The year was 1986, the place West Hollywood, CA, the name Oliver Peoples.
Two brothers by the name of Larry and Dennis Leight, born and raised in Los Angeles, California, purchased an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear, including filigreed rimless and metal frames, and clip-on metal sunglasses produced by iconic companies such as Bausch & Lomb and American Optical. This turned out to be an excellent choice for the Leight’s, given their passion for 1940s -1960s eyewear. The lot included a receipt signed with the name “Oliver People,” who was deemed to be the original owner or distributor. It was then that the brothers used his name for what would become one of the most popular brands of opticals to date. The most unique aspects of Olive Peoples is how they have managed to integrate the Californian lifestyle-elements of fashion, film, art, sport, straight into the soul of the brand. You have probably seen or heard about them on several different occasions but if not here’s a few references for you.
In the show Burn Notice, the main character, Michael Westen, is a frequent wearer of Oliver Peoples Victory sunglasses, size 55 with Cognac lenses.
In the 2000 film American Psycho, the protagonist Patrick Bateman mentions that his yuppie colleague, Marcus Halberstram, has the same penchant for Oliver Peoples glasses as he does.
Oliver Peoples collaborated with Zooey Deschanel on her second successful short film, Catch a Tuesday, and created a frame in her name.
Another one was with Nom De Guerre; a Manhattan retail store and apparel brand that combines basic and diverse influences from art, fashion and various New York subcultures.
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