Eyewear, Engineered To Perfection

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In 1988, age 14 my eyes were drawn to a striking pair of sun glasses an American school friend had "borrowed" from his father who worked at the American base just outside our home town - Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

At the time as displayed by the cool kids the only shades to be seen in were poor quality copies of a well known manufacturers plastic shades. Sucked along with a desire to conform few people paid much interest in the american's glasses.

Initially I was drawn to the gleaming chrome frames and the intricate way the different pieces of metal had been seamlessly joined together - I later learnt glasses had undergone over 200 manufacturing processes and the neat solder joins I admired were guaranteed for life.

Sometimes it's not just how things look, it's how they feel, I liked the way in which the arms folded with a reassuring resistance and no lateral play. I decided I had to have them and suggested swapping my pencil case for the glasses. I don't think either of us really knew what we were exchanging, but I'm pleased to say I think I came off better.

The glasses came in a tough, blue plastic pouch which was deeply embossed with lettering mentioning Randolph Engineering and a US Armed forces contract number. It turned out I'd acquired a pair of Randolph Engineering Aviators, the preferred eye wear of the US Armed Forces since 1982. This was for the simple reason that because the two engineers who founded Randolph Engineering produce eye wear that performs when it really matters, in the cockpit of the world's most advanced fighter planes.

The UV protection, lack of glare and overall quality of Randolph Aviators are over-engineered for mere commuters like me, but I find it reassuring to know my eyewear has been tested and approved by Uncle Sam's military elite.

As well as looking superb I still have that same pair of glasses some 23 years later. They are showing no signs of giving up - a testament to the build quality.

Like all good design, Randolph Aviators have stood the test of time and are available in the UK from The Mandon Store.

Details of the full range of Randolph Eyewear can be found at: http://www.themandonstore.com/category/accessories/Eyewear/product-list.html
The Mandon Store UK for Randolph Engineering sunglasses including the Randolph Aviator . Randolph Aviators are trusted by the US Armed forces since 1982.Randolph Aviator silver frame

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