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Giuseppe Ratti, a photographer and optician, founded the company in a small courtyard in Via Caboto, Turin in 1917 when he began to manufacture technically advanced eyewear that would satisfy the demands of sports drivers and pilots: glasses that provide optimum vision, protection and a comfortable fit.

The first pair of Persol sunglasses was the Protector glasses, which had round smoked lenses with rubber edges and used elastic bands to attach them to the head. These were very quickly adopted by both the pilots in the Italian Military Aviation and the Armed Forces. They were also later used by the United States Air Force; the Swiss Military Department; and by international driving, motorcycling and flying aces such as D'Annunzio, Chiron and Opessi.

In the 1920s the yellow-brown lenses for which Persol are famous were made using neutral crystal from only the purest silica, and this became the Persol trademark which is still used in all Persol eyewear today. The manufacturing process used for these lenses ensures exceedingly high protection from the sun’s harmful rays.

The late 1930s saw the introduction of the world’s first flexible stem, which is still used today, called the Meflecto system. This is what ensures that every pair of Persol sunglasses adapts to fit any face comfortably. The Persol Victor Flex—an application of the Meflecto concept that provided the glasses with a flexible 3-notch bridge was also created around this time.

The unmistakable trademark of the Silver Arrow that appears on Persol eyewear was inspired by the swords of ancient warriors.

All Persol eyewear is hand made in Italy from only the highest quality materials, using excellent quality control at various stages of the process and finishing operations are performed manually.

Through the years, renowned actors such as Steve McQueen, Don Johnson, Pierce Brosnan and many more have made Persol sunglasses iconic and very popular amongst the high-end eyewear buyer.

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