Persol launches its very first sunglasses that combine metal and acetate

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Persol follows up its iconic 714 sunglasses, worn by Steve McQueen, with a new style that marks a notable first for the Italian eyewear brand.

The new frames, named PO3274S, are the brand’s first to feature a mixed composition of metal and acetate. Their frames and temples feature a folding mechanism for easy storage, making them the brand’s second frames to sport this feature since the 714’s debut in 1960. But how do they differ, you ask? The temples of the new model fold inwards and not downwards, which makes them a little easier to fold and store. Now available for delivery in May, the frames come in four colorways for $408 each.

The PO32742 frame in the color caffe/light blue.

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In addition to choosing the color combination you prefer, you can personalize the glasses by adding a monogram on the temples, including up to three letters. You can also have the lenses, which provide 100% UV protection, fitted with your prescription.

When Persol’s 714 sunglasses were launched over 60 years ago, they were the first pair of folding frames on the market. The model was originally designed as a version of the brand’s 694 style that could become more compact and easier to store. Steve McQueen has donned the frames in movies like Bullit, the getaway and Le Mans; inspiring the manufacturer to create a range of special edition 714s based on the King of Cool. The iconic pilot shape and keyhole bridge of the 714, designed in 1957 for Turin’s tram drivers, is also replicated in the new PO3274S silhouette.

Persol Sunglasses Profile PO32742

A profile shot of the frames, showcasing Persol’s signature arrow design on her front temple.

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Persol relaunched another 60s classic from its portfolio last year, known as the PO3260 silhouette. The style was worn by Jude Law in The Talented Mr. Ripley, and the updated edition offered a striking cobalt blue colorway that differed from the classic tortoiseshell or black options, with a limited run of just 200 pairs. Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni also sported the retro frames in the 1960s comedy-drama The good life.

To get your very own pair of PO3274S frames for the cinematic moments of your life, visit Persol.com.

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