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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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1. Oliver Peoples

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812 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10065
(212) 585-3433
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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]

2. SEE Eyewear

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312 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 989-7060
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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]

3. Fabulous Fanny's

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335 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 553-0637
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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]

4. Warby Parker

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121 Greene St
New York, NY 10012
(646) 568-3720
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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]

5. Silver Lining Opticians

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92 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 274-9191
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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]

6. ILORI

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138 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-8276
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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]

7. Cutler and Gross

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110 mercer
New York, NY
(212) 431-4440
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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]

8. Mykita

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(212) 343-9100
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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.

9. Selima Optique

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59 Wooster St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 343-9490
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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]

10. Anne Et Valentin

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2 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 226-2343
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This French brand recently touched down in Nolita, bringing with them graphic, glamorous frames in striking colors. [Photo]

11. Nakedeye Optical

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192 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 253-4935
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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]

12. Moscot

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108 Orchard Stret
New York, NY
(212) 477-3796
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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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1. Oliver Peoples

812 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10065
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]
812 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10065

2. SEE Eyewear

312 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
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]
312 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

3. Fabulous Fanny's

335 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
"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]
335 E 9th St
New York, NY 10003

4. Warby Parker

121 Greene St, New York, NY 10012
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]
121 Greene St
New York, NY 10012

5. Silver Lining Opticians

92 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012
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]
92 Thompson St
New York, NY 10012

6. ILORI

138 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012
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]
138 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012

7. Cutler and Gross

110 mercer, New York, NY
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]
110 mercer
New York, NY

8. Mykita

109 Crosby Street, New York NY 10002
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.

9. Selima Optique

59 Wooster St, New York, NY 10013
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]
59 Wooster St
New York, NY 10013

10. Anne Et Valentin

2 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
This French brand recently touched down in Nolita, bringing with them graphic, glamorous frames in striking colors. [Photo]
2 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

11. Nakedeye Optical

192 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
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]
192 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002

12. Moscot

108 Orchard Stret, New York, NY
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]
108 Orchard Stret
New York, NY