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· October 02nd, 2014

TO MEET · 03/10/2014

Desk Job: Benjamin Gable

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.) 

Benjamin Gable, Copywriter

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Dum Dums

“For me, being a productive writer depends on a unique mixture of iced coffee and candy. I would claim this to be a secret formula for success, but I probably shouldn’t recommend this to anyone.”

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Vintage surf magazine

“I’m always looking for inspiration when naming collections or frames. Sometimes you find it in some pretty unexpected places, say a surf magazine from 1972. How could you not like the name Buttons Kaluhiokalani?”

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Sunglasses

“I recently turned the page in adulthood where I started buying multiples of the same item. If you know what you love, why not stick with it? Uh, I’m officially my dad. Anyways, the Downing frame is my favorite.”

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Random props

“Little secret, we copywriters get to choose the props for all of the blog stories. Here are a few good ones that just arrived. (Side note: I’ll sneak Elvis into our blog as much as possible.)”

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Jack Kerouac

“I’ve always been a pretty big Kerouac fan. To stay inspired, I keep one his books within an arm’s reach of my keyboard.”

 

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TO DO · 03/07/2014

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time

This Sunday. Thank the living daylights.

This Sunday. Thank the living daylights.

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TO READ · 03/07/2014

Literary Rx: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

When Carson McCullers was 23 years old, she wrote a masterpiece called The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

When Carson McCullers was 23 years old, she wrote a masterpiece called The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

Here are some things Warby Parker employees did when we were 23:

•Bought a used couch

•Started flossing

•Developed a gluten sensitivity

It really makes you think.

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TO DO · 03/05/2014

Party Dispatch: Artists in Residence

Good music, fun crowd, excellent venue: it doesn’t take much to throw a great party.

Good music, fun crowd, excellent venue: it doesn’t take much to throw a great party.

Last week, we welcomed our friends (the fun crowd requirement) in from the cold to Chez André (excellent venue component) at The Standard, East Village for a lively evening in honor of the Artists in Residence album release.

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As for good music, Sophie Auster—that’s her at the very top—and Sidd Khosla—backed by his band Goldspot—took to the stage at the hotel’s Chez André after DJ Cory Kennedy warmed us up. (If you’re ever in the neighborhood, visit the club— if nothing more than to peep André Saraiva’s graffiti.)

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After they signed off, the music continued with a live karaoke band. There was a little Aretha, a little Oasis, and some Dusty Springfield after Sophie came back to perform “Son of a Preacher Man.”

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If you’re looking for more music, check out the other Artists in Residence here.

Photos by Nate Poekert

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TO DO · 03/04/2014

To Read: 86′d by Dan Fante

Last Tuesday evening, we kicked off the very first Warby Parker x The Standard, Hollywood Book Club with a discussion of 86’d by L.A. native Dan Fante (he’s also the son of novelist Ask the Dust’s John Fante).

Last Tuesday evening, we kicked off the very first Warby Parker x The Standard, Hollywood Book Club with a discussion of 86’d by L.A. native Dan Fante (he’s also the son of novelist Ask the Dust’s John Fante).

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Be forewarned: 86’d is not a light read. Fante’s main character (and his alter ego) Bruno Dante is an alcoholic writer wrestling through his temptations to make use of his talent. So yeah, it can get a little raw.

If you’re looking to get out of your comfort zone, it’s pretty safe to say Fante’s humorous (and a little painful) 86’d will serve you well.

Stick around for the next book in our series!

Photos by Michelle Mosqueda

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TO MEET · 03/03/2014

Floor Plan

We love polls. Sometimes we poll our fellow employees about their tastes,
preferences, and coffee habits. Here’s where we share the results.

We love polls. Sometimes we poll our fellow employees about their tastes,
preferences, and coffee habits. Here’s where we share the results.

This week’s question: do you drink iced coffee in the winter?

Executive no

Retail yes

Tech no

Online Experience no

Customer Experience yes

Finance no

Talent no

Online Experience no

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TO DO · 02/28/2014

To Do: Art in the Age in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s where it all began (our founders launched the company there after meeting at Wharton) so we’ve got a special spot for the city.

Philadelphia’s where it all began (our founders launched the company there after meeting at Wharton) so we’ve got a special spot for the city.

We recently spruced up and expanded our showroom—inside one of our favorite shops, Art in the Age—so we skipped down there last Thursday to celebrate the new look.

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We toasted the evening with spirits from the store’s distillery, gave the new buildout a trial run, and took plenty of photos in the Poseybooth photo booth. (There is a lot more evidence on Facebook. If you stopped by, see if we got a photo of you!)

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Thanks to all who joined us! If you missed us on Thursday night, not to worry—you can visit Art in the Age any time to browse for some new frames.

Photos by Chaucee Stillman for Art in the Age

 

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