Oliver Peoples Takumi: An Homage to the Brand’s Heritage and Japanese Craft

Oliver Peoples Takumi: An Homage to the Brand’s Heritage and Japanese Craft

The word Takumi, in Japanese, translates to “artisan”. To be a Takumi, one must master the skills of their trade through years of dedication and a devotional work ethic.

Oliver Peoples Takumi: An Homage to the Brand’s Heritage and Japanese Craft
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It is this rare obsession with craftsmanship that compelled the founders of Oliver Peoples to collaborate with Japanese producers from the very beginning. This inseparable, decades-long connection to Japanese artisanry reaches its zenith in Oliver Peoples’ latest titanium capsule collection, Takumi. 

Designed in Los Angeles and manufactured in Japan, Takumi is both a sophisticated study in the Japanese art of eyewear and a fresh, relevant homage to the heritage of Oliver Peoples. The collection—which consists of two optical styles, one sunglass, and one clip-on sunglass—offers modern takes on time-honored looks, with nods to Japanese craft and aesthetics throughout.

A custom filigree, artfully pressed into titanium, appears on all styles. Its design is a celebration of Japanese minimalism and architecture and features a multi-dimensional pattern of raised diamonds and dots. A cylindrical weighted temple tip and adjustable nose pads, available in tortoiseshell and solid colors, deliver immense enjoyment to the wearer. Custom light-colored lenses complement frames in aged finishes like Pewter and Antique Gold, Oliver Peoples’ collection mainstays.

This extraordinary attention to detail is fully apparent in the small Kanji symbol, which means Takumi, designed by a master Japanese calligraphy and printed on the front of the rice paper box that houses each frame. Every line, every curve, every sweep of black ink: each minute component of the symbol was tweaked until just right. Perfect in its entirety, inarguably complete, like each frame of the collection.

Published on Mar 16 2021