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Persol Sunglasses

Persol Sunglasses

Persol sunglasses, synonymous with class, design and elegance, are world-renowned for their unrivalled quality, Italian heritage and hand crafted Italian construction.

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Persol Sunglasses

Persol sunglasses speak with distinction through every hand-made element, from their unique and elegant designs to their top-caliber materials and engineering. Countless celebrities that have worn Persol - Steve McQueen, Robert De Niro, Daniel Craig, Beyonce and Ryan Gosling, to name just a few - have been drawn to the brand over the years, clearly attracted to the artistic sunglasses’ superior construction, technology and exclusive look.

Persol sunglasses are unrivalled in quality of materials, wearing comfort and visual clarity. All glasses are constructed from the most precious optical crystals, so clarity and protection of vision are built in and guaranteed. Knowing your sunglasses can block the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays and still keep you looking as chic as the celebs and rockers who sport Persol shades makes them a brand well worth having and keeping for life.

Look to Persol for unmatched (though much-copied) style and technological features. These include the unique-looking yet totally functional “Supreme Arrow” designed into Persol sunglasses and inspired by the swords of ancient warriors; it serves to link pieces together strongly. One intuitive component patented by the brand in the 1930s, the Meflecto - the world’s first, and still best, flexible 10-piece hand-made stem system that adapts to each wearer’s head structure to eliminate pressure from the sunglasses arms - is still unsurpassed in construction.

Italian designer Persol incorporates bespoke quality into every pair of glasses. Originally created to meet the demanding requirements of top pilots and sports car drivers, then famous mountain climbers such as Reinhold Messner, Persol sunglasses were rigorously tested in numerous challenging environments. Precision refinement of lens materials has led to crystal lenses that work to extend your good vision years more than typical sunglasses.

Polarised lenses come in brown, green and blue tints on a variety of stunningly designed frames. They include unique side lenses on some models, for extra protection against side-entry UV light, wind and dust, all of which can irritate the eyes. Fashion points range from retro looks like the Havana, with its 50s wayfarer-inspired crystal polar brown lenses and sexy tortoise-shell flared frames, to the classic aviator appeal of the PO2424s classic pilot look that many wearers crave.

Some movie buffs will recall the still popular 0714 model; it’s the one Steve McQueen wore in “The Thomas Crown Affair’ - among the maker’s most favorite and fashionable sunglasses, and likely the first-ever collapsible one, it requires 10 extra construction steps over most Persol models. It was inspired by the ever-popular 649 model, first made for tram drivers to protect against air and dust, then immortalised by Marcello Mastroianni, who wore them in “Divorce Italian Style.” Still sought after for it’s Meflecto stem system and triple-notch flexible nose-piece, the Victor-Flex bridge, it personifies the rich history and functional beauty of the line.

More recent celebs seen about in Persol shades of distinction include Kristen Stuart, Pippa Middleton and Heidi Klum. Though these high profile personalities clearly look stylish in Persol sunglasses, they are likely wearing them as much for quality vision and eye protection, among other features. The Design collection’s lenses feature a unique combination of Photopolar technology, polarisation (the elimination of glare off reflective surfaces) with photochromic adaptability (tinting darkness changes to suit light conditions), an internal anti-reflective coating (so it’s not going to scratch off like many brands’ AR coatings will) and an oleophobic coating that resists skin oils.

Other notable Persol attributes well worth the investment include superior frames constituted of acetates made from cotton, that are strong yet flexible to form to the wearer’s face; 1.8 super-light polarised lenses, reduced from prior 2.2 mm to 1.8 mm, are multi-layered with vision-protecting elements, yet lighter and thinner for ease of wear over longer periods; and, a process, “telatura,” that eliminates edges on the nose bridge’s underside, to further increase wearing comfort and fit. The telatura process was introduced by founder Giuseppi Ratti, and is still used in current technology to make these sunglasses supremely wearable.

Original “Protector” models were designed for vision protection and safety, then later versions taken on Himalayan climbs and desert treks to determine how to improve lenses further. “Sport” Persol models became favourites of leading sports figures in the 90s. Still made in the Lauriano factory in Turin, Italy, Persol sunglasses use only the finest natural materials, which feel and wear best on the skin. The multiple-step manual construction techniques used to create these special glasses takes far longer than most glasses manufacturers bother to do.

Try on a pair of Persol sunglasses, and you’ll see why they are considered some of the best in the world. To top it off, you’ll feel and look better in your new sunglasses than you ever did before.