In 1986, opticians Larry and Dennis Leight opened their first boutique on legendary Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood, California. Earlier that year, they purchased an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear that included a receipt signed with the name “Oliver Peoples,” who they reasoned was the original owner or distributor.
When they decided to sell the estate collection in their retail store, it was appropriate to use that name in his honor. Inspired by the vintage frames purchased in the estate sale, they decided to design a collection of their own eyewear and create a unique retail experience in their own gallery-like setting. In 1987, the Oliver Peoples collection was introduced to the industry.
Oliver Peoples is designed in-house and remains true to its vintage-inspired roots. Known for our intellectual aesthetic, our frames are handcrafted of the finest materials available to the market today. Inspiration is drawn from the Oliver Peoples archive and modernized by exploring mixed media, including laminates and enamel inlays, using custom materials and colors. Working closely with our acetate manufacturer, our goal is to create beautiful colors that are wearable and flattering.
Utilizing the most advanced technologies available, our polarized and photochromic mineral glass lenses selectively filter sunlight so that vision is sharper, with improved color definition and contrast. A breath logo of the iconic Oliver Peoples symbols assures authenticity. Subtle details, discreet branding and high-quality define the Oliver Peoples brand.