Garrett Leight California Optical Venezia Sunglasses
Finding the perfect pair of sunnies can be rather a minefield in this day and age – with such a myriad of shapes, materials and high-tech lens combinations on offer from numerous brands, picking a pair that suits you can be a somewhat eye-squinting affair.
A sound piece of advice when making an investment in eyewear, is to opt for classic styling and artisan craftsmanship that will stand the test of time. Garrett Leight California Optical aims to bring the finest elements of eyewear manufacture together – sourcing the highest quality vintage acetates from Japan, paired with custom made German hinges and lab-developed polarized glass lenses, the brand’s cosmopolitan product elevates traditional eyewear design to a modern art form.
You might say that founder Garrett Leight has optical expertise in his very blood; his parents are the creators of uber-cool U.S. eyewear brand, Oliver Peoples. Whilst following in his family’s creative footsteps, Garrett Leight formed his own niche by opening his first shop in California’s illustrious Venice beach in 2009, offering an eclectic mix of vintage apparel and lifestyle products alongside a range of super-chic eyewear. The shop instantly gained a loyal following and brought a unique flavour to the area, inspiring Leight to focus his creative passions on eyewear design.
One of the winners from this season’s competently fashionable collection are the blond tortoiseshell Venezia sunglasses. Crafted by hand in California from Japanese and Italian acetate, these retro-revival shades ooze sartorial longevity; both classic yet inherently modern in equal measure, they are a prime example of sunglass design at its best. With their mineral glass lenses and triple-barreled hinges, these sleek and ageless optics are guaranteed to see you through many a summer to come… whether we actually have one here in Britain or not.
Available now from Garrett Leight California Optical priced at $340.