Luxury eyewear label Oliver Peoples to open first Western Canadian store in Vancouver

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      Luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples will open its first Western Canadian store in Vancouver on October 12.

      Situated in downtown Vancouver, the 687-square-foot flagship will carry a large selection of optical frames and sunglasses for men and women, including a limited-edition take on the OP-505—the first style ever released from the label—that features washed-teal acetate, 18-karat gold metal, and mirrored gold-tone lenses. An on-site optician will perform eye tests and help customers find the right frames.

      No definitive address has been confirmed, though the store will be situated on Alberni Street in a shopping area that has come be known as the city’s “luxury zone”, thanks to the opening of standalone stores for Moncler, Saint Laurent, Rolex, and other high-end names in recent years.

      In terms of interiors, the Oliver Peoples boutique will combine a mid-century-modern feel with elements like suede sage, '60s ribbed walnut wood, and Verde Alpi marble panels, which, together, evoke a chalet setting while referencing Vancouver’s natural environment. Terrazzo marble flooring and vintage lighting fixtures elevate the look.

      Vancouver's Oliver Peoples store will carry a limited-edition take on the OP-505, which features washed-teal acetate, 18-karat gold metal, and mirrored gold-tone lenses.
      Oliver Peoples

      “With every new boutique design, we incorporate the Oliver Peoples aesthetic and combine it with local influences of its surrounding environment, said Giampiero Tagliaferri, creative director of Oliver Peoples, in a press statement. “When I visited Vancouver I was so impressed by the nature of the city, specifically the greenery of Stanley Park.”

      The Alberni Street store is the second Oliver Peoples boutique to open in Canada. The first launched at Toronto’s Yorkdale Shopping Centre in September. Rocco Basilico, CEO of Oliver Peoples, hopes that the Vancouver flagship will “create a unique Pan-Pacific bridge” that connects the brand and its customers to a recently opened Hong Kong location.  

      Founded in 1987 in California, Oliver Peoples produces handcrafted optical frames and sunglasses for men and women that lack visible branding or logos. The label draws inspiration from vintage styles and the culture of Southern California to produce eyewear that prioritizes quality materials, finishes, and lens technology. It operates 35 retail stores around the world, including in Hong Kong, Miami, and Rome, and is also available at select optical retailers and department stores like Vancouver’s Bruce Eyewear and Durant Sessions.

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