Garrett Leight

For Garrett Leight, son of Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight, some might think making eyewear was seemingly destined. For him it is just a matter of following his passion. It is out of this love for eyewear that his mission began as he wanted to make eyewear purveyors happy again by creating beautiful glasses re-inspiring the appreciation of good craftsmanship and their attention to detail. Their “desire to create beautiful things” is where his namesake brand “Garrett Leight California Optical” (GLCO for short) was born.

Leight put in the time improving his skills by working directly for both Oliver Peoples and Mosley Tribes. However make no mistake, Garrett Leight California Optical has a style and vision which is uniquely his own.

GLCO is laid back, sophisticated, and inspired by Leight’s California surroundings: the place where he was born, raised, works, lives, and loves. Garrett Leight conveys the Californian lifestyle with contemporary classics and iconic designs inspired by past generations. Timeless styles are brought to life through his discerning west coast perspective; From the colorways, such as “Champagne” with “Ocean” polarized lenses, or “Honey Blonde Tortoise” with old school “Pure Green” lenses (just to name a few) — to the frames all being named after streets in Venice CA . Even the Venice zip code “90291″ is specially engraved on the core wire, a very nice touch. There is a beautiful aesthetic to the entire collection. It’s not over complicated, just a slice of classic 20th century Americana served with a modern twist.

Having come from an optical background gives Leight the unique ability to perfectly execute the subtle details which makes any frame just that much better: such as the fit, proportion, and comfort. The collection also boasts some great technical features, such as German-made hinges, Japanese aged acetate, and Italian glass Barberini lenses for superb optics.

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