OUR STORY

OUR STORY

The Bollé family heritage-  From humble beginnings to visionary leaders.

Founded in 1888 in Oyonnax, France, the Bollé family originally developed a cottage industry around the design and manufacture of combs and hair accessories made from horn.  Fast forward to 1936 where the company launched the production of sunglasses and optical frames made from celluloid, generally considered the first thermoplastic material. 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.

In 1960 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 Bollé Safety Asia Pacific)

1888
Creation of the Company Seraphin Bollé. Invention of Celluloid (JW Hyatt), a material that becomes the base product for Bollé.
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 pair of "cat eyes" sunglasses in nylon.
1960
Production of 1st ski goggles.
Creation of two specific manufacturing departments:
- Department of Industrial Safety that developed products to provide the French Army, Navy and Aerospace with safety eyewear.
- Department of Sport glasses amateurs and professionals looking for leading-edge design and maximum protection.
2001

Integration of the Group into Bushnell Outdoor Products

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2004

Launch of Contrast technology and B-line range

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2006

Launch of the ESP Technology & Prescription range

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2008

Launch of B-Polarized Technology

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2009

Redesign of the new range Tactical logo "B-Tactical" & B-Switch concept

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2010

Launch of HD technology

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2012

Creation of B-flex bridge technology, Twilight and Slam Hi-Viz

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2013

Creation of Iri-s and Rush+ models

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2013

Co-branding : customize your eyewear in your brand colors!

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2014

Launch of PLATINUM coating and Silium+ model

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2014

Launch of CSP Technology

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2015

Creation of RUSH+ Small model

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2015

Acquired by VISTA OUTDOOR, INC.

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2016

Creation of Baxter model : with its waterproof foam and ingenious system for attaching the strap, BAXTER offers effective protection from sprays of solids and liquids, and from dust.

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2016

Creation of Pilot model: its co-injected, ventilated frame guarantees unequalled adaptability and comfort.

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2017

Creation of Rush+ Glow model: equipped with phosphorescent temples to be seen in the dark : a remarkable safety argument !

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