The eccentric, geek-chic look has been on fire in the fashion world for both menswear and womenswear in recent seasons, and items such as glasses that were once dismissed as nerdy have now become every wardrobe’s must-have. While there are a number of futuristic, experimental designs on the market, classic, vintage styles remain to be an industry favourite. With a specialty in custom acetate frames and retro-inspired designs, Oliver Peoples have made the sophisticated and intellectual aesthetic iconic since their 1986 debut.

Every design is the outcome of countless revisions at Oliver Peoples. Prototypes are crafted entirely by hand prior to final production to ensure the outcome matches the original designs; meanwhile the pins, plaques, hinges and the signature logo plaques are industrialised to ensure consistency. Individual components are then assembled and hand-polished by a dedicated team of technicians, who are highly trained to ensure all final products adhere to strict quality standards.

From left: O’Malley in Semi Matte Dark Mahogany / OP 505 Vintage DTB with Antique Gold / Hardman in Navy
From left: O’Malley in Semi Matte Dark Mahogany / OP 505 Vintage DTB with Antique Gold / Hardman in Navy

Acetate frames in shades of tortoise are an eyewear classic, but they also happens to be the signature of Oliver Peoples. The O’Malley, named after L.A. Dodgers manager Peter O’Malley, remains one of the most recognisable frames in the brand’s history, while the OP 505 features filigreed antique-metal temple detailing that resembles the first style introduced in the 1986 debut collection. Oliver Peoples has collaborated with Puyi Optical to launch the Hardman style in an exclusive new colour. The typically superior craftsmanship is still evident in the thin metal temples and in the detailing at the bridge, but the iconic shape gets something new from the marbled navy tortoise hue, resulting in a sophisticated and contemporary product.

From left: After Midnight in Pewter and Blue / Chaser in Silver with White Platinum Polarized lenses
From left: After Midnight in Pewter and Blue / Chaser in Silver with White Platinum Polarized lenses

Sunglasses, meanwhile, represent the more innovative side of Oliver Peoples, as the brand is known for its selection of superior polarised and photochromic mineral glass sun lenses made from a blend of the finest materials as well as the most advanced manufacturing technologies. All lenses are carefully chosen to make sure they balance out with the brand’s foundation of refined, vintage-inspired styles, with designs such as the Chaser and also After Midnight (a collaboration with fashion brand The Row) being the most unique examples to date.

For eyewear fanatics, Oliver People is hosting a mini exhibition at Point De Vue in Landmark from 2 September 2016 to 30 September, so you can get a better understanding of the craftsmanship and detailed care that goes into a pair of quality eyewear. In the meantime, take a look at this video as we guide you through the birth of an eyewear classic.

Point De Vue, Shop B4-5, 1st Basement Floor, The Landmark, Central, +852 2730 3330

This story is presented by Oliver Peoples.

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.