Brand loyalty is something that means a great deal to me, both as a brand owner and as a consumer. I recall at a young age my parents would take us shopping and over dinner we would talk about quality, value & style - three silos that would define our purchases. Coming from Scottish immigrant parents, every dollar spent is carefully considered. Conversations would range from the value of an in-store experience, a brand's marketing collateral and questions as to whether a brand was authentic. One such brand that made it through the filter and has since had a place in the Stirling home is Oliver Peoples. With myself being the last of the Stirling family to don eyewear after too many hours of looking at the computer screen, Oliver Peoples has become the brand of choice. While doing my homework on a new set of frames I stumbled upon a fantastic collab. Oliver Peoples has partnered with CFDA award winners Public School on an original collaboration sunglass. Created in 2008 by Dao-Yi Chow (who remembers him from his modelling days?) and Maxwell Osborne, Public School is highly regarded for an innovative eye in fashion and use of high-quality materials. Similar brand core values and design philosophies led to a natural partnership to collaborate on sunglasses that will accompany their Fall 2015 collection.
Inspired by their hometown of New York, Public School merges the modern and urban culture of the city, with its art, fashion, and music woven into their designs. Southern California based Oliver Peoples, shares an identical inspiration source using the unique Los Angeles lifestyle as a foundation for their eyewear. With both brand’s design influences stemming from personal surroundings and experiences, Oliver Peoples and Public school have aligned in true collaborative spirit – fusing New York and Los Angeles’ distinct cultures with a juxtaposition of classical tailoring and modern edginess– to create a capsule sunglass collection.
Taking inspiration from the classic Wyler frame, worn personally by Osborne, the Public School designer’s worked together with Oliver Peoples to create a frame that would naturally complement the aesthetic of Public School. The bold acetate frame takes on a slightly sporty aesthetic while maintaining a high fashion edge. A long, linear metal detail runs from the temples and through the bridge, creating an illusion of one connected piece. The collaborative sunglass was created to accompany the evolved looks of the 2015 runway show where debuted, and is suitable for every day wear, much like the Public School collections.
The Oliver Peoples x Public School sunglasses are available in three color ways. Coinciding with Public School’s predominantly black palette, two different black versions – matte black with midnight express lenses and shiny black with obsidian mirror lenses – are offered in addition to a neutral Grey with opal flash electric lenses.