Vuarnet as developed from the invention of the Skilynx lens in 1957 by French opticians Roger Pouilloux and Joseph Hatchiguian. The sunglasses were originally marketed under the name Skilynx Acier, and were provided to the French Ski Team. 

After alpine ski racer Jean Vuarnet of France won the gold medal in the Downhill at the 1960 Winter Olympics, an agreement was reached in 1961 to market the sunglasses using his last name as the brand name.

Vuarnet is well know for its sport and ski sunglasses and goggles with their many lens options and coatings to enhance vision for these activities.


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