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· March 30th, 2017

· 12/23/2016

We’re in Yorkdale Shopping Centre!

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve opened our second-ever international store in Toronto! (Which also happens to be home to our first-ever international store, on Queen Street West—what can we say? We love it here.)

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’ve opened our second-ever international store in Toronto! (Which also happens to be home to our first-ever international store, on Queen Street West—what can we say? We love it here.)

Our new spot is in Yorkdale Shopping Centre, and like our Queen St. W. store, it’s decked out in original work by some of our favorite Canadian artists. An original, text-based piece by Micah Lexier spans the whole façade of the store (see below!); we’ve never done anything quite like it. If you’d like to put Micah’s work in your personal collection, we’ve worked with him on a limited-edition book for sale inside, featuring the very same text.

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Behind the Reference Desk (your reliable one-stop shop for adjustments, styling advice, and answers to all questions), we’ve also got a vibrant original mural from Toronto-based artist Adrian Forrow, whose bright, super-playful sensibility we’re psyched to have in store.

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To celebrate the new space, we’ve got a Yorkdale-exclusive frame on hand: Haskell, one of the exclusive frames from our Queen St. W. opening this summer, now in Striped Pacific with Flash Mirrored Chrome lenses. With its slim temple arms and distinctive dip at the bridge, it’s a real looker—come check it out while it’s still around.

STORE DETAILS
3401 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M6A 2T9

Hours:
Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

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TO BUY · 12/22/2016

What’s in Their Bags: A Large Number of Haruki Murakami Narrators

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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· 12/19/2016

Introducing the Pupils Project

As we wrap up the year and look toward 2017, we’re pumped to continue the very critical work of getting more glasses to visually impaired kids.

As we wrap up the year and look toward 2017, we’re pumped to continue the very critical work of getting more glasses to visually impaired kids.

We’ve been at work with DonorsChoose.org to get New York school kids into their very own pairs of glasses. (You can still donate, p.s.) But we’re also in cahoots (the non-devious kind) with a few other partners to reach even more kids.  We’re calling this the Pupils Project. Right now, it’s aimed at stateside students, but we’ve got big plans to increase the scope.

Last year, we began a four-year partnership called Community Schools with the City of New York, Department of Education, and the Office of School Health. 65,000 kids in pre-k through 12th grade at 130 schools will get free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses (that last part is where we come in).

And through a three-year partnership called Vision for Baltimore, we’re providing glasses to 8,240 pre-k through 8th grade students in 150 public schools. These kids also receive free vision screenings and eye exams thanks to the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Health Department, and Vision to Learn. John Hopkins University is also involved; they’re conducting a longitudinal study to understand the correlation between the intervention of vision treatment and reading scores. This research will offer a better understanding of the benefits of ensuring access to glasses for children in urban settings. Johns Hopkins will publish their findings with the hopes of influencing public policy at a federal level, and to ensure that glasses are within reach of any child who needs them.

Wanna help a little? (Or a lot?) There’s 12 days left this year. That’s plenty of time to help some kids have a fantastic holiday season. Interested? Here you go.

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TO BUY · 12/14/2016

What’s in His Bag: Gregor Samsa

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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TO DO · 12/12/2016

WarbyCon 2016

At our New York headquarters we recently held our first annual WarbyCon: a day-long lineup of brain-tickling talks by coworkers, on subjects ranging from Bayesian statistics to pop music to being a good person.

At our New York headquarters we recently held our first annual WarbyCon: a day-long lineup of brain-tickling talks by coworkers, on subjects ranging from Bayesian statistics to pop music to being a good person.

The concepts were out there, and the interesting factoids were too many to count—but here are a few that stick out:

1. It’s possible to mail a postcard from the summit of Mount Fuji. (“Learn to Work from Anywhere”)

2. Drone-delivered Slurpees from 7-Eleven may soon be a real thing. (“Trends in Shipping: How Warby Parker Glasses Might Be Delivered in the Future”)

3. One man named Max Martin has written or co-written 22 Billboard number-one songs since 1999. (Keynote address)

4. Single-purpose retail stores are becoming a thing of the past—look out for more coffee counters at clothing stores (and bakeshops at bookstores, and so on) in the near future. (“Emerging Retail Real Estate Trends”)

5. An employee’s father once appeared as a male model in a Lil’ Kim video. He fed her strawberries. (“Career Stories: WarbyCon Edition”)

The More You Know! We really can’t wait for next year.

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· 12/09/2016

Three’s a party

In the last few weeks, we’ve opened up two (2) new stores Chicagoland, and one in Tysons Corner, Virginia! If you live, work, play, or otherwise exist in either of these places, come say hi.

In the last few weeks, we’ve opened up two (2) new stores in Chicagoland, and one in Tysons Corner, Virginia! If you live, work, play, or otherwise exist in either of these places, we hope you’ll come say hi.

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We’re loving our new home in the Gold Coast—it’s our second in Chicago after our first on W. Armitage—and the views of Lake Michigan in the neighborhood can’t be beat. The main attraction at our new store (besides the glasses, of course): two original murals of local landmarks, Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center, by the ever clever Jason Munn.

1123 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60610

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Our second new store in Chicagoland is just outside the city, at Oakbrook Center. Behind the Reference Desk, you’ll find a sprawling abstract mural by local illustrator Cody Hudson. (If you back up, squint, and cock your head a little, you might make out eyes, glasses, and books in it.). We’re so happy to have his energy in store.

62 Oakbrook Center
Oak Brook, IL 60523

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And finally, our space at Tysons Corner features a mural by our good friend Maira Kalman. By the front doors, you’ll also spot our patented (O.K., not actually patented) reading positions wallpaper. Feel free to find a good book on our shelves, pick a position that suits you, and try it out on the comfy leather seating by the windows.

8013 Tysons Corner Center
Tysons Corner, VA 22102

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TO READ · 12/08/2016

To Read: How Do You Sleep at Night?

How do you sleep at night? To sleep, perchance to actually have time to sleep. Doctors recommend no screens or snacking in bed, but we think you’ll find these reads satisfying in their own way.

How do you sleep at night? To sleep, perchance to actually have time to sleep. Doctors recommend no screens or snacking in bed, but we think you’ll find these reads satisfying in their own way.

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