Founded in 1888 in Oyonnax, France, the Bollé family originally designed and manufactured combs and hair accessories from horn. In 1936 the company launched the production of sunglasses and optical frames in Celluloid and then Rhodoid. After the Second World War, Bollé became the pioneer of molded nylon, with products that met the highest standards of that time. The first pair of goggles and masks were added to the Bollé range of products in 1950.
The sporting adventure started in 1960 when Bollé introduced its first dedicated ski goggles. Meanwhile, the Bollé Safety division worked alongside the French Army, Navy and Aerospace to develop safety goggles.
As an industry leader with innovative products, the Bollé brands have grown from their small workshop beginnings to become a leading global manufacturer of quality eyewear.
Today, more than 100 years later, Bollé products are distributed and worn in all parts of the world.
Key milestones of Bollé Safety today:
• Over 120 years of expertise
• 500 products
• 4 product lines: Safety, Welding, RX and Tactical
• 3 subsidiaries (Bollé Safety North America, Bollé Safety Europe Middle East & Africa and Bolle Safety Asia Pacific)
In 2013, Bollé Safety sold nearly 10 million pairs of eyewear (EMEA).
1888: Creation of the Company by Seraphin Bollé. Celluloid, invented by JW Hyatt, was used as the base material for Bollé products.
1936: First manufacturing of sunglasses and optical frames in Celluloid, then Rhodoid.
1946: Production of the 1st nylon Bollé goggles.
1950: Launch of the 1st set of safety spectacles and goggles and in 1956, Georges Bollé, created the famous "cat eye" style sunglasses in nylon.
1960: Production of 1st ski goggles
2001: Integration of the Group into Bushnell Outdoor Products
2004: Launch of Contrast technology
2006: Launch of the ESP Technology & Prescription range
2008: Launch of B-Polarized Technology
2009: Redesign of the new range Tactical logo "B-Tactical" & B-Switch concept
2010: Launch of HD technology
2012: Creation of B-flex bridge technology, Twilight and Slam Hi-Viz
2013: Creation of Iri-s and Rush+ models
2014: Launch of CSP Technology, PLATINUM® coating, and Silium+ model
2015: Creation of RUSH+ Small model
2015: Acquired by VISTA OUTDOOR, INC.