Persol and the vision of its icons all hand made in Italy by masters – photographed in the studio of Philip Gay

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I’ve been a fan of Persol for decades. I have even had the pleasure of watching  the making of the frames in Italy. It is no wonder that the brand is favoured by cinema stars through the ages . Persol is not about trends, the frames are forever, the true meaning of a heritage brand.

Perhaps you want to look like Greta Garbo, Steve McQueen or Robert Pattinson…well what they all have in common is when it comes to wearing frames they all chose Persol.

The images above were photographed in the studio of Philip Gay on various characters including supermodel  Chiara Scelsi. Other models use their Persol’s to interpret protagonists inspired by the world of motor racing, and contemporary reinterpretations of cult models inviting you to express your inner celebrity by slipping on your own pair. Please find a selection of iconic models below.

0P03319S TOM A revolutionary design that’s always been there, the Tom revitalizes the contours of one of Persol’s most iconic shapes, giving it a cult-like personality. Part ’80s celebrity style, part next-generation ad campaign, this original Cellor model features eye-catching tenons and extra-wide temples, with a rich tortoise shell, tan or black frame and distinctive metal accents combined with polarized or solid Barberini® Premium mineral lenses for a cool, classic look
classic look.


OPO3309S VICO In an exceptional Italian design tailored to the look of the new generation of Persol enthusiasts, this distinctive new pantos model takes on a contemporary attitude with its metal bridge and sleek metal temples. Persol’s flexible hinges ensure a custom fit. Available in classic tan and gold or black and silver, this model ensures a superior vision experience with its brown or green polarized Barberini® Premium mineral lenses.
green polarized lenses.

OPO3310S JEAN With its sharply shaped look and distinctive metal arrows, this bold new driver’s model underlines Persol’s unique link to the world of motor racing. Unmistakable in dark green matte with two-tone coffee and green matte temples and brown polarized lenses, or unbeatable in iconic black or tan with classic green or black Barberini® Premium mineral lenses, this ad campaign protagonist is a true style statement.
statement of style.

0P03315V A contemporary icon expressing performance-oriented style, this new optical model with character is distinguished by its distinctive metallic details and exclusive colours. Inspired by a passion for the world of motor racing, this model revisits the cult appeal of an iconic style with a fresh attitude, featuring powerful low and wide contours and Persol’s signature acetates – including the new transparent grey and luminous
Miele luminous, in addition to the classic black and tan.


0P01935S The glamorous, film-inspired style evolves with
with understated elegance and the new Persol arrow. Persol acetates and traditional lens colours give this modern icon an urban edge. The luminous textures of the Madreterra, Caffe and Terra di Siena acetate frames, as well as the classic black and havana, are combined with elegant clear and colourless gradient lenses or the iconic Barberini® Premium mineral lenses, available in
polarised version.


0P01935V In the natural style of true icons, clean contours redefine this classic shape with a modern twist. The striking top bar and temples with the new Persol arrow give it a distinctive identity. Available in Persol’s exclusive Madreterra, Caffé and Terra di Siena acetates, as well as in a versatile black or tan version, for a look that is both rich and wearable.
and easy to wear.



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.