Rock Out with Ray-Ban & Johnny Marr

Leave it up to Ray-Ban to come up with a brilliant, avant-garde initiative like RAW SOUNDS. The concept incorporates legendary rocker Johnny Marr, former lead guitarist of The Smiths, both as a musical mentor and eyewear designer. Inspired by Brian Eno & Peter Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies, RAW SOUNDS is a one-off collaboration where Marr developed five diverse elements for four young, contemporary bands – Best Coast, Mona, Au Revoir Simone and Tom Vek – to base a new track off of.

Marr, his new group The Healers and the bands came together for a blowout gig on October 13 at Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City. Celebs and fans partied the night away to honor RAW SOUNDS and get a glimpse of the new shades Marr – who’s a diehard Ray-Ban lover – designed himself. Reminiscent of the classic “Signet” model, these modified Limited Edition RB 3493 aviators with blue lenses are definitely fit for any rockstar.

Ray-Ban RB3493


The NYC show was just the kickoff; RAW SOUNDS will be performing a series of gigs in music capitals of the world. Future stops will include London and Hong Kong.