Turin 1917, Giuseppe Ratti, an optician, wanted to design practical and safe glasses for pilots and sports drivers. The Protectors were born, created with comfort, protection and optimum vision in mind. Because of their high levels of safety as well as comfort, military forces adopted the glasses, such as the Italian military, the US airforce and the Swiss army. All manner of sporting stars of the time wore them, from drivers and motorcyclists to pilots.
The Persol brand itself was created in 1920. The patented yellow brown lens so associated with Persol was designed not long after; a lens unlike any other at the time which gave unprecedented protection from the suns rays. The name is a reflection of this protection, coming from 'per il sole' in Italian, which translates to 'for the sun'.
The Meflecto system was a system designed by Persol which is still used today. It encompasses a metal or nylon stem with a stainless steel core to give flexibility like no other and a fit for any face.
The Model 649 were what brought Persol to the general public's attention. Originally designed for tram drivers to protect against any damage, these oversized glasses were worn by film star Marcello Mastroianna in a film and soon became a hit. Other celebrities also started wearing Persol, such as Steve McQueen and Greta Garbo.
Persol has expanded over years, and now has 15,000 points of sale across the globe with around 3000 in Italy. Many well known figures of today wear Persol, such as George Clooney and Prince Charles.
The Persol PO2975V are a thick and chunky frame with a large front. These really encompass the 'geek' style of the moment and are a statement piece for those who wish to make a point of their glasses. Persol's silver arrow is emblazoned onto the hinges and they are available in the popular black, or other brighter colours such as blue and orange; these are sure to stand out regardless of what colour you choose.
A variety of lenses are available including varifocals as well as single vision. Different thicknesses are available as are different coatings depending on usage. Transitions lenses are also available for those who require them.
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