Shades of NOLA

A peek at three cool Crescent City eyewear shops.

With names like Charles, Julia, Lousia and Toulouse, it’s clear where eyewear designer Stirling Barrett has located his first Krewe shop. Retro-inspired with modern materials, Barrett’s stylish shades are not only designed here, each is named for a New Orleans street. Grab them while you can; there can be a one- to two-month wait on new frames.

Krewe du Optic (©Krewe du Optic)
Krewe Du Optic's St. Louis frames with "matte au lait" trim. (©Krewe Du Optic)

Frame studio Warby Parker brings a dose of designer style to the Garden District shopping scene with its recently opened Magazine street location. Known for its trademark vintage styles, the shop's frames can be spec'd out with clear or colored lenses, prescription or not. Can't decide which looks best? Warby Parker offers an in-store photo studio that lets you email a pic to friends for advice before purchasing—or to yourself, and buy later online.

Warby Parker (©Shawn Fink)
Customers have their portrait made wearing their new glasses at Warby Parker. (©Shawn Fink)

More options? At nearby Art & Eyes, with brands ranging from the 120-year-old Anglo American and Oliver Goldsmith to contemporary l.a. Eyeworks and Barton Perreira, you’re sure to eye the perfect pair.

Art & Eyes in New Orleans, Louisiana
Wearable art from Art & Eyes. (©Shawn Fink)