Sahar Shalev is a fashion journalist for Ha’Aretz, Israel’s oldest daily newspaper, though he’s known around the world as an ambassador for men’s style from Tel Aviv. We photographed him wearing these “Miltzen” frames from the iconic New York brand, Moscot.
These rounded frames were first introduced in the 1930s, and were named after an uncle in the Moscot family. The acetate frames feature exposed hardware, a keyhole bridge, and a three barrel hinge. Sahar liked the “old fashioned” look of these specs, and chose a pair in a traditional tortoiseshell to complete the retro-inspired influence. We love the way the simple, classic frames play off Sahar’s printed shirt and bright socks-and-cuffed-jeans combo, serving as both an anchor piece for the outfit and focal point.
Harvey Moscot is the great-grandson of Hyman Moscot – an Eastern European immigrant who set up a pushcart selling eyeglasses on the Lower East Side, shortly after he arrived in New York City in 1899. From that first stand on Orchard Street, to its current retail store just a few steps away, MOSCOT has established itself as the go-to eyewear brand for New Yorkers and visitors alike. And, just like his father and grandfather before him, Harvey is keeping it all in the family, working with his son Zack to keep the MOSCOT legacy alive and well.
Harvey’s frame of choice over the years has been the “Lemtosh” in “Sage” – a mossy green colour that’s slightly transparent. Classic and timeless, the “Lemtosh” has been made the exact same way for more than 50 years. It’s a universally flattering stye, that fits almost every face shape. Harvey had his pair fitted with tinted brown lenses, that give the glasses an old school feel. It’s a look that Hyman Moscot himself would be proud of.
Sam Poole is a documentary photographer and tailor from the UK, who now works for Oliver Spencer in Toronto. We spotted him looking dapper in these “Lemtosh” frames from Moscot. This rounded frame gives off a creative and intellectual look, calling to mind people like Buddy Holly and Truman Capote. Made from a thick acetate, the frames feature diamond rivets on the front and temples, and a classic keyhole bridge.
Sam liked the “artistic vibe” of the tortoiseshell, and the way the glasses fit the shape of his face. He also owns a pair of square-shaped frames from Moscot that he loves – looks like he’s building a pretty classy collection.
Interior designer Jon Call is a big eyewear fan, who has more than a dozen pairs of glasses on regular rotation. His favourite eyewear brands include Selima Optique and YSL, though these Moscot frames – Jon calls them his “standby glasses” – hold special meaning as well. Jon’s first apartment in New York was across from the Moscot store, and he picked up these “Nebb” frames because he wanted a pair of vintage-inspired glasses with a slightly more modern fit.
These acetate frames have a decidedly old school Manhattan feel, and feature a chunky, rectangular shape and saddle nose-bridge. Double rivets and a deep Tortoise colour add visual interest. Paired with his polka-dot blazer and tie, Jon pulls off a retro-meets-modern look convincingly, proving that his knack for design extends to his dapper duds as well.
Anwar bought these MOSCOT frames three years ago because they reminded him of Spike Lee’s glasses. This “Miltzen” frame was named after a family uncle, and was first introduced by MOSCOT in the 1930s. With its slim, rounded shape, keyhole bridge and traditional three-barrel hinge, this is a classic pair of “P-3” glasses – a term eyewear manufacturers used to refer to a style that falls between oval and round. Anwar’s pair is in the color “blond” and is made from acetate with exposed hardware.
We spotted Major Model’s Jullien outside Milk Studios in these 70s-inspired “Drew” sunglasses from Moscot. Unlike the company’s other vintage-inspired frames, this pair features a simple stripe on the arms, a brand new metal plaque on the bridge and a “Slate Green” colour introduced by Moscot for the very first time. Effortlessly cool and classic, these shades give off an “I’m not trying too hard” vibe, while also making it clear that Jullien’s got good taste to go along with his good looks.
Michele owns a luxury boutique in Italy and we love how his quintessential Italian style is given an All-American twist thanks to his Moscot frames. If the wool turtleneck, camel blazer and black puffer jacket show off his sartorial flair for modern-day layering, these “Miltzen” glasses demonstrate an affinity for something a little vintage.
These rounded blonde frames were first introduced in the 1930s and made famous by people like Andy Warhol, John Lennon and Harry Truman, to name a few. Made from acetate with exposed hardware, a keyhole bridge and a three-barrel hinge, the frames offer a retro-inspired style in an unexpected colour, made all the more unique by switching out the prescription lenses for polarized shades.