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· October 24th, 2014

TO BUY · 03/24/2014

Dean

Introducing Dean. It goes with anything, anywhere.

Introducing Dean. It goes with anything, anywhere.

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Dean in English Oak and Striped Olive

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TO DO · 03/21/2014

Welcome to Lexington Ave.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to open the doors to our new store in the Upper East Side tomorrow.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to open the doors to our new store in the Upper East Side tomorrow. Home to many of New York’s best-loved museums, grandest historic landmarks, and, of course, literary characters, this part of town has been a dream of ours to settle in since the start—and now we’re here.

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Nearly two years after the renowned pharmacy Lascoff Drugs closed its doors, we’ve reopened the celebrated space—enjoy its checkered terrazzo floors, 21-foot cathedral ceilings, gothic windows and two floors (which include a mezzanine). We’ve also installed a pneumatic tube system to transport glasses from one floor to another at top speed (Futuristic!). Hanging above the store will be the decades-old signboard that marks 1209 Lexington Ave.

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In addition to eye exam rooms, literature-filled reading nooks, and an honor bar, you’ll also find The Reference Desk—a new one-stop-shop for pickups, adjustments, eye exam check-ins and more.

Come visit us at 1209 Lexington Ave (corner of Lexington Ave and 82nd Street), or clickity click on over to our retail page for more information on the store and our showrooms.

Photos by Adrian Gaut

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TO READ · 03/20/2014

To Read: Do You Want to Live Abroad?

Every traveler needs a few things: water, a ticket, and an itinerary. Frequent flier miles are also nice, as are mild sedatives if lengthy journeys compromise your nerves.

Every traveler needs a few things: water, a ticket, and an itinerary. Frequent flier miles are also nice, as are mild sedatives if lengthy journeys compromise your nerves.

Should you be hauling your personal possessions across a major body of water for a more permanent stay, you may also need some instructions on cultural acclimation.

We’ve prepared a reading syllabus for just this purpose.

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TO BUY · 03/18/2014

Introducing the Spectrum Sun Collection

You’re getting warmer.

The delights of spring—daffodils, sunshine, iced coffee—are arriving right on schedule, and we’ve got just the thing for the season: our new Spectrum Sun Collection.

For maximum color, we’ve outfitted Minnie in Eucalyptus and Hall in Whiskey Tortoise with our debut triple-gradient lenses, featuring three rich colors exclusive to us. That added punch is all the better for the extra hours of daylight ahead. (Dean, Piper, and existing favorites in new hues will see you through nicely too.)

Now available at our retail locations and online

 

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TO DO · 03/14/2014

Happy Pi Day

It’s March 14, which means 3.14, which means that today is pi day.

It’s March 14, which means 3.14, which means that today is pi day. To celebrate, we shut down operations for a day and focused on memorizing the first 100,000 digits of pi.

Kidding.

Instead, we ordered an armada of apple, pecan, pumpkin, and coconut cream pies. They arrived at the office around 10 a.m., just in time to spoil everyone’s appetite for lunch. (The best part of being an adult is being empowered to eat any amount of sugar at any time of day.)

One of our team members is British, and he pointed out that his countrymen format the date differently—instead of 3.14, they write 14/3. We generously allowed him to have some pie, even though his nation’s notation system is insane.

Here, help yourself to some pi:

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TO READ · 03/14/2014

To Read: Chronicle Book List

Have a few hours to kill before your deadline? Let us suggest a handful of books from journalists we admire.

Have a few hours to kill before your deadline? Let us suggest a handful of books from journalists we admire.

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Nora Ephron, Scribble Scribble
Consider this is your witty cheat sheet to some of the most brilliant (and wildly amusing) thoughts regarding the media and the shifty political landscape of the 1970s.

Ramsay in Jet Silver

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Joan Didion, Miami
This isn’t Will Smith’s Miami. Didion scrapes the underbelly of 1980’s Miami: race tensions, Cuban exiles, Latin American affairs, government conspiracies, and political violence. Have fun in the sun!

Ryder in Obsidian 

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Renata Adler, Speedboat
Enjoy getting willfully lost in this entanglement of curious anecdotes told by a neurotically observant New York City journalist in the 1970s.

Stewart in Obsidian 

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John Jeremiah Sullivan, Pulphead Essays
The most uninteresting fact of John Jeremiah Sullivan’s life is that his house was regularly used to film scenes for the show One Tree Hill.

Wally in Polished Gold

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Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone
The man himself said it best: “Some people write their novels and others roll high enough to live them, and some fools try to do both.”

Dixon in Brushed Ink

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Pauline Kael, 5001 Nights at the Movies
Before committing to any pre-21st century movie on Netflix, reference this astonishing collection of sharply-written reviews from one of most influential film critics ever to live.

Raleigh in Jet Silver

 

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TO DO · 03/12/2014

To Do: 2014 Hackathon

For the second year in a row, dozens of Warby Parker teammates had a chance to put their l33t hacking skills toward the good of mankind (or the internet).

For the second year in a row, dozens of Warby Parker teammates had a chance to put their l33t hacking skills toward the good of mankind (or the internet).

This year’s theme was, in fact, “do good”—which meant eight teams of employees had 12 hours to focus their efforts into creating something that would benefit one of the following: employees, customers, community, or environment. They then had to present their ideas to a panel of intimidating judges, including our co-founders. (Scary!) (Just kidding!)

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Besides huddling around overheating laptops in small rooms filled with snacks and inspirational Tech team quotes, we were encouraged to take part in a series of non-tech challenges—all which promised everything from an extra minute of presenting to bonus time with developers. Challenges included cutthroat ping-pong matches, heated Connect Four games, and way-too hard quizzes.

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By the end of the day, our brains were emptied and our hearts (plus stomachs) were filled to the brim. A winner was chosen (Go Literati!), losers were given superlatives (Best abs, really?), and we all went home with some positive ideas regarding the future.

 

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