Oliver Peoples‘ famous O’Malley frame was named after former L.A. Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley and inspired by the specs Andy Warhol often wore. But, it was the 2000 cult classic American Psycho that really made the glasses popular. Well-dressed man by day and serial killer by night, the movie’s main character, Patrick Bateman, was often seen wearing the chic tortoiseshell style. The original book and resulting film took place in 1989, a time when Oliver Peoples was the fashion brand of eyewear, often appearing in the best international magazines and found on the most sought-after celebrities. And, with news of an upcoming Broadway production inspired by the dark classic, there’s never been a better time to re-visit the fashion of the age of excess.
As a tribute to the brand’s storied history, the O’Malley glasses, along with two other classic styles, will soon be reissued at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York and Oliver Peoples stores. The glasses will be made in the same Japanese factory as the originals so that every possible detail remains authentic. Click here to watch a video of founder Larry Leight explaining the heritage of his company.
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