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· September 28th, 2016

· 09/09/2016

A Literary Guide to Austin, TX

“Weird” gets a bad rep. That’s why we love Austin. There, it’s maintained with rigorous vigilance and is synonymous with all that’s wondrous, delightful, albeit a little odd. Expectedly, our literary list is a tad weird—but only in the best way possible.

“Weird” gets a bad rep. That’s why we love Austin. There, it’s maintained with rigorous vigilance and is synonymous with all that’s wondrous, delightful, albeit a little odd. Expectedly, our literary list is a tad weird—but only in the best way possible.

The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry 

Enjoy wit, clever wordplay, and twist endings? Meet O. Henry—the pseudonym of William Sydney Porter and also an annual, illustrious short fiction prize. He lived in Austin from 1882-1895. Today, he even has a museum.

“Our Toad to Ruin” in Texas Monthly

One out of seven Texas adults reads this Austin-based magazine. (Really, it’s true.) The stats are out for critters, but the horned lizard or “horny toad”—Texas’s state reptile and many a school mascot—probably would if it could, and weren’t sadly disappearing.

James Hynes’s Next 

Told in a time span of only 8 hours, 50-year-old protagonist Kevin Quinn takes the day off from his day job in Ann Arbor for a job interview in Austin.

Cormac McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses

The story of Texas ranchers takes place in San Angelo, TX. 204 miles from Austin, it’s 3.5 hours by car, lots more hours by foot, and we’re guessing somewhere in-between by horseback.

Mary Karr’s The Liars Club

Taking its name from “the motley collection of men with whom her father, an oilman, used to drink and tell tales,” Karr’s memoir dredges up her childhood in an east Texas oil town.

Karen Olsson’s Waterloo

Nick Lasseter is humdrum reporter and ex-rocker in Waterloo, the fictional capital of Texas that resembles the real-life Austin where Olsson lives and previously wrote for Texas Monthly.

Stephen Harrigan’s Gates of The Alamo

Scared of large crowds and tour groups? Perhaps don’t vist the Alamo; it attracts 2.5 million people annually. Instead, imaginatively witness the structure and events from both Mexican and Texan POVs in this historical novel.

Larry McMurtry’s Horseman, Pass By

Its title is cribbed from the final line of “Under Ben Bulben,” a poem by William Butler Yeats, and the story depicts life on a cattle ranch in post World War II Texas.

 

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TO BUY · 09/06/2016

We Spy: Burke in Glacier Grey

While pondering the perfect color for a frame that symbolized our shared love of video games, both Kill Screen and our design team came up with this retro grey.

While pondering the perfect color for a frame that symbolized our shared love of video games, both Kill Screen and our design team came up with this retro grey.

Coincidence? Sure.

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TO SEE · 09/02/2016

Austin, we’re back!

We’re ~extremely~ excited to announce that—at long last!—we’ve opened a stand-alone retail store in Austin. We’ve been missing this city dearly since our Class Trip bus left in June, and we’re so glad to be back.

WP-Austin-24We’re ~extremely~ excited to announce that—at long last!—we’ve opened a stand-alone retail store in Austin. We’ve been missing this city ever since our Class Trip bus left in June, and we’re so glad to be back.

Inside the new store, we’ve designed a dedicated writing center for Austin Bat Cave, a local nonprofit that gives kids and teenagers aged 6–18 free opportunities to develop their creative and expository writing skills. Their annual anthologies will be for sale and on display throughout the store, and the Austin Bat Cave team will also hand-select the books that stock our patio lending library, just as they did for our Class Trip bus these past few years. (They’ve got great taste.)

WP-Austin-16Adorning the walls are indigo-dyed bandanas designed in collaboration with our friends at Austin-based studio LAND, hand-dyed by Maura Ambrose of Folk Fibers, and hand-printed by printmaking studio Bearded Lady. And the art doesn’t stop there: The store’s photo booth, in which you can commemorate yourself in your favorite new frames, features colorful backdrops illustrated by our friend and frequent collaborator Alia Penner.

WP-Austin-18To top it all off, there’s some comfy seating in the backyard to sit, read, and relax. Stop by when you can!

STORE DETAILS
1317 South Congress Avenue
Austin, TX 78704

Hours:
Open daily, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

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TO BUY · 08/31/2016

We Like Your Photos: August 2016

Every month, we’re tagged in bundles of adorable/cute/clever/well-shot photos on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of our favorites. Enjoy!

Every month, we’re tagged in bundles of adorable/cute/clever/well-shot photos on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of our favorites. Enjoy!

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TO READ · 08/25/2016

To Read: What’s Your Beauty Secret?

Audrey Hepburn recommended fresh air, sleep, and Estée Lauder. Refer to our panel of more credentialed experts as you search for your own fountain of youth. Bring a book—it’ll take a while.

Audrey Hepburn recommended fresh air, sleep, and Estée Lauder. Refer to our panel of more credentialed experts as you search for your own fountain of youth. Bring a book—it’ll take a while.

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TO BUY · 08/23/2016

Introducing Warby Parker x Kill Screen

Big news! We’re releasing our first-ever video game today—plus a pair of limited-edition glasses.

Big news! We’re releasing our first-ever video game today—plus a pair of limited-edition glasses.

Let’s start with the video game. We teamed up with Kill Screen—a literary-minded video game arts and culture company—to create Worbs, a physics-based matching game that is VERY easy to play for extended periods of time. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

Next up is the limited-edition Burke frame in Glacier Grey (a best-selling style reimagined in a new hue). Each pair is crafted from premium cellulose acetate and equipped with lenses that have anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings—which conveniently reduce the glare from screens. (Score!) Inside the frame’s temple is an embossed Kill Screen logo in their signature red. Also included is a custom lens pouch with artwork featuring the Kill Screen logo cleverly deconstructed into minimalist lines and shapes.

The whole bundle is available to shop (and play!) here.

P.S. Want to have the chance to win a free pair of our new glasses? All you need to do is screen grab your highest score from our video game, Worbs, and tweet it to us using #warbyxkillscreen and #contest. Individuals with the top 10 scores will receive a limited-edition pair of Burke frames! (More details, plus terms and conditions here.)

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TO SEE · 08/22/2016

We’re in University Village!

Big news: This weekend we opened our second store in Seattle—right in University Village!

Big news: This weekend we opened our second store in Seattle—right in University Village!

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While the design of the Warby Parker Annex in Fremont plays with the concept of writer’s block (with typewriter-topped desks, walls of stacked books, and, yes, a giant concrete block, inscribed with customers’ five-word memoirs), our new spot in University Village takes after the classic library-inspired aesthetic of our very first store on Greene Street in New York City. Think: light oak shelving, spacious marble tabletops, and brass detailing. The space also features exposed metal ceiling beams, concrete flooring, and skylights throughout—plus a very special collaboration with artist Geoff McFetridge.

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Geoff, who designed the façade of our Abbot Kinney store in Los Angeles and the illustrations inside our store at The Standard hotel in Hollywood, has worked his magic again at our University Village space with two new murals: a black-and-white number covering the store’s exterior, and the other in bright blue, right behind the Reference Desk inside. And as a special bonus: For a limited time exclusively at University Village, we’ll also be giving away a custom lens cloth featuring Geoff’s Reference Desk artwork with every purchase.

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It’s bright, open, and airy, and we can’t wait for you to come by.

STORE DETAILS
2619 NE University Village Street
Seattle, WA 98105

Phone:
206.926.9617

Hours:
Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

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