It’s amazing what one can find at an estate sale. It’s even more amazing what one can do with that find. The vintage styling and quality craftsmanship of Oliver Peoples frames, whether prescription lenses or sunglasses, makes them a success story worth sharing.
A Lot in Life
Dennis and Larry Leight, brothers, came into a lot at an estate sale handling the earthly treasures of one Oliver Peoples. This particular lot contained a number of rare metal eyeglass frames.
With these distinctive frames in hand, the brothers started an optical store in West Hollywood. Between the original frames and their own creations inspired by those frames, they turned the name of Oliver Peoples into a brand synonymous with classic cool.
Every piece of every frame is not simply made, but handcrafted with an eye toward fine detail and overall aesthetic. The time taken on crafting pieces isn’t considered wasted when the pieces meet the standards set for the brand.
Whether patterned acetate or plain metal, or a mixture of both, Oliver Peoples prescription eyeglasses carry a retro style that highlights the craftsmanship of the artisans who make the frames as well as the degree of skill involved in making sure that the lenses are able to provide the wearer with the clearest possible vision. Looking good is a priority, but being able to see well is more important.
Shades of Metal
One of the most distinctive elements of Oliver Peoples glasses, particularly their sunglasses, is the use of rare earth elements infused into the glass of the lenses.
With these elements, combined with other performance coatings, a wearer’s eyes are not only able to have clear sight and sharp color definition, but also are protected more thoroughly than a mere UV coating or polarization layer can provide. Moreover, they allow the sunglasses to appear in a wide range of color combinations that can be the capstone for anybody’s sense of style.
For those with an eye for high quality eyewear and a desire to carry a touch of timelessness in their personal aesthetic, whether on the Western Slope or on the streets of LoDo, Oliver Peoples should be on the short list of anybody who wants to see clearly and be clearly seen.