Italian brand Persol has been manufacturing luxury eyewear since 1917, when Giuseppe Ratti formed the company to create sunglasses for pilots and racing drivers.

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Persol has 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 close-up photographs show us the manufacturing process and transformation from raw material into the silhouettes that we recognize from Persol today.

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