Rules of Style: Sunglasses Designer Garrett Leight

Garrett Leight, the son of Oliver People's Larry and Cindy Leight, founded his eponymous line of sunglasses, Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO), in his hometown of Venice Beach in 2010. Continuing his parents' time-honored commitment to craftsmanship, all GLCO frames are sourced from premium materials. Their plastics, for example, are a custom-made cellulose acetate handmade at the renowned Mazzuchelli factory in Italy or else sourced from vintage Japanese acetate.

The brand just released the "Venezia," (below) a beautiful new frame from its Spring/Summer 2013 collection with a retro clip-on option (now available at its new Los Angeles flagship). Here, Leight reveals his go-to outfit, how to shop for sunglasses that fit your face, and why you should never sport a mustache.

1. People say that if you have a round face wear square frames, and if you have a long face wear round frames. That's the dumbest advice that I hear all the time. A frame needs to fit your face and your character. There are no rules—when you know, you know. If you don't know, ask a professional for help.

2. Glasses go on your face, so it's the first thing people notice. Everyone should own a classic pair of tortoiseshell sunglasses with classic lenses. Mirror lenses and crazy colored glasses are for your second pair.

3. You can buy good quality denim and fabric for a great price, but you have to spend for quality accessories. The hardware is just different. If your glasses or watch are under $100, they won't last long, I promise.

4. If you're struggling with how to match comfort with style, keep it simple. Go with dark straight leg jeans, a white button-up or white crew-neck shirt, Vans, Chucks, or wingtips, and most likely you'll look great. That's a uniform that works daily.

5. Get yourself a nice tailored suit. Girls love a guy in a great suit, and it's really obvious when it doesn't fit you. Plus, every man needs at least one for weddings and special occasions. Dark navy or black are the most timeless.

6. Mustaches aren't cool unless you're Nick Wooster, which you're not.

7. Don't peacock unless you know what you're doing. If that sounds confusing to you, then don't peacock.

8. Be careful with trends. They're trends because they're short-lived and come and go over the years. You're way better off filling your wardrobe with classic pieces before you start adding trendy items.

9. Sports jerseys are for sporting events only, and, quite frankly, you should probably hang 'em up for good after college, anyway. That's what hats are for; support your team, but do it on your head.

10. Never forget who you are and what generation you came from. I grew up listening to hip-hop, so there's always a little "street" influence in every outfit for me. We're all individuals—be yourself.


—Andrew Villagomez. Follow him at @AndyVeeNYC

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