On Wednesday, July 13, 2011 a combination of the city’s trendiest tastemakers, top media and local neighborhood businesses helped welcome the new Oliver Peoples boutique to Chicago’s renowned Gold Coast neighborhood.
The day began with a press breakfast, where a select number of media were invited to dine among the Oliver Peoples CEO David Schulte and Founder and Creative Director Larry Leight, as well as preview the exclusive limited edition Chicago sunglasses.
Later that evening, over 100 people gathered at the Oliver Peoples store to celebrate the grand opening and get the chance to purchase the limited edition frames.
Guests were greeted by a custom chalk drawing of the Chicago skyline on the sidewalk outside the storefront. The art was created by local Chicago artist, Grant Thye, a member of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Evening Associates Board.
Guests previewed the limited edition Chicago frames and got the chance to try on other styles offered at the boutique while enjoying music spun by a DJ. Photos and videos of guests streamed throughout the event on two different LCD screens.
The event featured passed hors d’oeuvres including truffle mac ‘n cheese bites, lobster tacos, parisienne melon skewers, goat cheese stuffed mushrooms and chocolate cake pops for dessert. Guests sipped on complimentary cocktails courtesy of Grey Goose as well as white wine and Prosecco.
Gift bags were passed out to guests as they exited the event and included gift certificates to Exhale Spa, an Oliver Peoples candle, leather bookmark and mixed CD, Evian water, Butter London nail polish and more.
A portion of the proceeds from the limited edition frames were donated to the Evening Associates Board of the Art Institute of Chicago.