Ray-Ban asks Rand Paul to stop selling ‘Rand’ Wayfarer sunglasses
Sen. Rand Paul's presidential campaign has reportedly stopped selling Ray-Ban Wayfarers imprinted with the "Rand" logo, after the sunglasses company complained that the campaign didn't have consent.
The $150 sunglasses, described on Mr. Paul's website as "the intersection of politics and cool," were for sale as recently as Tuesday, The Hill reported.
"We learned that the Rand Paul campaign had been selling Ray-Ban sunglasses imprinted with the 'Rand' logo without our consent," Jane Lehman, who handles corporate media at Ray-Ban's parent company Luxottica, told The Hill.
"After a formal request from us, they promptly removed the product from their site and agreed to cease any further use of our trademarks," she said.
A description for the sunglasses on Mr. Paul's website showed President John F. Kennedy wearing Wayfarers on his head next to a picture of Mr. Paul with a similar pair of glasses, The Hill reported.
"I can hear Senator Bentsen now, 'I knew Jack Kennedy and you're no Jack Kennedy,'" the description read. "Well, you and I may not be Jack Kennedy, but Rand likes Raybans and now we can all own Rand branded Ray bans."