Oliver Peoples launches Original Vintage Circa 1987: Larry is inspired to explore his personal archive and wholesale collection of original Oliver Peoples designs. He uncovers several treasures with original 1950s vintage tinted glass lenses in rare shades. Pieces from the rare assortment are made available to select stores and the Oliver Peoples Boutiques.
Building on the popularity of these original designs, Oliver Peoples re-releases a limited quantity of three iconic, brand-defining styles from the first wholesale collection. The OP-505, with filigreed antique metal temple detailing, was the first style introduced in the 1986 debut collection and the OP-1955 was a unique style recognized for its contrasting tortoise shell colors. Â The third was the O’Malley, named after former LA Dodgers’ owner Peter O’Malley. Also worn by Christian Bale in the classic cult film, "American Psycho," the O’Malley remains one of the most recognizable frames in Oliver Peoples’ history.
Jay Penske’s Dragon Books, the hilltop Bel Air gallery featuring rare 1st edition literary treasures, is the perfect sophisticated setting to showcase the original frames in a photo shoot and short film.
"WITH THE ACQUISITION OF THAT ORIGINAL VINTAGE ARCHIVE & OUR ABILITY TO RECREATE THE ESSENCE OF EACH UNIQUE FRAME, WE TAPPED INTO SOMETHING NO OTHER EYEWEAR DESIGNER HAD: TIMELESS SHAPES, HIGH QUALITY, & FUNCTION IN BEAUTIFUL STYLES & CLASSIC COLORS. WHILE EVERYONE ELSE WAS FOCUSED ON FUTURISTIC, EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS, OLIVER PEOPLES MOVED IN A MORE VINTAGE, RETRO-INSPIRED DIRECTION. OTHER DESIGNERS IN THE INDUSTRY FOLLOWED. TODAY WE STRIVE TO CRAFT INNOVATIVE STYLES FOR PROGRESSIVE INDIVIDUALS WHO SET THE TRENDS WORLDWIDE."
- LARRY LEIGHT FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR