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· September 18th, 2014

TO MEET · 08/12/2014

Desk Job: Adam Szatrowski

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

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

Adam Szatrowski, Software Engineer 

Chia PetChia Pet

“Those cheesy TV commercials from 90s actually worked on me—it just took me 10+ years to pick up the phone.”

Connect FourConnect Four

“My boss likes to play Connect Four with candidates during interviews. I’ve wanted to sharpen my skills for a while, so I brought this over to my desk. I shall beat him one day soon.”

Serious Business Only
Serious Business Only” poster

“We like to have fun in our office, but I keep this poster around to remind myself that sometimes I’ve got to hunker down and get things done. I used to have a crummier sign, but my friend Brett made me this updated version for my birthday.”

Exercise BallExercise Ball

“It’s more fun than a chair, and it’s good for your posture. What’s not to like?”

GlassesGlasses

“I got the Burke frame a few months ago. I used to wear Bensen in Whiskey Tortoise, but I prefer the lighter Sugar Maple—plus the keyhole bridge really sold me on them.”

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TO BUY · 08/08/2014

We Spy: Moonstone

Don’t overlook its left-to-right gradient.

(It’s our first ever so we’re particularly pleased.)

Don’t overlook its left-to-right gradient.

(It’s our first ever so we’re particularly pleased.)

McKee in Moonstone

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TO READ · 08/07/2014

To Read: Are You Good with Numbers?

Don’t worry: these books will not—we repeat: will NOT—dredge up any panic-at-the-whiteboard memories.

Don’t worry: these books will not—we repeat: will NOT—dredge up any panic-at-the-whiteboard memories.

(We hope.)

There’s something in these numerical titles for everyone’s mathematical ability, even if English class was more your speed. (Especially if English class was more your speed.)

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TO DO · 08/06/2014

We Had a Listening Party with Beck

In case you didn’t hear (<music joke!), we recently teamed up with Beck and music producer Randall Poster to create the Song Reader album.

In case you didn’t hear (<music joke!), we recently teamed up with Beck and music producer Randall Poster to create the Song Reader album—the first officially recorded embodiment of Beck’s book of sheet music.

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Like a proud mother, we eagerly invited our friends and family to come listen to the new album at Whitebox Art Center. There was one tiny concern beforehand, though: Will a gallery filled with 200 people provide the best listening experience? Answer: no. So to give the music the respect it deserved, we mounted 20 iPods to the ceiling—each playing one song from the album—and hung headphones from them. And it worked! No one had to be shushed, and everyone experienced the songs in their best form: uninterrupted.

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Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Jared Samuel, and Sean Lennon

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For eye candy, we displayed the song’s artwork (taken from the recently published Song Reader book) on the wall, which gave the partygoers something to bliss out on while hearing the music.

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There was also a masterful ice carver from people’s pops serving up shaved ice in summery flavors like lemon mint rhubarb. (This man was very popular.)

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Loudon Wainwright III and David Johansen

Beck even got involved in the action and listened to versions of his own songs sung by different artists—so meta!

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Party people!

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Our fearless co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa, Beck, our equally fearless co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal, and Randall Poster. 

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TO BUY · 08/05/2014

Introducing the Waterway Collection

We took five favorites for a quick dip, and they’re more refreshing than ever.

We took five favorites for a quick dip, and they’re more refreshing than ever. A few favorite silhouettes—Welty, Bensen, Piper, Griffin, and Percey—get a kick in the pants (temples?) with shoreline shades like Sand Castle and Marine Pebble.

Introducing the Waterway Collection—inspired by warm coastal travels and landlocked staycations by the pool. Because summer is for relaxing.

Shop the collection

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TO MEET · 08/04/2014

Floor Plan

We love polls. Sometimes we poll our fellow employees about their tastes,
preferences, and reading habits. Here’s where we share the results.

We love polls. Sometimes we poll our fellow employees about their tastes,
preferences, and reading habits. Here’s where we share the results.

This week’s question: what is the last book you read?

Social Innovation The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Retail A Boy’s Own Story by Edmund White

Tech Roberta’s Cookbook by Carlo Mirachi

Product Bicycle Diaries by David Byrne

Talent Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed by Alexis Ohanian

Online Experience Dior by Dior

Copy The Group by Mary McCarthy

Customer Experience The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

Executive Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Consumer Insights Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Finance Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Design Life, on the Line: A Chef’s Story of Chasing Greatness, Facing Death, and Redefining the Way We Eat by Grant Achatz

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· 08/01/2014

Y’ALL: We’re having an ice cream party.

Stop by one of the below stores this Sunday afternoon (August 3) for FREE ice cream and FREE bonus brain freezes.

Stop by one of our stores this Sunday afternoon (August 3, 1-4 p.m.) for FREE ice cream and FREE bonus brain freezes. Plus, a (free, but obviously) look at our newest sunglasses—which are just as tasty but in a different way.  (You can’t lick them.)

Here’s where you can find the free ice cream: Greene St., Washington St., Lexington, Warby Parker Headquarters, The Standard, Hollywood, Newbury St., and Warby Parker Classroom.

See you there, sweetstuff.

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