Combining authentic design & high quality materials with true craftsmen is the right way to make handmade eyewear. We value technology, dexterity, & personal happiness above all else. Our manufacturer creates the fairest priced and most valuable eyewear ethically, without sacrificing anything we believe in. This is why we are Made in China.


At GLCO, we live, eat, breathe, & sleep all things California. It is the fuel that lights our creative fire and motivates us to express it through everything we create. The people, the places & everything good or bad contributes to our creative expression. We look at the world through California eyes, hoping our point of view inspires your vision.

Soulful Individuals

We believe that the greatest creations have a soul. Many say that the eyes are the window to the soul. We create eyewear inspired by the most soulful individuals throughout history by drawing inspiration from a variety of iconic characters throughout time. After all, what good is an individual without vision? What good is a product without a soul?


We believe the consumer should have as many options as possible. Who are we to say what each individual thinks is best? This is why we built our own lens-cutting lab, so we can customize any frame with the lenses of your choice. We can also matte any frame you like. Head over to our Modshop to create a one-of-a-kind pair of GLCO.


We have worked hard on the details of every GLCO frame to make it original & unique. Each frame is named after a street in Venice & the core wire has been stamped with VC/CA 90291, honoring our hometown. Every frame has laser etched stamping. A circular shaped ball sits at the end of the temple, signifying the roundness of your eyeball & the GLCO logo.


Value is the #1 concern at GLCO. We are focused on making sure the customer's dollar is well spent. This is why we put extra effort into our packaging, style, details, customer service and fair pricing. This is why we believe in clip-on sunglasses. They are affordable, functional, and fashionable, eliminating the need for prescription sunglasses.


GLCO was created in Venice, CA in 2010 by L.A native Garrett Leight. Leight's eyewear heritage has been well documented, but it's his vision of creating a brand that offers luxury handcrafted eyewear combining quality, service, style, & original brand DNA for the best value, that makes GLCO most unique. GLCO is inspired by California and its icons.


We source a variety of high quality UV protected glass and CR-39 lenses from the most elite lens manufacturers in the world. We use the highest quality polarized glass lenses from Italy & Japan. Our factory partners create innovative technologies like layered mirrors and offer a variety of colors that give us the most beautiful lens options available.


We believe in working with cured acetate that has been aged longer for durability & strength. We source plastic from all over the world including Japan, Italy & China. We carefully select acetate to make sure that it meets our high quality standards & style. We use a very limited amount of plastic suppliers because we only want the best options.

Visions of California

Venice, CA

Spring / Summer 2013

Ojai, CA

Spring/Summer 2012

June Lake, CA

Fall/Winter 2012

Santa Monica Pier, CA

Fall/Winter 2011

History of GLCO

  1. Art Director, Mark Gainor creates the Garrett Leight California Optical logo.

    January 15, 2010

  2. We file our LLC and officially go into business.

    May 17, 2010

  3. Garrett Heads over to Silmo in Paris on the first sales trip to open our first 20 European accounts.

    September 27, 2010

  4. Elena Doukas is hired as Director of Design & Development.

    October 1, 2010

  5. Style.com features the collaboration between GLCO and LnA

    October 2, 2010

  6. We move into our first digs, from a temporary setup at Art Director Mark Gainor's loft, to a real office at 1637 Electric Avenue, Venice, Ca. 90291

    November 1, 2010

  7. Our first shipment of Rialto, Hampton, Brooks, & Speedway arrives from Hong Kong.

    January 25, 2011

  8. After walking our first order over to A. Kinney Court on Abbot Kinney, we ship the order of 162 pieces to Barney's New York and forget to send half the cases!

    February 10, 2011

  9. We launch our first collection, Spring/Summer 2011, with 4 styles. 3 optical, 4 sunglasses and one collaboration. Including our bestselling styles Hampton & Brooks.

