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)
Creation of the Company Seraphin Bollé. Invention of Celluloid (JW Hyatt), a material that becomes the base product for Bollé.
First manufacturing of sunglasses and optical frames in Celluloid, then rhodoid.
Production of the 1st nylon Bollé goggles.
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.
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.
Integration of the Group into Bushnell Outdoor ProductsSee more
Launch of Contrast technology and B-line rangeSee more
Launch of the ESP Technology & Prescription rangeSee more
Launch of B-Polarized TechnologySee more
Redesign of the new range Tactical logo "B-Tactical" & B-Switch conceptSee more
Launch of HD technologySee more
Creation of B-flex bridge technology, Twilight and Slam Hi-VizSee more
Creation of Iri-s and Rush+ modelsSee the reference
Co-branding : customize your eyewear in your brand colors!See more
Launch of PLATINUM coating and Silium+ modelSee more
Launch of CSP TechnologySee more
Creation of RUSH+ Small modelSee the reference
Acquired by VISTA OUTDOOR, INC.See more
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.See the reference
Creation of Pilot model: its co-injected, ventilated frame guarantees unequalled adaptability and comfort.See the reference
Creation of Rush+ Glow model: equipped with phosphorescent temples to be seen in the dark : a remarkable safety argument !See the reference