EYE SPY: Berluti’s transition from elite cobbler to head-to-toe men’s luxury brand is coming into sharper focus: Eyewear is in view.
At the end of January, the French brand is to introduce three sunglass designs done in collaboration with Oliver Peoples.
According to David Schulte, ceo of Oliver Peoples, the idea for the collection was to “seamlessly integrate unique elements of the Berluti brand into an Oliver Peoples frame.”
Cue a vintage-look, round shape inspired by Andy Warhol, who was a devotee of Berluti shoes; a pilot style whose top bridge boasts inlaid leather, and an oversized frame whose straight topline exudes a more tailored attitude.
Acetate frames bear a subtle pattern echoing the tonal patina of the brand’s Venezia leather. And a limited-edition style called the Sheldrake is characterized by a thinly layered leather front, in black or brown.
The frames are to be sold in Berluti and Oliver Peoples boutiques, along with select eyewear retailers and department stores. Retail prices range from 350 to 450 euros, or $450 to $590.