Friday, May 29, 2009

While we were in New York, we met Peter and Flavio from Common Projects. Peter was wearing the Common Project x Moscot collaboration, and we must say we were quite amazed of how sturdy the frame seemed and how thorough the finish was. If you are going to buy one pair of wayfarer-ish sunglasses this summer, we suggest you buy Type One from Common Project x Moscot (more on Moscot below the pictures).

MOSCOT Eyewear and Eyecare Since 1915 has been a New York City institution for nearly 100 years. The MOSCOT optical roots were first planted by great grandfather, patriarch, Hyman Moscot, who arrived from Eastern Europe via Ellis Island in 1899 and began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side. In 1915, having establishing himself in the neighborhood as the “go-to” guy for glasses, Hyman opened what would become MOSCOT’s first retail space at 94 Rivington Street.

Hyman’s son, Sol, began helping his father in the store as a young boy. This would mark the beginning of Sol’s passion for people and opticianry. Sol’s expertise developed quickly and he soon took over the family business and Sol Moscot Opticians, as it was known then, was officially established.

From its original location on Rivington Street, the business changed locations until 1951 when it settled at 118 Orchard Street on the corner of Delancey Street, where the retail store and the MOSCOT Museum remain today. (Bio from

We got familiar with Moscot last year, when Scott Morrison and the peeps at Earnest Sewn created a Moscot pop-up store inside the Earnest Sewn store at 821 Washington Street, NYC. The Moscot pop-up store was in good company, as other projects at the ESW store have included the likes of Repetto, Malin+Goetz, Trovata and Rogues Gallery.

The Common Project x Moscot collaboration will be available in July.

Enjoy the weekend!