Established in 1975 and acquired in 2007, Oakley is one of the leading product design and sport performance brands in the world with products that world-class athletes depend on to compete at the highest level possible. The holder of more than 800 patents, Oakley is also known for its lens technologies, including High Definition Optics®. Oakley extended its position as a sports eyewear brand into apparel and accessories, offering men’s and women’s product lines that appeal to sports performance, active and lifestyle consumers. The brand’s global distribution includes Oakley “O” Stores and outlet Oakley Vault Stores.
Most of Oakley’s technological designs, fashion pieces, gear, etc. were developed with extensive athlete input and testing in the field – including extreme conditions. Oakley also maintains US Standard Issue, which provides U.S. military and law enforcement eye protection. Oakley M Frame sunglasses are included as part of the U.S. Army’s Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL), and have been assigned a NSN number for ordering through military supply channels.The company has also built at least one ‘golf hovercraft‘, intended as an all terrain replacement for conventional golf carts, in partnership with the professional golfer, Bubba Watson.