Oakley based in Foothill Ranch, California, is a subsidy of an Italian company that designs, develops and manufactures sports performance equipment and lifestyle pieces including sunglasses, sports visors, ski/snowboard goggles, watches, apparel, backpacks, shoes, optical frames, and other accessories. Most items are designed in house at their head office, but some countries hold exclusive designs relevant to their market. Oakley currently holds more than 600 patents for eyewear, materials, and performance gear.
Most of Oakley’s technological designs, fashion pieces, gear, etc. were developed with extensive athlete input and testing in the field – including extreme conditions. Oakley also maintains US Standard Issue, which provides U.S. military and law enforcement eye protection.
Oakley M Frame sunglasses are included as part of the U.S. Army’s Authorized Protective Eyewear List (APEL), and have been assigned a NSN number for ordering through military supply channels. The company has also built at least one ‘golf hovercraft’, intended as an all terrain replacement for conventional golf carts, in partnership with the professional golfer, Bubba Watson.