Our history begins in the Chelsea Flea Market circa 1991. The same place where Andy Warhol used to find vintage treasures. See OUR HISTORY section below to learn more about our humble beginnings and find out about Fanny, herself.

We’ve Been Fighting Unoriginality
For Three Decades

Today, designers are pressured to
design low cost frames for the masses
to maximize profits - resulting in
monotonous, look-alike styles.

Bucking The Trend

For three decades, Fabulous Fanny’s searched the world for the most unique vintage eyewear whose designs not only stand out, they stand the test of time.

Some are classics, some are truly counterculture, but all are authentic. And given that their quality is just as remarkable today as it was in the 1940s, ‘50s and ‘60s, it’s a testament to true craftsmanship.

Inspired By History’s Most Famous Eyewear

Fabulous Fanny’s meticulously re-creates the classics drawing from yesterday’s master craftsmen. With modern colors and designs, we make the classics even better - using virgin stainless steel, titanium nosepads and the world’s finest acetates. Made from natural cotton fibers, we barrel-tumble and hand-polish all of our frames for an exceptional lustre and feel.

The Result Is Time-honored, Iconic Eyewear Each With Its Own Story To Tell.

If you’re like us and you rank individuality well-above fitting-in, Fabulous Fanny’s is here to help express your true character.

Whether you find your fabulous in our East Village store or discover our designs in one of independent eyewear partners, the last thing you’ll ever be accused of is being unoriginal.

OUR HISTORY

Nearly 30 Years Ago, Ken Finneran Met Stan Blackmer.

Fast friends, the men discovered they shared a passion for vintage eyewear from a bygone era when everything was built to last and movies stars become legendary. Each gentleman had enviable vintage collections and decided to join together and sell their eyewear at New York's Chelsea Flea market. When their little booth become busy and they couldn't handle demand, Ken and Stan opened a store in the East Village - the center of New York's counterculture - naming the store after Stan's pet macaw, Fanny; a bird who truly thought she was all that. And, in time, everyone came to know her as Fabulous Fanny.

Fabulous Fanny’s Flourished.

Frequented by celebrities and those in-the-know, Fabulous Fanny's became an unrivaled resource for the perfect period eyewear for both Hollywood and Broadway and a mainstay for those who refused to be defined by mass market optical stores. 

Fabulous Fanny’s Fourth Decade

As Fabulous Fanny’s enters its fourth decade, two of the optical industry’s legends and fellow vintage lovers, BOB HILLMAN (Pearle Vision & Eyelab Founder) and LARRY BELL (Tart Optical, EyeQ Co-Founder) continue Stan and Ken's vision for a new generation looking to express their originality in ways both old and new.

“Whether you #findyourfabulous in our East Village New York store or discover our designs in one of our independent eyewear partners, the last thing you’ll ever be accused of is being unoriginal.”

Bob & Larry 

Larry (Fabulous One) & Bob (Fabulous Too)

#FabFans Of Instagram

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