For John Turturro’s Go-To Spot
Selima Optique, multiple locations; selimaoptique.com
John Turturro wasn’t necessarily looking to buy new glasses when he met Selima Salaun, owner of Selima Optique, through a friend in the late ’90s. “I was eating lunch near her shop on Wooster,” he says, “and she didn’t like the glasses I had on. She said, ‘Come over to my shop.’ ” The first pair he bought was bright red: “I kept thinking I wasn’t going to wear them, but I ended up wearing them all the time.” Salaun, who designs most of the pieces sold at her four shops, began her career as an optician in Paris, opened her first Selima Optique here in 1993, and has since amassed a following among not only celebrities but also designers and stylists: Mickey Drexler has worn the square-shaped Mike frames ($385) for 20 years now, Carolyn Kennedy long sported the low-set, round Aldos ($385), and Marni creative director Francesco Risso wore a pair of clear Sarahs (the shop has only a few “vintage” pairs left, for $650) to the Met Gala. Selima eyewear is “quirky but fashionable,” says book publicist Sheila O’Shea, who adds that the New Wave–inspired profiles and color choices make them feel distinct from the more bookish styles seen at other shops. Stylist Michelle Li compares shopping at Selima to “walking into the wand shop from Harry Potter,” where the shopkeeper has a preternatural sense for matching the merchandise to the customer; in Li’s case, the Selima staff sold her on a thick-rimmed tortoiseshell pair that she never would have expected to fit her small face, but it did, perfectly.
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