Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Ray-Ban Smacks Down Rand Paul: Stop Putting Your Logo on Our Sunglasses!

Rand Paul’s campaign had been selling Ray-Ban Wayfarer sunglasses emblazoned with the “Rand” logo for $150 on his website.

The campaign was doing so without Ray-Ban’s approval, and the company has notified Rand’s people that they need to stop selling the branded sunglasses immediately, reports Salon.

In an email to The Hill, Jane Lehman — a spokesperson for Luxottica, the parent company of Ray-Ban — wrote: “We learned that the Rand Paul campaign had been selling Ray-Ban sunglasses imprinted with the ‘Rand’ logo without our consent. After a formal request from us, they promptly removed the product from their site and agreed to cease any further use of our trademark


  1. An extreme level of freedom once existed here that has been garroted slowly over the generations by political promoters who sell nothing more than aspirational lifestyles while attempting to camouflage the broad daylight snuffing of our vestigial freedoms in the name of their collective bottom line.

  2. This is an intellectual property case.

    1. This is not just a case of intellectual property rights, Rand is a political brand with a veneer of dilettante cool masking a feckless soul.

    2. Nope. The Paul campaign bought the glasses before they put their logo on them. So, Ray Ban/Luxottica is totally wrong as the glasses are no longer theirs.

  3. Absolutely right Weezil, it's too bad Rand didn't make that same point. But I wouldn't expect him to. Not really a argument many Americans would understand. But, still the correct argument.