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TO BUY · 05/30/2014

Warby Parker Frame Superlatives, Part 1

Kimball in Whiskey Tortoise, Ripley in Oak Barrel, Chamberlain in Saddle Sage, Langston in Whiskey Tortoise Matte, Chandler in Olivewood
 

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TO MEET · 05/27/2014

Desk Job: Daniel O’Heney

A desk can tell you a lot about a person—and we think we’ve got some pretty interesting ones here in our office. These are the stories of our favorites (and the folks who sit behind them).

A desk can tell you a lot about a person, and these are the stories of our favorites. (Desks, that is. And also people.) 

Daniel O’Heney, Customer Experience Training Supervisor

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Check list

“I’m a pretty simple guy, so this is just a personal reminder of what I need to get done today…and tomorrow.”

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Presidential quotes

“A little bit of everyday inspiration from our country’s leaders goes a long way for me. William McKinley has a mountain named after him, what more do I need?”

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Vacation Pic

“Dolce Vita had a Caribbean party back when we shared the fifth floor of our office with them. There were lots of people taking goofy pictures in front of the mural. We went serious.”

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Old banana

“Yeah…I was going to eat that.”

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Dead plant

“Nothing makes me feel more alive than a dying Paperwhite. Does this mean I’m not ready for a dog?”

 

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TO READ · 05/23/2014

The Warby Parker Style Guide

We can be a little silly from time to time. But that doesn’t mean we’re not purposeful in the way we write. And always, always, grammatically correct.*

We can be a little silly from time to time. But that doesn’t mean we’re not purposeful in the way we write. And always, always, grammatically correct.*

When the Warby Parker Copy Department was officially born, the first thing it did was make a Style Guide for all employees to keep in their desks—a pocket-sized handbook outlining the official Warby Parker punctuation preferences, formatting guidelines, and policy on Oxford commas.

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The actual contents are secret (for employees only!) but the book itself is so cute, we had to share just a teeny bit….
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*Usually.

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TO BUY · 05/22/2014

We Spy: Sea Smoke Tortoise

Don’t know how to surf? Can’t make it to the beach on your lunch break? Live in a landlocked state? Oh wait, you do actually go to the beach a lot?

Don’t know how to surf? Can’t make it to the beach on your lunch break? Live in a landlocked state? Oh wait, you do actually go to the beach a lot?

In any case, Sea Smoke Tortoise is for the person who appreciates a beautiful ocean palette. We were inspired by the speckled patterns of a few beautiful vintage surfboards that we knew had to be part of this collection.

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From our Summer 2014 Collection: Upton in Sea Smoke Tortoise

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TO DO · 05/20/2014

Taco Bell Drawing Club

Like hard shell tacos? Like drawing? Free Wednesday evenings? If you’re enthusiastically nodding your head up and down at these questions (and possibly drooling a little), we’ve got something for you: Taco Bell Drawing Club. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

Like hard shell tacos? Like drawing? Free Wednesday evenings?  If you’re enthusiastically nodding your head up and down at these questions (and possibly drooling a little), we’ve got something for you: Taco Bell Drawing Club. It’s exactly what it sounds like.

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Jason Polan, a longtime Warby Parker collaborator and Mountain Dew frozen drink enthusiast, founded the club. The rules are pretty simple: show up, order food (or not), take a seat, draw whatever you please, finish your food, compare drawings, compliment each other, and then clean up your taco wrappers and art supplies. You really can’t go wrong, unless you spill Dew on your notebook. (Guilty!)

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Our copywriter’s ambitious attempt at drawing

When: Every Wednesday, except when it’s not on Wednesdays. (Follow @jasonpolan to find out specifics)

Where: The Taco Bell at 18 East 14th Street in New York City

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Bon appétit.

 

 

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TO MEET · 05/16/2014

The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Sometimes a book comes along that’s so good, you don’t even know how to endorse it. All you can do is read it with frantic absorption, finish it in 48 hours, and run to place it in the hands of your dearest friend without comment. When Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. came out last year, it instantly ascended into this category for us.

Sometimes a book comes along that’s so good, you don’t even know how to endorse it. All you can do is read it with frantic absorption, finish it in 48 hours, and run to place it in the hands of your dearest friend without comment. When Adelle Waldman’s The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. came out last year, it instantly ascended into this category for us.

Fast forward a year and the book is out in paperback, which makes it an ideal summer companion if you haven’t already read it. The book is about a young writer and his Brooklyn ecosystem of friends, enemies, and romantic prospects. Lena Dunham called it “too real”, The Economist called it “incisive and very funny”, The New Republic called it “powerfully intelligent” and we call it all of those things, plus fun.

To celebrate the paperback release, we hosted a party with Adelle at our Greene Street store. All the ingredients of a traditional book party were present: bottles of Brooklyn Lager, both colors of wine (we fancy), toasts, copies of the book, and a menagerie of tote bags. (SO MANY TOTE BAGS!)

There were also rainbow confections shaped to resemble the silhouettes on Adelle’s book, made by Flour Shop. If you’ve ever read a book so good that you wanted to eat it, you’ll get an idea of how much pleasure we took in consuming these mimetic morsels.

Oh! And guess what? Adelle has a brand-new story available for $2.99, which is less than the cost of a damn ice cream cone. Whatta steal.

Happy summer, and big thanks to everyone who came to celebrate The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

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Photos by Christina Timoldi

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TO MEET · 05/15/2014

Desk Job: Liz Furze

A desk can tell you a lot about a person—and we think we’ve got some pretty interesting ones here in our office. These are the stories of our favorites (and the folks who sit behind them).

A desk can tell you a lot about a person, and these are the stories of our favorites. (Desks, that is. And also people.) 

Liz Furze, Customer Experience (CX) Lead

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Sarcastic Ball

“I inherited the Sarcastic Ball from another teammate at some point, and it’s been on my desk ever since. It’s great for keeping myself in check—whenever I need to be knocked down a peg, it’s there to sass me with a ‘Whatever’ or an ‘In Your Dreams.’”

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Cat Card

“I manage a team of six associates in our CX department. I spent a few days in the hospital over the winter, and when I came back, my amazing team had this card and a bag of my favorite candy waiting for me. The cat now serves as my desk guardian and general harbinger of goodwill.”

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Books

“Right now, I’m reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I’ve been on a big sci-fi kick recently. I like keeping physical books around—I love how they smell, how the pages of a book feel in my hands. I don’t think I understand the eReader obsession.”

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Dave Gilboa’s cup

“Drinking out of the CEO‘s cup may be considered a bold move. I see it as maximizing my potential for absorbing greatness…through cup osmosis.”

Sunglasses: Jasper

Photos by Kelsey Rose

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