A quick visit to Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO, for short) shows that the brand is exactly what it claims to be – laid back, sophisticated, and inspired by Leight’s California surroundings: the place where he was born, raised, works, lives, and loves. For the latest collection Leight has collaborated with designer Mark McNairy once again, this time offering the ‘Pinehurst’, a new unisex frame that is available as both a pair of sunglasses and a regular pair of eyeglasses.
GLCO’s ‘Pinehurst’ model is offered in three variations: Storm, Navy, and a Demi Tortoiseshell pattern. GLCO state that the “round-shaped ‘Pinehurst’ takes inspiration from 1980s England and features 5-barrell hinges, inlaid metal surrounding each lens, and a metal bridge that has filigree detailing.
“Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered” in Latin) is embossed on the inner left temple, while McNairy’s signature acronym “TCMB” (which stands for “Taking Care of Motherfucking Business”) motto is stamped on the inner temple tip.
It’s these intricate details which set GLCO frames apart from others available at a similar price point. They don’t feel like an after-thought, more like an integral part of the design. They’re ideal for everyday office attire and for spending time with friends after work, getting the last half-hour of British summertime sunshine.
Each pair comes enclosed in a limited edition box containing a Mark McNairy branded hard clam case and carrying pouch. There is an understated aesthetic to the collection. As Eye Goodies write, it’s “a slice of classic 20th century Americana served with a modern twist.”