After having their Oliver Peoples firm acquitted in 2006 by Oakley, Bill Barton and Patty Perreira created the luxury eyewear brand we have come to known. Upon its debut in 2008, the brand opened in 150 stores. In its first two months, it brought in $2 million in business with help from its impressive list of retailers, which includes Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Opening Ceremony, Bergdorf Goodman and Jeffrey, among others.
Having used the same Japanese manufacturers Barton has been using for 30 years, the frames have always been handmade. In fact the two are so intricate with their design process of the frames that they would not unveil a frame for up to two years had it not been perfect. Originally from Kansas city and leaving the city at the age of 19, Bill Barton says ‘In a smaller market like Kansas City, you have to give people an amazing experience…… It’s tougher there with luxury products you really have to earn your stripes.’ (alivemag’)
The independent brand continues to produce new and innovative structure to its acetate frames and we’re happy to be a stockist of their products.