As I’m in San Francisco I felt I just had to take the chance to finally see the well-known Warby Parker glasses in real life. For yours who aren’t familiar with Warby Parker, it’s a startup from New York focusing on affordable cool glasses with a charity perspective: Buy a pair, give a pair. Warby Parker works with experienced non-profit partners to ensure that each sale of their frames will give someone in need access to affordable glasses. So far, they’ve distributed over 250 000 pairs already(!).
Pictures from the showroom (placed in a cute vintage shop):
Very nice selection of glasses shown on rustic Me and Miz trying out sunnies like nuts
Nice shape and color
Good looking sunnies (the lenses are really blue, hard to see on the picture though)
We’ve been writing about this sunglass many times before, (HERE) and (HERE). But as it’s one of the most googled frames and also a lovley sunglass we would like to do it again!
Below you can see the classic Persol 714, which is the folding sunglass that Steve McQueen wore in the movie Thomas Crown Affair. The blue lenses gives the sunglass a relaxed look.
Lately, we’ve seen a lot of frames in green nuances. It’s like a couple of years ago, when all the classic black frames became brown, and now they are turning into green. Green is the new brown?
Tom Ford 5197, col.096
Moscot, Ginger Moss
MYKITA “Walter”, col. 904
Barton Perreira, Caine Fern Gully
l.a. Eyeworks always has crazy shapes and colors. And now they have the craziest textures as well. It looks and feels like wood grain – feels very soft and natural – but its actual acetate!
Even other brands, such as Vasuma and Theo have made wood-inspired frames. What do You think? Bonocle loves it!
Persol is a very classic Italian eyewear brand founded in 1917 and several of their glasses feature the characteristic metal arrow hinges. The name is derived from “per il sole”, Italian for “for the sun”. If you find a pair of vintage Persol it says “Ratti” inside the temple and the quality is wonderful. In 1995 Luxottica took over the production of Persol.
One of Persol’s most important figures is definitely Steve McQueen, who wore Persol 714 with blue lenses in the “Thomas Crown Affair” in 1968 (See picture below). Additional fun fact: the custom pair Steve McQueen wore in the movie was auctioned for $60.000! Steve McQueen also wore another very similar Persol frame called 649 in his every day life.
Steve McQueen wearing the Persol 714 with blue lenses in “The Thomas Crown Affair”. Photo from here.
Steve McQueen in Persol. Photo from here.
Marcello Mastroianni in “Divorce Italian Style” wearing the Persol 649. Photo from here.
Persol’s 649 (see picture below) looks exactly like 714 but is not foldable. The 649 was made in 1957 for tram drivers in Turin who needed large glasses to protect their eyes from dust and air. It was made famous in 1961 by Marcello Mastroianni who wore a black pair in “Divorce Italian Style” (See picture above). We really like the 649 in tortoise and green-gray lenses also known as G-15 lenses. Very classic frames, you can rarely go wrong when buying this one.
Persol sunglasses were James Bond’s only choice a few times, both Daniel Craig and Pirece Brosnan wore them as Bond. We could keep namedropping celebrities who’ve worn Persol but we think this is enough for now.