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