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Oliver Peoples started in 1986 when opticians Larry and Dennis Leight fulfilled their dream and opened their first optical boutique on legendary Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California. Earlier that year, they purchased an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear. The assortment included thousands of beautifully filigreed rimless and metal frames, including clip-on metal sunglasses produced by iconic American companies, such as by Bausch & Lomb and American Optical.
All the frames were unworn, in mint condition and in their original packaging. It was a goldmine for the Leight's, given their love for 1940s -1960s eyewear. Larry's designs and unique philosophy have changed the course of eyewear and influenced designers around the world. His designs have been featured on the faces of top models in several of the most recognized fashion magazines globally. He is also one of the first eyewear designers to be elected as a member of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America). His opinion and expertise in the field of eyewear design is sought after worldwide.