In 1927, our founder, Jack Cohen started selling ready-made glasses from a pushcart among New York City’s famous Orchard street merchants. As eyeglass sales boomed, the Cohen family outgrew the pushcart operation and established a retail optical shop on the corner of Orchard and Delancey Streets naming it Cohen’s Optical.
Even though the eyeglass business was successful, Jack felt that there was more to glasses than just solving a person’s vision needs. With a belief that everyone should look good while wearing eyeglasses, the Cohen family began hand-dying the eyeglass frames different colors. Customers loved the new "stylish" frames, making Cohen’s the first optical retailer to sell fashion eyewear in New York City.
As Cohen’s became known for offering the latest fashion frames at the best prices, the company changed their name to Cohen’s Fashion Optical. This "ahead of its time" retail concept of marrying fashion and value helped grow Cohen’s into a New York retail institution.
Today, there are over 100 Cohen’s Fashion Optical stores in major mall and city locations throughout 7 east coast states and Puerto Rico. From our humble beginnings of selling glasses from a pushcart to over 100 stores strong, Cohen’s remains your local neighborhood shop. Each store location represents the unique flavor and culture of its surrounding neighborhood. We offer a wide variety of designer frames, advanced lens technology, and expert optometric care to meet the ever changing optical needs of our diverse clientele.
We are passionate about what we do and will help you find a signature style that suits your lifestyle, fashion sense and unique personality. True to our founding philosophy, our mission is to make you look better, see better and feel better.