7 Things You Didn’t Know About Randolph Engineering
Randolph Engineering stands for the individualist, but what makes us stand out?
Not many people know the ins and outs of today’s eyewear industry. While others have moved manufacturing overseas or become acquired by monopolies, Randolph Engineering has nurtured a rich history here on American soil.
1. Randolph Engineering is headquartered in Randolph, Massachusetts.
Randolph was founded in 1973 by Former Royal Air Force navigator Jan Waszkiewicz and machinist Stanley Zaleski who both immigrated to America with a few bucks and a dream: to build the world’s best sunglasses.
They chose Randolph, MA as the home of Randolph Engineering. Over the years, changes in the sunglass industry have brought many companies across seas. We chose to stand by our values and continue to provide American made eyewear at the highest quality.
2. Randolph provides more than just aviators to the US military.
Almost 30 years ago, the US military called on us to quickly manufacture custom military-grade eyewear to fit inside gas masks for special operations. To meet the high demand of up to 50,000 units a month, staff worked a grueling three-shift schedule, seven days a week. We’re thankful we had the opportunity to be part of history and aknowledge the outstanding work of our staff. Randolph was honored to be awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the National Defense for our patriotic support during Operation Desert Storm.
3. Randolphs are worn by many celebrities, in movies and in real-life.
The next time you sit down to binge a new Netflix series or watch the latest movie in theatres, keep an eye out for Randolphs. Some of our recent movie features include Captain Marvel, 6 Underground and Maniac. We’ve been featured by several movie studios over the years and into the present day.
Many notable celebrities also wear Randolphs by choice. Our sunglasses are a cultural icon and worn to help express the modern American spirit.
4. Your Randolph frames may bend, but won’t break.
All Randolph sunglasses contain indestructible solder joints and stay-snug screws. These are the points where two or more metal parts are joined together by melting and flowing a filler metal into the joint.
You may one day sit on your sunglasses by mistake and find they’ve been flattened, and our malleable premium-quality metals allow you to bend your sunglasses back into shape without damaging the joints. We have strict quality testing on all frames and lenses and offer a Warranty as well as a Repair Program if you have any concerns about defects or lens damage.
5. Randolph’s flagship Aviator is in fact a “navigator” shape.
Many sunglass fanatics imagine the aviator in a teardrop shape, resembling the first aviators worn by WWII military pilots. When these pilots arrived home, the style spread as an American icon.
Upon Randolph’s inception and through to today, our flagship Aviator is in fact a navigator shape, which is square to rectangular. This is because military headgear has evolved since WWII and requires new specifications to fit modern pilots, making the navigator shape the best “aviator” for pilots.
6. Randolph is a family-owned and operated business.
Did you know Randolph is still a 3rd generation family-run business?
Many of our employees have been part of the Randolph family for decades with unique handcrafting expertise. Our artisan solderers today are training apprentices to keep our metal-working tradition alive. We respect where we come from, and we’re reinventing where we’re going.
7. All Randolph sunglasses are manufactured by hand in over 200 individual steps.
Not only do we manufacture on American soil, every pair of Randolph sunglasses are given the attention of over 50 experts along the way.
It takes a total of 6 weeks to manufacture each pair, and over 200 individual steps to cut, solder, polish and more. Randolph is an engineering company at its core, and we’re proud to continually build on perfection.
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