Oliver Peoples Eyeglasses
Making a place in history
Devoted to a love of the 60s, Oliver Peoples eyeglasses are the embodiment of what is also known as the ‘culture decade’. Drawing ideas from the archives, each pair has become a landmark in eyewear design.
Founded by Larry Leight in California, Oliver Peoples’s first boutique opened in West Hollywood in 1987. From the outset, the brand was open about their love of the vintage with each collection being inspired by the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The OP-505 was inspired by intellectuals: it is made from tortoiseshell acetate and holds elaborate details in antiqued metal. The O’Malley are a tribute to the glasses worn by the 70s Dodgers president, Peter O’Malley, and now have a legendary status of their own having being worn in American Psycho. The 1955 instead, is one of the first Oliver Peoples models and is characterized by the metal filigree bridge and contrasting color shell temples.
Cultural referencing and being a cultural reference is nothing new to the brand. They have collaborated with designers as varied as Paul Smith, The Row, and Balmain. They state that they are constantly inspired by intellectuals, poets, and writers, citing their Gregory Peck collection as an ode to his character in To Kill a Mockingbird. They have worked with folk musicians like Devendra Banhart - a nod to founder Larry Leight’s 60s Californian upbringing. Brad Pitt even wore three pairs of Oliver Peoples, the 523, the Aero, and the Sunset in Fight Club.
Appealing to those seeking an understated style, the brand uses opaque finishes and their one-of-a-kind ‘breath’ logo to avoid over-the-top branding. Frames are produced in limited quantities and pay homage to the beauty of cinema and the 60s.
Putting on a pair of Oliver Peoples will transport you to the set of a Godard film.