INTERVIEW: Harvey Moscot
How was your company founded?
MOSCOT started when my great grandfather, Hyman Moscot emigrated from Eastern Europe to America via Ellis Island in 1899. Hyman began selling ready-made eyeglasses from a pushcart on Orchard Street on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side, and the rest, as they say, is history!
What is one little-known fact about your company?
MOSCOT is full of artistic and creative people! Our MOSCOT employees, or MOSCOT family, as we refer to one another, happen to be a very talented group including accomplished artists, musicians, photographers, writers, actors…and even an opera singer! We also have our own MOSCOT employee band, lovingly named “The MOSCOT All Stars,” and we perform at our company events and parties.
Which charities are you involved with and why?
We actually have our own charity! We started The MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation in 2008 with the mission to preserve sight and improve the lives of New York City’s underserved population. We have partnered with local organizations such as The Boys Club and The Doe Fund to provide eyecare and eyewear to those who need it most. We fund this work in part with donations from our customers, and through charitable eyewear collaborations such as The MYLES with Myles Kennedy, or The GRUNYA for Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The ROOTS. We are also planning a special charity benefit concert in New York City this October to support The MOSCOT Mobileyes Foundation. Stay tuned for more information!
What keeps you motivated?
MOSCOT was founded on generations of hard work, and dedication to customer service. We never want to let our predecessors down, and it means everything to us that we maintain the high expectations of quality and service we’ve been known for for generations. We put our heart, soul, and 100% effort into what we do everyday to ensure we meet this goal. We take a lot of pride in our Company, and this, coupled with our focus on our core values, has kept MOSCOT in business for a century and counting!
How would you like us to explain your products to our clients?
MOSCOT is more than a pair of glasses. When one wears a MOSCOT frame, he or she is wearing a piece of history, a piece of downtown New York City…an original. MOSCOT is a family business full of history, memories, and experience. We truly feel that our frames embody these emotional attributes, which in turn creates a real emotional connection between our customers and our product.