Labrabbit brings vintage eyewear into focus


By Nick Kariuki

Labrabbit Optics is a Wicker Park store that sells hard-to-find designer and antique eyeglass and sunglass frames along with hand-cut prescription lenses. Owner and optician Coyote DeGroot, 33, offers hands-on, one-on-one service for his customers. DeGroot’s scaled back business model and his selection of the best quality frames from countries that include Italy, Germany, France and Japan have helped his business to take in around a quarter of a million dollars in the past year. Along with his strong core of repeat customers, around two-thirds of Labrabbit’s customers on any given day are new.