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Discover the collection. Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Vuarnet is proud to announce the development of a line of Official Licensed Products for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games: The French Team and Paris 2024. Discover our ICE 1709 and our Legend 02 Originals in the colors of Paris 2024 and the French Team. Frames are made from bio nylon for comfortable all-day wear. Vuarnet mineral glass lenses offer superior protection against intense lighting conditions.


PARIS 2024 - ICE

Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games

« An optician wanted me to test some lenses. I wore them during the Olympic Games…They were phenomenal! Then, he proposed me a deal…I could not resist »
Jean Vuarnet


In 1960 Jean Vuarnet won the downhill gold medal in the Winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, California and was a seven-time French ski champion. He was a pioneer in his sport discipline, always looking for ways to improve his performance: indeed, he was the first to develop the “egg” position that racers have been using ever since and to incorporate metal components in skies, which have now become the norm.

It was in Squaw Valley, equipped with the Legend 02s and its Skilynx™ mineral glass lenses, that Jean Vuarnet was enable to further improve his performance. They highlighted contrasts and enhanced depth perception, a major asset when competing in downhill ski racing. Several months later, during the 1960 Squaw Valley Winter Olympics, Jean Vuarnet took home the gold medal. 

It was then a meeting between Roger Pouilloux and Jean Vuarnet in 1959 that led to the creation of the legendary brand VUARNET. During this meeting, Roger Pouilloux offered the French ski champion the 02 sunglasses model as a token of his admiration.

Following this victory at the Squaw Valley Olympics, the two men, who shared a common passion for performance, forged a friendship and decided to join forces in creating a brand that embodied their vision: innovation, high-performance, and French elegance. The VUARNET brand was born.


VUARNET makes its grand debut in the U.S. as an official sponsor of the 1984 Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Weathermen coin the term « It’s a Vuarnet day today » when describing the beautiful Southern California sunshine.

It’s a new era for the brand with the U.S. as its first market, driving a worldwide success.

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