Find out where Oakleys are made and whether the sunglasses are still Made in the USA!
Are Oakleys Made in the USA?
If you’ve ever bought a pair of Oakley Sunglasses, you may have wondered where exactly they’re made. Is it the USA, China, or somewhere else? It can be confusing and also created quite a controversy in the history of the company, as the location has changed over time for some pairs.
But don’t worry, we’ll explain what you need to know and how you can spot where your sunglasses were made.
Since the beginning of Oakley, sunglasses were designed and made in the United States of America (USA). Some pairs were even manufactured at their Foothill Ranch headquarters.
However, after Luxottica’s acquisition of Oakley in 2007, this began to change.
Luxottica is one of the largest eyewear manufacturers and retailers in the world. So it’s no surprise that they already have large factories in Italy (their headquarters) and China.
But that hasn’t changed where Oakleys are designed.
All Oakleys are still designed and engineered in the USA at their Foothill Ranch Headquarters.
Additionally, up to 70% of Oakley parts are still manufactured in the USA as well. However, some parts are produced in the Luxottica factories overseas.
Let’s also be clear that whether your sunglasses were made in China or the US doesn’t tell you if they’re real. For determining authenticity, we’d recommend checking out our guide to spotting fake Oakleys.
How can you tell which Oakleys are made in the USA?
One of the questions you may have now is if there’s any way to tell which Oakleys or even parts are made in the USA. The answer is it’s complicated.
If a pair is made completely in the USA, you will typically find the “USA Made” or “Made on the USA” stamp on the frame. This doesn’t mean that if your frame doesn’t have this, it was made outside the USA or fake. In recent years, these markings have been phased out a bit, so it’s not always the best indicator.
Obviously, if your sunglasses are stamped with “Made in China,” this is a giveaway that they were indeed made outside the USA. A general rule of thumb is if your Oakleys are from prior to 2013 (approximately), they were made in the USA. This is about the time period when more production began shipping overseas.
There are also Oakleys with the marking: “Assembled in USA”. This marking means parts may have been created in other countries, but the pair was assembled in the US.
Has the Quality Changed?
With all this talk of Oakleys made in the USA vs. China or Italy, the question may be, are they the same quality? Short answer – Yes. Despite certain manufacturing of parts overseas, Oakley continues to maintain the same high level of standards, patented technologies, and materials.
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