Garrett Leight California Optical was created in 2010 and is fueled by a group of young, passionate purveyors of eyewear, dedicated to creating classic design by combining perfect craftmanship with timeless aesthetics.
We are committed to creating a brand unlike any other - one that values teamwork, customer service, eyewear design, and respect for the evolution of quality frames as well as prescription lenses.
"Beauty, youth, art, fashion, photography, music, architecture and design in general inspire us as individuals and reflect our brand."
GLCO is the abbreviation commonly used for Garrett Leight California Optical to remind ourselves and our customers where we come from and how we are constantly inspired by our surroundings.
Garrett Leight was born in Venice Beach in 1984 as a 4th generation Californian. Being the son of Oliver People's founders, Larry Leight and Cindy Leight, his childhood days were split between sports, the beach, and his family's passion for eyewear.
Fast-forward 25 years, Garrett returned to his roots and opened his first retail store in Venice Beach in 2009. Offering a unique assortment of hand selected goods from all over the world including vintage and contemporary eyeglasses, footwear, apparel, books & music - this store was the first of its kind, combining the knowledge and service of licensed opticians with the assortment and style sense of a fashion boutique.
"Because as much as I love music I wasn't given the god given talent to create it and as much as I'd like to be a famous actor I don't think Hollywood thinks I'm pretty enough."
Our brand is committed to sourcing the best materials in the world including hinges, plaques, acetates, CR-39 lenses, glass lenses, polarized lenses, and anti-reflective coatings.
GLCO plastic frames are produced from custom made cellulose acetate, handmade at the famous Mazzuchelli factory in Italy or sourced from vintage acetate made in Japan.
Our hinges are custom made in Germany at the one and only Comotec Hinge Manufacturer. Each GLCO frame has at least a 5-barrel hinge that is plated with one side gold and the other side silver. Each frame then uses real rivets for plaques and pins that secure all the way through the acetate to ensure the highest quality, durability and strength.
"Having our own optical lab in Venice not only provides better service to our local customers but also helps us experiment with and perfect new designs. We like to think there is nothing we cannot do in-house."
All core wires are custom made at Comotec in Germany with a unique GLCO shape as well as custom engraving "90291 VC/CA" - which is the Venice zip code.
Lenses are souced from Barberini in the South of Italy, which is the premier lens manufacturer of polarized, photochromic, and standard Mineral Glass in the world. We also use one of a kind Gradient CR-39 Polarized lenses from Japan.
Currently we have stock of Vintage American Standard Glass lenses from the 50's and 60's made in American factories in Rochester, New York. These are available in select frames while supplies last.
At the end of the day, GLCO offers classic, well made frames that in this day and age should cost no more than what we charge for them. Our Chinese factory has proved to us that they can meet and provide us with hand-finished frames that meet our strict standards. Mindful of the state of the domestic economy, hand finishing our frames in China is the perfect way to offer the best quality product at an affordable price point.
Garrett Leight California Optical is sold to the finest boutiques in 25 countries around the world including the most respected fashion and optical boutiques in the world. Please click here to see our stockists worldwide as well as our own stores.