Oliver Peoples

Best Sunglasses Shops, September 2008
The hunt for the perfect aviators usually comes to an end at Oliver Peoples, which produces several versions of the World War II fighter pilot classic (the petite “Benedict” is the latest incarnation). You’ll find them, along with the rest of the goods, displayed atop whitewashed, pharmacy-style cabinets. When it was launched in 1988, the company sold only vintage sunglasses. While this location still carries a selection from the ’70s and earlier, what brings in the customers are the contemporary designs and innovations like VFX (a type of lens that adjusts to various light conditions and is treated with coatings that repel water and oil).