Oliver Peoples

Oliver Peoples is an American luxury eyewear brand established in 1986, and owned by Luxottica.[1] The brand is sold in Oliver Peoples boutiques, online, and in fashion boutiques and department stores throughout the world. Oliver Peoples eyewear is designed in Los Angeles, Italy, and Japan.[2]

Oliver Peoples
TypeSubsidiary of Luxottica Group S.p.a.
United States
Number of locations
36 retail stores
Key people
Rocco Basilico (CEO)
Giampiero Tagliaferri (Creative Director)
ProductsEyewear and Sunglasses


Oliver Peoples was founded by Kenny Schwartz, Larry Leight and his brother Dennis Leight in 1986.[3] Before they launched the company, Kenny Schwartz and Larry Leight worked as an opticians. They would draw glasses on the celebrities in Vogue.[4] In 1984, Leight designed a frame, later named "Identity,"[5] that was fabricated for pop artist Andy Warhol.[6] Warhol wore the glasses for an editorial spread published in the German magazine Männer Vogue in 1987.[7]

In 1986, while Schwartz and the Leight brothers were searching for eyewear brands to stock their new boutique in West Hollywood, California,[8] they purchased a bulk lot of American brand name frames in their original packaging for $5,000 at an auction in Connecticut.[9] While going through the inventory, a receipt was found naming the frames' original owner, Oliver Peoples. The brothers named the company after him.[3]

In 2006, Oakley acquired Oliver Peoples for $46.7 million.[10] In 2007, Oakley was purchased by eyewear giant Luxottica.[11]

In 2009, Oliver Peoples collaborated with actress Zooey Deschanel for a signature pair of sunglasses called "Zooey."[12]

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  1. ^ Chad Bray and Elizabeth Paton, >Luxottica, Owner of Ray-Ban, in $49 Billion Merger With Essilor The New York Times 2017/01/16
  2. ^ Kara Baskin, Oliver Peoples is the latest eyewear retailer to focus on the Prudential Center Boston Globe, May 5, 2017
  3. ^ a b Immediato, Linda (2013-02-13). "Tastemaker: Larry Leight Los Angeles Magazine". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  4. ^ "Meeting with Larry and Garrett Leight of Mr. Leight". LadyFirst. August 9, 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ Morales, Noria (2011-07-08). "5 Things You Didn't Know About Oliver Peoples". POPSUGAR Fashion. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  6. ^ "How To Become A Master Photographer, According To Albert Watson". British Vogue. 2021-05-23. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  7. ^ "A new book celebrates the best of Männer Vogue". Vogue Paris (in French). 2014-05-01. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  8. ^ "Oliver Peoples". Sunset Plaza. Retrieved 2021-08-12.
  9. ^ "Larry Leight". www.thechicgeek.co.uk. September 20, 2010. Retrieved 2021-08-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ White, Ronald (February 2006). "Oakley Buys Luxury Eyewear Maker".
  11. ^ "Oakley To Merge Into Luxottica Group For Us$29.30 Per Share". Luxottica. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  12. ^ Padilla, Max (February 15, 2009). "Oliver Peoples to unveil Zooey Deschanel signature sunglasses". Los Angeles Times.