“We wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for that,” said Oliver Peoples founder Larry Leight. He was referring to the O’Malley frame (above), one of the styles created at the brand’s launch in 1986, and soon to be reissued, along with two other classic frames, as a tribute to Peoples’ history.
Inspired by Andy Warhol and named after former L.A. Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, the frames have since had an even more notorious mascot—American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman, who wears them in the 2000 film. That’s a bit of historical accuracy, actually. Psycho is set in 1989, a time when Peoples were omnipresent on the fashion scene. “Wherever we went, we had every editorial in the world in 1986-1990,” Leight reminisced fondly at a preview in New York recently. He’s exaggerating—but not much.
The remade frames—beside the O’Malley, there’s the first frame the company produced, the filigreed OP-505, and the contrasting-tortoiseshell OP-1955—will be available in limited release at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and the brand’s own stores. They’ll be made in the Japanese factories that made the originals, so that everything—down to the thinness and coloration—remains the same. “We want to keep it so the frame never dies,” Leight explained. “Ever.” In that case, maybe best to keep them away from Bateman.
Keep reading for a video of Leight discussing OP’s classic frames and history.