The theme of travel not only plays a significant role for Porter, but also serves as a perpetual source of inspiration for Oliver Peoples Founder and Creative Director Larry Leight. Leight often collects creative influence from his surroundings in Los Angeles and destinations abroad, particularly Japan. The partnership between Oliver Peoples and Yoshisda & Co., Ltd first began with the production of the Beck and Clot frame cases, and the two companies instantaneously recognized their shared values of brand culture, precision and quality. They entrusted a factory in Sabae, Japan with the meticulous manufacturing process to materialize this revolutionary eyewear. An extensive period dedicated to refining the design and technicalities resulted in a frame that conveniently folds three times, collapsing into a compact size to fit in the custom packaging.
“Oliver Peoples and Porter may seem like very different companies, but many of our goals and principles are the same,” says Leight. “This partnership has allowed both of our companies to take technology and detailing within eyewear to a higher level. Our collaborative, forward thinking has made this sunglass not only functional and convenient, but also inspiring and refined. Anyone can wear this frame and look great.”
The bold acetate differentiates this dexterous frame from any other folding sunglass on the market as most use injected molding. Substantial plastic is handcrafted with contoured surfaces in order to enable efficiency of processing and polishing, as well as a faultless fit on any shaped face. Most importantly, the acetate material allows for effortless maintenance of the folding design, which is constructed to endure cumbersome travel or any necessary lens replacement.
This bold, yet classic style features a keyhole bridge and genuine pin detailing on each end piece and temple. True to the Oliver Peoples aesthetic, the bespoke details are discreet and fastidiously designed with titanium metal. A gold Oliver Peoples plaque adorns the left temple end. The coalescence of modern and vintage styling speaks to the versatility of the design, as this sunglass can be worn to any casual occasion or to the most formal, glamorous event.
The Oliver Peoples for Porter sunglass is offered with CR-39 lenses in custom colors thoughtfully selected from the finest Japanese and Italian materials: Black, Dark Amber, Dark Half, Amber and Crystal. All five color ways come with custom packaging, which includes the original Porter sleeve. A ring hangs from the sleeve to encircle the temple of the folded sunglass.
This limited edition design will be available soon from The Eye Bar and sold on our eShop as our any Oliver Peoples eyeglasses and Oliver Peoples sunglasses.