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· July 30th, 2014

TO BUY · 01/17/2014

We Spy: Windswept

Plan on swapping out those winter blues for sandy hues? (We do!)

Plan on swapping out those winter blues for sandy hues? (We do!)

Introducing Windswept, a new shade from our Palm Canyon Collection. We’re wearing it in anticipation of the warmer days ahead.

Bring out the dog-eared books and unused vacation days.

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Wheeler in Windswept

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· 01/17/2014

Annual Report: Oh, There’s Waldo.

A good 50 of the children’s book character actually.

A good 50 of the children’s book character actually. Find out why our Customer Experience department wore the red stripes to work one day in our Annual Report.

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TO READ · 01/16/2014

To Read: Palm Canyon Book List

A few reading suggestions for your next poolside session:

A few reading suggestions for your next poolside session:

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William Campbell Gault, Dirt Track Summer
Steve McQueen was an actor whose love for turtlenecks didn’t hold a candle to his love for racecars. Make like McQueen and take a turn around the track (bookwise).
Duckworth in Painted Desert

Norman Mailer, The Deer Park
Mailer’s novel is set in a fictitious version of Palm Springs. NSFW.
Duckworth in Painted Desert

Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby
Set a reminder to reapply your SPF; you’ll forget all about dermatological health when you’re engrossed in this novel about satanic babies.
Winston in Cognac Tortoise

H.G. Wells, The First Men in the Moon
A beach vacation is nice and all, but how about a trip to the moon? No, actually, that sounds kind of terrifying.
Winston in Cognac Tortoise

Henry Miller, Tropic of Cancer
A better version of “sex on the beach”. Miller’s novel was first published in 1934 in France but became an American bestseller in the early 60s when its legal publication in the U.S. brought about a handful of obscenity lawsuits. HEL-lo!
Preston in Red Canyon

Truman Capote, Music for Chameleons
The writer, a part-time Palm Springs resident, was an expert at leisure, telling The Paris Review, “I am a completely horizontal author.”
Preston in Red Canyon

Saul Bellow, Herzog
A book that makes you glad you’re not having a midlife crisis in Manhattan.
Wheeler in Windswept

Slim Keith with Annette Tapert, Slim: Memories of a Rich and Imperfect Life
Life philosophy: “God blessed me with a happy spirit and many other gifts. What I was not blessed with I went out and got. Sometimes the price was too high, but I’ve never been much of a bargain hunter.”

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· 01/16/2014

Annual Report: A Black Tie Affair

A sharp dresser, that one. A Warby Parker employee, Minsuk, brings a special flare to our “black tie” outing.

Minsuk! Minsuk! Who are you wearing?

A sharp dresser, that one. A Warby Parker employee, Minsuk, brings a special flare to our “black tie” outing.

Enjoy 364 more days of quirks and stylish endeavors in our latest Annual Report.

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TO BUY · 01/15/2014

Introducing the Palm Canyon Collection

And now, for something different…

We’re dreaming of windows-down temperatures and sunnier days. (Aren’t you?)

And now, for something different…

We’re dreaming of windows-down temperatures and sunnier days. (Aren’t you?)

Warmer getaways inspired us to refresh that essential vacation item: a nice pair of frames. That’s why we’re pleased to bring you some of our favorite shapes, updated in a Palm Springs palette of mesquite, acacia, ironwood, and sand. Think: Steve McQueen and Neile Adams sunning in midday heat, midcentury architecture, and vivid, expansive landscapes…

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In optical and sun: Duckworth in Painted Desert

Designing and constructing the patterns required a technique that took over a year to perfect, and each pair is distinguished with a unique contrast detail created by melding sheets of woodwork-inspired acetate and tortoise acetate together. No two pairs are alike.

 

Palm Canyon Collection frames are available for $145 online and at stores and showrooms.

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TO READ · 01/15/2014

Annual Report: It Won’t Happen Again

Everybody makes mistakes, we just happened to make a hugely off-base mathematical miscalculation regarding the measurement of our monocles.

Everybody makes mistakes, we just happened to make a hugely off-base mathematical miscalculation regarding the measurement of our monocles.

Oops? It has since been fixed.

We’re not above making goofs and sharing them. Enjoy more snafu reportage in our Annual Report.

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· 01/14/2014

Tech Department Demo Day

Last month, we held an open-house featuring different tech teams sharing a bit about their most recently completed projects or surpassed milestones.

After Customer Experience, Technology is the biggest department at Warby Parker. (Seriously: we’re huge, growing, and busy.) The rest of us—the majority of our non-Tech employees—don’t always keep up with what’s happening over in the tech department so we’re looking for ways to mix with our coworkers and introduce our projects to the less technically-inclined. Demo Day proved just the ticket.

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Last month, we held an open-house featuring different tech teams sharing a bit about their most recently completed projects or surpassed milestones. Each group also shared a fun fact they learned about their other members during the project (those who were working tirelessly behind the scenes on holiday gift cards would take a break and watch COOPCam, the live feed into an associate’s chicken coop) and guests were free to ask any questions they liked. Visitors—including our own co-CEOs and co-founders, Neil and Dave—previewed and tested new products to be released in 2014. Best of all, through these concrete demos, attendees could conceptualize the abstract initiatives and products they’ve heard about in meetings and emails for months. A success all around! (The cheese and meat trays didn’t hurt.)

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