Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO) was created in 2010 and is fueled by a group of young, passionate purveyors of eyewear, dedicated to creating classic designs by combining perfect craftsmanship with timeless aesthetics.
Founded in Venice Beach and designed at our studio in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles, GLCO is influenced and inspired by the people, places, and stories of California. Each design incorporates the easy-going philosophy of California culture and is stamped with VC/CA 90291 as a reminder of our Venice roots.
It is important that we manufacture our eyewear ethically and at a fair price without sacrificing quality; this is the reason we are proud to be made in China.
GLCO uses the most exclusive, highest quality materials from the best suppliers in the industry with hundreds of years of experience. Our cured acetates, ranging from deadstock to colorways exclusively designed and produced for GLCO, are sourced from the top acetate houses in Japan, Italy, and China.
Our lenses are made of mineral glass and scratch-resistant CR-39 plastic, with anti-reflective coating and other treatments such as layered mirrors for the best eye protection, clarity, and visual acuity.
Subtle details and technical features are carefully considered for fit, proportion, and comfort. We demand a high standard of perfect quality to guarantee our customers the ultimate value in quality and style. We spend years mastering the intricate details of a GLCO frame with our factory partners before releasing a frame to market.
GLCO is dedicated to reinvention. We look at classic shapes through a modern lens and redefine iconic silhouettes with contemporary fashions. Trendless and timeless, they never go out of style.
For many of our styles we draw inspiration from the movies, music, art and fashion of our formative years. We also mix the spirit of the time with materials, colors, and details from past eras and what we believe eyewear will look like in the future.