People Magazine’s 2009/2010 “Sexiest Man Alive” Isn’t Afraid of Bold Eyeglasses. We Track Down The Designer of Depp’s Retro Specs.

When you’re in the optometry and optical business, there are two things that you just develop an innate awareness for: People’s eyes and the eyeglasses and sunglasses they put over them.

It becomes almost like a second sense, and after a while you begin to take note of cool eyewear on other people in the same way that Carrie Bradshaw would notice a great pair of Manolos.

Johnny Depp in his Moscot Eyeglasses

Johnny Depp in his Moscot Eyeglasses

While celebrities practically live in their sunglasses, it’s rarer to see them sporting eyeglasses. Jennifer Garner has been known to wear eyeglasses (specifically a pair of Chrome Hearts), but we tend to see fewer eyeglasses on celebrities than we see sunglasses.

But we can now add Johnny Depp to the list of actors embracing great eyewear and doing it in public. A spat of photo ops, magazine spreads and tabloid covers over the past few months have captured People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in a pair of roundish, tortoise-shell specs.

At first, I thought they may have been Tom Ford frames, since Depp is known to own a few pairs of Tom Ford sunglasses. TF has a line of bold acetate frames with a similar shape to the eyeglass frames Depp has been seen in.  But the shape, etching and details were different from the Tom Ford’s we stock in the store.

So this weekend we set out to identify the mysterious Johnny Depp eyeglass frames and with the help of Google and a high-resolution photo of Depp in his eyeglasses, we think we have a positive identification.

We believe Depp is wearing Moscot Lemtosh frames.

Johnny Depp in Eyeglasses

Johnny Depp

The only thing throwing us off is that in several pictures, Depp’s eyeglasses appear to have an oval insignia on the temple, not the Moscot diamond.  But this could be an issue of the angle of the photos.  A visit to Moscot’s website confirms that Depp is counted among their fans.

For those of you not familiar with Mascot, it’s one of New York City’s oldest eyewear and optical shops (it was founded in 1915) and their frames have worked their way into popular culture, showing up on everyone from Truman Capote to Buddy Holly and now … Johnny Depp. 

Moscot’s designs have a definite retro feel to them — some of their bread-and-butter classic frames haven’t changed much since Buddy Holly wore them. On the other hand, Moscot hasn’t been afraid to expand beyond acetates and apply their retro looks to new materials like titanium and mixed metals. Moscot eyewear is the type of frame that appeals to hipsters, artists, free-spirits and people who just dig funky, fun, retro-style looks on their face.

Moscot Lemtosh Tortoise 3173 Eyeglasses

Moscot Lemtosh Tortoise 3173 Eyeglasses

Moscot eyewear is available only through their retail stores and a select number of eyewear boutiques. Moscot is one of several brands we’re considering adding to the Urban Optiques eyewear collection. But we are interested in what you think? Should we add it? Leave your comments below. We want to hear from you.

Category : Celebrity Eyewear: Seen On / Style

14 Responses to “Where’d Johnny Depp Get Those Eyeglasses?”

Tom Herrington February 5, 2010

Yes defo. My store in the u.k. is doing great with them. Plus their guv’nor at Baumvision (Shane) is super-cool as are his staff. Refreshing!




Lisbeth Naurbol February 10, 2010

I wonder if you with your eagle eye, can identify the frame Meryl Streep is wearing in the link below? I would give my left arm to track them down in that lovely gray shade.

Thank you for any help.

Best regards,


Dr. Michelle February 11, 2010

Lisbeth, give me a little time here to research. I may reach out directly to her publicist … I can’t peg them with my “Eagle Eye.” Sometimes you just have to go direct to the source.

John March 12, 2010

Depp doesn’t wear Moscot’s. He wears the Vintage TART “Arnels.”

Caro April 5, 2010

Re Lisbeth Naurbol’s question
(February 10, 2010) about eyeglasses of Meryl Streep. I’m very curious if you have been able to trace the brand…

Kind regards,

Amber April 28, 2010

I love Johnny Depp and his style, but since those glasses are way out of my price range, i really could care less where he got them.

Brian Mc Ginn September 2, 2010

I was always of the belief that Depp got those frames from ‘Opera Opera’ in Covent Garden, London…


Amanda September 7, 2010

Definitely TART. Purchased at Four Your Eyes in Los Angeles.


Curt Radie October 7, 2010

Johnny Depp is an awesome man and actor. He is my all time favorite, he inspires me and my family. I love the funny faces he is so formal when it come to acting and that is what also love about him. I would love to meet someday. We love you Johnny Depp

Ashley January 13, 2011

They are Tart frames. I found them at Erker’s Fine Eyewear in St. Louis, Missouri. This place has everything! They said they have very many and would wholesale them to the retailers if they wanted a couple of each color.

Mario Gentil March 6, 2011

I agree with TART ArNEL instead of Moscot too. Reason being that I watched a video online recently from Moscot describing the Lemtosh Frame. The owner himself in his interview was wearing a Lemtosh too and mentioned about the famous people that wears glasses to have an image of themselves they want to be known for by the public, and Johnny Depp was mentioned amongst others like Buddy holly, who died 5 decades ago. Buddy Holly didn’t buy his eyewears from Moscot which is a new store. If Johnny Depp did purchase his frame from Moscot, they would have not mentioned about Buddy holly, but put it first and foremost that johnny depp purchased their frame.
However on the Tart Optical Enterprises website, they do claim on their main page with a picture of Johnny Depp in big, that he is wearing their frame. They also mentioned that the 20/20 show I think is what they refered to, had mistaken the frame brand and that it was actually a Tart Arnel frame instead. It would be terrible for Tart to make such claim if it wasn’t true.

Illie March 27, 2011


I am looking for funky Nana Mouskourri style specs…I’ve seen a few episodes of Nip Tuck of Sean’s agent…where can I find someting funky like this?

dante alighire October 14, 2011

Johhny Depp is not wearing Mascots

Depp is wearing Tart Arnel frames

James Dean also wore Tart Arnel frames

Kim February 12, 2012

Actually Amanda & John, Depp does indeed wear Moscot Lemtosh frames as well as the Tart Arnels.

They’re a very similar style, but he does have both made up as eye glasses as well as a pair in sunglasses.

Personally, I like both but prefer the tortoise on the Moscot frames.

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