Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Eye Spy: The Linda Derector Store

Sunglasses. You can never have too many pairs. I carry at least 3 in my purse at all times (it helps that my bag is the size of carry-on luggage) just in case I change my mind mid-day. I have oversized versions, aviator versions and oversized aviator versions… the list goes on.

Nowadays (I’ve recently decided) I’m loving vintage frames — big and glam in all their pastime glory. This realization came in full force last night as I was watching Wonderland — the 80s era biopic starring Val Kilmer. Throughout the movie Kilmer had on these fabulous oversized, gold aviators that reminded me of the cool Carreras my dad used to wear when I was younger. At that very moment I made a mental note to find those sunglasses!



A quick phone call home came up blank — dad’s are long gone. So that leaves me with no other choice but to actually go out and find a pair on my own. The trouble is I’m definitely not the type to ever be in the position to find such glamorous, old school shades. For one, it usually requires frequenting smelly vintage stores, sifting through dollar bins and dousing said finds in gallons of disinfectant before wearing. Not exactly my ideal shopping experience. I’d much rather buy a brand new pair, thank you very much.

But this morning (talk about timing), as if an angel from the heavens heard my ridiculous spectacle pleas, I received an email announcing a new store opening on Mott Street. I opened the contents: Linda Derector, a stylish emporium of vintage sunglasses and assorted costume jewels. Could it be? Have my prayers been answered? Turns out the store is a treasure trove of eyewear inventory dating back to the 60s, not to mention uber glitzy costume jewels and evening clutches that rival those on the set of Dynasty. The best part? The store is beautiful and far from smelly. The merchandise is delicately displayed on sleek glass shelving, which pops against the vibrant red walls — no wonder numerous stylists and celebs have already been there and back since it opened last month.



Final Word: With Fashion Week just days away Linda Derector gives you a great excuse to splurge on some much needed eye gear — after all, if you’re going to be doing some serious incognito people watching, you might as well do it with style.

Linda Derector, 211 Mott Street, 212/680-3023

18 comments:

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Anonymous said...

GREAT STORE! ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL EYEWEAR!

Anonymous said...

The eyewear selection is probably the best in the City ranging from serious collectibles such as the original Gianni Versace frames designed by Mr. Versace and made while he was still alive, to some of the more exclsuive pieces coming out of Europe from small, luxury ateliers available to those few conoccente such as Linda, who is clear about her offerings...unusual, rare, out-of- the-ordinary, fun, glamorous, exceptional merchandise. Definitely a must-see shop when in Nolita.

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous shop....i spent over an hour just trying on every style of eyeglass that appealed to me...the owener, Linda, helped me find styles that might work, and we were like two giggling teenage girls....Linda is obviously passionate about what she sells and her passion is contagious! i began to see in each model the beauty of its craftsmanship, style, "fading," etc and by the end of the hour, i understood completely why some people consider eyeglasses "jewelry for the face." The right pair of glasses can completely transform you, and this shop has hundreds of the "right pair." I always find it so difficult to buy eyewear as nothing ever seems to fit me right, but in thsi store, i found many beautiful styles from known and unknown designers that were simply beautiful. As well, there is a fabulous and very select choice of necklaces, scarves, handbags, clutches, jewelry, all chosen by a proprietor with an impeccable eye for glamour. When you leave this shop, you feel transformed, and i cannot tell you how many flattering comments my glasses, etc have ellicited....if you want a real pick-me-up experience, or if you need a little boost to your personal style, or if you need that "one something" that will make you feel fabulous about how you look, then run -- don't walk -- to this beautiful little shop (it feels like a shop on the Left Bank) right now!

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous shop....i spent over an hour just trying on every style of eyeglass that appealed to me...the owener, Linda, helped me find styles that might work, and we were like two giggling teenage girls....Linda is obviously passionate about what she sells and her passion is contagious! i began to see in each model the beauty of its craftsmanship, style, "fading," etc and by the end of the hour, i understood completely why some people consider eyeglasses "jewelry for the face." The right pair of glasses can completely transform you, and this shop has hundreds of the "right pair." I always find it so difficult to buy eyewear as nothing ever seems to fit me right, but in thsi store, i found many beautiful styles from known and unknown designers that were simply beautiful. As well, there is a fabulous and very select choice of necklaces, scarves, handbags, clutches, jewelry, all chosen by a proprietor with an impeccable eye for glamour. When you leave this shop, you feel transformed, and i cannot tell you how many flattering comments my glasses, etc have ellicited....if you want a real pick-me-up experience, or if you need a little boost to your personal style, or if you need that "one something" that will make you feel fabulous about how you look, then run -- don't walk -- to this beautiful little shop (it feels like a shop on the Left Bank) right now!

