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· July 26th, 2014

TO READ · 06/26/2014

To Read: Do You Need a Vacation?

Everyone—from overburdened wives at the cusp of first-wave feminism to guilty academics to horseback-riding enthusiasts—can use a little vacation from time to time.

Everyone—from overburdened wives at the cusp of first-wave feminism to guilty academics to horseback-riding enthusiasts—can use a little vacation from time to time.

Whatever you’re looking for, sometimes it just takes a getaway to unwind…or get deeper into whatever mess you’ve made.

Start at the top of this flow chart and work your way down to find the next great book on your reading list.

(Relaxation not guaranteed.)

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TO READ · 06/25/2014

One Million

When the very first customer bought the very first pair of Warby Parker glasses, that person started a chain that continues to this moment.

When the very first customer bought the very first pair of Warby Parker glasses, that person started a chain that continues to this moment. For each pair of glasses sold, Warby Parker distributes a pair to someone in need—and this month, we hit a milestone of one million pairs that our customers have put in the hands of people all over the globe.

Want to know how it all works? Right this way.

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TO BUY · 06/24/2014

Introducing Warby Parker x Uncrate

Now for some facts about the car and the sunglasses above…

Now for some facts about the car and the sunglasses above:

1967 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III (the car)

Engine type: spark-ignition 4-stroke
Traction: rear-wheel drive
Transmission type: manual 5-speed
Curb weight: 2548 lbs
0-60 mph: 8.3 seconds
Top speed: 119 mph
Number produced: 17,712
Valued at: $90,000

Model X1 (the sunglasses)

Created by: Warby Parker x Uncrate
Frame material: black matte acetate
Hinges: three-barrel with Teflon-coated screws
Lenses: lightweight, flexible nylon lenses with hydrophobic Zeiss Ri-Pel coating
Design: bridge, end pieces, and angled teardrop shape inspired by iconic curves of 1960s-era European sports cars
Number produced: 500
Valued at: $145

Pick up the Model X1 frame here.

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TO MEET · 06/23/2014

Desk Job: Mara Isip

A desk can tell you a lot about a person—and we think we’ve got some pretty interesting ones here in our office. These are the stories of our favorites (and the folks who sit behind them).

A desk can tell you a lot about a person, and these are the stories of our favorites. (Desks, that is. And also people.) 

Mara Isip, Senior Graphic Designer

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Summer 2014 creative

“There’s a lot of design debris on my desk, but it always makes a colorful cluster. I collected these Pantone chips to reference the color palette of our Summer 2014 Collection. We use these palettes on everything from the website to the photo shoots to the visual displays in stores. It helps bring it all together.”

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Toy car

“The yellow Mini Cooper was used as a prop on our Home Try-On page. It’s nice to keep something you can fidget/play with at your desk—it helps me think. My dad was a car designer and used to keep car models around the perimeter of his workspace, so it’s kind of a nod to him, too.”

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1922 Collection frame box

“This is the leather block for the 1922 Collection, which we displayed with the frames in-store when the collection launched. I designed the logo that is embossed in it. I kept it because it was the first project I worked on here. It went kind of like ‘Oh hey, we’re launching a new collection inspired by the 1920s next week….go!’ And the rest is history.”

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Thank you card

“I ordered a cat greeting card on Etsy called ‘Jazz Pants’ and received this note from the seller. It reads, ‘Mara, enjoy your Jazz Pants! P.S. I just ordered glasses from Warby Parker— had to mention!’ The note was so nice and personal that I had to hang it up. Support your local cat lovers!”

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Sunglasses

“I tend to wear oversized sunglasses, but prefer if they’re not too overpowering.  Reilly is a good in-between. And I like to imagine they’re named after John C. Reilly.”

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TO SEE · 06/20/2014

The Warby Parker Classroom is Now in Session

After making its way around the USA—traveling over 8,550 miles—the Warby Parker Class Trip has found a place to call home in Dallas, Texas.

After making its way around the USA—traveling over 8,550 miles—the Warby Parker Class Trip has found a place to call home in Dallas, Texas. (We had been thinking about the barbecue, warm weather, and lone star state hospitality ever since we first rolled through.)

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This past Wednesday marked the opening of the Warby Parker Classroom, our first-ever store in Texas. Inside you’ll find everything you loved about school—independent books, freshly-sharpened pencils, globes, chalkboards, apples—and none of the things you despised: pop quizzes, weird substitute teachers, spitballs. Parked outside, just steps away from the classroom, you’ll find our old-fashioned yellow school bus, complete with leather sofas, oak shelves, and vintage reads.

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There are also glasses everywhere. The classroom and bus are stocked with our entire collection of frames, along with a team of whip-smart Warby Parker Advisors.

To kick things off right, we threw a proper Texas-style party to celebrate the opening. Local folks came out in the hundreds (!) to listen to Dallas band Dovetail, eat barbecue, and partake in some serious games of corn hole and flick football.

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If you’re in the Dallas area, come visit us at 2008 North Henderson Avenue or clickity click on over to our retail page for more information on the store and our showrooms.

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TO BUY · 06/19/2014

13 Questions: Karlie Kloss

Our friend and collaborator Karlie Kloss—model, businesswoman, expert baker, it goes on—tells us what she’s reading, what she’s wearing, and what she does when life gives her lemons.

Our friend and collaborator Karlie Kloss—model, businesswoman, expert baker, it goes on—tells us what she’s reading, what she’s wearing, and what she does when life gives her lemons.

My favorite outfit is simple: my Frame jeans, an Everlane shirt, my Repetto ballet flats, and my Warby Parker glasses. Classic and chic.

The last book I read was #GIRLBOSS.

Brussels sprouts are underrated.

No to processed foods.

When I travel, I always forget to pack my cellphone charger.

I’m secretly good at French.

I’m lost without my iPhone.

Eat a Kookie is the first thing I do in the morning.

My current style icon is Christy Turlington Burns.

My favorite beach is Big Sur.

When life gives me lemons, I make vegan lemon poppyseed muffins.

The last time I ate a Kookie was now. I’m eating a Kookie this very moment.

The secret ingredient is olive oil.

Shop our collaboration with Karlie Kloss.

 

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TO BUY · 06/18/2014

We Spy: Green and Pink

What’s summer without sunglasses? (Squinty.) Sunglasses without summer? (Pretentious.)

What’s summer without sunglasses? (Squinty.) Sunglasses without summer? (Pretentious.) But together—what a fine pair they make!

Just like green and pink.

Above: Quimby in Absinthe

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