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Garret & Marina Leight

TAPPAN COLLECTORS

GARRETT & MARINA LEIGHT

Los Angeles, CA
Garrett Leight is the founder of Garrett Leight California Optical (GLCO), established in 2010 in Venice, CA as a group of young, passionate purveyors of eyewear, dedicated to creating classic design by combining perfect craftmanship with timeless aesthetics. Garrett was born in Venice Beach in 1984 as a 4th generation Californian. Being the son of Oliver People's founders, Larry Leight and Cindy Leight, his childhood days were split between sports, the beach, and his family's passion for eyewear.
Marina Tia Leight graduated from FIDM Los Angeles and was selected for a scholarship in Rome to study for three years at one of the most prestigious couture design house in the world. Since returning to Los Angeles, she is known as one of the most valuable assets in this city for making the highest quality Made In Los Angeles products for up and coming fashion labels. A true career renaissance women who can illustrate, cut, sew, source, pattern-make, design, sample, produce, drape, or anything else you might imagine possible with a garment.
The creative couple is inspired by beauty, youth, art, fashion, photography, music, architecture and design. And so of course, they are active art collectors and have many works from Tappan Collective on their walls.
Tappan Collective visited Garrett & Marina in their Los Angeles home and asked some questions about why and what they collect.


Why do you collect art?

Because its a reminder of creative expression. In some ways its a distraction from my normal train of thought. Most importantly its constant inspiration in my home that evokes positive feelings.

When did you start collecting art?

Within the last three years.

What inspires you daily?

My surroundings. Mostly the environment that I live in as well as the people in my life like my friends and family.

Who are your favorites Tappan Collective artists? 

Brian Merriam, Jay Ezra, Noah Jashinski, Isaac Zoller

Does living with art affect your mood? 

Definitely. Mostly when I am just laying around the house reading or hanging out in general it stands out to me.

 

What is your favorite work in your collection? 

It constantly changes, but right now I am really enjoying my Michael Brunswick piece, probably because its a new exciting addition to our collection.

Who are some of your favorite artists? 

Doug Aitken, John Baldesarri, Raymond Pettibon, Aaron Young, Samantha Thomas

Why is collecting emerging art important to you? 

Because I have a home to put it in and because I just appreciate it more than ever as a creative expression. I love the vulnerability of true artist expression.

How do you choose the art you collect?

Most of the art that I collect is chosen because of the sentimental value, because much of the work I own is my friends work. At the moment I can afford most of their work.

If you could have one superpower what would it be? 

Wizard stuff like Harry Potter.

Do you have an objective with your collection?

No, thats too much pressure.

Do you feel the art you own is a reflection of yourself? How so? 

Yes, its all over the place.

Do you have a favorite color? What is it? 

Come on. Really?? Of course not! But if I have to choose, black and white.

Do you prefer sweet or savory?

Savory, sweet, savory, sweet, both.

What is your favorite book? 

Steve Jobs, Tao of Inner Peace, All the Potter books.

Who is your favorite fictional character? 

Am I going to heavy on the Harry Potter stuff? Heizenberg.

How do you spend your mornings? 

Coffee and Thinking.

How do you see the relationship between fine art and music?

Isn't music fine art? I guess only in some cases subjective to the ears.

ARTWORK FEATURED IN THEIR COLLECTION

Meghan Howland

Isaac Zoller

Cesar Vega

Noah Jashinski

Photographs by Lauren Ward

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