Moscot

Spanning five generations and 100 years, the history of Moscot is a true American success story. Family patriarch Hyman Moscot arrived at Ellis Island in 1899 and soon began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street. Over a century later, the company retains its roots in the Lower East Side. Although the address has changed a few times, step into their flagship at 108 Orchard, and you'll still find the same level of service and care that Hyman displayed decades ago. Over the years, the family name has become iconic, not due to branding, but due to the quality of their product, with many silhouettes becoming classics in their own right. Stop into their LES shop — or one of their two other New York locations — to experience them for yourself.

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  • Kith

    Crisp layout, clean kicks, and crunchy snacks. Recently revamped with help from Snarkitecture, Kith's second NYC store occupies a 3,000 square foot space in Prospect Heights that's as notable for its design as it is for its contents. An archive of the company's past collabs sits on glass shelving and hundreds of Air Jordan II molds hang from the ceiling while an array of new kicks from the world's best brands sits on stainless steel fixtures. The attached bar serves up cereal instead of booze — founder Ronnie Fieg's been obsessed with the sugary stuff since his youth — with each treat sealed in its own Mylar bag and served in a celebrity-designed shoe box. A selection of hats shares shelf space with books, accessories, and periodicals (including a certain favorite), with their black backdrops set into white tile walls that match the herringbone Carrera marble flooring, and a neon of the Kith logo sits atop an infinity mirror to help draw you into the space.

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  • Blind Barber

    Thankfully, you don't need to take the name literally. Blind Barber is a great throwback barber shop, offering a classic, comfortable environment that represents the surrounding neighborhood while keeping things clean and modern. Their straightforward menu includes four options: a hair cut, shave, trim, or beard trim, with a line of self-branded hair care products available as well. Also included with every service? A complimentary beverage from the adjoining coffee shop, which serves as a perfect spot to further your relaxation over one of their signature cocktails, a glass of wine, a beer, or a cup of coffee, a snack, and a read through our favorite magazine. We visited their Brooklyn location, but they also have shops in the East Village and LA.

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