Browse Summer Shades at Lunette Optic’s New Location

Just in time for sunny days, a local eyewear empire opens a shiny new shop in Chestnut Hill.

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It was love at first sight—literally—for Ted Mogtader and Michelle Rahimian. The pair met when Mogtader hired Rahimian to be the optometrist at his former Prudential Center spectacle shop. One wedding, two kids, and two cats later, they’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of the high-end eyewear empire they have grown together with the opening of Lunette Optic’s fifth outpost in Chestnut Hill.

The new location, their second largest, is a homecoming of sorts for the couple, who spent 15 years living in nearby J.P. before moving their growing family to Hingham. “We know the community,” Mogtader says. “We have a lot of friends there.” At 1,000 square feet, the shop offers a deeper selection than many of their other locations, including luxury brands like Cartier, Chanel, and Oliver Peoples mixed with edgier options from companies such as Los Angeles–based Chrome Hearts, which collaborates on designs with supermodel Bella Hadid.

Lunette Optic’s latest location has brought a touch of class—and glass—to the Chestnut Hill shopping scene. / Photo by Jared Kuzia

The couple craft their own house label, too, traveling to Europe annually to work on new designs with a Boston clientele in mind. “People are not as showy out here. Nobody likes the labels on their eyeglasses,” Mogtader says. “They like to keep everything very clean—great quality and simple.” To wit: Lunette’s Mora line of glasses and sunglasses, handmade in Italy and Japan and featuring details ranging from tortoiseshell to jaunty orange stripes, is just this side of classic.

Of course, the optical chainlet isn’t just about style; it’s also about making sure customers leave with nothing less than 20/20 vision. Most staffers are licensed opticians with at least five years of experience, as opposed to the techs you’ll find at other shops. “Our exercise takes almost a full half-hour, and the entire time is spent with the doctor, listening to your needs,” Mogtader explains. He likens the experience of getting fit for frames, meanwhile, to shopping at a jewelry store: Each pair of glasses is showcased like a precious gem, unlocked upon request. “We cater to the person who appreciates fine eyewear,” he says. A perfect vision, indeed.

Things We Love

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1. Anne & Valentin “Fanzine” glasses, $557.

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2. Mora Lunettes “1908” glasses, $325.

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3. Anne & Valentin “Sarandon” sunglasses, $420.

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4. Chanel “5423-B” sunglasses, $625.