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· October 31st, 2014

TO DO · 03/27/2014

Lucky vs. Warby Parker

Last week, we hosted Lucky magazine editor in chief Eva Chen along with her staff for an after-work ping-pong face-off.

Last week, we hosted Lucky magazine editor in chief Eva Chen along with her staff for an after-work ping-pong face-off. Fantastic showmanship, cleverly-named teams (we’re especially partial to Prêt-à-Pong and Lords of the Ping) all around.

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Before we got down to the competition, Eva shared a few career insights and answered a lot of our questions. After time at some well-known fashion titles, like Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, and Teen Vogue, she was hand-picked by Anna Wintour—the very one—to freshen up the shopping magazine. And, fun fact, she grew up a couple of blocks from our co-founder Neil.

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On building a good team: Everyone who is part of the Lucky team is someone who has a passion for the brand and understands the objective. You have to have that core belief in the brand.

On the work/play balance: Having fun matters.

On featuring more than just supermodels in magazines: A big thing for me at Lucky has been diversity. I take it really seriously. Since I have started, I want every ethnicity represented. It was something I was sensitive to growing up.

What she learned from her first boss: Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele: She’s Jeremy Scott and Karl Lagerfeld’s muse and she was one of the toughest bosses I’ve ever had. She would be like, “Go back and make it perfect.” I learned about the right way to do things and work ethic.

What sets Lucky apart from other magazines: The magazine of ten years ago was dictating to you. The concept of personal style and making it a conversation is very important to me. People are craving realness and authenticity—it is sorely and direly lacking in the fashion world—and Lucky is a bit more practical. You won’t see a model hanging from a tree hanging from a custom-made hammock from Balenciaga. It’s 100% focused on helping you find your style.

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Sweets from Fatty Sundays, treats for the victors

Better luck next time, Lucky. (We won.) You were valuable contenders and worthy opponents. Lots of thanks to you and Eva!

Photos by Kelsey Rose

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TO BUY · 03/25/2014

Lexington. Party Time. Excellent.

Cookie shots were just one of the ways we celebrated the opening of our newest store on New York’s Upper East Side. On a recent chilly night, we filled the store with our nearest-and-dearest to raise a glass to the new space.

One of life’s greatest pleasures is eating things that look like other things. For example, cake that looks like Chinese food. Or candy that looks like a vegetable. Or Dominique Ansel’s “whoa dude”-worthy milk-and-cookie shots. Guys, these are drinking utensils that are made out of cookies and filled with fancy milk. The stuff that dreams are made of.

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Cookie shots were just one of the ways we celebrated the opening of our newest store on New York’s Upper East Side. On a recent chilly night, we filled the store with our nearest-and-dearest to raise a glass to the new space. There was mingling. There was photoboothing. There was custom wallpaper. There was an exceptional DJ (Jonathan Sollis) who played the greatest Billy Joel song of all time.

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Meantime, another Warby Parker team member made the observation that the store was “filled with excellent places for making out”. (We can’t comment on this hypothesis.)

Stop by the store soon, and read more about it here.

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Photos by Kevin Tachman
*except for the milk-and-cookies shot. That’s all us. (You better believe we Instagrammed it.)

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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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