Shining Bright

Austin chefs and creatives shine bright during California-cool party

Austin chefs and creatives shine bright during California-cool party

Garrett Leight Party
Rashanna Moss, Liz Wendler, Garrett Leight, and My Cherie Haley. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
David Mendoza, Garrett Leight, Katie Caplener, and Montrez Fields. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
The party was hosted at Nixta Taqueria. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
Fermin Nunez, Garrett Leight, and Barney Hannagan. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
Cara Caulkins, Garrett Leight, Alexander Pappas, and Renee Rouleau. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
Miguel Rangel, Jaz Sedillo, and Garrett Leight. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
Nina Berenato and Carl Brunson. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
Elena Doukas and Jane Black. Photo by Ben Porter
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party
Garrett Leight Party

What: Garrett Leight California Opticals' 10-year anniversary party and grand opening celebration

Where: Nixta Taqueria

The lowdown: Garrett Leight, purveyor of hip sunglasses, took over another hip spot — East Austin's Nixta Taqueria — for a very dual special celebration on March 4. Not only was the brand celebrating its newly opened South Congress shop, it was also toasting to 10 years in the eyewear biz. 

Local luminaries, including Suerte chef Fermin Nuñez, PR pro Cara Culkins, and impresario David Mendoza, showed up to toast the newly minted store.

As part of the launch, Leight tapped local creatives, including the Alamo Drafthouse's Tim League and singer Tameka Jones, to design a pair of custom frames for the new SoCo shop. Proceeds from what is dubbed the "Locals Only" collection will go to select charities through the month of March.

Who: Garrett Leight, Elena DoukasRenee RouleauAlexander PappasMiguel RangelJane BlackBarney GreenwoodNina BerenatoCarl BrunsonRashanna MossLiz Wender, and My-Cherie Haley