Meet Mr. Leight, The New Eyewear Collection From Larry and Garrett Leight

February 21, 2018

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.

Laurel, $795
Runyon, $745
Both Larry and Garret have dominated the eyewear industry in their respective generations. In 1987, Larry Leight founded Oliver Peoples and built the brand to be one of the most recognizable names in the eyewear industry. In 2006, Larry sold the company to Luxottica but remained in his role until 2015. Garrett worked alongside his father at Oliver Peoples until 2009, until he decided to open his first optical store in Venice. Two years later, Garrett launched his own namesake brand which is now sold in over 800 stores worldwide and has celebrity fans like Kendall Jenner and Emily Ratajkowski. Mr. Leight is a family collaboration aimed at bridging the gap between the two iconic eyewear generations.

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.

Garrett Leight, Marisa Tomei, Larry Leight, Hunter Abrams for BFA. 
Nina Agdal, Hunter Abrams for BFA. 

The collection is now available exclusively through Bergdorf Goodman.

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