Italian brand Persol has been manufacturing luxury eyewear since 1917, when Giuseppe Ratti formed the company to create sunglasses for pilots and racing drivers. Since then, they have been worn by everyone from Steve McQueen and Muhammad Ali to Jay Z and Ryan Gosling, securing the brand a reputation for quality and, above all else, style. These closeup photographs show us the manufacturing process and transformation from raw material into the silhouettes that we recognize from Persol today.
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