Anonymous said...

This is a fabulous shop....i spent over an hour just trying on every style of eyeglass that appealed to me...the owener, Linda, helped me find styles that might work, and we were like two giggling teenage girls....Linda is obviously passionate about what she sells and her passion is contagious! i began to see in each model the beauty of its craftsmanship, style, "fading," etc and by the end of the hour, i understood completely why some people consider eyeglasses "jewelry for the face." The right pair of glasses can completely transform you, and this shop has hundreds of the "right pair." I always find it so difficult to buy eyewear as nothing ever seems to fit me right, but in thsi store, i found many beautiful styles from known and unknown designers that were simply beautiful. As well, there is a fabulous and very select choice of necklaces, scarves, handbags, clutches, jewelry, all chosen by a proprietor with an impeccable eye for glamour. When you leave this shop, you feel transformed, and i cannot tell you how many flattering comments my glasses, etc have ellicited....if you want a real pick-me-up experience, or if you need a little boost to your personal style, or if you need that "one something" that will make you feel fabulous about how you look, then run -- don't walk -- to this beautiful little shop (it feels like a shop on the Left Bank) right now!

Anonymous said...

i stumbled into this store shortly after it opened and was obsessed that i would buy my next pair of sunglasses there and couldn't wait to go back--linde derector offers beautiful options and fantastic service. i just now went and bought a classic pair of dark sunglasses, and feel super-glamorous. only downside is it's too pricey to buy more than occasionally, but you are getting a gorgeous and unique product.

Anonymous said...

eazy-e
I can't thank you enough for this wonderful commentary. It's invaluable to a new retailer like myself.
Would you please call me when you receive this, i'd like to thank you personally....and I have a question for you. 212 680.3023
Thanks to all for your generous comments

Linda

Anonymous said...

Its all about his vinatge sunglasses!

Anonymous said...

Forget all advertisement testamonials about this rip-off store & hear it from a real shopper who got royally screwed buying what what billed as a new pair of sunglasses. So many shoppers try on the glasses that the one I ended up buying was worn by hundreds before I brought it. It was greasey, had fingerprints all over them and was of "used quality". Ended up falling apart. I went back to the store & was told "All sales are final...no money back" They was so nice when they wanted me to buy, but when I complained, the owner got mad at me & said," what do you expect from an old style, it's not like it's brand new" If you want to buy overpriced, chipped, loose screws eyeglasses with scratched lenses, go to this used eyeglass shop. This eyeglass store doesn't even have a Optician. Save yourself the hassle & bypass this shop,like I will, & go somewhere where they have proffessional Opticians to meet your eyewear needs. By the way, I needed to disinfect my pair as soon as I got home. This shop is all smoke & mirrors.They must rely on 1st time purchasers who buy on impulse, because I don't know how they expect to get repeat customers by selling old previously worn eyeglasses that are obviously not new. They called it "new old glasses, never worn" Stand back from the crowd & count how many people "never wear" the glasses. Someone report this place to the BBB for the sake of shoppers in need of new eyeglasses.

Anonymous said...

When I brought eyeglasses at this place they sent me to another eyeglass store to fill my prescription. After contemplating the overpriced,"Vintage" eyeglass purchased, I had buyer's regret. My frames had chipped paint and were bent, but I was told before they charged my credit card, that they were new. I feel embarassed to return them because I'll feel like I should've known better than to fall for all the compliments the staff gave me. I felt pressured to buy. I feel like a fool. I was led to believe that the frames made me look fabulous, but when I got home, I was told I look foolish and I was stupid to not look harder in the mirror at the store. This store's staff reminds me of used car salesmen. They told me I looked great in every one of the like 20 frames I tried on. Next time I won't fall for all the sales flattery at this store and sho[ at a real eyeglass store who actually make proffessional eyeglasses. I learned that if the salesperson is not a NY state licensed optician that person does not have enough knowledge about eyeglasses. What was obvious from the beginning, which I did not think about at the store, was that the sales girl was wearing crooked fitting eyeglasses herself. That should've give me warning right then and there. My experience at this store was disappointing. No stars from this shopper.Eventually this store will go out of buisness.

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