The Story of Oliver Peoples
by Mathias Stering on Sep 07, 2022
OLIVER PEOPLES was founded in 1987 in the heart of West Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard by Larry Leight with the opening of his first store. Los Angeles' unique culture with elements of fashion, film, art and music became the basis of the brand's DNA and is still their major source of inspiration today. From day one, Larry was passionate about delivering the highest quality products, creating a clear brand identity with historical roots in Southern California, and an almost obsession with delivering a personal service. These core values are what drive OLIVER PEOPLES even today, 35 years later.
The inspiration for the first collection, and what would become the core of OLIVER PEOPLES' designs, Larry found back in the mid-80s in a warehouse full of unused American stripped vintage eyeglass parts on an estate he had just bought. During this era, the market was generally driven by futuristic models, with large logos and strong colors. With his newfound, subtle eyeglass parts, Larry decided to go in the opposite direction. Furthermore, he found inspiration from his hometown of Los Angeles, mainly from its Art Deco period in the 20s and 30s, as well as from the intellectual, sophisticated fashion of the 60s. The result of OLIVER PEOPLES first collection was classic, iconic frames with a discreet logo and subtle details. Larry had then and there defined a new intellectual eyewear design that quickly came to change the development of many other brands worldwide. This vintage aesthetic that inspired OLIVER PEOPLES' first collection is still the brand's identity today.
Ever since the first collection, OLIVER PEOPLES has maintained the passion to produce exclusive frames made of the best possible materials with meticulous attention to detail. The frames are manufactured in factories where they combine a technically complicated process that involves both state-of-the-art machines and individual handwork.