Friday Film — Persol “Made by Hand”

Friday Film – Persol “Made by Hand”

Persol “Made by Hand” is lots of cool tools, cool camera angles, cool hand touches, a cool jazz riff on Night in Tunisia, and the cool reality Persol sunglasses have been made in Italy since 1917. Yes, that was a sentence where the world “cool” is not overused. Now, throw in cool Steve McQueen.

This Friday Film is just shy of three minutes of manufacturing joy. One of the few industrial films where a complaint is it should last longer and include more shots of how Persol sunglasses are made.

Steve McQueen wears the Persol 714 sunglasses in the 1968 film “The Thomas Crown Affair,” and they are cool from the first time they show up on the screen.

Steve McQueen and Persol 714 sunglasses in "The Thomas Crown Affair."

Steve McQueen and Persol 714 sunglasses in “The Thomas Crown Affair.”

Persol also has a Steve McQueen Special Edition range, and McQueen owned numerous pairs and styles of Persol glasses. A pair of 714s he is thought to have worn in the movie sold at auction in 2006 for $70,200. At the same gavel fest, a Rolls Royce Silver Shadow used in Thomas Crown sold for the exact same price.

John Lennon was also a Persol fan, seen here wearing oval Persol style 3046 in an iconic photo by Bob Gruen.

John Lennon on New York City rooftop wearing New York City T-shirt, denim jacket, and Persol 3046 sunglasses.  Photo credit Bob Gruen.

John Lennon on New York City rooftop wearing New York City T-shirt, denim jacket, and Persol 3046 sunglasses. Photo credit Bob Gruen.

Hugh Jackman also sports Person sunglasses, the discontinued model 2837S, even in the cold.

Hugh Jackman sporting Persol 2837S sunglasses, along with scarf and overcoat.

Hugh Jackman sporting Persol 2837S sunglasses, along with scarf and overcoat.

For a more recent movie tie in, Daniel Craig wore special edition Persol 2720 sunglasses for “Casino Royale” while tooling around in his Aston Martin DB5.

Persol 2720 sunglasses on Daniel Craig as James Bond, inside the Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5.  Photo courtesy Bond Lifestyle.

Persol 2720 sunglasses on Daniel Craig as James Bond, inside the Casino Royale Aston Martin DB5. Photo courtesy Bond Lifestyle.

Persol sunglasses are available at retail throughout the United States, usually through eyeglass stores or optometrist offices. This is a link to the Persol retail locator. Amazon and eBay also have a good selection of Persol in general and the models featured in this story.

Persol sunglasses on eBay

Amazon Persol Offers

Persol 714 and Steve McQueen Special Edition sunglasses on eBay

Amazon Persol 714 and Steve McQueen Special Edition Offers

Persol 3046 sunglasses on eBay

Amazon Persol 3046 Offers

Persol 2720 James Bond sunglasses on eBay

No Amazon Persol 2720 Offers.

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