C by Karina
Optician and eyewear designer Karina Leigh draws from her years of experience running upscale boutiques to outfit a clientele of celebrities such as Kanye West, LL Cool J, and J. Lo with top-shelf eyewear from both well-known and up-and-coming artisans. Like an elegant sword-cane or a cast bedazzled in tiny diamonds, the upscale assortment of eyewear turns a necessary tool into a must-have fashion accessory, as evidenced by the patronage of people who are frequently photographed. The Amir Taj–designed studio blends aristocratic grace with notes of whimsy, surrounding visitors with a pristine interior of white lacquered wood, Louis XV furniture, chandeliers made with crystals by Swarovski, and light globes that model some of the store's most popular frames. A huge vintage collection adorns noses with the haute fashion of bygone eras, and pieces from designers such as Gucci, Tom Ford, Prada, and Benjamin Eyewear deck out faces with the modish looks of the near future.