Carrera began in Austria with Wilhelm Anger, in 1956. The sports goggles designer named his company after the fastest race in the world at that time, the Carrera Panamericana.
With the creation and patenting of Optyl in 1962, Anger would go on to revolutionise the world of eyewear with his designs. Optyl was unique, because it was a heat-hardened plastic that was 20% lighter than acetate. This would make Carrera eyewear more elasticated, more comfortable, and less likely to cause an allergic reaction for the wearer than with a lot of the options available from other brands.
In fact, Optyl’s contribution to Carrera’s prominence led Anger to rename the company ‘Optyl’ for a brief period.
With their standing in the ski helmets and goggles world growing throughout the 70s, Carrera announced the launch of their sports sunglasses range in 1977.
A collaboration with car manufacturer, Porsche, in 1979 saw the creation of the Carrera Porsche Design Collection – an innovative line of sunglasses. This would introduce the foldable glasses and interchangeable lenses to the scene.
A number of collections would be brought out by Carrera over the next few decades and would see their popularity rise and rise. 2008 actually marked the designing of their best-selling models, Carrera Safari and Carrera Champion.
Today, even more than ever so, you can always rely on Carrera to deliver exceptionally well-designed sunglasses that boast a strong presence in eyewear fashion. They retain their sense of adventure and innovation with each pair of sunglasses after the other.