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· October 25th, 2014

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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TO BUY · 07/30/2014

We Spy: Black Cherry

When we decided to bring back the Carmichael frame, we knew who to call for a little help.

When we decided to bring back the Carmichael frame, we knew who to call for a little help.

Beck’s recommendation? Go red and black.

 

From our Beck x Warby Parker collaboration, Carmichael in Black Cherry

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TO BUY · 07/29/2014

The Song Reader Album

We’re back with Beck—and this time we’re making music. A whole album of it!

We’re back with Beck—and this time we’re making music. A whole album of it!

Beck’s Song Reader album is the first officially recorded incarnation of the sheet music album he released in late 2012. Produced by Randall Poster and Beck, the 20-track collection features interpretations by Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, David Johansen, Jason Isbell, Fun., Eleanor Friedberger, and many more (including Beck, because DUH).

The limited-edition Carmichael frame has also returned in a new two-toned hue: Black Cherry. And just for good measure, we’ve also released an updated edition of Beck’s Song Reader (the book version) with McSweeney’s.

Click here to give the album a listen or the frame a look-see.

All album sale proceeds will go to 826 National, a non-profit dedicated to cultivating writing skills in students aged 6-18.

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