Anthony was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He graduated in 1988 from NYCTC in Brooklyn learning the optical trade from some of the best. At the age of 22, he opened his first store at 42 St. Marks Place as a 'Myoptics', joining the group. His pro-active personality enabled the group to move forward in expansion. From that point, the internationally recognized company, Oliver Peoples, asked to partner with Anthony and the Myoptics group to open up the Oliver Peoples NY flagship location on West Broadway in Soho. With an atypical design and wonderful partnership with Anthony and the group, the Oliver Peoples store was born. The grand opening was accompanied with an silent auction supporting the Elton John Aids Foundation. It was a star studded affair held in the newly opened Soho Grand Hotel. Anthony was instrumental in branding his own frame line and accessories along with franchising the Myoptics name. In 1997, Anthony parted ways with the Myoptics group and did his own thing on St. Marks Place, where he has now called home for over twenty years.