Persol delivers a love letter to the analog days with a collection inspired by vintage typewriters. The Typewriter Collection is a capsule comprised of two sunglass and two optical styles with timeless frame shapes and a great collection of matching frame and lens colors.
The two shapes are split into two styles with one having a rounder frame shape and the other being more squared off and both feature metal nosebridges, their signature meflecto temples for flexibility, and polarized lens options.
View the rest of the Typewriter Collection at persol.com.
The Persol 714 isn’t exactly a model that needs any help, the style has become the definitive Persol sunglass and with fans like Steve McQueen it has earned an iconic status in fashion history. The new 9714 ($ 294-$ 347) is sleeker and thinner with a streamlined design that gives the frame a more modern look while still keeping that famous, undeniable silhouette.
Just like the 714 before it, the frame folds into itself making for the perfect travel sunglass and you can expect all the classic details such as the Supreme Arrow design, Meflecto temples, and that signature keyhole bridge. EyeGoodies has them in four colors in sizes 52 and 55 and they also have them in the RX version as well.
Nearing almost 100 years in business, Persol looks to the last 99 and commemorates three of of their most famous models. Those three are the 649, the 714, and the Cellor. The three styles represent important chapters in the company’s history.
First up is the 649, an iconic frame shape designed in 1957 for Turin tram drivers and quickly became a fashion staple when actor Marcello Mastroianni wore it in the acclaimed comedy, Divorce Italian Style. Next is the 714, a variation of the 649 and was a favorite of Steve McQueen and was the first folding sunglass. Both frames will also be offered in an optical version for the first time. Last but not least is the Cellor, a timeless piece from the 1950s that returns with the same mixed materials, half-rim design.
We’re not sure why rounder frames aren’t a little more popular these days. The classic silhouette has been a favorite of some of the most influential people on the planet. Persol’s got their own take on it and a handful of great colors to choose from.
The style’s circular shape is wrapped in Persol’s signature details from the mini Supreme Arrows to the little Meflecto marks on the temples. They’ve also complemented the metal earstems and nosebridge with various acetate colors and polarized lenses.
With the success of last year’s Vintage Celebration collection which featured four Havana colorways pulled from the Persol archive, the company is back at it again with another set of colorways just in time for summer 2014.
Where last year’s collection focused on brown Havanas, this year’s lineup will get some much-needed color with four new archival hues from the 1960s. The new colors include the transparent blue Cobalto, the deep green Ossidiana, the red Granato, and Ambra (above). The colors will make their way onto a variety of styles from the classic 649 as well as a handful of optical frames.
Persol is bringing back its Steve McQueen edition of the folding 714 with new host of frame colors and lens tints right on time for the new year. Our favorite is an updated take on one of the most famous stylus worn by him, a brown and blue-lensed combo which is reintroduced in a honey tortoise frame and a blue gradient lens that’s polarized and is also photochromic with lenses that darken and lighten their tint based on your conditions.
Persol is putting its classic 649 on a bit of a diet this year with the new 9649. Available in both optical and sun models, the profile of the 649 is dialed down a notch with a thinner (and lighter) earstem and frame that gives it a more modern twist while keeping the signature silhouette.