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· January 20th, 2017

TO DO · 11/21/2016

Helping NYC kids with DonorsChoose.org

Over the past year, we’ve been working on bringing eye care access and eyeglasses to New York City public school students in need. This is a really exciting project. Even better: you can help!

Since day one, alleviating the problem of impaired vision has been at the heart of not just our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program but it’s at the heart of everything we do here. (Did you know 2.5 billion people around the world need glasses but don’t have access to them? Of these, 624 million cannot effectively learn or work due to the severity of their visual impairment.) Now we’ve gotten together with DonorsChoose.org and National Eye Care to tackle the issue in our very own (metaphorical) backyard of New York City.

What is DonorsChoose.org? Glad you asked. (You may recall our collaboration from a few years back.) It’s a nonprofit crowdfunding platform for teachers that connects citizen donors to classrooms in need of resources, and their dedication to improving the lives of students is pretty amazing.

Over the past year, we’ve been working to bring eye care access and eyeglasses to New York City public school students in need. While conducting vision exams and glasses fittings at local schools, we realized that teachers are often the first to discover when a child needs glasses. (Insights like this often happen spur-of-the-moment, in the field. There are some things you can’t predict from behind a desk!)

Following in the model pioneered by DonorsChoose.org, teachers can now post requests for an optometrist from the National Eye Care network to visit their classroom and administer eye exams. To help things along, we’re matching every dollar raised and donating glasses to any student who needs them. Through a trunk show-inspired setup, students can choose a new pair of glasses that they love and get comfortable with what—for many—will be their very first frame.

This is a really exciting project. Even better: you can help! These classrooms are looking to help kids get glasses. Now wouldn’t that make a nice present? For them and for you.

At the moment we’re focused on high-poverty middle schools throughout New York City. (We’re just getting started—and hope to reach other cities soon.) If you’re a middle school teacher in NYC who would be interested in this, or if you know one, visit DonorsChoose.org to get started, and let them know if you have any questions.

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TO BUY · 11/17/2016

What’s that, a holiday gift guide? Yes, yes, it is.

This holiday season, we’ve assembled a collection of small treasures expressly designed to spread delight far and wide. Heads up: Being the best gift-giver around comes with great power and great responsibility (and hugs. Lots of hugs.).

This holiday season, we’ve assembled a collection of small treasures expressly designed to spread delight far and wide. Heads up: Being the best gift-giver around comes with great power and great responsibility (and hugs. Lots of hugs.).

We’re talking…
Clinkable mugs!
An incredibly cute dog toy!
Colorful lens cloths!
Conversation-starting tote bags!
And of course, the timeless Warby Parker gift card!

(…Oh, and more!)

To sprinkle some additional joy over the season, we asked artist Sue Doeksen to create a visual landscape meant to dazzle the mind and delight the eye. Particularly mind-dazzling and eye-delighting? Gift cards! Order a physical, tangible one and we’ll mail it on over to your recipient with a Sue-designed Rubik’s® Cube for an extra dollop of fun. (You can also send an e-gift card—whoosh, right to the inbox and into their hearts.)

There’s a heap of gifts right over here. And if you’re looking to shop in-person, find a store near you.

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TO READ · 11/16/2016

To Read: What Accent Do You Fake?

If you’re looking to affect an international air of mystery, consider these your first phrasebooks. Just remember: there’s no country for old fakers.

If you’re looking to affect an international air of mystery, consider these your first phrasebooks. Just remember: There’s no country for old fakers.

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TO READ · 11/14/2016

Literary Pet Names

Every pet needs a good name. Perhaps our guide to literary pet names can be of assistance.

Every pet needs a good name. Perhaps our guide to literary pet names can be of assistance.

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TO BUY · 11/08/2016

What’s in His Bag: Hamlet

It’s always fascinating to see what a celebrity carries in his or her bag. Keys? Wallet? Gum? Sunglasses? Raw almonds? This series on the Warby Parker blog brings you the inside scoop on all of your favorite stars!

It’s always fascinating to see what a celebrity carries in his or her bag. Keys? Wallet? Gum? Sunglasses? Raw almonds? This series on the Warby Parker blog brings you the inside scoop on all of your favorite stars!

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· 11/04/2016

Go Go Grand Central!

Did you hear? We just opened up in Grand Central Terminal, a New York minute ago.
We’ve created a space with mood-boosting diversions for local commuters and far-flung visitors alike. Whether you’re rushing through on-peak crowds, admiring the design (those constellations!), or making your way to the Oyster Bar, our store is filled with exciting …

Did you hear? We just opened up in Grand Central Terminal, a New York minute ago.

We’ve created a space with mood-boosting diversions for local commuters and far-flung visitors alike. Whether you’re rushing through on-peak crowds, admiring the design (those constellations!), or making your way to the Oyster Bar, our store is filled with exciting surprises…

Like partnering with Will Shortz (!!!), crossword editor at The New York Times since 1993, on daily puzzles for this store only—each riddle designed to keep brains teased while we travel to (and from) work. (We have him to thank for entertaining us on so many of our own commutes. You can understand why we’re thrilled.) Stroll by the store to keep yourself sharp and get the answer to yesterday’s puzzle. And don’t worry if you aren’t a regular commuter: we’ll be tweeting out each day’s riddle (find us @warbyparker) along with the answer the following day, plus a new puzzle. The riddles from our first three months will also be consolidated into an anthology, available for sale after they’ve all appeared. (No spoilers.)

We also called on our long-time friend and collaborator Jason Polan to create observational life drawings of commuters while riding Metro North. His drawings—each annotated with the train line and day when the illustration was created—will be available in free custom postcards for this store only. And in case you miss your train or have time to kill before your departure, Jason has also illustrated a custom map (also free, exclusively for this location), appropriately entitled “Ugh you missed your train,” depicting a slew of ways to pass your free moments in Grand Central. His work will also serve as the centerpiece behind our marble Reference Desk, where you can get frame adjustments and one-on-one advice, as well as pick up you orders and ask any questions. Think of it like getting a personalized book recommendation from a librarian: this is where you come for approachable expertise.

Hope to see you soon! In the meantime, enjoy this celebratory playlist for all your commuting and moseying needs.

ADDRESS
Warby Parker Grand Central
25 Grand Central Terminal
New York City, NY 10017

HOURS
Monday–Friday, 8–8
Saturday, 10–8
Sunday, 11–6

PHONE
646.618.8878

 

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TO READ · 11/03/2016

To Read: What’s in Your Horn of Plenty?

Ah, harvest season—nature’s own all-you-can-eat buffet. Set yourself down for a feast at this literary cornucopia. Premium toppings extra, void where prohibited.

Ah, harvest season—nature’s own all-you-can-eat buffet. Set yourself down for a feast at this literary cornucopia. Premium toppings extra, void where prohibited.

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