley is a sponsor of NASCAR
  • Oakley has a contract with Major League Baseball to design frames to match team colors
  • Oakley has a lifetime contract with seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong
  • Oakley has been worn by actors in many popular movies. Most recently, the X-Men and Spider-Man movies had custom Oakley lenses created for their characters

Oakley frequently brings one of its three "Rolling O Labs" to Abt Electronics. These labs, which are built into 40-foot motor coaches, tour the country demonstrating the durability and optical quality of the company's sunglasses. Oakley's precision tests include a high-mass impact test and a high-velocity impact test. Video of these and other tests can be seen at

Technological Glasses
Stop UV (ultraviolet) rays? Check. Look good while wearing them? Check. Receive calls or play music directly through your sunglasses? Of course.

It may seem like a huge leap, but Oakley pioneered the concept that allows you to talk on your phone by connecting wirelessly through Bluetooth. With the press of a button you can pick up a call and enjoy a crisp, clear conversation directly through your sunglasses.

Oakley's O ROKR PRO sunglasses can wirelessly stream music from a compatible Bluetooth-enabled phone or a portable music player with an add-on Bluetooth adapter. When you want to pause the music, adjust the volume, or change songs, just use the buttons on O ROKR PRO. You control the music wirelessly, so there's no more shuffling around your purse or pocket to change the songs.

Gucci Sunglasses
Remember that one evening when you rolled up in a stretch limo to your movie premier and took your first step on the red carpet, surrounded by fans and paparazzi? Okay, maybe that didn't really happen, but with a pair of Gucci sunglasses, you'll feel like a star.

The Gucci company was founded in 1921 by Guccio Gucci and began as a leather goods store. It evolved into a fashion enterprise and has become one of the most recognizable brands across the globe. Gucci has brought its style and attention to detail to its new line of sunglasses. Direct from Italy to Abt, Gucci sunglasses are perfect for anyone who wants a style that mixes fashion, a little bit of retro, and a whole lot of popularity. Whether you are driving down the Pacific Coast Highway in California, shopping the Magnificent Mile in Chicago, or enjoying the night life in New York City, Gucci sunglasses are great for any fashionable activity.

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