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· April 23rd, 2014

TO DO · 04/02/2014

To Do: Upper East Side Literary Map

To get ourselves situated, we’ve made a literary guide to the neighborhood around our newest store. Everything on it is within a half hour’s walking distance.

“Which direction are you headed?” [the repairman] asked.
“North,” said Stuart.
“North is nice,” said the repairman. “I’ve always enjoyed going north. Of course, south-west is a fine direction, too.”
“Yes, I suppose it is,” said Stuart, thoughtfully.
“And there’s east,” continued the repairman. “I once had an interesting experience on an easterly course. Do you want me to tell you about it?”
“No thanks,” said Stuart.

E.B. White, Stuart Little

We’re pretty excited to be up north too. (Well, a bit more uptown than ever before.)
To get ourselves situated, we’ve made a literary guide to the neighborhood around our newest store. Everything on it is within a half hour’s walking distance.

Our recommendation? Start south and keep heading uptown.

The Plaza Hotel
Kay Thompson, Eloise
30 minutes

Central Park
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
29 minutes

Lexington Avenue and East 62nd Street
Joan Didion, Goodbye to All That
20 minutes

Lexington Avenue and East 63rd Street
Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar
19 minutes

Park Avenue and East 73rd Street
Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities
10 minutes

Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle
Ludwig Bemelmans, Madeline
9 minutes

A nice stroll along Madison Avenue
Maeve Brennan, The Long-Winded Lady
8 minutes (give or take)

Metropolitan Museum of Art
E.L. Konigsburg, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
7 minutes

Jackson Hole burgers (closed)
Jonathan Lethem, Chronic City
6 minutes

East 86th Street Cinemas
Ira Levin, Rosemary’s Baby
7 minutes

The Welchs’ apartment
Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
18 minutes

The Primms’ apartment
Bernard Waber, The House on East 88th Street
9 minutes

Elaine’s (closed), 1703 Second Avenue
11 minutes

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TO BUY · 04/01/2014

Piper

Introducing Piper. Watch it go. (It’s mesmerizing.)

Introducing Piper. Watch it go. (It’s mesmerizing.)

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Piper in Revolver Black and Woodland Tortoise

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TO DO · 03/31/2014

Pneumatic Tubes (!)

Scenario: Our new store on Lexington Avenue features a basement where we store glasses.

Problem: How do we get the glasses upstairs to customers?

Solution: Pneumatic tubes, obviously.

Scenario: Our new store on Lexington Avenue features a basement where we store glasses.

Problem: How do we get the glasses upstairs to customers?

Solution: Pneumatic tubes, obviously.

Originally introduced to New York City in 1897, pneumatic tubes gained popularity as a way to zip smallish packages from one place to another. At one point, a third of all city mail was delivered by pneumatic tubes!

Pneumatic Tubes A Revised

Operating a tube is easy: you take an item and put it inside a canister, then put the canister in an airtight tube. The canister is propelled either by suction or compressed air toward its final destination, at the end of the tube. Easy.

Time may have passed by pneumatic tubes, but we haven’t. A set of tubes has been installed at our Lexington Store to transport glasses and monocles at blazing speed (24 feet per second!) to customers. Stop by and check out the magic for yourself.

For our next store, we’ll be implementing carrier pigeons.

Kidding. (Maybe.)

See ‘em in action right over here.

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TO BUY · 03/28/2014

We Spy: Cherry Blossom

Is there a better color than Cherry Blossom to usher in spring?

Is there a better color than Cherry Blossom to usher in spring?

(Discuss.)

We designed this one for sidewalk sips and sweater-free strolls.

It’s almost like we daydreamed it.

Hall in Cherry Blossom

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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.

Lucky ping pong_duosEva, Neil, Lucky creative director Katia Kuethe, and Dave

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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