Purveyor of Vintage and Bespoke Eyewear


Customeyes is an exclusive vintage and bespoke eyewear atelier located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Conceived in 1995 by Nader Zadi, an eyewear collector, who began his enterprise after his frustration grew over the use of technology and mass production that had abandoned craftsmanship for a robotic approach to eyeglass manufacturing.

The frame collections at Customeyes are rare and beautiful antique eyewear produced in the early 1900’s, which are fashioned into unique modern designs suitable for today’s fashion.
The frames are composed of white or yellow gold and fall into three categories: Rimless, Semi-Rimless, and Full Frames.

With an emphasis on customized service and attention to detail, clients receive expert and individualized private consultations to ensure that the experience is as bespoke as the glasses being made.

Clients are accommodated by appointment at our Manhattan atelier, and at various US cities by special arrangement.


Nader Zadi is an artist who has traveled here from halfway around the world, taking long a long journey that has seen him at various times in London, Tel Aviv, and Los Angeles before opening his New York atelier. Harboring a passion for detail and craftsmanship, Mr. Zadi set about using old world implements to meticulously create the masterpieces showcased in his collection.

As a designer and optician, he has but one ideal – to create the finest frames the world has ever known, investing his passion to create wearable works of art that are classic and timeless. He does this with a commitment to excellence, sartorial elegance, and optical precision, and with the talent to fit and flatter your face in a positive, powerful, and miraculous way – elements sought after by his national and international clients.

Nader Zadi, BA, ABOC, is an Optician certified by the American Board of Opticianry, and is licensed to practice by the State of New York as an Ophthalmic Dispenser.

Nader Zadi has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Newsweek, Robb Report, Menswear, WWD, ELLE, Haute Living, Stratos, US Airways, NBC, and various luxury lifestyle publications.


Nader Zadi begins with his unparalleled collection of antique gold frames and components as he works with each client individually to create a new interpretation that perfectly complements the features, complexion, and facial proportions. Following that design process, Zadi and the client discuss appropriate lens options for each prescription.
Clients will be able to choose from a vast inventory of rare and one-of-a-kind frames. The choice in rimless glasses is really quite special and not found anywhere else in the trade. Mr. Zadi stocks hundreds of different bridges (the center piece that rests on the nose) with different styles, design details, and sizes.

Once the client selects the frame or bridge style and lens design, each work is created specifically to the client’s measurements, which entails an expert interpretation of style, facial proportions, and prescription parameters.
Mr. Zadi creates stunning modern designs from seemingly unchangeable traditional frames. His tints for sunglasses are brilliant colors that are sure to uplift your mood whether it’s sunny or not. He also specializes in creating half-eye lens designs (for reading glasses) in crescent shapes that are completely ground and shaped by hand.
The most technologically advanced lenses and lens enhancements are used, sourced from the premier laboratories in the country. Mr. Zadi works with only the finest materials, period.

There can be few experiences more satisfying than wearing a frame that has been created for your face alone. The opportunity to don custom made eyeglasses that have been designed and crafted for you is instantly liberating.