l.a. Eyeworks

Best Sunglasses Shops, September 2008
Even if you’ve never been in the store, you’ve likely noticed the creations from l.a. Eyeworks. That’s because its glasses—retro styles smartly updated with bold colors and shapes—are unlike anyone else’s. This location sells only the designs of owners Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds, who have long inspired devotion (the original Melrose Avenue store, which stocks other brands, opened in 1979). The space, by architect Neil M. Denari, is a sublime backdrop for the wares; its smooth powder blue surfaces and off-kilter walls resemble a deconstructed Tiffany box.