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A sense of timelessness and the ethos of Hollywood has been built into the DNA of Oliver Peoples from the very beginning when Larry Leight, his sister Doré, and his brother Dennis introduced the brand to the world in 1987. Leight was hoping to launch an upscale optical shop in Los Angeles but wasn’t sure how to call it. Dennis received a call from a New York City antiques dealer, inquiring about whether the family would be interested in purchasing vintage eyewear samples, including 12-karat gold-filled frames that were at least fifty years old. After acquisition the Leights returned to LA and realized how incredible the discovery had been. In their eyes, the purchase was a good luck charm: six boxes held over 1,500 unassembled frames and optical tools. Inside was an itemized bill with the signature of the distributor whose inventory they had just purchased: Oliver Peoples.

From there a dignified and classic entity was born, the presence of vintage eyewear—frames that you could imagine Gregory Peck wearing— was Oliver Peoples’ signature style from the very beginning. In fact, there is a style named for Gregory Peck, modeled after the glasses the Old Hollywood legend wears in To Kill A Mockingbird.

“INSIDE OF ALL THE MAKEUP AND THE CHARACTER AND MAKEUP, IT’S YOU, AND I THINK THAT’S WHAT THE AUDIENCE IS REALLY INTERESTED IN… YOU, HOW YOU’RE GOING TO COPE WITH THE SITUATION, THE OBSTACLES, THE TROUBLES THAT WRITER PUT IN FRONT OF YOU”
Gregory Peck

Oliver Peoples offers the Gregory Peck optical and sun frames as an homage to the character of Atticus Finch, but also as a point of entry to the personality of a true icon. Movie stars are particularly prone to being confined to the period in which they were most dominant and for many that leads to simply popping up when that era is in fashion, and dropping off when it is out. In Peck’s case, he remains perennially relevant because his style and personality transcend the era he is most associated with. He is, in every sense of the word, timeless.

“SIMPLICITY, TO ME, HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE ESSENCE OF GOOD TASTE”
Cary Grant

Cary Grant adjusts his glasses. The frames give his charismatic character, Roger Thornhill, definition. He’s a man on the run, mistaken for someone else but taking matters into his own hands. This is a moment of flirtation and revelation in the iconic thriller North by Northwest. With their signature commitment to character and style, Oliver Peoples created optical frames and sunglasses inspired by this significant moment. More than an accessory, they represent the style and character of one of cinema’s greatest figures. From color to form and material, Oliver Peoples delivers a loyal representation of Cary Grant’s sophisticated nature with a considered touch of modernity. Not only does the Cary Grant mark the first-ever authorized collaboration with the actor’s estate, it’s the first time his name and likeness have been loaned to any brand.

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