Persol uses only high-quality materials, such as cellulose acetate, to provide a range of vibrant colors and fashionable styles. Also, on every Persol eyeglasses frame, you’ll find their distinguished silver arrow along the hinge. This is a hallmark feature that commemorates their history, excellence, and prestige in the eyewear industry. Persol eyeglasses stand out for its extraordinary quality and relaxed fit, and the ease with which they accommodate prescription lenses, and progressive lenses. They have an inspiring collection of eyewear for both men and women.
Having a pair of Persol sunglasses is more than just a fashion statement; it’s a partnership with a company that will always stay true to their roots. So remember, as you look for the perfect pair of Persol sunglasses, whether they are regular or prescription sunglasses, remember that all purchases include free shipping in the US. And, you can use your vision insurance, HSA, or FSA account to enjoy additional savings.
From its very beginnings, Persol Eyewear has been known for creating luxurious eyeglasses and sunglasses. Founded in 1917 by Giusseppe Ratti, Persol grew to become a brand favorite for their timeless designs, commitment to aesthetics, and ongoing innovation. Giuseppe Ratti was the owner of Berry Opticians, and he began the great adventure which had destiny written all over it. He began by making technologically advanced eyewear, specifically for the needs of airplane pilots and fast-car drivers who required a high quality vision, as well as protection from the elements and vicissitudes of the inclemencies of the weather.
Thus was developed the Protector eyewear model, which was guided by a strict focus to create truly revolutionary eyewear both for the high-quality material and workmanship, and also the comfort of everyday wearing. This led to the formation of the now-famous word “Persol”, which is derived from the Italian “Per Il Sol” which means “For The Sun”. The name implies that the eyewear were designed to protect from the sun.
The first model in 1957 was named “649”, and it was designed for the Turin tram drivers because they needed eyewear large enough to protect their eyes against both the sun and the air and dust. The design of this first effort was so novel, that it became an instant success, and was copied for a long time by a succession of imitators. But these sunglasses became truly immortalized in 1961 when Marcello Mastroianni donned them in his feature film “Divorce Italian Style”.
Technological innovation became the hallmark of the Persol eyewear brand in the 1980s, which continued to garner significant attention to the brand. The lenses and frames were tested in several extreme environments, including the desert, and in high altitudes. In the early 1990s Persol's female image was entrusted to Italian actress Ornella Muti, for whom Persol purposely created a pair of incredibly popular glasses (the elegant 830 model), and then in 1993-94 with super model, Carol Alt. She too was dedicated a personalized model (the Carol 853 model).
Persol is a brand owned by the Luxottica Corporation, the world's largest eyewear company.