Prada has a great collection of eyewear available, consisting of both Prada eyeglasses and Prada sunglasses. There are sunglasses for both men and women and come in many different styles including, but not limited to, aviator and cat-eye sunglasses. Both eyeglasses and sunglasses come in the styles of oval, round, square, rectangle, and butterfly.
Mario and Martino Prada created the Prada brand in 1913 as a leather goods shop in Milan, Italy. These goods were well known for their exotic materials, with some being of alligator and walrus. Such fine quality attracted the attention of the Italian royal household and gained fame among Europe’s elite class. Mario’s granddaughter Miuccia took over the family business in 1977 after her mother. She met Patrizio Bertelli in 1978, who advised her to rework Mario’s original designs and concentrate the production of Prada goods Italy, advice that she wisely decided to take. She started by introducing a new luggage line made of a lightweight synthetic fabric called Pocone that was trimmed in Saffiano leather, the same leather that comprised the luggage of the Italian royal family. In 1984, she introduced a backpack made of simple black nylon. Initial success came slowly, but would soon become a commercial hit and catch on like wildfire, becoming the ultimate status symbol in fashion. With this success, Prada soon expanded outside of Milan, with stores opening in Florence, Paris, Madrid, and New York City. Soon, the company launched ready-to-wear collections for women and men, including footwear and accessories.
A secondary line called Miu Miu, which caters to women’s clothing and accessories, is also introduced. By 1999, Prada formed a joint venture known as EID with De Rigo Group to produce eyewear. However, that venture ended a few years later, as Prada got a 10-year licensing agreement with Luxottica, the world’s largest eyewear company, which is contracted with some of the most well-known brands of eyewear worldwide. These include Ray-Ban, Persol, and Oakley. The agreement with Luxittica enabled production of eyewear for both its primary and secondary lines-Prada and Miu Miu, respectively. Presently, Miuccia continues to be the head designer of Prada, bringing her creative foresight to the table to make Prada one of the most successful and recognized brands in the world.