Anne Et Valentin Opening Showroom at 2 Prince Street
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The far east retail real estate of Prince Street between Bowery and Elizabeth is seemingly in perpetual transition. An identity crisis, if you will. Addresses on this block have trouble holding down permanent tenants, as we’ve seen time and again. But there’s an influx of cash in the last year. Haute Hippie arrived, as did French fashionistas Sandro and Maje. Another is on the way.
The latest development here was the early-summer relocation of Nolan just down the street. Their storefront upgrade left behind a vacancy for more Franco-Lower East Side investment. Months of dormancy ended in August with the filing of DOB permits to demolish the first floor and cellar. Sidewalk shed has been the norm of late, and a recent plywood peel-back reveals wider store frontage.
The new vinyl banner onsite reveals that Anne Et Valentin eyewear is to open a showroom here. Peddling the slogan “delighted to be yourself,” the optics company deals in stylish frames for both men and women.
At Anne et Valentin we make eyewear, that’s our roots. We combine our savoir-faire with an equal mix of respect and anti-conformism, to create frames that never betray you.
For over fifteen years, we have designed our frames in the spirit of a constant renewal of form and color. One day, the desire to break free from the boredom became uncontrollable. A first collection was made with the irrationality of beginners, then another, and another, until we had our beautiful creation: glasses with conviction!
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