The Man Behind The Brand
The Garrett Leight brand encapsulates cool, laid-back California vibes in a range of sunglasses and eyeglasses, and has become wildly popular in the past few years. In Leights words “I wanted to offer something at a better price point that had the equivalent style and quality of higher-price brands”.
Garrett Leight sunglasses and frames are classic and contemporary, timeless and on trend. The perfect round glasses, retro glasses and vintage frames to suit your unique personality and style. Each frame features subtle and sophisticated details in fit, material and proportion that make it unique, such as Italian and Japanese acetates and German made hinges.
For Leight, eyewear was something of a birthright. His father, Larry Leight, founded luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples in 1986. The younger Leight’s early memories of the industry revolve around the Oliver Peoples store on Sunset, where he spent time as a child. “At the time, Oliver Peoples was one of the last standing really successful eyewear brands that wasn’t owned by Luxottica or Safilo or Marchon,” Leight noted. The company was sold to Oakley in 2005.
Leight began to work for his father in early 2007, and was immersed in a close-knit culture of employees who had been with the company for over 20 years. After two years with Oliver Peoples, Leight set out on his own, opening an eyewear store on Abbot Kinney in Venice, in November 2009. “I think I was part of this generation that saw an opportunity for something new, with its own original point of view, that wasn’t part of the major corporate conglomerate companies,” Leight said, of his decision to found an independent eyewear brand. In early 2011, Garrett Leight eyewear went to market with frames that channeled the light, sunny, youthful qualities of Los Angeles. “We’re ambassadors of California,” he said. At the time, there weren’t high-end eyewear brands representing the Golden State. The distinct frames are hand finished with a beveled edge and feature hinges with real rivets.
To reinforce the brand, Leight created a magazine that “just oozes California lifestyle,” called Spectacle, to explore style, history, food and art, among other things. “I feel like storytelling is such a huge part of building a brand,” he added.
Garrett Leight now has stores in San Francisco and New York, and has just launched a new brand with his father called Mr. Leight. While Garrett Leight has built a clientele of celebrities, actors and musicians with a youthful California energy, Mr. Leight looks to reach a new audience with a more mysterious aesthetic. “It’s a little bit more feminine, it’s a little older, it’s more expensive,” Leight said. “I think Garrett Leight would be defined as contemporary, where this is true luxury.”
Envision Optical James Street is proud to be the only Garrett Leight stockist on the Gold Coast with a full range of these California inspired frames.
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