Moscot's iconic glasses have long graced the faces of downtown scenesters and celebrities, who come to the fourth-generation Orchard Street shop for custom fittings and a taste of old New York. But now you don't have to be among the vision-impaired to get the look, thanks to the recently released Moscot Sun Collection.
The new shades ($255 to $275), which are sold online or at the company's two Manhattan locations, have an oversized 70s vibe (think narrow frames and aviator flare) without feeling dated. We love the vaguely cat-eyed Fionah and Sophia Loren-esque Diane, though we're also partial to the Drew's subtle, metal detailing.
Looking to go less disco and more retro glam? Moscot also offers tinted (and UV-protective) versions of their most popular 30s and 40s styles ($255), outfitted with the same colored lenses that were used at the time.
The bottle-green hue of the Mangitos, for instance, perfectly evokes the Cuba Libre-drinking, expatriated Gladys Moscot who originally inspired the frames. Likewise, we're dying to pop on a pair of the famous, circular Miltzens whose gray-green color was first created for pilots in the 1930s.
Now, if only the sun would stay out long enough for us to wear them.
Moscot, 118 Orchard St. (at Delancey St.); 212-477-3796 or moscot.com