Saturday, December 12

NY TIMES Article on Oliver Peoples

Its always interesting, when people try to intellectualize fashion trends.

Garrett Leight and his Dad are friends of Spectacle so we thought we'd give his shop some love and re-post this page from the New York Times.

Of course many of the frames and lines they talk about in the article are available at your firendly local Spectacle shop

Feeling for … ’80s Shades
Men's Fashion| By BRUCE PASK| November 11, 2009, 2:11 pm

Photo by Paul Sun

It seems that with every fashion season there is a new 1980s moment — it’s become as predictable as a catfight between the strong-shouldered demon ladies on “Dynasty.” Having said that, an interesting ’80s revival is happening on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, the nerve center for West L.A. style makers. Garrett Leight, a native of Venice, Calif., and the 25-year-old son of the Oliver Peoples eyewear founder Larry Leight, has started A. Kinney Court, a specialized eyewear gallery and boutique for men and women. The store’s centerpiece is a rare assortment of vintage Oliver Peoples frames, dating as far back as 1987. Classic clip-on sunglasses, as well as the famous O’Malley frame (based on retro shades from the 1950s), will be showcased along with a revolving selection of other rare finds rediscovered by Larry and Garrett after carefully sifting through boxes in multiple storage units. The frames come with original blue, green and brown vintage tint lenses to complete the period-perfect look; Garrett will soon complete his optician’s license exams to make sure his customers’ vision is as sharp as their look. The store, which opened this week and is situated around a vast courtyard hangout, carries other design-minded optical lines like Thierry Lasry and KBL Eyewear, as well as shoes and apparel for men and women from Becca Moon and LnA, a casual sportswear line. I’m feeling for it!