Oakley, Inc. is headquartered in Foothill Ranch, CA and Letchworth, Hertfordshire in the UK. The chairman of Oakley is Jim Jannard, owner of approximately 68% of the outstanding shares.
Reputedly, the company is named after his dog Oakley, an English Setter.
Oakley Sunglasses are manufactured for high performance sports and everyday fashion, featuring a wide range of styles and lens colors using the latest technology. Their design is a futuristic combination of organic and mechanical firms inspired by the art of H.R. Giger.
Oakley’s Plutonite lens material is engineered to stop every wavelength of ultraviolet radiation and its patented XYZ Optics technology preserves visual clarity so that Oakley lenses can be made with extreme curves at the sides to maximize protection against harmful UV rays.
Oakley’s distinctive ‘O’ is placed on the sides of most of their sunglasses as well as a skull logo on their accessories and clothing. Oakley Sunglasses can be seen being worn in films such as Blade II, Mission: Impossible II and X-Men on the faces of athletes like cyclist Lance Armstrong and racecar drive Matt Kenseth.