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Oliver Peoples marries bold Hollywood flair with a vintage vibe to bring a unique brand of cool to eyewear. The brand got its start in the 1980s with an eyewear boutique on Hollywood’s legendary Sunset Boulevard. 

This first Oliver Peoples store sold glasses inspired by a unique vintage pair found at an estate sale. Today, the brand is known for collaborations with actors, brands, models and fashion designers around the world.

About Oliver Peoples

Eyewear brand Oliver Peoples was established in 1987 in “the heart of West Hollywood” and is now owned by global eyewear company EssilorLuxottica

The Oliver Peoples brand reflects the creativity of Los Angeles culture with a design aesthetic inspired by art, film and music.

The Oliver Peoples brand is characterized by:

  • An authentic, progressive voice 

  • Craftsmanship

  • Exclusive details

  • Innovative lens technology

  • High quality materials

  • Vintage aesthetic

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Oliver Peoples on TV and film 

As a brand born in the heart of Hollywood, it’s no surprise that Oliver Peoples eyewear has made its way into TV and movies. 

Two of the brand’s most memorable cameos:

Oliver Peoples in American Psycho

Oliver Peoples (paired with Valentino suits) is “name dropped” in the iconic business card scene in American Psycho, which came out in 2000 but is set in the 1980s. Main character Patrick Bateman (Christian Bales), an investment banker with a secretly disturbing life, also wears a pair of classic Oliver Peoples O’Malley tortoiseshell frames. 

Oliver Peoples in Burn Notice

Michael Weston (Jeffrey Donovan), the main character in the spy drama series Burn Notice, wears Victory by Oliver Peoples — titanium cognac-colored aviator sunglasses. Fun fact: The glasses are fitted with polycarbonate safety lenses and were custom-made for the show.

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Oliver Peoples glasses

Oliver Peoples offers prescription and non-prescription glasses in many colors, shapes and styles. A few styles of Oliver Peoples glasses were even inspired by Hollywood stars from silver screen classics.

For example, Oliver Peoples Gregory Peck glasses are based on the ones worn by the icon in the classic film To Kill a Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s classic book of the same name.

Oliver Peoples prescription glasses also feature proprietary lenses — anti-reflective, oil-and water-repellant and scratch-resistant.

You can get single-vision or progressive lenses, and you have four lens choices:

  • Classic proprietary lenses – for “light to moderate” prescriptions

  • Enhanced proprietary lenses – thinner for “moderate to high” prescriptions

  • Premium proprietary lenses – ultrathin, ultralight lenses

  • Superior proprietary lenses – the lightest, thinnest lenses for high prescriptions

You also have the option to add a blue light filter to your lenses.

Oliver Peoples glasses are sold with a two-year warranty in the event of defects in materials or workmanship, as well as free shipping and free returns within 30 days.

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Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Oliver Peoples sunglasses are handcrafted with “subtle detailing, retro aesthetics and high-quality materials.” 

Some popular styles of Oliver Peoples glasses frames can also be purchased as sun eyewear. For example, the Oliver Peoples website states that the “iconic Oliver Peoples Riley” optical frame is available in sunglasses.

Oliver Peoples frames are made from high-quality materials, like acetate, metal, titanium and horn. Sunglass lens materials include: crystal, glass, Cr39 plastic and polyamide, a strong and lightweight nylon blend.

Oliver Peoples sunglasses are also available with polarized and photochromic (transition) lenses, and they come in a wide variety of frame and lens color combinations with classic, gradient and mirror lenses.

Popular styles of Oliver Peoples sunglasses

Oliver Peoples sunglasses are handmade in Italy and Japan. Available colors include black, blue, brown, gold, gray, green, orange, pink, red, silver, translucent, violet and white. Frame shapes include: cat-eye, oval, pilot, rectangle, round and square.

A few of the most popular Oliver Peoples men’s and women’s sunglasses styles include:

  • Oliver Peoples Bernardo – These vintage-inspired men’s sunglasses evoke the 1970s with sharp angles and strong lines. They are available in seven frame–lens color combinations, including classic black or washed teal frames with carbon gray lenses and dark green frames with brown lenses.

  • Oliver Peoples Cary Grant 2 Sun – These acetate-and-metal men’s sunglasses are inspired by Cary Grant’s eyewear in the classic 1959 spy film North by Northwest. They are available in five color combinations, including amber tortoise with green lenses and black with blue polar lenses.

  • Oliver Peoples Roella – These glamorous acetate women’s cat-eye shades feature an “upswept” shape with subtle but striking design details. They are available in six frame–lens color combinations, including blush frames with dark brown gradient mirror lenses and tortoise with brown polar lenses.

  • Oliver Peoples Darlen – These 1970s-inspired, oversized women’s sunglasses feature “ultrafine metal” frames with “colorful gradient lenses.” They are available in five color combinations, including gold with olive gradient lenses, silver with dark blue gradient lenses and rose gold with soft pink gradient mirror lenses.

Whether you choose Oliver Peoples or any other brand of stylish sunnies, it’s important to protect your eyes with high-quality lenses that provide 100% UV protection.

How much does Oliver Peoples eyewear cost?

All of Oliver Peoples eyewear is handcrafted using premium materials, and that craftsmanship and quality is reflected in the price. 

Oliver Peoples glasses and sunglasses can cost anywhere from around $350 for non-prescription eyewear up to $1,500 or more for prescription glasses or sunglasses fitted with the thinnest progressive lenses available.

Single vision lenses can add between $330 and $650 to the cost of the frames, while progressive lenses can add from $690 to $1,010. So it’s safe to say, Oliver Peoples prescription glasses will likely cost between $680 and $1,760, depending on the frames and lenses you choose.

Find an Oliver Peoples store

What’s the best place to buy Oliver Peoples sunglasses or glasses? Oliver Peoples has 41 retail stores wherein you can shop, try on eyewear and even set up a private consultation to get personalized help selecting your eyewear. Find a boutique by typing a zip code into the Oliver Peoples store finder tool.

You can also buy Oliver Peoples sunglasses and glasses online at On the Oliver Peoples website, you can shop for sunglasses or glasses, as well as filter results by category, including gender, material, shape, frame color and lens color. 

Wherever you shop, you’re sure to find a fun range of choices that evoke some of the brightest moments in American art and cinema history.

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