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August 3, 2012
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Oliver Peoples trunk show at Eye Pieces of Vail

Eye Pieces of Vail will host two trunk shows this weekend for Oliver Peoples Eye Wear. See the collection Saturday at Eye Pieces in Lionhshead, from noon to 6 p.m. and on Sunday in Vail Village from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oliver Peoples started in 1986 when brothers Larry and Dennis Leight fulfilled their dream and opened their first optical boutique on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, Calif. Earlier that year, they purchased an estate collection of vintage American-made eyewear. 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 the frames were unworn, in mint condition and in their original packaging. It was a goldmine for the Leight's, given their love for 1940s-'60s eyewear.The brothers purchased the entire lot, which included a receipt signed with the name "Oliver Peoples," who they reasoned was the original owner or distributor. When they decided to sell the estate collection in their retail store, it only seemed fitting they use the name in his honor. It was then that their vision was realized: to design a collection of eyewear, implement innovative marketing strategies, and create a unique retail experience in their own gallery-like setting.In 1987, the Oliver Peoples collection (inspired by the vintage frames purchased in the estate sale) was introduced as wholesale. It was quite a departure from the futuristic styles and geometric shapes dominant in the late '80s. Because runway fashion was moving in a vintage-inspired direction, the debut of the retro collection was fortuitously timed, as the direction of eyewear changed globally.This season's collection, on display at local Eye Pieces stores, is inspired by the excitement of a college campus where the history and tradition of learning are merged with young students' energy and new ideas. This is reflected in the designs, infusing the art of craftsmanship with modern updates. The optical frames offer an intellectual look for each individual, whether in a bold statement acetate frame or a classic metal style. There is a sunglass option for everyone, from the ultra glamorous woman to the creatively bold man. The colors include richly layered tortoises and flattering neutrals. Call 970-476-1947 for more information


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