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· May 25th, 2015

TO READ · 04/28/2015

A Literary Guide to New Orleans

We’ve assembled a little roster of books—criteria: strong relationship to Louisiana, entertaining—to familiarize ourselves (and you too) with our new home down South. Behold: five books that ooze New Orleans.

We’ve assembled a little roster of books—criteria: strong relationship to Louisiana, entertaining—to familiarize ourselves (and you too) with our new home down South. Behold: five books that ooze New Orleans.

John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces

Over a decade after Toole’s death, fellow Louisiana writer Walker Percy (more on him in a second) championed the book’s publication and it went on to win a Pulitzer. We’ve expressed our affection for Toole’s New Orleans-centered novel before but it bears repeating: this is an extremely funny book.

Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer

A classic book about indecision in the French Quarter and beyond

Truman Capote‘s Other Voices, Other Rooms

After his mother dies, 13-year-old Joel Knox is sent away from his home in New Orleans (where the author spent a good amount of time) to live with a father he doesn’t know. It’s a pretty lonesome setup, but Capote—who published this at 23!—gives Joel an ensemble cast of outlandish-bordering on-implausible characters to round out his new home.

Dave Eggers‘s Zeitoun

Please don’t Google this non-fiction book before reading, we mean it. (After though, go nuts. The story gets weird—very sad too. Certainly stranger than fiction.) After Abdulrahman Zeitoun decides to stick around New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, his efforts to help his neighbors after the storm catch the attention of the National Guard in a not-so-good way.

Michael Lewis’s Liar’s Poker

NOLA native Lewis has made a nice name for himself as a financial journalist, having proven to many right brains that money markets and financial matters are fascinating. Here’s where to start with the Lewis canon.

The Collected Plays of Tennessee Williams

If there’s another author more synonymous with New Orleans, then we’ve left ‘em off this list. The legacy remains so strong that New Orleans hosts the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival every year around the author’s birthday. 

 

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TO BUY · 04/24/2015

Jerry Saltz: Seeing Out Loud

Jerry Saltz is a man of many talents. He’s the senior art critic at New York magazine, where he profiles Damien Hirst, considers Cindy Sherman and writes definitive takedowns of Banksy. He is the proprietor of one of the funniest (and most NSFW! You’ve been warned!) Instagram accounts currently in operation. He had a cameo role on Girls. 
Before he was at …

Jerry Saltz is a man of many talents. He’s the senior art critic at New York magazine, where he profiles Damien Hirst, considers Cindy Sherman and writes definitive takedowns of Banksy. He is the proprietor of one of the funniest (and most NSFW! You’ve been warned!) Instagram accounts currently in operation. He had a cameo role on Girls. 

Before he was at New York magazine, he wrote art criticism for the Village Voice, and a selection of his greatest columns is collected in a book called Seeing Out Loud, which we are proud to carry in our retail stores. Published by independent press The Figures, Seeing Out Loud is a precise and nuanced snapshot of the art world at a certain point in time. It is as riotous at the cover suggests.

Swing by one of our stores and pick up a copy. Your brain will rejoice.

 

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TO READ · 04/22/2015

To Read: How Do You Feel About the Earth?

We tend to take moms for granted—and Mother Gaia is hardly an exception.

In honor of Earth Day (today!), we’re pondering the planet and stacking our bedside table high with new reads to celebrate the occasion.

Next up? A kumbaya circle.

We tend to take moms for granted—and Mother Gaia is hardly an exception.

In honor of Earth Day (today!), we’re pondering the planet and stacking our bedside table high with new reads to celebrate the occasion.

Next up? A kumbaya circle.

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TO BUY · 04/22/2015

Introducing the Luminary Collection

These new frames are a bit different than the rest.

These new frames are a bit different than the rest. You’ll notice when you put them on that they’re satisfyingly light, but also quite sturdy—that’s because each of the five new styles is constructed from premium Japanese titanium.

They were inspired by a handful of artists and icons from the early 1970s; the designs range from a vintage navigator and a circular teashade frame to a handful of classic aviators. You’ll also find three new colors in this collection: Heritage Bronze, Antique Gold, and Brushed Navy.

