Oakley was started by James Jannard in 1975. Initially producing number plates, gloves, grips, elbow guards, chin guards, and goggles for BMX and motocross; in 1980, they released a pair of goggles called the O-Frame. In 1983 Oakley began selling ski goggles. The first Oakley sunglasses; Factory Pilot Eyeshades, were released in 1984. Today, Oakley holds more than 600 patents for eyewear, materials, and performance gear.