Updated: Jun 19, 2020
That’s a good question…. Who IS Oliver..?? Oliver Peoples, that is.
Technically, Mr. Oliver People was an estate owner who passed away some 50+ years ago…. It’s what he left behind that has made his name so ‘eye-catching’ - not only in the optical industry, but in the fashion industry, as well.
Typically, when one hears, or sees, the name Oliver Peoples, high end eyewear comes to mind. Eyewear that reflects the unique culture of L.A. - fashion, film, art, and music…
And, it should. That’s exactly what founders Larry Leight (optician to the stars), and Ken Schwartz of Oliver Peoples wanted to be reflected in their eyewear.
Inspired by the glasses they purchased in an estate sale in the 80’s, they set out to create a unique eyewear line. One that would embody aspects from the art deco period of the 20’s and 30’s, with the fashion and intellectual style of the 60’s. A line that would combine state of the art machinery and human touch. The result? Beautifully crafted frames that fit the contours of a face like a Maserati hugs the curves of a winding Italian backcountry road… Comfort and classic aesthetics - such a beautiful union.
They had begun their search by looking for early American eyewear. Eyewear that was unworn and had never before been circulated. Well, they found it. A liquidator in Connecticut had just what they needed - in the estate sale.
While going through the boxes, they continued to see the same name pop up on old receipts and invoices. The name of the previous owner of the estate. That name? None other than Oliver People. They loved the name and thought it would be perfect. And so, a new high end eyewear line, Oliver Peoples, was born. And the world is all the better for it, (Although, we may be a tad biased…)
A heritage brand born in 1987 in the heart of West Hollywood. Their store is located on Sunset Boulevard.
Beautiful, isn't it?
The Oliver Peoples mission statement:
“To be the most prestigious and cultured eyewear brand in the world.”
I’d say they’re off to a good start.
Oliver Peoples has graced faces belonging to some pretty big, and well known names.
Names such as: Harrison Ford, Angelina Jolie, Bruce Willis, Beyonce, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Zooey Deschanel, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Steve Carell, Demi Moore, Robert Downey, Jr., and Elijah Wood.
We at Frameworks Eyewear can’t say we’ve ever been featured in a major motion picture… But, we can say our frames have. Stop in and let us feature YOU in one of our frames. Whether it’s an exquisite Oliver Peoples, or a tres magnifique Parisien Alain Mikli - allow us to frame the unique beauty that is you.
1.YouTube/Oliver Peoples History
Web Accessed: 31 January 2020.