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· September 29th, 2016

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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TO DO · 08/17/2016

The Warby Parker Readery Is Back in New York City

And it’s found a new home at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.

The Warby Parker Readery has returned—and it’s found a new home at Brookfield Place in Battery Park City.

We originally opened the Readery in the summer of 2012. Designed as a reimagined 1960s newsstand, it came stocked with classic reads (both vintage and new), postcards, and a curated collection of eyewear. It was our take on a traveling pop-up shop. Since then, it’s enjoyed extended stays at The Standard Hotels in Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami Beach.

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To celebrate its new home, we’ve stocked the shelves with an exclusive collection of postcards, Reading Maps, limited-edition books, and one-of-a-kind offerings by artist Jason Polan. Also, just at the Readery, you’ll find select works of fiction (think: Speedboat, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.), each accented with hand-drawn illustrations by Jason throughout the pages.

And one last surprise: Remember those head-in-a-hole photo boards? Jason was kind enough to create a special one for Brookfield Place. (It’s worth the visit.)

Come see us if you’re in the neighborhood!

ADDRESS
Warby Parker Readery
230 Vesey Street
New York City, NY 10281

PHONE
646.553.2116

HOURS
Monday–Saturday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

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TO READ · 08/16/2016

To Read: Where Will You Wear White Before Labor Day?

You’ve got less than a month to get any last summer ensembles out of your system, so get a bit of inspiration from this season’s lookbooks. Or an ordinary book. Lots of good ideas there too.

You’ve got less than a month to get any last summer ensembles out of your system, so get a bit of inspiration from this season’s lookbooks. Or an ordinary book. Lots of good ideas there too.

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TO DO · 08/10/2016

Welcome to Queen St. W.!

Guys, we are *pumped* to announce our very first Canadian location (and international one at that)—in Toronto! We swung open our doors this past weekend and we’re having a great time already.

Guys, we are *pumped* to announce our very first Canadian location (and international one at that)—in Toronto! We swung open our doors this past weekend and we’re having a great time already.

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We launched our Canadian website in 2012, but until now, we didn’t have a retail presence here. We’ve always wanted to get to know our Canadian customers face-to-face, but wanted to do it right and wait until we had found the perfect spot to set up shop. (Spoiler: We found it—right on Queen Street West!) The CN tower plus the distillery district and the Toronto Islands are just some of the reasons we were drawn to the 6ix. And we feel lucky to be in such great company in the neighborhood; the area is vibrating with energy, thanks to tucked-away galleries, incredible eateries, and incredible retailers.

To celebrate our opening in Toronto, we’ve got an exclusive set of frames for our Canadian customers only in store and online: Durand in Moss and Chamberlain in Jet Black. They’re two of our favorites and available for a limited time in these hues, both as sunglasses and optical.

We’re also honored and thrilled to debut a new project from prolific Toronto-based artist, Micah Lexier, recipient of the 2015 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts (well deserved!), in our Queen Street West store. Just for us, he has created a series of three newsprint books called Free 4 the Taking, made in collaboration with fellow Canadian artists Maggie Groat, Mark Laliberte, and artist collective VSVSVS. The books are on display throughout, and they are, of course, free for the taking.

In our stores, we always offer a handpicked selection of books, available for purchase. We’ve chosen some of our favorite reads to include at this location along with books that are inspired by Toronto or originate with Canadian authors. (Margaret Atwood, Sheila Heti, Michael Dumontier, Neil Farber, and others!) Also in the mix is a custom-designed edition of Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot” (exclusive to Queen St. W.), newly illustrated by Toronto-born artist and author and friend of the brand, Leanne Shapton, as part of the Recovering the Classics program.

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Leanne Shapton’s take on Dostoevsky’s “The Idiot”

And in that same literary appreciation, New York City artist Joana Avillez has illustrated a set of bookish notecards (right down below!) dedicated to the art of reading, available for purchase as a stationery set. We also have a set of blue gradient playing cards, made exclusively for us by our good friends at Fredericks and Mae, also available for purchase. (Also right down below!)

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Customers can also grab a custom-illustrated and totally free map depicting the best places to sit and read a book in the neighborhood, illustrated by artist—and long-time friend—Jason Polan, a collaborator on many of our U.S projects. We’re so jazzed to share his light-hearted, off-the-wall work with our Queen St. W. customers.

Another artistic moment: Behind the Reference Desk is a custom-to-us mural by friend and celebrated artist, Maira Kalman. She’s a New Yorker contributor and has written/drawn a number of books (her illustrated version of Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style” is a particular favorite of many). We love her sense of humor and bold use of color, and have been fortunate enough to feature her work in several of our other retail stores in the U.S. We’re over the moon to have her work in our first Canadian location.

Come see us if you’re around! We’re excited to meet you.

ADDRESS
Warby Parker Queen St. W.
684 Queen St. W.
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1E5

PHONE
437.889.0046

HOURS
Daily, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

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TO BUY · 08/05/2016

We Spy: Bonnie in Grapefruit Soda

Our go-to refreshment for this last stretch of summer has to be Bonnie, a new frame from our limited-edition Field Series. Its two layers—Riesling titanium over Grapefruit Soda acetate—make for quite the (figurative) cocktail.

Our go-to refreshment for this last stretch of summer has to be Bonnie, a new frame from our limited-edition Field Series. Its two layers—Riesling titanium over Grapefruit Soda acetate—make for quite the (figurative) cocktail.

Shop Bonnie in Grapefruit Soda >

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TO READ · 08/03/2016

To Read: How to Totally Get That Promotion

First, you have to ask for it. (Actually, first, you have to work for it and go above and beyond.) Get up some gumption, knock out a few progress-marking bar graphs, and ask a trusted mentor for advice. Like, say…

First, you have to ask for it. (Actually, first, you have to work for it and go above and beyond.) Get up some gumption, knock out a few progress-marking bar graphs, and ask a trusted mentor for advice. Like, say…

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TO BUY · 08/01/2016

We Like Your Photos: July 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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13731242_268103460236833_1921213420_n@kehaulyons     Shop Dahl>

13561539_1617624838547705_1929832948_n@lo.fonda     Shop Percey>

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13285265_1796072840611484_2036105525_n@jrindere     Shop Roland>

13649161_1149811418410642_1489005324_n@lidomarinavillage     Shop Topper>

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13636109_616987825124438_790249594_n@stampsgk     Shop Burke>

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