Deeply rooted within the formidable and culturally diverse foundations of downtown New York City, is 102 year-old eyewear purveyor, MOSCOT.
Renowned worldwide for its iconic eyewear — The MOSCOT Originals and MOSCOT Spirit Collections — MOSCOT’s unmistakably refined craftsmanship and authentic expertise is unparalleled and timeless. In a word, MOSCOT is classiconic™.
Considered today as a global fashion brand, with Shops stretching across Europe and Asia, MOSCOT continues to reference its past, while looking toward the future.
The MOSCOT optical roots were first planted in New York City by Great Grandfather Hyman, who arrived from Eastern Europe via Ellis Island in 1899, and began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side.
Having amassed a loyal following of customers by 1915, the family’s first retail shop, MOSCOT’s, opened at 94 Rivington Street, and the rest, as they say, is history!
In 1925 at the tender age of 15, Hyman’s son, Sol joined the family business and eventually took over the reigns. By 1936, MOSCOT was firmly settled at 118 Orchard Street, which would be its home for the next eight decades.
In 1951, Sol’s son Joel began presiding over the “House of MOSCOT”. Charming, dedicated and devoted to his customers, Joel quickly made his mark — overseeing the Shop and conveying the family 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 with his youngest son, Kenny Moscot, following suit in 1992.
In March 2013, Harvey’s son and fifth generation Zachary Sol Moscot, joined the family business. A formally trained industrial designer, Zachary came on board as the brand’s Chief Design Officer — the first in the family — presiding over its latest Collections.
In January 2015, MOSCOT celebrated its 100 Year Anniversary, and today, at 102, has successfully opened Shops in Seoul, Tokyo, London, and as of March 2017, Rome, to add to its three Shops in New York City. Today, MOSCOT is available in 1,800 specialty retail and optical shops in 50 countries.
Hyman would be proud!