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New York City, specifically downtown Manhattan, has seen an explosion of hip optical shops in the last year. While not every opening made the list, we've updated this year's map with a handful of the fresh imports—Culter & Gross from England, Anne et Valentin from France, Warby Parker from the Internet—that are adding new perspective to the eyewear landscape.

Also on the list are the old standbys, from the vintage selection at Fabulous Fanny's to the distinct NYC cool of Moscot, who moved down the block this year. With so many great choices, we've cut out department stores and boutiques and narrowed it down to twelve of the very best shops to buy sunglasses.


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Oliver Peoples

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If you're shopping for sunglasses uptown, then Oliver Peoples is a pretty obvious destination choice. The brand has collaborated with just about everyone—from Zooey Deschanel to Balmain—and also runs the Mosley Tribes and Paul Smith eyewear companies. Needless to say, the Madison Avenue store has a pretty wide selection of frames to choose from. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

SEE Eyewear

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See prides itself on editing the best eyewear from around the world, offering exclusive styles at prices that won't break the bank. A pair of statement-making nonprescription sunglasses will run you $99. [Photo]

Fabulous Fanny's

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"If you have to wear them... make it fun," is the store's slogan. Specializing in vintage eyewear, this East Village mainstay is a catalogue of authentically old school frames in quantities you won't find anywhere else. [Photo]

Warby Parker

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The bad boys of online optics recently opened their flagship store in Soho—who said e-comm can't do brick and mortar? Beyond the $95 sunglasses, it's worth stopping by for the interior design, not to mention the free photobooth. [Photo]

Silver Lining Opticians

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Vintage and contemporary frames mingle at this West Soho shop. They have nine commandments, one of which is "Lots of things may look good on your face shape, it's about personality and desire." Plus, they have a semi-secret back room for private consultations. [Photo]
Since shopping for shades can sometimes be just as tricky as shopping for prescription frames, why not take advantage of Ilori's personal style appointments. On the boutique's website, you can even select your frame and designer preference ahead of time, and they'll have them waiting for you upon your arrival. [Photo]

Cutler and Gross

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Over 4,000 handmade frames from the British brand are available, and they date from 1969 to present. At about $500 a pop, it'll cost ya to look this cool. [Photo]
Due to popular demand, we've added newcomer Mykita to the list—an import from Berlin that arrived on Crosby Street earlier this month. To celebrate their arrival, the shop even designed a special collection just for the store.

Selima Optique

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Selima Boutique operates eight shops out of New York, LA, and Paris combined, but the Soho one has always been near-and-dear to sunglass aficionados, celebrities, and fashion editors alike. The shop carries designer Selima Salaun's own well-crafted frames, as well as vintage sunglasses and spectacles. [Photo]

Anne Et Valentin

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This French brand recently touched down in Nolita, bringing with them graphic, glamorous frames in striking colors. [Photo]

Nakedeye Optical

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Naked Eye's selection of sunglasses includes Dita, Brooklyn Spectacles, and more, but if you're looking for something a little harder to find, they also carry one-of-a-kind vintage shades from Cazal, Porsche Design, and several other brands. [Photo]
Moscot is to glasses what Katz's is to cured meat. Or something. This LES stalwart—who recently moved down Orchard Street—has a mix of styles ranging from archival styles (some dating as far back as the 1930s) and seasonal trend collections. Most pairs come in under $300, and you often have a choice of lens color. [Photo]

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Oliver Peoples

If you're shopping for sunglasses uptown, then Oliver Peoples is a pretty obvious destination choice. The brand has collaborated with just about everyone—from Zooey Deschanel to Balmain—and also runs the Mosley Tribes and Paul Smith eyewear companies. Needless to say, the Madison Avenue store has a pretty wide selection of frames to choose from. [Photo: Brian Harkin]

SEE Eyewear

See prides itself on editing the best eyewear from around the world, offering exclusive styles at prices that won't break the bank. A pair of statement-making nonprescription sunglasses will run you $99. [Photo]

Fabulous Fanny's

"If you have to wear them... make it fun," is the store's slogan. Specializing in vintage eyewear, this East Village mainstay is a catalogue of authentically old school frames in quantities you won't find anywhere else. [Photo]

Warby Parker

The bad boys of online optics recently opened their flagship store in Soho—who said e-comm can't do brick and mortar? Beyond the $95 sunglasses, it's worth stopping by for the interior design, not to mention the free photobooth. [Photo]

Silver Lining Opticians

Vintage and contemporary frames mingle at this West Soho shop. They have nine commandments, one of which is "Lots of things may look good on your face shape, it's about personality and desire." Plus, they have a semi-secret back room for private consultations. [Photo]

ILORI

Since shopping for shades can sometimes be just as tricky as shopping for prescription frames, why not take advantage of Ilori's personal style appointments. On the boutique's website, you can even select your frame and designer preference ahead of time, and they'll have them waiting for you upon your arrival. [Photo]

Cutler and Gross

Over 4,000 handmade frames from the British brand are available, and they date from 1969 to present. At about $500 a pop, it'll cost ya to look this cool. [Photo]

Mykita

Due to popular demand, we've added newcomer Mykita to the list—an import from Berlin that arrived on Crosby Street earlier this month. To celebrate their arrival, the shop even designed a special collection just for the store.

Selima Optique

Selima Boutique operates eight shops out of New York, LA, and Paris combined, but the Soho one has always been near-and-dear to sunglass aficionados, celebrities, and fashion editors alike. The shop carries designer Selima Salaun's own well-crafted frames, as well as vintage sunglasses and spectacles. [Photo]

Anne Et Valentin

This French brand recently touched down in Nolita, bringing with them graphic, glamorous frames in striking colors. [Photo]

Nakedeye Optical

Naked Eye's selection of sunglasses includes Dita, Brooklyn Spectacles, and more, but if you're looking for something a little harder to find, they also carry one-of-a-kind vintage shades from Cazal, Porsche Design, and several other brands. [Photo]

Moscot

Moscot is to glasses what Katz's is to cured meat. Or something. This LES stalwart—who recently moved down Orchard Street—has a mix of styles ranging from archival styles (some dating as far back as the 1930s) and seasonal trend collections. Most pairs come in under $300, and you often have a choice of lens color. [Photo]