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· August 05th, 2015

TO DO · 08/04/2015

Warby Parker x Bookleggers

Two things we really like: beaches and books (preferably together, in fact). This is why we recently got together with Bookleggers, a mobile library based out of Miami, to supply them with some fresh summer books for their outpost in Wynwood.

Two things we really like: beaches and books (preferably together, in fact). This is why we recently got together with Bookleggers, a mobile library based out of Miami, to supply them with some fresh summer books for their outpost in Wynwood.

We stocked the station with dozens of recommended reads, like Patti Smith’s Woolgathering and Robert Walser’s Microscripts—plus a bunch of very choice books from McSweeney’s.

If you find yourself visiting Wynwood (which we’d highly recommend), then stop by the lending library and grab a book. Also, you should probably pop in our store and browse some glasses, or take a photo in our ridiculous photo booth.

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TO BUY · 07/31/2015

We Like Your Photos: July 2015

Every month, we’re tagged in bundles of adorable/cute/clever/well-shot photos on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of our favorites. Enjoy!

Every month, we’re tagged in bundles of adorable/cute/clever/well-shot photos on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of our favorites. Enjoy!

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 2.44.14 PM@charliefrancis     Shop Ripley>

10954652_1462095717446988_672696348_n@honeyilove     Shop Stockton>

Screen Shot 2015-07-29 at 2.47.51 PM@kglaidlaw     Shop Chandler Ti>

11378706_958200737577445_2042837930_n@liney_parker     Shop June>

11357649_1632031803681655_1837905133_n@casey.littleton     Shop Percey>

11377876_883943024987211_1611640481_n@avecruth     Shop Duckworth>

11248282_829547240494742_1760530833_n@ahaynes01     Shop Downing>

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TO DO · 07/30/2015

To Download: Sunglasses, Sunglasses, Sunglasses

When you play with sunglasses all day long like we do, you don’t really need an excuse to do things like this: have a favorite illustrator draw up a few frames and then make them downloadable for desktop, tablet, and phone backgrounds.

Enjoy!

When you play with sunglasses all day long like we do, you don’t really need an excuse to do things like this: have a favorite illustrator draw up a few frames and then make them downloadable for desktop, tablet, and phone backgrounds.

Enjoy!

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1440 x 900

Tablet
1600 x 2560

Phone
720 x 1280

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TO DO · 07/28/2015

Seeing Summer Better with the Sailing Collective

As you’ve heard, we’ve been on a quest to #seesummerbetter all season long—so, when our friends from the Sailing Collective invited us to join their journey to Sardinia, we happily hopped aboard (and brought a slew of sunglasses with us). 
Who is the Sailing Collective? In their words, they are “sailing vacation specialists”. In ours, …

As you’ve heard, we’ve been on a quest to #seesummerbetter all season long—so, when our friends from the Sailing Collective invited us to join their journey to Sardinia, we happily hopped aboard (and brought a slew of sunglasses with us). 

Who is the Sailing Collective? In their words, they are “sailing vacation specialists”. In ours, they’re a group of super-fun, extra-chill explorers who plan week-long sailing trips worldwide. And not to worry—the captains are trained professionals (pressure’s off), and fantastic cooks to boot.

Our days went a little something like this: morning laps around the boat (often in place of a shower), lounging on deck with a book in-hand, a game or two of backgammon, and open ocean crossing. When docked, we zipped around La Maddalena on scooters, explored an abandoned fortress, and climbed stairs along the cliffs of Corsica. And of course, we ate well, both on-board and at local eateries found by our captain.

Frankly, our recap doesn’t do the trip justice—just take a look below (and follow along with both of us on Instagram for more this week!).

IMG_0898Jennings in Beach Glass

IMG_1199Ripley in Whiskey Tortoise

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IMG_3598Downing in English Oak

taylorlauraBates in English Oak and Ripley in Whiskey Tortoise

vivchelsBates in English Oak and Jennings in Striped Beach

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IMG_5728Downing in Walnut Tortoise

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Photos by Stefan Wigand for the Sailing Collective

 

 

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TO BUY · 07/24/2015

We Spy: Riesling

Golden rays, slight earthy undertones, an undeniable shine—Riesling is a real standout.

Golden rays, slight earthy undertones, an undeniable shine—Riesling is a real standout. These sunglasses aren’t bad either.

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TO READ · 07/22/2015

Introducing HudsonHack: NYC Intern Edition

We didn’t get a lot of sleep this past weekend, but we did do something pretty cool: Warby Parker, along with the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation and MKTG INC, hosted a 24-hour intern hackathon at Civic Hall—appropriately named HudsonHack: NYC Intern Edition.

We didn’t get a lot of sleep this past weekend, but we did do something pretty cool: Warby Parker, along with the Mayor’s Office of Tech and Innovation and MKTG INC, hosted a 24-hour intern hackathon at Civic Hall—appropriately named HudsonHack: NYC Intern Edition. The event was the first of its kind, bringing the next generation of technology leaders together to celebrate the power of tech and innovation across the city.

Throughout the experience, heaps of caffeinated interns had the opportunity to compete against each other, in hopes of building industry-changing products. (Update: they did.) While facing off, participants had access to one-on-one advice from world-class engineers, plus the ability to use state-of-the-art APIs and data as foundation for their ideas. (They also had naps rooms, ping-pong, and foosball.)

Prizes were awarded to those teams or individuals that built the most above-and-beyond products. One special prize recognized the best social innovation-based idea or solution; to help inspire those who chose to work on social projects, we invited local non-profit organizations Blue Ridge Labs, NYC Department of Homeless Services, and DonorsChoose.org to present product-based issues they were currently facing.

Each final product was then judged by a pretty impressive panel of experts: Minerva Tantoco (New York City’s first-ever Chief Technology Officer), Shelley Leibowitz (Board of Directors of E*TRADE and former CIO of Morgan Stanley and World Bank), and Alan Wade (Board of Trustees of The Aerospace Corporation and former CIO of the CIA).

In the end, yes, there were winners. But let’s face it: everyone’s a winner when they’re hacking for good.

Take a peek below to see some behind-the-screens action. #computerjoke

#1Eyes on the screen, kids.

#2Why can’t this be real life?

#3Top-secret learnings

#4Presenting the Warby Parker room

#5We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

#6The stage awaits…

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TO READ · 07/20/2015

Books We Love: My Brilliant Friend

Elena Ferrante’s characters move through the natural world, but the natural world moves through them, too.

In My Brilliant Friend, the Neapolitan novelist writes about violence, poverty and friendship in 1950s Naples in language that crackles with bluntness, terror, and beauty.
Centered around the relationship between two girls—Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo—the novel invokes …

Elena Ferrante’s characters move through the natural world, but the natural world moves through them, too.

In My Brilliant Friend, the Neapolitan novelist writes about violence, poverty and friendship in 1950s Naples in language that crackles with bluntness, terror, and beauty.

Centered around the relationship between two girls—Elena Greco and Lila Cerullo—the novel invokes visceral reactions that you’ll experience almost as strongly as the characters do. You’ll cringe at Elena’s neuroses, but only because her mind is full of the same tricks and traps you might wade through daily.

As the first of the four Neapolitan Novels, My Brilliant Friend is the ideal place to meet Elena and Lila. Start now and you’ll have plenty of time before the final book in the series, The Story of the Lost Child, is released in September.

Fun fact: Elena Ferrante is a pseudonym. For whom? It’s a secret. (As it should be.) “I believe that books, once they are written, have no need of their authors,” she explained (anonymously) in a letter to her publisher.

Get it girl…whoever you are.

 

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