Being a famous symbol of men’s style, Steve McQueen was an avid aviator and motorcyclist whose pals were Bruce Lee and Frank Sinatra. This King of Cool knew exactly how to dress stylishly. Each detail of McQueen’s wardrobe, from sweaters to suits, reflects excellent men’s looks. His favorite sunglasses, Persol 714s got the legendary status of iconic glasses. Launched in 1957 in Italy, Persol company was making eyewear for race car drivers and pilots, which led McQueen to become interested in this brand. The well-known actor appreciated the 649 model of glasses with a mechanism that allows the frame to fold up and fit in the chest pocket.
Outside of Italy, Persol was mostly an unknown company but after McQueen’s sunglasses appeared in 1968’s The Thomas Crown Affair, sales skyrocketed. Apart from his stunts, Steve McQueen did his own costuming in the movie. Following the legend, the actor appeared on the first filming day in his personal 714s sunnies and producers decided the accessory should stay on Steve because he looked incredibly cool. That was a famous pair of Havana tortoiseshell spectacles with icy blue lenses McQueen was wearing in his personal life, and also in The Getaway and Bullitt. Over the years, these iconic sunglasses were revived periodically.
The 714s model became a fixture of Persol’s permanent collection from April 12, 2021. The manufacturer included five new colors inspired by McQueen, including a blue combo, light Havana, and a honey yellow. The new frames feature a luxe limited-edition design available with platinum-plated high-quality lenses. The strong and masculine design of these glasses reflects Steve McQueen’s commanding look. Even without stolen cash in bags and a bike, these sunglasses feature rebellion, being the king of cool of the iconic brand. Visit our shop to discover more frames from the stunning Persol eyewear collections.