Oliver Peoples was born in the heart of West Hollywood, California, on iconic Sunset boulevard. The unique culture of Los Angeles - elements of fashion, film, art, music, and the southern California lifestyle - remains at the core of the brand's DNA.
The first Oliver Peoples designs were inspired by an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear purchased by the founders of the brand in the late 1980’s. The assortment included thousands of beautifully filigreed rimless and metal frames, including clip-on metal sunglasses produced by iconic American companies such as Bausch & Lomb and American Optical. All of the frames were unworn, in mint condition, and in their original packaging. Among the collection, which also included catalogues, tooling, and lenses, was a receipt signed with the name “Oliver Peoples.” It was reasoned that he was the owner or distributor, and the first original collection was named in his honour.