MOSCOT is a New York City institution renowned worldwide for its iconic eyewear. MOSCOT infuses its unmistakably refined, downtown aesthetic with over 100 years of eyewear expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship to create its timeless eyewear. While now recognised as a global fashion brand, MOSCOT remains, at heart, a neighbourhood optical Shop.
Designed and prototyped in New York City, all MOSCOT Eyewear is handmade, using the highest quality materials, real hardware, and hinges that are riveted through the temple and frame fronts to ensure the sturdiest construction possible.
In MOSCOT's New York City labs, MOSCOT carefully inspects every frame before dispensing eyewear to anyone, assuring the best quality possible. The MOSCOT optical roots were first planted in America by great Grandfather and family patriarch Hyman Moscot, who arrived from Eastern Europe via Ellis Island in 1899. Hyman began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side.
By 1915, having amassed a following of loyal customers, Hyman opened the family’s first retail Shop, MOSCOT’s at 94 Rivington Street, and the rest, as they say, is history! In 1925, Hyman’s son, Sol, at the tender age of only 15, joined the family business and helped take over the reins. By 1936, MOSCOT was settled at 118 Orchard Street, on the corner of Delancey Street, which would be its home for the next eight decades.
Sol’s son, Joel, began presiding over the “House of MOSCOT” in 1951. Charming, dedicated, and devoted to his customers, Joel quickly made his mark—overseeing the Shop and conveying the family’s values to his sons, who would soon become the fourth generation of Moscots to take the helm. In 1986, Joel’s son, Dr. Harvey Moscot, entered the family business as a practicing Optometrist. Joel’s youngest son, Kenny Moscot, followed suit, joining the business in 1992.
In March 2013, Harvey’s son, Zack Moscot, a formally trained industrial designer, came on board, making
him the fifth generation Moscot to join the family business. In January, 2015, MOSCOT celebrated its 100 Year Birthday! After 106 years in business, in October 2021, MOSCOT moved the ‘cart’ down the block one final time. Opening their original Shop in 1915 at 94 Rivington Street, one could call it fate that over a century later, the eyewear purveyor makes a permanent home at 94 Orchard Street!