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.
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.
Garrett & Marina Leight at home
Garrett, on why he collects 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.”
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.
What is your favorite work in the 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.
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.