Friends, Loved Ones Remember Kenny Moscot

Over the weekend, we received the sad news that Kenny Moscot, co-owner of one of our neighborhood’s iconic businesses, passed away on Friday.  Joining  the family business in 1992, he was a driving force behind the transformation of Sol Moscot into an international brand. Kenneth Charles Moscot was 40 years old. He had been suffering from an illness for awhile, according to Moscot spokesman Matt Parkhurst.

A funeral was held for Moscot in Great Neck, New York yesterday. Parkhurst told us, in an email message: “Kenny was truly an inspiration. He was a leader, a visionary, a father, a brother, a son, and our friend. Quite simply, Kenny was a remarkable human being who was loved – genuinely loved – and admired by everyone who was ever fortunate to have known him. To say he will be sorely missed does not begin to do justice to the hole he will leave in so many of our lives.”

In September, I interviewed Moscot for a profile of the eyewear company, a fixture on Orchard Street for generations. At a time in which many historic companies have moved from the Lower East Side or shut down altogether, Moscot is a big success story. Kenny and his older brother, Harvey, are credited with turning a “mom and pop store” into a major force in the fashion and eyewear industries. During our discussion, Moscot talked about his fond memories working in the LES store and hanging out in the neighborhood. But he also emphasized the importance of embracing his family’s roots in the neighborhood.

If you would like to honor Kenny Moscot, the family asks that you make a donation to Moscot Mobileyes, a foundation dedicated to preserving eye sight and improving lives by providing free quality medical eyecare and eyewear to New York City’s underserved populations. Parkhurst says it’s a charity close to Moscot’s heart.

Kenny Moscot: Embracing L.E.S. Roots is Good Business

Kenny Moscot

Kenny Moscot remembers spending summers on the Lower East Side when he was a kid, hanging out in the family store and picking up a few life lessons along the way. These days he’s doing a bit more than “hanging out.”  Along with his older brother Harvey, Kenny has successfully transformed eyewear institution Sol Moscot from a “mom and pop” store into an internationally revered brand.

Recently, I spoke with Kenny about the changes the family business has undergone in the past century (particularly in the last few years) and about Moscot’s deep neighborhood roots.

There’s always a lot of talk about the death of old-style retail businesses on the LES.   Notably, Moscot has not only endured in this community, they have embraced the company’s humble beginnings on the Lower East Side as a way of distinguishing their products worldwide.