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· July 07th, 2015

TO BUY · 07/07/2015

Night at the Museum

Last week, we had the good fortune to celebrate our Cooper Hewitt partnership with loads of friends at (naturally) the Cooper Hewitt in New York City.

Last week, we had the good fortune to celebrate our Cooper Hewitt partnership with loads of friends at (naturally) the Cooper Hewitt in New York City.

This was a little different than your usual mingling-at-the-museum get-together. Revelers congregated after hours to get a private taste of the galleries’ stellar collections. (If you haven’t taken a turn about the museum, hop on uptown 6 and head on in.) Add a little Perrier-Jouët and some musical stylings from Chris Norton, Daniela Kende, and Chargaux, and you’ve got yourself a fine evening.

A few photos from the night:

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A guy (Chris Norton) and his trumpet

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“I like it, but what is it?”

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And now, Daniela Kende on the cello

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Chargaux’s (Charly + Margaux) matching ensembles nearly stole the show from their violin artistry. Just nearly.

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Educational and entertaining!

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Photo-HannahThomson-4375You can’t leave any museum without hitting up the gift shop.

 

Photos by Hannah Thomson

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· 07/06/2015

A Few Thoughts on Improving Sightlines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children in the United States.

This is not good.

What IS good: it’s possible to tackle this issue, and we are working hard behind the scenes (along with many others!) to do so. We’re very proud to announce a new partnership with the City of New York to provide glasses to local students in need, as part of the Community Schools initiative.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vision disability is the single most prevalent disabling condition among children in the United States.

This is not good.

What IS good: it’s possible to tackle this issue, and we are working hard behind the scenes (along with many others!) to do so. We’re very proud to announce a new partnership with the City of New York to provide glasses to local students in need, as part of the Community Schools initiative.

A bit of background: lack of vision care is a critical issue for students citywide. We estimate that between 20-25% of New York City public students have vision problems and require optometric testing and glasses— but don’t have access to either.

As part of the newly-launched program, Warby Parker will provide one pair of glasses to all Community Schools’ students who need them during the 2015-2016 academic year. For the following three school years, we’ll will provide a pair of glasses to all new and transfer Community School students who need them.

Over the past year, we’ve been piloting a similar program in New York City—figuring out what works, what doesn’t, and how to make it go-go-go.

We’re beyond stoked to be working in our own backyard, partnering with the Mayor’s Office to ensure that kids have the tools they need to see the chalkboard, do their homework and go get that education.

Stay tuned for more updates.

bodyPhoto courtesy of Ackime Snow

Photo at top by Photographer/Mayoral Photography Office

 

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TO BUY · 07/02/2015

Summer Editions

Summer’s the season of long weekends and longer days, heading outside and taking it easy. With that in mind, we’re rolling out Warby Parker Summer Editions, a limited line of stylish companions for the most leisurely (and we mean leisurely) time of the year.

Summer’s the season of long weekends and longer days, heading outside and taking it easy. With that in mind, we’re rolling out Warby Parker Summer Editions, a limited line of stylish companions for the most leisurely (and we mean leisurely) time of the year.

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SAND CASTLE BLUEPRINT BEACH TOWEL, $45
This beach towel has everything you ever dreamed of: it’s a platinum-edition sand castle. There’s a pillow fight arena, hot tub terrace, virtual reality chamber, ice cream dispensary, and lots more. We collaborated on the blueprint with a real live architect, because details matter (and we’re not architects). Just like “Cribs: Warby Parker.”

 

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ROAD TRIP KIT, $25
Road trips are the quintessential summer pastime. We’ve included all the long-drive essentials: Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, a coconut-scented air freshener, a hand-drawn U.S. map (with mermaids and mer-dogs!), and a customized bingo card. Just turn on cruise control and you’re set.

 

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LINEN TRAVEL NOTEBOOK, $20
You won’t find a bookcloth cover like this or speckled edges (inspired by analog atlases and dictionaries) in your daily planner. These pages are for tracking your adventures, not your meetings.

