Jack’s Vintage Eyewear

Best Sunglasses Shops, September 2008
 
Jack’s Vintage Eyewear looks like a run-of-the-mill optician’s shop. In fact, it’s a trove of vintage dead stock, with hundreds of sunglasses—some dating to the 1690s—on offer. Stylists frequently troll here for unusual pieces, and customers pay thousands for rare Alpinas or Cazals tricked out with diamond edging (owner Jack Bernstein works with a jeweler to customize each pair). Ask Bernstein to give you a tour of the merchandise, which includes the kind of Nixon-era Playboys and Porsches that get heavy rotation on BET. If you love an item that doesn’t quite fit, he’ll modify it, and you’ll leave the store with something you couldn’t find elsewhere.