Eyewear has been in the family for Garrett Leight and his father Larry for 30 years, but it’s only now becoming a family business for them. Both generations of Leight men founded their own successful eyewear companies — Garrett in 2009 when he started Garrett Leight California Optical, which now has 800 wholesale accounts and four retail stores, and Larry 23 years prior, in 1986, when he launched Oliver Peoples, where he served as founder, creative director and head designer until the end of last year. Now that Larry has been released from his Oliver Peoples contract, in a case of reverse nepotism, son has hired father as designer and creative consultant to introduce a free-thinking new capsule called Mr. Leight.
As of now, many of the details are TBD. “Mr. Leight is going to be a division of Garrett Leight that curates projects for either ourselves or other things we believe in,” said Garrett. “We have a variety of other values, whether it’s made in America or sustainability. But if somebody comes to us and we believe in what they’re doing and they want to add eyewear, we would take that meeting.”
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