We photographed actress Casey LaBow at Governor’s Ball in New York, wearing these vintage Oliver Peoples sunglasses. Part of Oliver Peoples’ “Linus” collection, this frame is notable for its unique bridge, which reminded Casey of an old movie theatre curtain. As an actress, that quirky design touch “spoke to her” and made her fall in love with these glasses immediately!
Made in Japan, these frames are hand-crafted from antique gold alloy, with dark green lenses that almost appear black from certain angles. The original frame was part of Oliver Peoples’ extensive archive of vintage glasses, which founder Larry Leight has been collecting and amassing for decades.
Eric is an architect in Paris and we spotted him wearing these Oliver Peoples “Riley” frames, known for their vintage look and touch of “Old Hollywood” glamour. This is one of the original frames in the Oliver Peoples catalogue, and it was inspired by 1960s fashion, mixed with a contemporary colour palette and clean aesthetic. The frames feature rounded contouring, pin detailing and a classic keyhole bridge. Need further proof of the Riley’s Hollywood connections? These glasses are a favourite of Steven Spielberg’s, and were worn by Justin Timberlake in the film, “Bad Teacher.”
The “Afton Sun” frame is one of the iconic sunglass styles from California-based Oliver Peoples, combining a laid-back West Coast vibe with a sporty, retro aesthetic. We typically see these frames in a matte black, which makes Steve’s “Taupe Gradient” pair that much more special. With a chunky outline and slightly deeper-set lenses, these acetate frames are crafted to be both bold and timeless. We love the triple-pin detailing on the temples, and the way the arms mirror the custom, amber photochromic glass lenses. A 7-barrel hinge adds durability.
Pablo is literally seeing the world through rose-coloured lenses, with these “Sheldrake” glasses from Oliver Peoples. The glass lenses are an exclusive custom colour for these frames, which are hand-sculpted from acetate, then finished with a traditional key-hole bridge. The “Buff” shade is slightly transparent, exposing a visible core-wire and rivet detailing on the temples. A signature Oliver Peoples logo is embossed at the end of the arms.
This is Pablo’s third pair of “Sheldrake” glasses and he’s put in rose-coloured lenses for each one of them. He wanted something special, and likes that they soften his features and help to tone down his outfits. We like the way he sees things!
Jasmine only wears black, so these Oliver Peoples “Jacey” frames are the perfect pair of sunglasses to fit her wardrobe. Handmade in Italy, these oversized plastic frames feature an elegant design inspired by Hollywood style icons like Audrey Hepburn. The sculptural curves and exaggerated temples flatter almost any face shape, while a 7-barrel hinge adds durability. Gradient CR39 lenses – in black of course – add a nice finishing touch.
HGTV host Tommy Smythe loved his “Tycoon” glasses by Oliver Peoples because of their vintage-inspired look. And he’s not just saying that either – his father wore a similar pair of frames in the 1960s, and since they looked good on his dad, Tommy knew they would look good on him too. The retro design extends throughout the frames, from the thick nose bridge and wide temples, to the “Mahogany Tortoiseshell” colour. The look is a mix of literary chic and dapper gentleman, with just enough flourish to make it thoroughly modern as well.
Steven’s style icon is Woody Harrelson, and he recalled seeing Woody in a similar pair of glasses in the 80s. So when he spotted these “Linus Cloisonné” frames from Oliver Peoples, he knew he had to have them.
This is a pair of vintage-inspired glasses that Oliver Peoples introduced for their 20th anniversary. Designer Larry Leight went through the company’s extensive archives to find this classic round silhouette, then took the sketches to Japan, where the frames were produced with a feather-light antique gold titanium. The frames are coated with a laminated acetate in tortoise, then combined with tortoise crystal polished acetate temples. A recessed bridge and nose pads add comfort, while the only mark of branding is a tiny Oliver Peoples logo embossed on the arms. Steven liked that the glasses are lightweight and comfortable; we like that they work equally as well on Steven in 2013, as they did on Woody Harrelson in the 1980s!
Chloe Gaffney does PR for Oliver Peoples, and we caught up with her in the Oliver Peoples office during a recent afternoon in Hollywood. In a neighborhood of often over-dressed (and overwrought) style wannabes, Chloe stands out because she always keeps her look simple and chic and 100% herself. With an entire showroom of amazing eyewear to play with, Chloe chose these Jannsson frames to wear with her laid-back, summery outfit. Originally designed as sunglasses, Chloe switched out the tinted lenses on these acetate frames in favor of clear ones. Taking queues from icons like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., the unisex frames are stylish and confident, with pin detailing on the temples and sides, and a retro-inspired “Amber Tortoise/Buff Gradient” two-tone. The look is classy, elegant and a little playful at the same time, which come to think of it, perfectly describes Chloe as well!
We’re wrapping up our week of street-style looks inspired by the Karir Eyewear x Oliver Peoples Shop-in-Shop.
Ashley’s floral-print dress is definitely perfect for summer, but it’s her Maison Kitsuné x Oliver Peoples frames that really take her look to the next level. The limited-edition collaboration was inspired by travel in the 1950s, and is comprised of two models: “Tokyo” and “Paris.”
Ashley is wearing the “Tokyo” – which can be worn on its own, or out in the sun with the addition of the metal clip-on. Hand-crafted from beautiful acetate, the glasses feature a retro-inspired antique gold plaque and a keyhole bridge. We also love the tortoiseshell fade (a custom Oliver Peoples hue) and the matching brown polarized lenses, which give these frames a clean, tailored look – something in line with both companies’ minimalist design philosophy.
The Maison Kitsuné x Oliver Peoples collaboration was released in February, to mark the launch of the new Maison Kitsuné store in Tokyo. Only a few pairs of these glasses remain and they’re available at the Oliver Peoples Shop-in-Shop, taking place until June 22nd at Karir Eyewear in Toronto. Make sure you stop by to check out these frames in person. And enter our contest to win $500 toward a pair of Oliver Peoples frames for yourself!
All week long, we’re celebrating the launch of the Karir Eyewear x Oliver Peoples Shop-in-Shop with some of our favourite Oliver Peoples looks spotted on the street.
Lindsay had just taken her pair of Oliver Peoples sunglasses out for the first time when we photographed her in Toronto. These unisex “Afton” frames are a take on 1950s academia and inspired by Beat Generation figures like Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac. But Lindsay’s choice of colour (dubbed “Buff” by Oliver Peoples) gives these glasses a more contemporary spin.
Handcrafted from rounded acetate, we love how the clear colour of these frames exposes the arms and the Oliver Peoples logo at the sides, as well as the three-pin detailing on the temples. It’s a look that’s at once bold and subtle, with chicness and flair to spare.