1960  - The VUARNET brand is born

1960 The VUARNET brand is born

« One optician wanted me to test some lenses. I wore them during the downhill of the Olympic Games…They were phenomenal! Then, he proposed me a deal…I could not resist » Jean Vuarnet


It was a meeting with a French optician which in 1959 has led to the creation of the legendary brand VUARNET. During this meeting, the optician Roger Pouilloux offered to the French ski champion the 02 sunglass model as a token of his admiration. There sunglasses, equipped with the luminous Skilynx mineral glass lenses, enabled Jean Vuarnet to further improve his performance. They would highlight contrasts and enhance depth perception in the fast downhill skiing along the slopes of Squaw Valley, several months later, during the 1960 Winter Olympics. 

Following this victory, the two men, who shared a common passion for performance, forged a friendship and decided to join forces in creating a brand that embedded their vision : innovation, high-performance, and French elegance. The brand VUARNET was born. 

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The Squaw Valley Olympics Game, where Jean Vuarnet won his first gold medal.

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Jean Vuarnet is also known to be the inventor of the famous egg position.

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