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· May 30th, 2015

TO BUY · 05/29/2015

We Spy: Ginger Crystal

Hello Friday! Don’t mind us: we’re getting a head start on absorbing as much weekend goodness as possible.

Hello Friday! Don’t mind us: we’re getting a head start on absorbing as much weekend goodness as possible. Nothing says Saturday and Sunday—summer, really—like Banks in the tasty Ginger Crystal. Its wide, graphic shape keeps your relaxation game tight.

Show us what you’re up to this season with #seesummerbetter.

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TO READ · 05/26/2015

Geoffrey Young: Lights Out

Poet and gallerist and small-press legend Geoffrey Young has been publishing literary gems for decades and discovering tomorrow’s greatest artists for almost as long.

Poet and gallerist and small-press legend Geoffrey Young has been publishing literary gems for decades and discovering tomorrow’s greatest artists for almost as long.

We’re proud to carry books from his small press, The Figures, at our retail stores—including Lights Out, a collection of Young’s own poetry, which ranges in topic from Ray Charles to blue jays to other poems to adjectives to pocket lint to string theory.

It’s incredible. Find it at a Warby Parker store near you.

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TO BUY · 05/22/2015

We Spy: Striped Pacific

Although we love all our frames equally, this new number from our Summer Collection is especially bringing all the good feelings.

Although we love all our frames equally, this new number from our Summer Collection is especially bringing all the good feelings.

Seen here in a coast-inspired Striped Pacific, Bates, a super-sharp pair of sunglasses, has us all warm and tingly inside. Don’t mind that a bit even though we’d kill for some A.C. right about now.

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TO READ · 05/19/2015

To Read: Do You Want to Be Somewhere Else?

Want to get away, but (almost) out of vacation days? Travel far without ever leaving your desk.

Just don’t let the boss catch you.

Want to get away, but (almost) out of vacation days? Travel far without ever leaving your desk.

Just don’t let the boss catch you.

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TO BUY · 05/15/2015

The Best Spots in NYC to Bliss Out

Armed with only sunglasses, a few members of our creative team recently set out to locate the city’s best-hidden spots to take five. And here they are.

Believe it or not, spring has actually sprung—and that means New Yorkers are no longer restricted to shiver sprinting from point A to point B. We can now lounge like lizards on sidewalks, stairs, stoops, or any other semi-permissible places of chilling.

Sure, there are the obvious places to soak up the sun—Central Park, High Line, Rockaway Beach—but why trek all that way for a few minutes of overcrowded bliss time?

It’s time to reclaim every inch of the city as a possible beach chair.

Armed with only sunglasses, a few members of our creative team recently set out to locate the city’s best-hidden spots to take five. And here they are.

Processed with VSCOcam with s3 preset The Gardens at St. Luke in the Fields

Secret gardens: not just for beloved British children’s novels anymore! This stealthy patch of gardens is enclosed within brick walls in the West Village—shielded from cabs and cars but open to the grazing public. Shaded by blossoming trees and rich with horticultural wonders, it is an ideal spot to eat lunch or zone out for a cool minute.

487 Hudson Street

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetPier 15, East River Esplanade

Don’t be deterred by the fanciness of the word “esplanade” (it’s a great word, isn’t it?)—this locale is low-key through and through. It meets our admittedly low-maintenance requirements for a hashtag chill zone: There’s water (and boats off the pier! Can’t forget the boats), lush patches of grass, and plenty of similarly tuned-out folks reclining in one of the many chairs provided on the deck. But if you are looking to take in a little culture, there was a ballet class taking place during our jaunt. Fancy.

Pier 15

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetGreenacre Park

Let’s just go ahead and say it: there’s a legit 25-foot waterfall in Midtown East—and it’s really nice. Besides the nap-inducing main attraction, you’ll find lush plants, dozens of wire chairs—which are more comfortable than they look—and wooden tables, plus a small café. It’s the perfect spot for drowning out planes, trains, and automobiles. Also: this.

217 East 51st Street

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetMcKinley Playground

Our 25th president, William McKinley, was a man known for his actions, not his charisma. He was neither a brilliant orator (like Lincoln) nor a master strategist (like Johnson). But the man got things done. And we’re glad his legacy includes this modest playground in the East Village. It’s a no-nonsense square of sunshine filled with benches (for relaxing) and nearby bodegas (for refreshment).

162 East 4th Street

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetGreenstreets Park (between Broome Street, Thompson Street, and Watts Street)

This triangle patch of benches is like a mini little island, just without the water, a hot second away from our offices. Cop a squat and start ogling the flowers. Sure, there is traffic but once you grab an iced coffee from a nearby cafe and start absorbing all that Vitamin D, you’re golden. Who cares about noise ordinances now?

47 Thompson Street

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetCarl Schurz Park

During the past couple hundred years, this historic site has been home to farmhouses, country retreats, and a tactical fort during the Revolutionary War. Now it’s a picturesque, fairytale land (see that Peter Pan sculpture?) that is equal parts public park and grounds for the Gracie Mansion, which is the official residence of our mayor. (Neat!)

According to the Internet, there are 14.9 acres of property—meaning there is an abundance of space for napping, reading, chilling, drooling, eating, whatever.

East 86th Street and East End Avenue

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Processed with VSCOcam with s3 presetPersonal Pier

Okay, as you can probably guess, “personal pier” is not the official name of this bite-sized hangout. We actually have more questions than answers: “Why were you built? What’s your purpose? Were you a mistake? Why are you so perfect?”

We may never get to the bottom of it. However, if you’re ever looking for a venue that can hold a small get-together (say, like, one to five people—max), this is your spot.

500 West 70th Street (just right of the big pier)

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TO BUY · 05/12/2015

Our Summer Collection is here!

Summer is nothing but fun. It’s time for barbecuing, cannonballing, road-tripping—and all those other good-time activities we’ve been anticipating. Maximize your moves with our just-in Summer Collection.

Summer is nothing but fun. It’s time for barbecuing, cannonballing, road-tripping—and all those other good-time activities we’ve been anticipating. Maximize your moves with our just-in Summer Collection.

Two lively new shades, Sea Green Crystal and Ginger Crystal, round out a sunny lineup of old favorites including Root Beer, Moonstone, and other hues inspired by the most delectable parts of the season. Existing shapes Haskell and Chamberlain are lightening up in Crystal, and a cluster of current silhouettes are being reintroduced in new-to-them colorways.

Crafted from premium acetate, new eyewear shapes Stockton, Clark, Orson, Oxley, and June bring a lot to the party, wherever it may be. We’re *especially* excited to introduce new sunglasses Bates and Buckley; noticeably distinct in their own way, each frame’s undersized titanium rims and acetate brow are an unbeatable way to make a statement.

More surprises to come!

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TO BUY · 05/08/2015

We Spy: Jet Silver

It’s a little hard to focus on Jet Silver when those gleaming mirrored lenses are stealing the show.

It’s a little hard to focus on Jet Silver when those gleaming mirrored lenses are stealing the show. But maybe that’s the point? Ahh…

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