The story behind Patrick Bateman’s glasses
Words by Rob Chilton
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A new book explores the brand that made the iconic glasses worn by cinematic icon Patrick Bateman
The business card scene in American Psycho is three of the most riveting minutes of cinema you’ll ever see. Corporate lawyers at the fictional firm Pierce & Pierce play a kind of boardroom poker as they attempt to outdo each other with the new cards they’ve just collected from the printers – Pale Nimbus or Silian Grail, anyone? This beloved movie moment is also one of the most stylish scenes ever laid down and captures the power dressing of 1980s Wall Street.
Christian Bale as the impeccable Patrick Bateman wears a bespoke Valentino suit and name checks his Oliver Peoples glasses. The O’Malley frames worn by Bale in the film are now iconic, as are the Gregory Peck glasses that are inspired by those worn by the actor of the same name in the 1962 movie To Kill a Mockingbird.
Both frames feature in a book about Oliver Peoples, the optical boutique that opened on Sunset Boulevard in the late 1980s and went on to become a leading player in the eyewear arena. Synonymous with California, Oliver Peoples has worked on a book with luxury publishers Assouline about the brand’s history and how it has been influenced by the worlds of film, fashion, art, architecture and music.
Each pair of glasses from Oliver Peoples is designed in the brand’s West Hollywood studio before being handmade in Italy and Japan. The book shows detailed images of the manufacturing process of these iconic sunglasses and how every frame contains that special Californian spirit.
Oliver Peoples: California As We See It, AED 312
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