Proudly manufactured in America, Randolph Massachusetts to be precise, for which the brand was named: RANDOLPH ENGINEERING.
Serving the military and the style conscious alike with the same exacting precision, they are a clear testament that some of the best things are still made right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Founded in 1972 by two engineers Jan Waszkiewicz and Stanley Zalesk, Randolph Engineering began by producing optical machinery and tools of the trade for then numerous American eyewear manufactures. From there they evolved into making their own military spec aviator sunglasses, which it provided for the US Air Force as a subcontractor. Through tireless effort and excellence they were honored as the prime contractor for the US Military and allied Air Forces around the world in 1982, which still continues to this very day.
Randolph Engineering takes great pride in its deep rooted American and military heritage. The brand is still owned and operated by three generations of the Waszkiewicz and Zaleski families along with a highly skilled and dedicated American workforce. Where other still in business brands have since left or outsourced manufacturing overseas to cut costs, Randolph remains, making frames as they have always done. Tried and true manufacturing methods are maintained using the machinery and tooling created by the founders.
Standard issue for the U.S Military, Randolph is the real McCoy. With over 200 mostly by hand production steps, one pair of Randolph sunglasses actually takes more than two weeks to make. They “twist test” one in every 50 frames to verify the soundness of the solder joints (where 90% of metal frames break). Then they go one step further by guaranteeing these solder joints for life. Frames are made using the finest raw materials and alloys to be found in the world and feature mineral glass lenses with polarized and anti-reflective options, which are tough to scratch and provide superb optics. Also worth noting, each pair of sunglasses comes complete with an “Equipment Maintenance Kit”, which includes: an optical screwdriver, extra set of nose pads, and extra screws. A fitting nod to their utilitarianism, as well as a statement to show their frames are meant to last a lifetime.
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