No other frame is surrounded by as many legends and stories as the infamous i'dentity. Designed by Larry Leight, the founder of Oliver Peoples and the father of iconic eyewear designer Garret Leight, it is rumored to have been the frame that was at the start of the entire Oliver Peoples success story. While many consider it to be the first Oliver Peoples frame, it is actually branded only with «i'dentity LA», accompanied by the creator's initials LL and the date of production, 1986. According to the legend, Larry Leight designed the i'dentity exclusively for Andy Warhol, and only five pieces were ever produced. In 20 years of collecting eyewear, I have seen photos of at least three different i'dentity frames, which makes it hard to believe that only five pieces have ever existed. But there is no doubt that the number of frames produced must have been extremely limited. The craftsmanship of the frame is breathtaking, and only very few manufacturers would have been able to produce such a frame in 1986. So I am tempted to believe another urban myth about the i'dentity – that it was produced by Murai Japan, the legendary manufacturer of Jean Paul Gaultier, Helmut Lang and Yohji Yamamoto frames in the 1980s and 1990s. Immortalized by the great Albert Watson on the cover of the German «Männer Vogue», the image of Andy Warhol wearing the i'dentity remains one of the greatest portraits in popular culture.
New old stock. Frame and lenses in perfect condition. All inner temple markings intact.
Unique flip-up lens mechanism. Original dark blue lenses with 100% UV protection.
Including original i'dentity case and soft pouch.
Made in Japan in the 1980s by Murai.
Size large to medium.
Front width from temple to temple: 140mm / 5.5 inches
Temple length: 140mm
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