About Garrett Leight
“THE DESIRE TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL FRAMES”
Garret Leight California Optical (GLCO for short), was founded by Garrett Leight in 2010. Being the son of Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight, Garrett was cut out for creating frames. GLCO has a committed passion for eyewear and a “desire to create beautiful things”.
Garrett draws inspiration from the Venice beach surroundings, building upon a mixture of a traditional vintage approach and contemporary style. The frames are influenced by the characters of Venice, that all have a different original approach to concepts like “design, architecture, art and fashion”. The Venice beach culture is echoed in the core branding, with models named after local streets and the neighbourhoods zip code 90291 VC/CA engraved in all temples.
Coming from an optical background gives Garrett the ability to perfectly execute subtle details to perfect any frame. GLCO frames have optimal fit, proportion, and comfort. From a technical point of view the frames are top notch. The hinges are from the one and only Comotec Hinge Manufacturer in Germany. The acetate is a mixture of Italian Mazzuchelli or is sourced from vintage Japanese acetate. All lenses are made of mineral glasses and have anti-reflective coatings.
GLCO provides excellent frames because of their total control in the process. All frames are hand made in a small Chinese factory. This ensures that they can meet up with their strict requirements and gives them edge over traditional Italian factories. Each frame uses real rivets for plaques and pins to secure the connections all the way through the acetate. These frames have written high quality, durability and strength all over them.
We personally met up with Garrett in Paris, and we immediately connected with him. Garrett is a laid back and sophisticated person and this is expressed throughout the whole GLCO style. We are thrilled about the quality, passion and timeless style. These will be the cool pair of vintage frames your kids find in the attic, unharmed by the ravages of time.