    March 1, 2011

  10. Garrett & Elena show their first collection at the Hotel Opera in Milan during MIDO.

    March 4, 2011

  11. We can customize lenses and frames in house. The GLCO Optical Lab opens in our Venice, CA office.

    April 15, 2011

  12. Chief Operating Officer, Lynn Plummer joins the team

    May 15, 2011

  13. Lindsay Lohan is seen wearing GLCO Rialto sunglasses while robbing jewelery stores on Abbot Kinney.

    June 9, 2011

  14. Two frames are added for the second season of Fall/Holiday 2011 including the iconic frame inspired by Arthur Miller, Harding.

    August 1, 2011

  15. Spring/Summer 2012 launches including our best selling frame Kinney.

    February 1, 2012

  16. Our first Shipping & Receiving Associate, Mario Navarro is hired.

    February 15, 2012

  17. We set a precedent by collaborating with fellow eyewear designer Thierry Lasry and launch in the summer of 2012 exclusively with Colette

    May 5, 2012

  18. Our first ecommerce site is launched and our first order is shipped 4 days later.

    May 7, 2012

  19. Direct of Operations, Heather Chen Eisner is hired.

    June 8, 2012

  20. Customer Service Associate, Angela Dalmau is hired.

    July 30, 2012

  21. We successfully produce our first frame in San Francisco, California in collaboration with Mark McNairy.

    September 1, 2012

  22. Fall/Holiday 2012 launches with Wilson & Harrison

    October 3, 2012

  23. We release our first Spectacle, an arts & lifestyle magazine inspired by California. The first issue features DJ Harvey, Dave Stewart, Griffith Park, & Glencrest BBQ.

    October 7, 2012

  24. We miss our flight to Paris and decide to all get tattoos at our office instead.

    October 23, 2012

  25. We open the doors to our flagship store in Los Angeles' District La Brea at 165 S. La Brea

    December 1, 2012

  26. Optician & Retail Sales Associate, Bobby Valentine leaves his DJ career to join the team at our flagship store.

    December 8, 2012

  27. European Customer Service Manager, Gaelle Savignac is hired to run the Paris office

    December 20, 2012

  28. GLCO is growing. We open our first office over 5,500 miles away in Paris, France

    December 21, 2012

  29. Spring/Summber 2013 featuring our first combination frames Louella & Ashland

    February 1, 2013

  30. We throw a big Grand Opening party to celebrate our new flagship store

    February 5, 2013

  31. We rent out the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica, CA to screen "Heading Weast," a short film by GLCO filmmaker Joey Indrieri.

    April 7, 2013

  32. Production & Planning Manager, Jennifer Diaz is hired.

    April 8, 2013

  33. Shipping & Receiving Associate, Adrian Guerrero joins the team.

    May 20, 2013

  34. Logistics Team Lead, Shaun Scopinich joins the team.

    June 3, 2013

  35. We move from our now tight Venice quarters to beautiful, fully built-out 5500 square foot offices in Downtown Los Angeles' Arts .

    September 3, 2013

  36. Fall/Holiday 2013 launches in Paris with 5 new optical frames and 4 sunglasses.

    September 26, 2013

  37. Spectacle 2 is released with a big courtyard party in Venice, CA, complete with our favorite taco truck, La Isla Bonita.

    November 15, 2013

  38. Spring/Summber 2014 launches with a focus on clip-on sunglasses and new bestseller Milwood.

    January 1, 2014

  39. Garrett himself is featured in Esquire's Style Issue as one of Los Angeles most influental men.

    March 1, 2014

  40. Spectacle 3 is released with a party NYC-style in the penthouse of the Standard East Village.

    March 27, 2014

  41. We make our second frame in America in collaboration with Los Angeles based suit designer who specializes in custom suits for men 6'2 and taller.

