By JOHN ORTVED
Oliver Peoples frames were the preferred eyewear of the late-’80s business set (Patrick Bateman, of “American Psycho” fame, was a fan) because they were simply the best: carefully made, modern, low-key and refined. Now Larry Leight, the co-founder and creative director of the brand (now owned by Luxottica), is reaching back into his ’80s briefcase and issuing a capsule collection called Sir, which includes tortoiseshell versions of three iconic frames — the O’Malley, the Finley and the Kent — from 1987, the year Oliver Peoples came out with its first collection.
For Sir, Leight has teamed up with Kirk and Derrick Miller, the brothers behind the New York custom men’s-wear line Miller’s Oath. He will unveil the collection on Aug. 7 in the designers’ Greenwich Street store, alongside their immaculately tailored suits (Leight also shot the look book and video for the collection with the brothers in the shop.) The collaboration was the natural result of a shared sensibility, according to Kirk. “There was a lot of overlap, especially in attention to small details.” In the Sir collection, these include a custom filigree, raised rivets and vintage-inspired fitting grooves. “Similarly,” he said, “the details in our suits can be plain to see, but others are a little more hidden.”
In the spring, Miller’s Oath will lend a hand again on the next Sir collection, which will see the tortoiseshell replaced by an array of colors. “It goes along with the ‘American Psycho’ thing,” Kirk added. “Even if the styling was off and the lapel was superwide and the trouser was billowing, people really cared about the details.”