About Us

Eastern States Eyewear has been an industry leader in distributing high end, luxury eyewear and sunglasses for over 75 years. Originally founded in 1938 by Benjamin Shyer, the company has grown to become a national distributor of several prestigious worldwide brands. Currently under the leadership of second generation co-presidents Paul and Roger Shyer, the company remains family owned. ESE is renowned for its ability to deliver innovative, high fashion creative design and holds a reputation as one of the industry's most reliable and esteemed companies.

ESE's association with Cazal Eyewear first catapulted the company into prominence in the early 1980’s through the phenomenon known as “CAZZIE FEVER”, named for the craze of this uniquely groundbreaking brand. The collection’s legend has only grown and today is a favorite amongst hip hop musicians and many Hollywood celebrities.

Additionally, ESE has grown to establish its product diversity with the distribution of the Jaguar Eyewear collection, the luxury brand Diva, the handmade Ete Lunettes, and the company's original collection of Exces Eyewear.

Co-President Paul Shyer sums up the company philosophy, “At Eastern States, eyewear design is an art form. We work continuously to create a superlative product, in every way. Yet, we have also consistently managed to achieve a certain balance that is rarely met. That is, the development of singular, fashion collections that flatter and appeal to a wide range of loyal, design savvy customers.”