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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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
“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.”
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?”
“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.”
“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.)”
“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.”