The Century Club
One of the oldest eyewear companies in the world, Persol has led the optical industry in innovation and production. It was started by an optician in 1917, who saw a need for high quality frames and lenses for professional pilots and sports drivers. Recognized by the iconic "supreme arrow" wrapped around the temple, the quality of handmade Italian acetate and crystal glass lenses has kept adventurers, scientists, fashion icons, and adrenaline enthusiasts protected for nearly a century. Persol has released many different collaborations over the years which have reflected their sense of style, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. This upcoming season, keep an eye out for a re-imagining of some of their historical pieces to celebrate their 100 year anniversary.
In the meantime, here's a look at their top three models.
Designed for trolley drivers in Italy, they were featured in the Italian film "Divorce Italian Style" (1961) which solidified their commercial appeal. This is one of the original Persol models which has stood the test of time; to this day it is still one of their most popular models. A slimmed version (Model 9649) was introduced decades after, following the same shape and design.
Steve McQueen was often seen both on and off set with Persols, the first ever folding sunglasses introduced in the 1960's as a variation of the Model 649. He wore them in both "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968) and "The Getaway" (1972). A special edition colourway was released in his honour. Again, a slimmer version (Model 9714) was released recently to provide a thinner profile to a classic shape.
Persol 3105S (Cellor Series)
Released in the 1950's, this combination frame stays true to a vintage design. Its name "Cellor" comes from the use of cellulose acetate for the brow bars of the frame, and has remained in Persol's line up for over 50 years.