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September 28, 2012

Oliver Peoples Anniversary Frames

By Departures Dispatch | Fashion

Oliver Peoples glasses
Photo courtesy of Oliver Peoples

The 25th anniversary of Oliver Peoples comes as a surprise to many—not because the brand’s success was ever in doubt, but because it feels as if it has been around forever. That has always been the genius of its glasses' vision. Much like Ralph Lauren, which has become firmly ingrained in the American image, Oliver Peoples has tapped into a national mythology. In particular it holds fast to the legend of Hollywood—an approach that has always seemed appropriate for an artisan of spectacles. The brand's lens on the world is Technicolor-hued nostalgia, and to wear a pair of its frames is to step straight out of a cinematic classic and impress on passersby a feeling of déjà vu.

For this year’s milestone, Oliver Peoples decided to look forward by looking back. Larry Leight, founder and creative director, has marked the occasion with the release of a special-edition frame (from $340) modeled on a sketch he drew in 1989, just as his glasses were beginning to catch—and adorn—the public eye. Produced in the silver customary to twenty-fifth anniversaries, as well as other classic finishes, the celebratory frame is trimmed with a retro plaque on the temple, a filigreed scroll on the end piece and other vintage flourishes. Leight and Oliver Peoples have much to celebrate—and the glasses have never looked finer. Available the last week of October; 812 Madison Ave.; 212-585-3433; oliverpeoples.com.

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