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· July 29th, 2015

TO BUY · 06/09/2015

Introducing Downing Summer

We’re calling it now—Downing, our classic, fits-every-face frame, will be the go-to pair of sunglasses this summer.

We’re calling it now—Downing, our classic, fits-every-face frame, will be the go-to pair of sunglasses this summer. They’re a little polished, a little quirky, and very versatile. Translation: they’re perfect for any occasion.

Just in time for the sunny season, we’re releasing them in two limited-edition hues: Striped Indigo and English Oak; the new styles are offered alongside current colors, Walnut Tortoise and Jet Black.

Want to see the whole bunch? Go here.

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TO READ · 06/05/2015

Every Day is Commencement Day

It’s not often that you get to wear a gown and funny hat in public, and to celebrate your achievements, and to raise a toast to the future. This is what happens on Commencement Day. Graduating from anything—elementary school, high school, and beyond—is a special occasion.

It’s not often that you get to wear a gown and funny hat in public, and to celebrate your achievements, and to raise a toast to the future. This is what happens on Commencement Day. Graduating from anything—elementary school, high school, and beyond—is a special occasion.

This year, our co-CEOs Neil and Dave were honored (so honored!) to give a commencement speech to the graduating class of their alma mater, at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Students of the graduating class were surprised with a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses, Oprah-style, and soaked up a few words of wisdom from Neil and Dave, before being unleashed upon the world.

(Congratulations, class of 2015! Go get ‘em, tigers and tigresses.)

If you’d like to soak up a little wisdom yourself, we’re sharing a few core nuggets from the commencement speech right here. Here, unedited, are 7 Life Lessons from Neil and Dave, who learned them all the hard way.

Lesson #1: All you need is friends.
Whether you’re earning a degree or building a business, it’s rare that we remember the moments of triumph. Far more often, we remember the moments of blind panic and comic relief. And the people who helped get us through them.

Lesson #2: Treat others the way they want to be treated.
This is similar to the golden rule, but not quite! It’s a good thing to “treat others the way you’d like to be treated”, but people are complex and different, and empathy is everything. Try hard to understand the people you engage with.

Lesson #3: Go easy on jargon.
Nobody knows what a 360º review is. “Circling up” is for kindergarteners. There’s no need to “shoot” anyone an email—you can just send it. It’ll get there just as fast.

Lesson #4: “No” is an excellent word.
Use it a lot. Use it respectfully. From a business standpoint, strategy is what you don’t do. From a personal happiness perspective, saying “no” to the wrong people will allow you time to say “yes” to the right people. (See lesson #1!)

Lesson #5: Dream big, fail small.
Take small steps, not big leaps. As the classic 1983 martial arts movie Shaolin and Wu Tang put it: “You must think first before you move.”

Lesson #6: Presume positive intent.
It’s human nature to assume the worst. Try not to do it. Believing the worst makes you cynical, and cynicism kills innovation. If you can’t presume positive intent, you might be hanging out with the wrong crowd.

Lesson #7: Always be tired.
If you’re not intellectually tired, you’re not tackling hard enough problems. If you’re not physically tired, you’re not squeezing every drop out of your day. Your eyes should already be closing in that one second before your head hits the pillow each night. That’s the right amount of tired.

Photo by Shira Yudkoff

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TO BUY · 06/04/2015

We Like Your Photos: May 2015

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!

11203227_1562459764015429_1313617438_n@_anthony_fuentes_     Shop Begley>

924602_872284946143992_20885984_n@ashleylevines     Shop Haskell>

11326574_1597921317114719_310973449_n@arobertwoodward     Shop Nash, Haskell, and Coley

11208071_428295097354936_1371524473_n@montgomeryfest     Shop Topper and Reilly

11275395_450226575142438_1516340157_n@sarahekoenig     Shop Downing>

11280208_422031671300960_1534478180_n@hellomalloryanne     Shop Durand>

Itching to share a photo of your Warby Parker frames? Cool! Tag your Instagram with #warbyparker. (Just make sure your account is public.)

 

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TO READ · 06/02/2015

Adventures in the Austin Bat Cave

The Austin Bat Cave is a nonprofit organization that helps kids and teenagers develop writing skills. This is a very good thing for a nonprofit to focus on, because writing is a skill that:

a) Can be used profitably in daily life and in job situations
b) Can NOT be done by a robot or computer
c) Helps you think creatively
d) Is useful on Valentine’s Day and other holidays

The Austin Bat Cave is a nonprofit organization that helps kids and teenagers develop writing skills. This is a very good thing for a nonprofit to focus on, because writing is a skill that:

a) Can be used profitably in daily life and in job situations
b) Can NOT be done by a robot or computer
c) Helps you think creatively
d) Is useful on Valentine’s Day and other holidays

For the above reasons, we strongly support the work that our friends at the Austin Bat Cave do. Recently, we were honored to sponsor the latest anthology of student writing produced by the organization.  The book circled the theme of correspondence, and it was accompanied by an auction of correspondence-related treasures written by everyone from Lena Dunham to Willie Nelson (!) to Amy Poehler to George Saunders.

We had a ball.

 

 

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TO BUY · 05/29/2015

We Spy: Ginger Crystal

Hello Friday! Don’t mind us: we’re getting a head start on absorbing as much weekend goodness as possible.

Hello Friday! Don’t mind us: we’re getting a head start on absorbing as much weekend goodness as possible. Nothing says Saturday and Sunday—summer, really—like Banks in the tasty Ginger Crystal. Its wide, graphic shape keeps your relaxation game tight.

Show us what you’re up to this season with #seesummerbetter.

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TO READ · 05/26/2015

Geoffrey Young: Lights Out

Poet and gallerist and small-press legend Geoffrey Young has been publishing literary gems for decades and discovering tomorrow’s greatest artists for almost as long.

Poet and gallerist and small-press legend Geoffrey Young has been publishing literary gems for decades and discovering tomorrow’s greatest artists for almost as long.

We’re proud to carry books from his small press, The Figures, at our retail stores—including Lights Out, a collection of Young’s own poetry, which ranges in topic from Ray Charles to blue jays to other poems to adjectives to pocket lint to string theory.

It’s incredible. Find it at a Warby Parker store near you.

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TO BUY · 05/22/2015

We Spy: Striped Pacific

Although we love all our frames equally, this new number from our Summer Collection is especially bringing all the good feelings.

Although we love all our frames equally, this new number from our Summer Collection is especially bringing all the good feelings.

Seen here in a coast-inspired Striped Pacific, Bates, a super-sharp pair of sunglasses, has us all warm and tingly inside. Don’t mind that a bit even though we’d kill for some A.C. right about now.

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