OUR STORY

OUR STORY

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

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.