Steve McQueen 714SM Special Collection
The Steve McQueen: celebrates an icon with all the details of the original model worn by the actor.
A story about the past and present. A never-ending history that becomes legendary. It’s not about a destination, but a journey through ever-evolving times.
This is Steve McQueen.
And this is the 714 Steve McQueen, now in exclusive new colour combinations: 24/P1, 204/S3 & 95/48.
Originally introduced in the 1960s as a folding version of the Persol PO649, the 714 was the first-ever folding glasses model. The iconic pilot shape, keyhole bridge, timeless acetates and foldable system make it a masterpiece of Italian craftsmanship, requiring ten additional manufacturing steps compared to the standard models.
The Persol brand – an acronym of “per il sole”, “for the sun” – immediately forged the identity which it has kept ever since: a vocation for excellence and outstanding quality, supreme craftsmanship and attention to detail, technological innovation and style.
The Persol brand was created in 1917 by Turin based photographer Giuseppe Ratti whose aim was to create protective eyewear for daredevil motorcyclists and pilots. This brand philosophy perfectly lined up with actor Steve McQueen…
Steve McQueen reigns as the undisputed ‘King of Cool’, an avid motorcyclist and aviator himself, McQueen did many of his own stunts, which undoubtedly led the thrill-seeking star to the Persol brand. Steve McQueen opted for the 714 as the unique design features a mechanism that allows the sunglasses to be folded up to fit in one’s chest pocket.
Persol was largely unknown outside of Italy until McQueen’s shades featured in 1968’s ‘The Thomas Crown Affair’. Becoming part of McQueen’s look, Persol sunglasses were styled with turtlenecks and chukka boots by day to three-piece suits by night. Persol's style is distinctly vintage, with inspiration coming from places close to Persol's heart: technology and cinema. All Persol sunglasses all feature the distinctive Persol Arrow on the temple, inspired by the swords of ancient warriors. This design detail is carefully placed on an unmistakably unique union of nature and technology. Persol’s acetate comes from cotton, powdery pigments that are blended to form variations that can only be found in Persol sunglasses. This method allows the brand to create colour variations that are unique for each frame and wearer.
Today the 714SM sunglasses are achieving the legendary status they deserve.
Still utilising the revolutionary three notch bridge design, this folding Persol Steve McQueen Special Edition collection features the details of the original model worn by the actor. The blue lenses are a favourite of Steve McQueen which you can see featured in the 204/S3 Honey Opal Yellow acetate frame. As always, the eyewear is manufactured with top quality crystal, Persol PO071SM sunglasses are lightweight and comfortable. The folding closure system is featured at the end of the stem on each model in the special edition collection. The name Steve McQueen is embellished on the inside of the stem and on the stylish leather case. The case also sees an upgrade compared to the standard 714, instead of the magnet closure, you have a snap button closure. The high quality leather exterior is paired with a luxe velvet interior which not only looks great but also protects your sunglasses from scratches.
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