One day last year my parents came for their very first visit to NYC to see the sights (and me!). With a checklist in hand, we had 7 days to see what they wanted to see and do what they wanted to do. As I was on break from tour, I had the entire week to dedicate to them.*
One item on their list was to eat in Chinatown. I figured we could kill two birds with one stone and cover the SoHo shopping area and China town in one afternoon. Little did I know that I would find one of the loves of my life that day…Wooden Sunglasses.
As we walked through a side street to get to the much busier Broadway, we passed a store called Dunderdon that immediately caught my attention. Classic and well made jackets and sweaters are a weakness to my 75 year-old heart, so I left my parents on the street and wandered in. As I perused the racks of clothing (and realized that $145 was out of my price range for a sweater) I came across a table showcasing sunglasses with wooden frames. I was hooked, but left empty-handed as my wallet is not as thick as Dunderdon requires.
Cut to 5 months later, I find myself wandering around SoHo “Barshopping” (more on that later) with a roommate and a couple of friends. Walking down Howard Street in an attempt to avoid tourists on Canal and get to the J.Crew men’s shop as painlessly as possible, I let out a yell and stopped dead in my tracks. I recognize the store (but not the name) and thoughts of wooden sunglasses of seasons past came flooding back into my head.
I should throw in there that the guy working at the store was standing outside chatting to a friend and saw this enthusiastic* moment happen. Classy.
While the sunglasses were long gone, the quality of clothes were just as great (and just as expensive).
Alas, once again I left Dunderdon empty handed but far from dissapointed. To this day still don’t own anything from there, but someday…
Moral of the Story? There is none. Just a strong suggestion for you to stop in and take a look around! Or visit them on their website and get an idea of their style!
*Typical day for me was sightseeing from 8am-9pm, putting the parents to bed, and then going out 😉
**Also known as flamboyant