Brunello Cucinelli has collaborated with Oliver Peoples for its first eyewear collection, unveiling five new styles made in Italy. The partnership – which is the first collaboration for Brunello Cucinelli – is a natural fit for both brands, who share a focus on simple forms, historical references and flawless craftsmanship.

The five styles reference Brunello Cucinelli’s history, with geometric silhouettes echoing the familiar ‘Monili’ pattern and a logo that encapsulates the skyline of the Italian village of Solomeo, the place where it all began.

Brunello Cucinelli and Oliver Peoples: eyewear with heritage

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‘Artemio’ glasses in brushed gold

Such historical design codes make a chic foil for contemporary accents, reflected in the clean silhouette of the pilot-style ‘Disoriano’ frames drawn in neutral hues. Forms are more generously sketched in the vintage-inspired ‘Filu’ glasses, which play with colour across both lenses and frames. Also referencing the past are the ‘Nino’ frames, which echo old Hollywood in their retro silhouette: special editions created from sustainably sourced horn are also available, each piece unique.

Quintessential Oliver Peoples design details are threaded throughout the ‘Artemio’ glasses, the frames featuring a distinctive curved silhouette, and interchangeable as both opticals and sunglasses. In the ‘Oliver Sun’ frames, bold forms are drawn in a smoky olive hue.

The collection intertwines design motifs from both brands, nodding to the offbeat aesthetics that began appearing in the second half of the 20th century. The vintage-inspired frames in elegant hues that Oliver Peoples began to produce in 1987 were an antidote to the oversized, boldly coloured frames that were fashionable at time.

Brunello Cucinelli, too, presented something wholly new upon its inception in 1978, with its dyed cashmere – a product until then only available in natural colours – offering a new form of craftsmanship.

The new eyewear collection neatly incorporates these references, uniting natural hues and fluid silhouettes in elegant frames that are light and comfortable to wear. §

grey aviator style sunglasses
tortoiseshell oliver peoples sunglasses
Top: ‘Disoriano’. Bottom: ‘Filu’