 

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METAL GLASSES BOOKMARK, $15
In collaboration with Octaevo
From Barcelona-based stationery company, Octaevo, come these beauties: die cut and engraved chrome bookmarks…in the shape of glasses. On the back are a few of our favorite summertime happenings, a list inspired by a 1976 New York Times article called “101 Things to Love About New York City.” (Look it up.)

All these items are available now—right on time before the holiday weekend. Grab ’em here at the locations below, but if you can’t make it to a store and are interested in making a purchase, email editions@warbyparker.com.

New York City
Greene St.
Lexington
Washington St.
Warby Parker Headquarters

Abbot Kinney in Los Angeles, CA

San Francisco, CA

Miami, FL (towel only)

Atlanta, GA

Chicago, IL

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TO BUY · 06/30/2015

Introducing our collaboration with Cooper Hewitt

Since 1897, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has been the only museum in the United States exclusively devoted to both historic and contemporary design. (Lucky for us, we are just a subway ride away to its doors on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.)

Since 1897, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum has been the only museum in the United States exclusively devoted to both historic and contemporary design. (Lucky for us, we are just a subway ride away to its doors on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.) Both Cooper Hewitt and Warby Parker share an appreciation for learning, doing good in our communities, and innovation in design. In that spirit, we’re happy to announce a new partnership with the New York City institution—one that begins, appropriately, in the classroom.

Learn more >

 

 

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· 06/29/2015

Turn the Beat Around

When the largest Beat Generation conference in twenty years happens in your own backyard, you have no choice but to boogie down.

When the largest Beat Generation conference in twenty years happens in your own backyard, you have no choice but to boogie down.

Our San Francisco store hosted a little pre-party for the 2015 Beatnik Shindig, a conference presented by The Beat Museum featuring an embarrassment of riches (Poetry workshops! Scholarly panels! Readings galore! Jazzjazzjazz!).

We welcomed participants with specialty cocktails (for sipping) vintage typewriters (for typing-upon), and live jazz from The Nova Jazz Band and The Word Party (for getting everyone in precisely the right frame of mind).

And now: party photos!

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Focused. Fired up. Head in the game.

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Little music to get us all in the mood.

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Sharp-dressed man.

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Can we commission a sculpture of this man’s beautiful head? Is that weird?

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This, folks, is how it is done.

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“Trust me on these.”

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Trust: vindicated!

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“Did I intentionally match my glasses to the ice in my frosty Moscow Mule from Barbary Coast Catering? No. Does it bother me? Not in the slightest.”

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TO DO · 06/27/2015

Let’s take a moment to reflect on National Sunglasses Day

Dearest sunglasses,

It’s finally June 27th: the day you’ve been awaiting all year. Not because it’s National Orange Blossom day, and not because it’s Tobey Maguire’s birthday (although we wish you the best, Tobes)…

Dearest sunglasses,

It’s finally June 27th: the day you’ve been awaiting all year. Not because it’s National Orange Blossom day, and not because it’s Tobey Maguire’s birthday (although we wish you the best, Tobes)…

…but because it’s NATIONAL SUNGLASSES DAY.

Thanks for being invented, sunglasses! We’re glad you’re here.

Sincerely yours,
Warby Parker

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TO DO · 06/25/2015

Marco! Polo…

We’ve tweaked the classic pool game (not the explorer) “Marco Polo” in a new video directed by Alexander Klein. This time around, there’s a Warby Parker twist: the water is warmer and the stakes are higher.

We’ve tweaked the classic pool game (not the explorer) “Marco Polo” in a new video directed by Alexander Klein. This time around, there’s a Warby Parker twist: the water is warmer and the stakes are higher. It’s one part aquatic warfare and one part sunglasses.

Starring a very charming duo, plus the Jennings frame in Beach Glass, “Marco Polo” was filmed in Los Angeles, aka the unofficial pool capital of America. It was the perfect kick-off to the season. Inner tubes, summer love, reading by the pool—the video has it all. It’s how we #seesummerbetter.

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