Pretty interesting group, huh? See the full array here.

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TO SEE · 04/17/2015

Five Reasons Why We Love Wynwood

A few weeks back we opened a new store in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. Here are some of our favorite local gems.

A few weeks back we opened a new store in Miami’s Wynwood Art District. (It looks like a pool inside!)

Not to our surprise, we’ve completely fallen in love in the neighborhood—so much so that we wanted to share a list of our favorite local gems.

1) Wynwood Walls

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Just a light stroll from our shop is Wynwood Walls, a street art mecca that houses some of the most impressive graffiti murals in the world. (Make sure your phone is charged, because there are some solid Instagram photo ops here.)

Another tip: Wynwood Walls doesn’t technically open until 11 a.m., but you can sneak in early if you grab a bite to eat at jugofresh (more on that a bit down).

2) Panther Coffee

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After hearing quite a lot of buzz about this place before we even landed in Miami, we can now attest that Panther Coffee is among the top coffee shops in town. Their cold brew is very tasty, and their empanadas are out of this world.

Chilling tip: If you’re a freelancer type, their patio has plenty of outdoor seating and electrical outlets—perfect for working (on your base tan).

3) Bookleggers

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What goes better with a pair of new glasses than a newish book? Not much, we’d assume. That’s why we love Bookleggers, a mobile library that’s stationed just a few blocks from our store. We would say more, but the photo above is worth a thousand words.

4) Rubell Family Collection

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Unassuming from the outside, the Rubell Family Collection houses one of the largest private contemporary art collections in North America. The space was formerly used as a Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility, which means it’s massive enough to host some pretty great works (think Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, etc.) in a pleasant, roomy environment.

5) jugofresh

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It turns out that Miami is a hot place. Luckily, jugofresh offers cold-pressed juices, feel-good foods, joyous green walls, 90s hip-hop playlists, and a wall of fans. It is a blissful zone.

Local tip: We suggest getting there early and grabbing a table out back, where you have a firsthand view of Wynwood Walls.

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TO BUY · 04/14/2015

Smile, New Orleans

We’re so excited to announce that we just opened the Warby Parker Frame Studio in New Orleans right in the middle of Magazine Street’s beautiful architecture and charming shops.
New Orleans has always been a favorite destination of ours—thanks to the city’s boisterous spirit and vibrant history (and O.K., the cuisine’s pretty great too). Can’t …

We’re so excited to announce that we just opened the Warby Parker Frame Studio in New Orleans right in the middle of Magazine Street’s beautiful architecture and charming shops.

New Orleans has always been a favorite destination of ours—thanks to the city’s boisterous spirit and vibrant history (and O.K., the cuisine’s pretty great too). Can’t wait for y’all to come by.

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We debuted the Warby Parker Frame Studio last fall in Chicago, and we couldn’t think of a finer spot than New Orleans for our sophomore location. Come on by and get your photo snapped by a professional photographer, completely free of charge! It’s a great way to see how your new frames look. Book an appointment online in advance here.

See you soon!

Store hours
Daily, 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

Frame Studio hours
Monday-Friday, 3:00 P.M.-7:00 P.M.
Saturday-Sunday, 11:00 A.M.-7:00 P.M.

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TO BUY · 04/10/2015

We’re Publishing A Book

…and it’s available for pre-order right now! What you see right above is the book’s cover. The real thing.

…and it’s available for pre-order (on Amazon and Barnes & Noble and many others)  right now! What you see right above is the book’s cover. The real thing.

About the book: 50 Ways to Lose Your Glasses is an illustrated gift book that reveals the many surreal, insane, glorious, mysterious ways that a pair of glasses can go missing. It’s the ultimate book for anyone who has ever loved and lost a pair of frames.

The book is written by us, illustrated by our talented friend John Lee, and can be pre-ordered RIGHT NOW, which guarantees that you’ll be among the very first to get your paws on it. (It’ll become available in bookstores near you this coming fall, on October 27.)

We’re so excited.

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