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Best of New York 2009 • Shopping

In Every Shade

Striking sunglasses for all types.

  • For Logo Lovers

  • Ilori

    138 Spring St., nr. Wooster St.; 212-226-8276

    The extensive designer stock—limited-edition Dolce & Gabbana or sporty Badgley Mischka aviators (pictured, $495) is the draw here.

  • For Eccentrics

  • Artsee Eyewear

    863 Washington St., nr. 13th St.; 212-414-0900

    Thierry Lasry’s Swarovski-encrusted lens (pictured, $800) are great, but not practical; Cutler and Gross chrome teardrops ($475) are still interesting, but more wearable.

  • For the Budget-Conscious

  • Fabulous Fanny’s

    335 E. 9th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-533-0637

    This tiny shop has rimless shades from the 1900s up through nineties-era Carreras for $65 to $160.

  • For Vintage Buffs

  • Silver Lining Opticians

    100 Thompson St. nr. Spring St.; 212-274-9191

    Never-worn shades from the sixties through the nineties from Dior, Emmanuelle Khanh, Persol, and Ray-Ban. Pairs start at $250.

  • For Exhibitionists

  • Screaming Mimi’s

    382 Lafayette St., nr. 4th St.; 212-677-6464

    Fifty-plus statement-making frames, most under $40, including oversize Janis Joplin ($18) or a pink-and-green cat-eye style (pictured, $38).

From the 2009 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine

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