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Born in a Pushcart a Century Ago, Moscot Eyewear Thrives as a Family Affair

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New York optical shop welcomes all newcomers.

The eyewear business is a long way from the pushcart days when Hyman Moscot peddled ready-made glasses on New York’s Lower East Side a century ago, but great-grandson Harvey Moscot is happy to welcome all the late-coming upstarts. “Startups in the eyewear field are great,” says Harvey, who runs his family business in New York and South Korea with the help of son Zack, the company’s chief eyewear designer. “It brings greater visibility to our industry and people understand the product better and understand what we’re doing better.” Harvey, an OD who still performs eye exams at Moscot stores, is an expert on the technical side of eyewear, like fitting, prescriptions and fabrication, but Zack’s eye for design has led him to reshape how Moscot handles its retail production and in-store organization.

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