    April 15, 2014

  42. Garrett turns 30 and may no longer qualify for those 30 under 30 lists.

    April 16th, 2014

  43. We host an event at Mollusk Surf Shop to launch the Brothers Marshall Limited Edition Machado.

    May 17, 2014

  44. Our Robert Geller x GLCO collab makes its debut during NYFW.

    September 7th, 2014

  45. GLCO x McNairy #4 struts down the runway during Mark's S/S15 runway.

    September 8th, 2014

  46. We give Racked a tour of our fresh digs.

    October 24th, 2015

  47. NYC designers Ruffian grace LA fashion week feat. our collaboration frames.

    October 28th, 2014

  48. LA meets Paris as we team up with Amelie Pichard.

    November 7th, 2014

  49. GLCO hosts a private press preview dinner at the Nomad hotel in NYC for FH15.

    February 27th, 2015

  50. We release our SS15 Collection with Dillon in pretty pastels.

    March 4th, 2015

  51. Spectacle 5 (or Cinco following its Mexico City theme) is launched.

    March 24th, 2015

  52. The Hampton makes its big screen debut in Clouds of Sils Maria with Kristen Stewart.

    April 10th, 2015




La Brea Optician

Betz hails from Lebanon, OR. His food and drink of choice is sushi and Dales Pale Ale. He roots for the Girl Skateboards 2003 team all the way, and his spirit animal is none other than the honorable Squirrel. He just moved to LA, so he'll keep you posted on a favorite taco spot.


Director of Sales - Global Sun

Amber was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her favorite place is any place with a roller coaster, though she still loves her hometown for its 50 cent tacos. Her spirit animal at heart is the slow loris.


Operations Assistant

Charisse was born in Omaha, NE and graduated from Cal State Northridge. She likes to eat anything that tastes delicious but is terrible for you, and her spirit animal is Grumpy Cat.


La Brea Store Manager

Jason was born in Fountain Valley, California. His favorite place in Los Angeles is anywhere on the beach and he loves to eat chilli-lime flavored treats!


Marketing + Content Coordinator

Tiffany was born in Hong Kong but grew up in California. She loves to eat dim sum and breakfast burritos in the same day. She won't watch sports unless it's the Olympics or the World Cup.


EU Logistics Team Lead

Mario was born in Amsterdam but his shirt says it all: it's really California that knows how to party. Naturally, his favorite cities include LA, Lisbon, and Amsterdam. He roots for Benfica all the way, and he is proud to say that his spirit animal is Grey Goose. Who would expect anything else?


Customer Service Associate

Angela was born in Hollywood, California. Her favorite place in LA is her bed, and her favorite candy is Zots. If you know what Zots are, you probably had a rad childhood.


Planning + Production Manager

Jennifer Diaz is a Scorpio born in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Her favorite team is the Chicago Bears, also known as the Monsters of the Midway. She'll eat anything with cheese.


PR + Social Media Coordinator

Emily is an Illinoisian that loves anything covered in cheese, but not as much as she loves Katy Perry. If Lydia Deetz and Daria had a baby, that would be her spirit animal.


Director of Design + Development

Elena was born in Denver, Colorado. Her favorite place in Los Angeles is Moon Canyon, and she swears by the carnitas tacos from La Isla Bonita.


Director of Operations

Heather was born in New York. She roots for Team Aniston and her favorite candy is Haribo Happy Cola!


Development + Production Associate

Jennie was born in Fresno, California. Her favorite place in Los Angeles is the Griffith Observatory, and she roots for the Dodgers!


Office Coordinator

Maddy from the Midwest loves to feast on freshly picked veggies and Kogi's KBBQ tacos. Her spirit animal is the glass frog. As for wanderlust, her favorite place in the world is Cloud Break in Fiji!


Art Director

Mark was born in Calgary, Canada. His favorite place in Los Angeles is anywhere west of Lincoln Ave. and his spirit animal is the Rare Unicorn Beaver.


Ecommerce Merchandiser

Misty was born in Santa Monica, California. She graduated from Boston University and her favorite candy is anything chocolate.


