Prada S.p.A. was founded in Italy in 1913. It’s a luxury fashion house and its founders, Mario and Martino Prada, started it originally for selling leather goods. They also sold British steamer trunks that they imported. They later expanded their line to showcase such luxury items as stylish travel accessories, designer perfumes, shoes, leather handbags, ready-to-wear fashions, and many additional designer fashion accessories.
Although Mario firmly believed that women had no place in business, it turned out ironically that his daughter Luisa would take over the running of the business as his successor since Mario’s son had absolutely no interest in it. She ran Prada for close to 20 years and her daughter Miucca eventually took over in 1978 after joining the company in 1970. By 1978, sales had reached an annual $450,000. With her new partner and business manager, Patrizio Bertelli, Miuccia put Prada bags in upscale boutiques and department stores around the world.
Then Prada expanded to opening stores in New York, Madrid, Paris, and Florence. And, in 1984, Prada released their new shoe line followed by an overnight sensation, namely Prada’s classic handbag with that signature Prada aura of luxury.
Miuccia and Bertelli were married in 1987 and they released the Prada collection of ladies’ ready-to-wear fashions in 1989. By the 90s, the Prada brand had become a premium status symbol and sales were reported to be $31.7 million in 1998. In addition, the brand received a coveted award for accessories from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1993, following that with another CFDA award for Designer of the Year in 1995.
In 1999, Prada eyewear was formed and the sunglasses and eyeglasses became an overnight hit among consumers. The eyewear offered them high-quality sunglasses and eyeglasses with exquisite and truly unique style. Around the world, everyone from politicians to celebrities started wearing Prada designer eyewear for the exceptional optical clarity and audacious fashion statement. Here are just a few of the many Prada sunglasses styles available today:
Prada's Minimal Baroque Sunglasses for Women- Price: $167.45
This is one of Prada’s most romantic styles that is easily recognizable by the rococo stems. This particular style became a celeb fave and a big hit at the Prada Spring 2011 runway show where it saw its debut. Whether this easily identified shape will stand the test of time remains to be seen, but as of now, it's quite popular with trendsetters. This style is manufactured of plastic, featuring a very stylish contemporary design, and are available in a wide range of colors like shiny black, black & white Havana, Black/Grey Gradient Lens, Havana/Brown Gradient Lens, and several more. These sunglasses are available everywhere and have been seen on celebrities like Katy Perry, Eva Mendes, Gwen Stefani, Ashley Olsen, and Zoe Saldana, just to name-drop a few. Also available in prescription sunglasses.
Prada Square Lens Sunglasses for Women- Price: $365.00
This is a square-framed imported design that offers hallmark Prada styling. The understated style is what has become synonymous with Prada sunglasses. The frames are black and the lenses are gray polarized gradient lenses made of polycarbonate. These sunglasses are the perfect combination of form and function. They come complete with a case and included microfiber pouch.
Prada Cinema Sunglasses for Women- Price: Price: $307.86
This design is not only retro but futuristic at the same time but with the contemporary luxury that is always a Prada trademark. Beyonce has been seen wearing this exact style. The frames are really unconventional with a full rim frame made of durable acetate with metal at the temples. They also have a double bridge that is quite trendy and often referred to as a brow bar. In addition, they have adjustable nose pads and the Prada logo etched at the left temple. They are available in a number of individualized shades and also in prescription glasses, as well as being accompanied by a Prada case and cleaning cloth.
Prada Ornate Sunglasses for Women - Price: $455.53
This style features a geometric shape that many call quirky plus a double brow bar made of metal. They are manufactured of acetate with a lustrous look and the Prada logo gracing the temple. In addition, this style has adjustable nose pads that provide a custom fit. These sunglasses are available in several colors and also include a cleaning cloth and protective Prada carrying case.
Prada Voice Sunglasses for Women- Price: $263.66
This design is oversized and truly glam, with square lenses and a sculpturally shaped temple that enhances the Italian tradition of fashion that can only be Prada. These beautiful and unique sunglasses are manufactured of high-quality acetate that offers not only a lustrous finish but also flexibility plus the Prada logo. Available in several colors and with gradient tinted lenses and include a protective case and cleaning cloth.
Prada Sport Linea Rossa Sunglasses for Men- Price: $230.00
These shiny black sunglasses for men have frames that are made of plastic and metal with plastic lenses that measure 62mm wide by 42mm high. They have a 16mm bridge and 130mm arms. They come complete with a cleaning cloth, Prada case, and authenticity card.
Prada Geometric Metal Sunglasses for Men- Price: $337.88
These matte black Prada sunglasses offer a masculine designer option for men. They have the Prada logo on the left arm of the glasses and Prada etched on the top of the right lens. And, the gradient lenses are lighter at the bottom, making reading easier when wearing them.
Prada RUBBERMAX Sunglasses for Men- Price: $158.15
These designer men's sunglasses sport a black rubber frame in polar gray. They offer excellent polarized lens coverage and a great fit. The masculine lines of these glasses are very popular with men for practical purposes, while the Prada name makes them very trendy.
Prada Linea Rossa Slice Sunglasses for Men- Price: $325.00
These designer men’s sunglasses have plastic frames and lenses. They are a full rim rectangular style with 57mm wide lenses and they are stylish and sporty, while also being fun yet elegantly professional. They're made in Italy and are available in a number of frame color options. They offer a 12-month warranty, UV protection, sun glare reduction, Prada case, and a cleaning cloth.
Prada Linea Rossa Sport L.J. Silver Geometric Steel Men’s Sunglasses- Price: $149.50
These very masculine designer glasses are made in Italy with a wrap shape and lightweight full-rim steel frame. They come complete with a 12-month warranty, UV protection, sun glare reduction, Prada case, and a cleaning cloth.
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