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Chile exports more than heartwarming stories of rescued miners, as can be seen at the brand new store from Chilean retailer Three Monkeys Eyewear in Nolita. This shop at 35 Spring Street, not to be confused with the Lower East Side eatery on a site made famous by the Beastie Boys back in the day, is their first US outlet, with another coming soon to Melrose in LA.
The trademark "clean, snow-white space," which carries brands of all sorts of sunglasses and frames, is tucked behind the minimal storefront of a recently remade 1820 townhouse. Step within and it's glasses, glasses and more glasses.
Inside, side by side with Gucci, Prada, Oliver Goldmith and others, is the big and bold Three Monkey line of Italian-made sunglasses. Also on hand are a whole batch of colorful and unique collectible goodies. The Monkey gang opened their first shop in Santiago in 2008, where they "offer a youthful and fun image far beyond traditional eyewear retail concepts." Then they conquered resort towns throughout Chile before crossing the border into Argentina. Seeing no evil in their path, they've now set their eyes on lands to the north, hoping along the way to frame as many folks as possible.
· We Are Now In NYC! [Three Monkeys Eyewear]
· Coming Soon: Three Monkeys Eyewear at 35 Spring Street [Bowery Boogie]
· Remade Nolita Townhouse Almost Ready for Moving Day [Curbed]