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2016 BEST New Eyewear Shop

Eyechic of Philly II

Considering it quietly opened its doors six months ago, you’d never know this eyewear boutique was part of the Eyechic consortium that’s amassed 87K followers on Instagram — and maybe it’s better that way. With an ultra-modern interior and a curated collection of high-end lenses from the likes of Miu Miu and Linda Farrow, the shop remains surprisingly under-the-radar.

2003 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-564-5100 | Website

2014 BEST Eyewear Delivery

Philly EyeWorks

131 South 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA

This new Rittenhouse-based start-up is taking on Warby Parker: In addition to sending at-home try-on pairs (the collection includes more than a dozen frame styles with Phillyistic names like “Yo Adrian” or “The Jawn”), they’ll even get your prescription from the optometrist, so you don’t have to. Read more »

2014 BEST Vintage Eyewear

Barbara Blau Collectables

29 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

This vintage ephemera shop, clandestinely tucked into the back of Jules Goldman Books, is a discovery all on its own. But the collection of vintage eyeglass frames most from the ’50s and ’60s is truly special, as is Blau’s uncanny knack for matching your face to the perfect style. Read more »

2013 BEST Eyewear

Warby Parker at Art In the Age

116 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Just when you think youve exhausted the dozens of frames in the sizeable Warby Parker display at this Old City boutique, the salesperson will open drawers that house dozens more options, including presc-ription-ready sunglasses and the premium Titanium Collection. Best part: You circumvent Warbys Netflix-like mail service and score $5 off, to boot. Read more »

2012 BEST Eyewear


1824 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA

The selection: unlike anything we’ve seen here in Philly (Persol! Balenciaga!). The deals: Whoa. Buy during a brand’s trunk show-Gucci, let’s say-and you not only get 20 percent off; you’re entered into a raffle to win a pair or two of free specs from said brand. Kinda makes your habit of constantly losing your glasses… Read more »

2010 BEST Eyeglass Frames


124 South 19th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Whether you’re Mad Men or hipster, fancy or fashion-forward, supremely knowledgeable owner Gene Kogan will guide you toward your perfect pair in his sleek Rittenhouse shop. Read more »

2009 BEST Eyeglass Frames

Starry Eyed Optical

5 East State Street, Media, PA

On Media’s inviting main drag, you’ll find eyeglasses and sunglasses, all with top-of-the-line lenses; designer brands and artsy brands; and super-helpful Christian Haiges and Amy Bullock, who’ll guide you toward the perfect pair just destined to frame your peepers. Read more »