The father-son duo behind cult favorite brands Oliver Peoples and Garrett Leight California Optical is adding a luxury line to their optical dynasty. Larry Leight, who founded Oliver Peoples, and his son Garrett, have partnered to create Mr. Leight, a collaboration collection aimed at the high-end, sophisticated consumer.
Mr. Leight exudes a Slim Aarons aesthetic—modern, aspirational, and discreetly luxurious. The 16-piece collaboration is a testament to the optical expertise of the Leights, mastering both fit and innovation through meticulous engineering and personalized details down to the screws. Each frame ranges from $700-$900, featuring classic shapes like the Cat-Eye and Aviator, elevated with materials like 18-karat rose gold and titanium and pearl for nose pads. Every collection will be themed around an aspirational destination as an ode to the jet-set lifestyle. The Leight’s hometown of Los Angeles acts as elusive inspiration for the debut release with frames named after a famous streets in Beverly Hills and the Hollywood Hills.
The Leights celebrated the launch of Mr. Leight last Thursday at an intimate dinner in Manhattan. As an homage to Venice Beach, the designers brought Chef Evan Funke of FELIX to the city to prepare a special menu for their guests. Attendees included Marisa Tomei, Nina Agdal, Maxwell Osborne, and Justin Theroux, who all donned their own pairs of shades from the new collection.
The collection is now available exclusively through Bergdorf Goodman.
*This story was originally published for Forbes.com.