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· September 22nd, 2014

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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TO BUY · 02/27/2014

Listen Up: Introducing the Artists in Residence Album

The Rolling Stones recorded their track “Brown Sugar” in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Dusty Springfield released “Son of a Preacher Man” after holing up in Memphis, and David Bowie’s Berlin years yielded some of his best songs.

The Rolling Stones recorded their track “Brown Sugar” in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Dusty Springfield released “Son of a Preacher Man” after holing up in Memphis, and David Bowie’s Berlin years yielded some of his best songs. Sometimes you just need a little space to get down to it. Pack a bag, leave your home—creativity is bound to follow.

That was the spirit behind our Artists in Residence program. We sent Sophie Auster, Teddy Thompson, Nikki Lane, Sidd Khosla, ii, and Cillie Barnes to a Standard hotel where they received studio time, cozy towels, room service, and other amenities.

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Now we’re excited to release an album filled with their long weekends’ worth of creativity. There’s more right over here.

 

Keep up with the artists:

Cillie Barnes: TwitterFacebookInstagram

Teddy Thompson: TwitterFacebook

Nikki Lane: TwitterFacebookInstagram

Sidd Khosla (and his band, Goldspot): TwitterFacebook

Sophie Auster: TwitterFacebookInstagram

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TO BUY · 02/26/2014

Introducing Chronicle

Inspired by pioneering journalists of the 1970s—and hardworking professionals everywhere—we’re releasing Chronicle, our first-ever collection of titanium wire frames.

Inspired by pioneering journalists of the 1970s—and hardworking professionals everywhere—we’re releasing Chronicle, our first-ever collection of titanium wire frames.

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Each lightweight frame features a clean matte finish and hand-mixed acetate temple tips—a distinguished look that works both on and off the clock.

It’s the right frame for the job.

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TO DO · 02/24/2014

To Do: Listen to McSweeney’s The Organist

We like to read, McSweeney’s publishes things to read. We’ve got a good thing going.

We like to read, McSweeney’s publishes things to read. We’ve got a good thing going.

(A brief intro to McSweeney’s: their creative output is varied and excellent. Do a deep dive into their site to see what all they’re up to [it’s a lot], but Quarterly Concern, their McMullens children’s books, and The Believer magazine are always A+ reads. Not to mention, 826NYC, their nonprofit organization that encourages writing skills in young kids, is a favorite of ours too.)

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The Organist producer Jenna Weiss-Berman, host Andrew Leland, and executive producer Ross Simonini

Last Tuesday, we capped off a season-long celebration of our friends with an evening at our Greene Street store. This time, after previously partying in honor of the Quarterly, McMullens, and The Believer, we gathered in the name of The Organist, a podcast in conjunction with the magazine.

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It was a night of drinks, glasses, and appropriately, organ music—from their friend, Barry, a talented musician who moonlights in Jah Division, a reggae Joy Division cover band. (!!!)

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Guests listened to The Organist’s year in highlights on mini-iPads set up around the store and were treated to a snippet of the podcast’s 2013 grand finale: Lena Dunham and Judy Blume in conversation. (Here we learned that as a kid, Judy used to make up book reports on fake books. That seems like a Fudge Hatcher move if we ever heard one.)

Thanks to all who came out, and of course, to our friends at McSweeney’s.

Stay tuned for more fun events. Our Twitter and Facebook have all the updates.

Photos by Elizabeth Crawford

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TO MEET · 02/21/2014

Desk Job: Meghan Godin

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.) 

Meghan Godin, UX Analyst

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Ginger Altoids

“I just really like ginger… and this kind isn’t insanely strong. I highly recommend trying them.”

Beck Frames

“I love my Beck x Warby Parker Carmichael sunnies. Did you notice the lenses are blue?”

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 Ping pong paddle

“I frequent Spin NYC in Chelsea a lot, and we also play ping pong quite a bit at the office, too. (It clears the brain!) Because of my borderline obsession with the fine game, I always keep a paddle near me.”

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Stone fruit planter

“I initially bought this as a Christmas gift for my younger sister. But when I brought it out of the tissue paper, I realized I actually really love it—not to mention, the color perfectly matches the color of my room (which makes me think I subconsciously always intended on keeping it). I ended up buying my sister a great gift from Etsy. Win-win!”

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 Books

“To be honest, I have no intention of reading these books. They are solely there for aesthetic purposes and to make my plant the most prominent thing on my desk. Secret’s out!”

 

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