The American Companies That Aren’t Actually American Anymore

Oakley Inc.

Oakley Inc. was founded in 1975 by¬†James Jannard, who started making sunglasses in his garage. People liked Jannard’s sunglasses so much that he decided to get serious about creating a company. In 1980, Jannard released the O-Frame, which ended up being a hit and was the first of many that would make him a multimillionaire.

Although Oakley Inc. is based in Lake Forest, California, it is now owned by Luxottica, which is an Italian-based company. Oakley sunglasses are still some of the most popular in the world and have sold millions since their inception.


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