by Stephen Garner

Persol has joined forces with Stone Island to reinterpret the eyewear brand’s “Pilot Frame PO2470S” style.

The exclusive pilot frame combines the excellence of the two Italian brands. A design taken from the Persol archives and not seen since the ‘70s until this collaboration, the new sunglasses perfectly combine the experimental vision of Stone Island with the authentic spirit and precision of Persol. The same machine used to make the original design was discovered in Persol’s vaults and re-commissioned. Inspired by the world of aviation, the feeling is industrial elegance.

A bold pilot profile is characterized by a metal bridge with visible screws. The metal bridge is hand brushed for an exquisite opal effect, in contrast with the gunmetal frame. The temples are enriched by the famous stylized Arrow and Meflecto and feature yellow temple tips with the iconic Stone Island logo. The model has light blue polar lenses, with both Persol and Stone Island engraved logos, one for each lens. Each pair comes with a multi-functional box that includes the sunglasses and their dedicated case, a branded lanyard, and a special cleaning kit, embodying the workwear essence of both brand’s DNA.

“I’ve always had great respect for Persol on account of its long history, its consistency, and the ability it has shown in maintaining a connection with its origins,” said Carlo Rivetti, creative director and president at Stone Island. “The experience of working together was one characterised by enthusiasm and the ease that comes when you share the same values. We put the product at the heart of everything, drawing on human ability and technological capability, together with meticulous attention for detail and functionality. The result represents the perfect combination of Persol and Stone Island – two companies that are different yet share a strong sense of common feeling.”

“Persol encapsulates our high-end eyewear culture: quality, tradition, Italian spirit and craftsmanship, as well as innovation and the ability to experiment with elegance and style,” added Francesco Milleri, vice president and CEO of Luxottica, Persol’s parent company. “We’re proud of this collaboration with Stone Island because it draws on these values and allows us to further promote Italian excellence around the world.”

The Persol x Stone Island collaboration will be available on starting Tuesday, September 29th.