Persol Revisits a Century-Old Design for Its Motorsports-Inspired Protector

Whoever said that you shouldn’t wear sunglasses in the dead of winter was dearly mistaken, as the sun’s UV rays remain dangerous even when it isn’t warm out. And while some may leave their eyes protection-free in the colder months, brands like Persol know better. Upon deep-diving into their archives, the revered Italian opticians have released their limited-edition, uber-stylish Protector sunglasses that are perfectly suited to this time of year — or any other.

Built for just about any environment, the revitalized Persol Protector provides a fashion-forward sense of style without diminishing the storied design from 1917. The glasses’ silver-mirror lenses are crafted from premium glass, ensuring nothing short of clarity and, more importantly, protection. Persol’s sleek new shades are topped off with a set of removable, motorsports-inspired leather inserts that add increased shielding from the sun while also offering sweat protection during intense activity. And since the original Persol Protector was worn by motorsports champions and Italian soldiers, we expect its successor to see equally hard use. Lastly, considering this is Persol, the Protector boasts the brand’s signature silver arrow logo and patented Meflecto frame tech, ensuring that they can adapt to any face shape while providing optimized comfort.

If these sleek retro sunglasses haven’t convinced you to swap out your old pair, then the least you can do is admire Persol’s adherence to tradition. The new Protector sunglasses are available now on the brand’s website for $478.

Purchase: $478

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