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Persol is the symbol of an extraordinary Italian story which began in Turin in 1917, when the optician and photographer Giuseppe Ratti invented Protectors, state-of-the-art glasses designed to provide the ultimate in comfort, protection and vision for aviators and sports drivers. The Persol brand – an acronym of “per il sole”, “for the sun” – immediately forged the identity which it has kept ever since: a vocation for excellence and outstanding quality, supreme craftsmanship and attention to detail, technological innovation and style. In its 100 years of history Persol has created many bestselling models. With their original, unmistakable design, some have gone on to become outright icons. They appeal to a huge, diverse audience across the globe, staying on-trend with their irresistible appeal throughout the decades. Persol eyewear stands out for its elegant, stylish design, carefully selected materials, excellent quality lenses, wearability and comfort. Many innovations have been designed in the Turin workshop. Launched in the late 1930s, Meflecto was the world’s first flexible stem system, ensuring that the frames adapt to fit the unique shape of every face. Victor Flex is the three-notch bridge which creates comfortable curves and improves fitting. The Freccia or Arrow is the exclusive hinge decorated with an arrow inspired by the swords of ancient warriors. A superb combination of elegance and function, the Arrow makes every pair of Persol glasses instantly recognizable the world over. Model 649, the brand’s first real icon, was designed in 1957 for the tram drivers of Turin, who needed wide glasses to protect their eyes from air and dust. The 649 became one of the most stylish designs ever, passing into legend in 1961 when Marcello Mastroianni wore them in Divorce Italian style. Today every pair of Persol glasses is a masterpiece of engineering and craftsmanship. The production process still includes more than thirty different stages, combining first-class materials, refined artisan expertise and painstaking attention to detail with leading-edge technology.