GLCO + Spectacle Collaboration Launch and Exclusive Interview with Garrett Leight

Spectacle is very excited to announce the launch of our exclusive collaboration with California-based eyewear designer GLCO.

The eyewear industry is a business of relationships, like all industries we suppose.  We value our relationships with our clients, our staff members, our suppliers more than anything else.  We’re nothing without our partners.  So we collaborated with one of them, Garrett Leight California Optical – friends who we have supported from Day One – because it’s not only who you’ve shared a past with, but who you want to make a future with.

We’ve created limited edition frames inspired by the art and architecture of the cities we love, Los Angeles and Toronto: Kinney in G.I. Tortoise Laminate and Matte Grey Brooks, both redesigned and engineered for exclusive flat base silver gradient mirror lenses.  Each frame comes with a custom case and cleaning cloth featuring the work of one our favourites: the stainless steel skin of the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a surface that undulates like ocean waves, a shining gray machined texture reflecting the natural blue sky.  What better way to imagine Los Angeles + Toronto than the masterwork of Toronto-born, LA-made Frank Gehry?  A favourite son of both cities – one where he came from, the other where he now calls home.  Inseparable from each other.

So to celebrate our Los Angeles + Toronto collaboration we created a mixtape of tunes that inspire us – because the party doesn’t have to end!

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Click the image to access our GLCO + Spectacle playlist!

The man himself, Garrett Leight, also stopped by the Queen St. location for a quick Q+A with Spectacle – read the exclusive interview below:

Spectacle: Why did you choose to do a collaboration with Spectacle?

Garrett Leight: This year we celebrated our five year anniversary, and it’s as good a time as any to look around and figure our who you are and what you’re about.  Where you are and how you got there.  Who inspired you.  Who helped along the way.  So we wanted to collaborate with Spectacle – one of our first accounts, friends who have supported us from Day One.

Spectacle: What about the LA / California connection and your eyewear – what do you find so inspiring about your city that reflects in your designs?

Garrett Leight: All of us are inspired by where we come from.  I just happen to be from Venice Beach, one of the weirder, cooler, more interesting places in America.  So much personality and creativity comes from there – art, architecture, fashion, music, sports, you name it.  Venice has left its stamp on all of it, and to this day our eyewear collection is continually inspired by the crazy array of people, places, and cultures here.

Spectacle: So far where have been your favourite sights in Toronto?

Garrett Leight: Rogers Centre for a ballgame was great, and of course the CN Tower for the View and Drake shoutout!

Spectacle: Where do you see GLCO heading for the future in terms of designs, collaborations, etc.?

Garrett Leight: That’s kind of a secret that I can’t fully divulge.  I definitely have my tricks up my sleeve and am excited to continue working with all different kinds of people ad hopefully creating things that have not been seen in a long time – or ever.

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Garrett in front of our flagship location on West Queen West

A special thanks to Garrett for visiting us in Toronto.  Be sure to pick up your own GLCO + Spectacle collaboration Kinney or Brooks today!

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