As evidenced by the way proprietors Oleg Rabinovich and Julio Santiago treat their inventory like objets d’art—only 100 or so frames ($375–$5,000) are displayed on illuminated shelves at a time—this well-curated space is for the serious sunglass collector. The stock changes every two months and includes custom-made buffalo-horn rims and avant-garde shapes.
The right pair of shades can be transformative: You can channel mystery with Audrey Hepburn–esque frames, adventure with aviators and whimsy with some quirky cat-eyes. But finding the perfect style for you—and your face shape—isn’t always easy. You can find plenty of cheap sunglasses at department stores and some of the best shops in NYC, but if you want the best sunglasses that will last you a lifetime, you have to hit up the pros. We rounded up some independent shop’s and chains that know a thing or two about sunnies, so you’ll never feel the painful glare of sun reflecting off the shiniest and most beautiful buildings in NYC again.