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Guiseppe Ratti (1890 - 1965) was the man behind Persol. Interestingly,

his first loves were photography and cinematography and it was his

brother who owned the optical shop 'Berry', in Turin, Italy. Giuseppe's

experiences in aerial photography though may have led to his experiments

in lens tinting and in 1917, he was the man behind the burgeoning Persol

brand, starting with 'Protector' goggles. 'Protector' was taken up by the

Italian Airforce in WW1 and various styles of close-fitting sports goggles

were made, with Italian racing car drivers next in line. Ratti's name was

made and his initials appeared on his personal logo: the stork. From 1920

onwards, he started to work on perfecting sunglass lenses and frames for

the mass market. This was at a time when the public had to be persuaded

to even wear glasses, so Persol - 'for the sun' - was a luxury product. In

1937 Ratti introduced his invention 'Meflecto' - for frames. This system

allowed the arms to curve and thus hug the head and where its metal core

met the front frame at the hinge, a feature called a 'Supreme Arrow' went

across the joints. When worn, the decorative and functional parts meet and

it can be seen how the design was modelled on an ancient sword. Earlier

Meflecto Arrows are embellished with engraved wavy lines on the 'blade'

and this pair has those lines. In 1948 Meflecto was patented in the USA and

Persol went international. In the 1968 film, The Thomas Crown Affair, Steve

McQueen wore the sporty Persol 649/714 frame, glazed with blue tinted lenses.

Fast forward 20 or so years to this atypical shape from the late 1970s or early

80's in a demi-amber but the shape has changed: this pair, the 69102 is a unisex

frame of medium size and without the keyhole bridge - but the arrow hinge and

meflecto temples still in place. Ratti still making Persol frames and they would

do so up until 1995, when the company was sold to Luxottica Group and now the

parts are made in the Far East and only assembled in Italy.

                                                                  — klasik
product code : k8248 : £ 175

1970s/80ss demi-amber plastic frame marked

Can be glazed with Rx or sunglasses lenses.


lenses : n/a

frame : very good

fit : very good


face : 131mm

lens width : 50mm (marked on frame)

lens height : 44mm

bridge : 22mm (marked on frame)

arms : 145mm