Persol glasses have been turning heads for almost a century now. The brand started back in 1917 in Turin, Italy. The founder, Giuseppe Ratti, began to make technically-advanced glasses for pilots and sports drivers...
Ratti was the owner of Berry Opticians, as well as a photographer, and wanted to provide products suitable for the demands of pilots and sportsmen who needed their frames to provide protection, comfort, and optimum vision at all times. Ever since then, Persol – a name being taken from the Italian phrase “per il sole”, meaning “for the sun” – has always been focused on creating quality products which are easy to wear, easy on the eye, and built using pioneering methods.
This tradition of craftsmanship has been recognised by many movie makers over the years. For example, in 1961, the 649 model frames were made famous by Marcello Mastroianni in the film Divorce Italian Style, and then in 1968, Steve McQueen wore Persol shades in the original The Thomas Crown Affair movie. More recently, the brand’s sunglasses have been featured in such box-office hits as Terminator 2, The American, and Argo, plus the Bond movies Die Another Day, Casino Royale, and Spectre.
As you explore our range of authentic Persol sunglasses (always purchased directly from the licensed Australian distributors), you will notice that the company’s frames blend iconic detailing and shapes, with modern design that works for any occasion. Offering sophistication and style, these handcrafted sunglasses suit both men and women, and are available in a wide range of colours and designs.