Founded in 1938 by Benjamin Shyer, Eastern States Eyewear is proud to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Originally a one man operation, the company has expanded into the national distribution of several prestigious worldwide brands. Second generation co-presidents Roger and Paul Shyer continue to develop the company to fulfill its mission of delivering innovative concepts in product and promotion to the quality, high fashion optical niche.
From modest beginnings, the company has evolved to the exclusive importing and distribution of fashion eyewear collections for men and women. Ultimately it has grown to its current position as exclusive U.S. distributor of six prominent fashion eyewear collections in addition to the co-distribution of the legendary Cazal Eyewear collection.
Catapulting into prominence in the early 1980’s through its association with the phenomenon known as “CAZZIE FEVER”, ESE has grown to establish itself as a diverse company possessing a wide range of highly desirable, fashion eyewear collections. In addition to Cazal, ESE now distributes the officially licensed Jaguar Eyewear collection, the French designer collection of Chantal Thomass, the luxurious Diva eyewear, as well as two original collections in Exces Eyewear and Black Forever.
In addition Eastern States Eyewear is very proud to announce the distribution of L’Wren Scott. Working in tandem with the German based Menrad Group, the collection will be offered to select customers on an exclusive basis.
Co-President Paul Shyer sums up the company philosophy, “At Eastern States, eyewear design is an art form. We work continuously to create a superlative product, in every way. Yet, we have also consistently managed to achieve a certain balance that is rarely met. That is, the development of singular, fashion collections that flatter and appeal to a wide range of loyal, design savvy customers.”