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· August 18th, 2018

· 07/17/2018

The latest on Pupils Project

We’re definitely enjoying summer but after another great school year with Pupils Project, we’re looking forward to the next one. Pupils Project has come a long way but first, to bring you up to speed:

We’re definitely enjoying summer but after another great school year with Pupils Project, we’re looking forward to the next one. Pupils Project has come a long way but first, to bring you up to speed:

A few years ago, as part of our Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program, we created Pupils Project, our program with a number of organizations and local government agencies in New York City and Baltimore that provides free vision screenings, eye exams, and glasses to kids who need them the most. The American Optometric Association estimates that 80% of childhood learning occurs visually so it’s crucial to address vision problems as early as possible.

Pupils Project works to eliminate any financial and logistical hurdles that get in the way of obtaining vision care. Our partners administer vision screenings and eye exams in the children’s classrooms (where vision issues are often first spotted by teachers) and we provide the glasses, which each student handpicks in trunk show setup at school. For many kids, this is their first pair of glasses.

In 2015, we began a four-year partnership with the City of New York, Department of Education, and the Office of School Health in which we provide school-based vision help to students enrolled in Community Schools. So far, over 46,000 pairs of glasses have been given to students in need. It’s a start but we estimate that of the 1.1 million students enrolled in New York City schools, over 200,000 of them lack the glasses they need to learn.

In 2016, we kicked off Vision for Baltimore, a three-year partnership with the City of Baltimore, Baltimore City Health Department, and Vision to Learn, that reaches all students in 150 elementary and middle public schools throughout the city. (This part is especially cool: Johns Hopkins University is conducting a longitudinal study to better understand the correlation between the intervention of vision treatment and reading scores and 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.)

Since starting Pupils Project, we’ve seen firsthand how big this issue is to solve. But in the 2018–2019 school year, Pupils Project will be in over 250 (!) schools in New York City and we estimate that over 30,000 (!) pairs of glasses will be given out in both New York City and Baltimore. Onward!

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· 06/20/2018

Warm, Fuzzy Feelings Ahead

We’re celebrating “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” the new documentary about Mister Rogers’ unforgettable legacy of kindness and friendship. (The very best kinds of things to celebrate!)

We’re celebrating “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?,” the new documentary about Mister Rogers’ unforgettable legacy of kindness and friendship. (The very best kinds of things to celebrate.)

Through June 25, come into a participating store (full list below) and write your most neighborly neighbors a note—spread those warm, fuzzy feelings wide! Share your appreciation, tell ’em thanks for being them, and we’ll handle the mail—bona fide Mister Rogers stamps included. And this is pretty great: You’ll be entered to win a special screening of the film in San Francisco, LA, Chicago, Pittsburgh, or NYC for you and yours.

Full terms and conditions right here >

San Francisco
Hayes Valley
357 Hayes Street

L.A.
Abbot Kinney
1422 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291

Chicago
Armitage Ave.
851 W. Armitage Avenue

Pittsburgh
East Liberty
6016 Penn Avenue

New York City
Bergen St.
55 Bergen Street

Washington St.
819 Washington Street

Greene St.
121 Greene Street

Rockefeller Center
1258 Avenue of the Americas

HQ and Showroom
161 Avenue of the Americas

Grand Central
25 Grand Central Terminal

Lexington Ave.
1209 Lexington Avenue

Columbus Ave.
185 Columbus Avenue

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TO BUY · 05/08/2018

Introducing Summer Sun

We’re starting the summer with 17 (!) new sunglasses—a mixture of best-selling frames in new colors and new frames in best-selling colors. 

The sunny season has arrived, which means it’s time to reach for your biggest (and most colorful, of course) sunglasses. Luckily, we’ve come prepared with a group of frames equipped to provide full coverage for any sun-soaked outing. And you have plenty of options, too.

We’re starting the summer with 17 (!) new sunglasses—a mixture of best-selling frames in new colors and new frames in best-selling colors. 

See the whole collection right over here>

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TO BUY · 03/20/2018

Introducing Maker Edition

For our newest made-in-Japan collection, we’re turning—and deservingly so—the focus back to the makers. The level of craftsmanship has never been higher.

For our newest made-in-Japan collection, we’re turning—and deservingly so—the focus back to the makers. The level of craftsmanship has never been higher.

The name pays homage to the process and attention to detail that went into bringing this collection to life. Each titanium frame is precision-welded by hand and entirely hand-finished, with custom tooling to get the dimensions and details just right.

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TO READ · 03/15/2018

Books We Love: “Goodbye, Vitamin” by Rachel Khong

The subject matter of Rachel Khong’s debut novel is serious, but the author (somehow) keeps it light.

A man finds pants in a tree. These pants belong to Howard Young, recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and the father of our heroine, Ruth Young. Ruth is freshly dis-engaged from her fiancé and has quit her job to move home and help care for her father. The subject matter of Rachel Khong’s debut novel is serious, but the author (somehow) keeps it light.

Ruth passes the time sourcing jellyfish (a great brain food) and arranging dummy university classes to appease her father, a former professor. The book interlaces comic scenarios (a class on the entertainment industry at Disneyland, anyone?) with some hard-hitting family truths, serving up a read that’s both moving and laugh-inducing.

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TO BUY · 03/06/2018

Today’s the day

It’s a cute two weeks until spring so of course, we’re ushering it in a teensy bit early with—we’ll give you one guess—sunglasses.

It’s a cute two weeks until spring so of course, we’re ushering it in a teensy bit early with—we’ll give you one guess—sunglasses. Introducing Quintessentials: four metal and three acetate shapes that are the most classic of classics. (They’re the most essential of essentials.)

We’re talking unfussy yet superlative shapes that are destined to stick around. They’ve already proven their longevity but we’ve upped the contemporary qualities. Every nuance has been perfected, the most premium of premium materials used, and the “wait, let me try those on” factor multiplied. They don’t embellish, they complement. Ageless shapes and constructions like these are comfortable in any crowd—just like you 🙂

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TO DO · 03/01/2018

All about The Black List (and us)

The Oscars are coming up and we’re feeling a double dose of silver-screen excitement. That’s because we’re kicking off our third consecutive year partnering with The Black List, an organization that helps budding scriptwriters get their work in front of filmmakers, buyers, and representatives.

The Oscars are coming up and we’re feeling a double dose of silver-screen excitement. That’s because we’re kicking off our third consecutive year partnering with The Black List, an organization that highlights great screenwriting and helps budding scriptwriters get their work in front of filmmakers, buyers, and representatives. Since 2005, more than 300 Black List screenplays from the Annual Black List have been produced as feature films—264 of which have been nominated for Academy Awards and 48 have won (including Best Picture favorites “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “Argo,” and “Spotlight”).

As part of our mission to highlight up-and-coming writers, we are proud to once again support Black List Live!, a series of readings featuring scripts dreamed up by stellar talent and, well, read aloud by an eclectic and always-changing cast of noteworthy actors. The really fun result: an intimate, behind-the-scenes experience that spotlights a slew of ultra-talented writers.

This year’s Black List Live! programming (which we’re giving three thumbs up) kicks off on Saturday, March 24 in L.A. with a reading of Ben Schwartz’s comedy “That Kind of a War.” As comedian Bob Hope arrives to entertain U.S. troops in The Korean War, the Chinese army invades, leaving Hope and his writers with one big question: What’s funny to guys who just found out they’re in World War III? Learn more here! (See you there?)

Photo courtesy of The Black List

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