Jack Huston Dishes on Collaborating With Oliver Peoples

Jack Huston Oliver Peoples - P 2015
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Jack Huston Oliver Peoples - P 2015

The 'Boardwalk Empire' actor and sunglasses enthusiast teamed up with the Southern California brand to create frames inspired by Old Hollywood with a modern twist.

I jumped at this opportunity, because I am an avid sunglass collector; I probably have about 40 to 50 pairs at the moment," Jack Huston explained of why he accepted luxury eyewear brand Oliver Peoples' offer to collaborate on a collection. The 32-year-old actor's self-named shades, which you can order as optical glasses, were created with the intention that they could go with anything from suits to casual jeans since the actor himself likes to switch up his look frequently. Huston's personal style stems from a diverse range of inspirations; he counts both Alain Delon and Keith Richards as style icons ("You couldn't get more different," he noted).

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Working together with the team at Oliver Peoples, including CEO David Schulte, was the high point of the process for the actor, who credits the team for working with him to create something both sides really loved. "When I described my favorite sunglasses and they came back with the frames, it was like they had read my mind," said Huston. "I just flipped out over it."

Huston's long lineage of Hollywood blood — his aunt is Anjelica Huston and his grandfather is legendary director John Huston — helped inspire his frame. "Collaborating on a frame that speaks to our brand's home as well as Jack's heritage, was a natural and exciting process," says Larry Leight, Oliver Peoples founder and creative director. "We wanted to create something that was classic and elegant, but felt youthful and cool at the same time."

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The collection's thick frames come in four different colors, including the unique "Raintree with Jade" combo that has green lenses with a brown frame and, of course, a classic black version (they start at $475, are available now at OliverPeoples.com and will hit retail stores in April). But it should be noted that these pieces aren't just for men. "Everyone at the shoot was trying them on, and I thought they looked equally, if not better, on the girls than they did on the boys," mused Huston.

The actor, who has been tapped for the lead in the highly anticipated Ben Hur remake as well as the reboot of The Crow, plans to keep one foot in fashion going forward — he hopes to work on a clothing line. "I have quite a specific style, and I thought it would be fun to one day design and make clothes that are designed around what I like, which I think other people will like, too."

We're definitely digging Huston's retro-classic frames for sunny L.A.