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· September 03rd, 2015

TO DO · 08/14/2015

Start the weekend off right

There are about 39 days to the official end of summer, no pressure or anything. Keep the party going with the latest See Summer Better playlist, curated by friend and noted music producer Randall Poster.

There are about 39 days to the official end of summer, no pressure or anything. Keep the party going with the latest See Summer Better playlist, curated by friend and noted music producer Randall Poster.

Listen to the other two mixes here and here.

1. Omen – Disclosure feat. Sam Smith

2. Giant Peach – Wolf Alice

3. Sleepless – Flume, Twin Shadow, and Jezzabell Doran

4. Turn Me Up – Twin Shadow

5. Elevator Operator – Courtney Barnett

6. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins) – Father John Misty

7. Crocodile Tears – Tobias Jesso Jr.

8. Getaway – The Milk Carton Kids

9. The Life You Choose – Jason Isbell

10. On To Something Good – Ashley Monroe

11. Don’t Wanna Fight – Alabama Shakes

12. Ocean Drive – Duke Dumont

13. Hungry Like the Wolf – Duran Duran

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TO DO · 08/13/2015

8 Questions: Donald Robertson

This month, we’re celebrating our good bud, illustrator Donald Robertson and his new book, Mitford at the Fashion Zoo, at a favorite Manhattan space, STORY.

This month, we’re celebrating our good bud, illustrator Donald Robertson and his new book, Mitford at the Fashion Zoo, at a favorite Manhattan space, STORY.

A boutique that reinvents itself every few weeks, STORY brings in a fresh crop of goods centered around a different concept, and this August, that theme is Donald—and his cast of bespectacled characters. We’re so pleased to participate. Our Piper sunglasses in Jet Black and Downing in Jet Black are available exclusively at the space with one-of-a-kind lens cloth, case, and box illustrated by Donald. The man is a geyser of creativity—always painting, always posting!—but he paused long enough to answer a few of our questions. Thank you, Donald!

Favorite condiment to paint with: Jam or ketchup

Craziest non-paintbrush utensil I’ve used: My kids’ hands!

Give me room service and I’ll make a jam mouth or ketchup lips

Weirdest surface I’ve ever painted: A 1976 El Dorado convertible for Art Basel

Favorite texture: Gaffer tape

Can’t live without my Mr. Coffee Maker (day) and a corkscrew (night)

Longest I’ve gone without logging onto Instagram: I never log out. Are you supposed to log out? Don’t tell anyone I never log out. Ha!

The secret to creative self-discipline is: Act like a five-year-old!

STORY
144 10th Avenue (between 18th and 19th streets)
New York City, NY 10011

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TO DO · 08/12/2015

To Download: Nordstrom wallpaper

This month, our Pop-In@Nordstrom spaces are decorated with an illustrated history of us. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find; consider this your Warby Parker 101, plenty of literary elements included.

This month, our Pop-In@Nordstrom spaces are decorated with an illustrated history of us. Here’s a taste of what you’ll find; consider this your Warby Parker 101, plenty of literary elements included.

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
We’ve always looked to the master wordsmith, iconoclast, and pop culture icon, Jack Kerouac. While browsing at the New York Public Library, one of our co-founders and co-CEOs Dave spotted two character names in one of Kerouac’s journals: Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper. We took the best from each and made it our name, and Kerouac’s disciplined yet improvisational approaches continue to inspire us daily.

Lion
Speaking of the New York Public Library, that’s where we held our very first and very guerrilla presentation during New York Fashion Week in 2011. Patience and Fortitude, a pair of marble lions, keep watch over the entrance to the NYPL.

Cross-legged man, hunched over and reading:
This is fig. 5 “Mr. Lonely” in our beloved Reading Positions, an illustrated catalog of exactly what it sounds like. It’s wallpapered up in all its glory at our Lexington Avenue store in New York City.

Miscellaneous books:
Glasses and books, books and glasses. They’re just better when they’re together, you know?

If you’d like to switch up your desktop or phone background, here’s another bit of artwork to adorn your digital space. Download below and find Warby Parker at Pop-In@Nordstrom near you.

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TO BUY · 08/10/2015

Warby Parker x Askov Finlayson

Good news! Last Saturday, we opened a brand new showroom in Minneapolis—and it’s in one of our favorite menswear shops, Askov Finlyason.

Good news! Last Saturday, we opened a brand new showroom in Minneapolis—and it’s in one of our favorite menswear shops, Askov Finlyason.

Inside the showroom, you’ll find design details reminiscent of a cozy study: book displays, wooden shelving, suspended globe lighting, and comfy seating for reading and relaxing.

AskovFinalyson Showroom

Bonus: If you visit the store, we highly recommend swinging by The Bachelor Farmer (if you’re hungry) or Marvel Bar (if you’re thirsty). Those two fine establishments are also owned by Askov Finlayson founders Eric and Andrew Dayton—and are located in the same historic warehouse.

Stop by and see us!

204 North 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Monday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

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TO BUY · 08/07/2015

Introducing Pop-In@Nordstrom x Warby Parker

We’re teaming up with Pop-In@Nordstrom—an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops—and we’re excited to kick this off. The two of us have a lot in common—a shared reverence for offering impeccable customer experiences, a keen interest in pounding new retail pavement, and a love of design. We hope you’ll swing by.

We’re teaming up with Pop-In@Nordstrom—an ongoing series of themed pop-up shops—and we’re excited to kick this off. The two of us have a lot in common—a shared reverence for offering impeccable customer experiences, a keen interest in pounding new retail pavement, and a love of design. We hope you’ll swing by.

Until September 6, visit Pop-In@Nordstrom x Warby Parker at six different locations across the country, plus online at Nordstrom.com/pop. In addition to a curated selection of frames, we are thrilled to release four exclusive pairs of sunglasses, as well as specialty items with a literary slant—like cards from Pike St. Press and Gold Teeth (for scribbling), colored pencils and watercolor markers from Faber-Castell (ditto), McSweeney’s books (for reading), Land by Land candles and Tivoli radios (for contemplation and relaxation), and more. In short: all the ingredients you need for a literary life well-lived.

Find Warby Parker at a Pop-In@Nordstrom location near you>

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TO BUY · 08/06/2015

To Do: Play Road Trip Bingo

Here you go: a downloadable road trip bingo card for your remaining summer adventures. Hands on the wheel, please, but keep your eye on the prize.

Here you go: a downloadable road trip bingo card for your remaining summer adventures. Hands on the wheel, please, but keep your eye on the prize.

Available with our #seesummerbetter Road Trip Kit

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TO DO · 08/05/2015

To Download: New York City Toile

We worked with illustrator Danielle Kroll to create a toile pattern specific to New York City. Instead of the guestroom-friendly French pastoral elements, we added in a nice peppering of daily indignities particular to city life—coffee spills, circling pigeons—and of course, bagels.

Here it is for download. May it brighten your day as much as a pup finding a slice on the ground.

We worked with illustrator Danielle Kroll to create a toile pattern specific to New York City. Instead of the guestroom-friendly French pastoral elements, we added in a nice peppering of daily indignities particular to city life—coffee spills, circling pigeons—and of course, bagels.

Here it is for download. May it brighten your day as much as a pup finding a slice on the ground.

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