Logistics Associate

Adrian was born in Los Reyes de Salgado Mihoacan, Mexico. He doesn't like any sports, at all. However, his spirit animal is the Mighty T-Rex man XD.



Darroll was born in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. His favorite teams are the Lions, Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings (all Detroit)!


Marketing Manager

Adam was born in the suburbs of New York and loves his Mets. Adam is happy so long as it isn't snowing and there are wasabi peas nearby.



Garrett was born the year of the Rat in Venice, California. He graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and his spirit animal is the Almighty Carne Asada Taco.


Chief Financial Officer

Bruce was born in New York so it makes sense that he loves to eat Hot Dogs. He shout out his elementary school PS 26, we're choosing to shout his spirit animal, the persian cat.


Executive Assistant

Big Sur is Karena Meyer’s favorite place, but a close second might be Taco Zone. She’ll never turn down a taco but she’ll also snack on anything from the Playa Provisions dessert menu. The owl is her spirit animal of choice.


Logistics Associate

Mario was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico (right near da beach). His favorite teams are the Kings and the 49ers. His candy of choice is paleta con chile.


Accounts Receivable Clerk

Ricardo was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico but he knows that the best tacos are Leo's Tacos on Venice Blvd. He doesn't have a favorite sports team, but he does love Snickers bars.


Logistics Team Lead

Shaun was born in Malibu, California and graduated from University of California Santa Cruz. His favorite spot in Los Angeles is Point Doom.


San Francisco Store Manager

Adam Stanton was born in Detroit, which explains why he roots for the DET Tigers all the way. His favorite place is anywhere CA though. As for spirit animals: if Neil Young owns any falcons, he’ll gladly take its place.


EU Director of Operations

Justin was born in LA during the year of '83. His favorite place is nowhere near the States: he prefers Sweden. He's a fan of al pastor tacos though, and his spirit animal is the venerable rainbow trout.



Emma was born in Mongolia but her favorite place is Los Angeles, even though she roots for Chicago sports teams. She'll never turn down a good bowl of borsch.


Sales Rep - Spain

Helena was born in the Canary Islands. She loves to eat jamón ibérico and her favorite candy is ChupaChups.


La Brea Store Optician

Bobby was born in Glendale, California. He was not a fan of school, but is a huge fan of the Lakers.


Director of Planning

J.R. was born in Lake Barrington, Michigan. His favorite place is Russian River Valley and he loves Super Rope candy.


Logistics Associate

Zach is a product of the 90's, born in Richmond, Indiana. He'd rather escape to anywhere in LA though, and believes the best tacos can be found at ghetto taco trucks (verbatim).


Director of Sales - Global Optical

Charles was born in Clifton, Virginia but lives in Paris, France. He loves his grandma's homemade fudge bars and his spirit animal is a wolf, of course.


Sales Rep - North America

Jen was born in Malibu, California. She grew up eating Tito's Tacos but now prefers anything her husband cooks for her. Her spirit animal is the dolphin.


Sales Rep - Benelux

Agnes is from Southern Netherlands. She loves the beach and she has a pet bunny, which she claims is her spirit animal.


Sales Rep - Switzerland

Patrick was born in Zurich, Switzerland but his favorite place is Iceland. Hopefully they have good fish up there, because he loves sushi!


Sales Rep - Germany & Scandinavia

Markus is a German who's spirit animal is a penguin. His favorite place in the world is Tulum, Mexico.


Sales Rep - France

Alex was born in Paris, France. You might find her in Capri eating blueberries, two of her favorite things.


Sales Rep - UK, Ireland, Scotland & South Africa

Will was born in Litchfield and loves the beach. He loves to eat chili and cheese, the spicier the better! He’s a fan of all candy.


EU Customer Service Manager

Gaelle was born in Aurillac, France and the best tacos she's ever had were in Atlanta. Her spirit animal is a Dahu.