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Sunglasses Shopping Guide: 9 Places to Buy 'Em in Philly

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Whether your preferred sunglasses style is cat eye or Wayfarer, you could probably use a back-up pair to stash in your purse or glovebox. Because at some point this summer, your trusty frames are likely to grow two legs and disappear into the mysterious abyss that also claimed your now-discontinued lipstick shade.

Here, we've mapped out nine Philly stores that offer a sunglass shopping experience with less sterility than the big-name chains, but with all the brands and styles you're searching for.


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1. Addiction Studio

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1024 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 687-5446
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This upscale consignment boutique puts designer label frames on the faces of the budget-minded.
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2. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

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116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 922-2600
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Fans of Warby Parker's nerd-cool aesthetic can shop the brand's entire line of specs and sunglasses at AITA.
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3. Eyesite

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124 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 557-0757
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Bring your bankroll for sunglass styles that bridge the gap between function and luxury.
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4. Joan Shepp

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1811 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 735-2666
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Sunnies by Marni and Thierry Lasry deliver a dose of European-chic to Chestnut Street's Joan Shepp.
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5. Modern Eye

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145 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 922-3300
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With an inventory of quirky and emerging labels, Modern Eye has made wearing glasses cool again. Expect sunglasses from Ray-Ban, Claire Goldsmith, Drift Eyewear, Moss Lipow, and many more.
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6. Retrospect

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508 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(267) 671-0116
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Retrospect's array of fresh frames complement the store's vintage/retro apparel and kitschy housewares. Better still, sunglasses here will only set you back $12.
[Image credit: Instagram/Retrospect]

7. Smak Parlour

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219 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-4551
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Shop Smak Parlour's Old City store (or its newly-launched boutique-on-wheels) for trendy frames priced under $20.
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8. West Coast Optical

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1726 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 351-9111
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Premium brands like Ray-Ban, Oliver Peoples, Gucci, and Prada occupy the display cases at this Rittenhouse Row eyeglass spot.
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9. Sugarcube®

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124 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 238-0825
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Sunglasses from lesser-known labels, like Against Nudity and Spitfire, are on offer at Sugarcube.
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1. Addiction Studio

1024 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA
This upscale consignment boutique puts designer label frames on the faces of the budget-minded.
[Image credit: Addiction Studio/Instagram]
1024 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA

2. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

116 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Fans of Warby Parker's nerd-cool aesthetic can shop the brand's entire line of specs and sunglasses at AITA.
[Image credit: Art in the Age]
116 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

3. Eyesite

124 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Bring your bankroll for sunglass styles that bridge the gap between function and luxury.
[Image credit: EYEsite/Facebook]
124 S 19th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

4. Joan Shepp

1811 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Sunnies by Marni and Thierry Lasry deliver a dose of European-chic to Chestnut Street's Joan Shepp.
[Image credit: Joan Shepp]
1811 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

5. Modern Eye

145 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA
With an inventory of quirky and emerging labels, Modern Eye has made wearing glasses cool again. Expect sunglasses from Ray-Ban, Claire Goldsmith, Drift Eyewear, Moss Lipow, and many more.
[Image credit: Modern Eye/Instagram]
145 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA

6. Retrospect

508 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Retrospect's array of fresh frames complement the store's vintage/retro apparel and kitschy housewares. Better still, sunglasses here will only set you back $12.
[Image credit: Instagram/Retrospect]
508 South St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

7. Smak Parlour

219 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Shop Smak Parlour's Old City store (or its newly-launched boutique-on-wheels) for trendy frames priced under $20.
[Image credit: Smak Parlour]
219 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

8. West Coast Optical

1726 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Premium brands like Ray-Ban, Oliver Peoples, Gucci, and Prada occupy the display cases at this Rittenhouse Row eyeglass spot.
[Image credit: West Coast Optical]
1726 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

9. Sugarcube®

124 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sunglasses from lesser-known labels, like Against Nudity and Spitfire, are on offer at Sugarcube.
[Image credit: Sugarcube/Instagram]
124 N 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19106