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TO DO · 04/29/2014

Happy Team Spirit Day!

One of the nice things about working at Warby Parker is that you are surrounded by people who are stoked about Warby Parker and about life in general.

One of the nice things about working at Warby Parker is that you are surrounded by people who are stoked about Warby Parker and about life in general. The office has a friendly vibe, and the copy department’s recent—and first—Team Spirit Day was no exception.

What’s Team Spirit Day? At heart, it is an excuse to wear matching outfits and take a step back from the usual routine to have the funnest day of your life in an office context. (SFW activities only.)

We asked the copy department to tell us about their day, and to share some tips on creating your own version.

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Step one: Create a logo for your team and order custom apparel.

“With some help from Warby Parker’s design team, we were able to create a logo that really captured our spirit,” says one copy department member. “The logo depicts a cartoon pencil with a sassy smile wearing our Wilkie frame.”

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“Then, we splurged on a couple of airy, wrinkle-resistant shirts from CorporateCasuals.com. We picked a style that featured sweat vents because things can get a little intense at the copy desk sometimes.”

The team uploaded their logo and ordered the shirts, which arrived at Warby Parker headquarters ten days later.

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Step two: Get pumped.

“Team Spirit Day was on Friday, but we were talking about it all week—getting amped and planning activities,” says another copy team member. “We were emailing each other constantly. Not that it affected our productivity.”

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Step three: Do activities.

Team Spirit Day is all about unity, bonding and trust. “We were inspired by stock photos of business people,” says one copy team member. “They’re always looking at charts and smiling, or signing contracts and laughing, or shaking hands and chuckling.”

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Human pyramid!

 

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 Step four: Make memories.

Take photos and videos of your special day! The copy department commemorated theirs with an Instagram video and hundreds of team selfies.

Step five: Reflect.

Take time to pause and reflect on your team time. “It was incredibly fun,”  says one copy team member. “At one point I was smiling so hard I had to lay down in a conference room, just so my face muscles would stop constricting.”

In the words of another member: “I’m never taking this shirt off.”

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Want to team-build with Warby Parker? Check out our Jobs page.

Photos by Kelsey Rose

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TO READ · 04/18/2014

Reading Positions Redux

Once upon a time, we were screwing around the office and came up with a chart of essential reading positions.

Once upon a time, we were screwing around the office and came up with a chart of essential reading positions. It was fun. We have fun.

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When it came time to map out the interior of our newest store at 1209 Lexington Avenue, someone had the bright idea to make wallpaper out of our reading positions. The result is above.

If you’d like to swing by the store and try out a position or two, we’d definitely encourage that impulse.

Photos by Kevin Tachman

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TO BUY · 03/25/2014

Lexington. Party Time. Excellent.

Cookie shots were just one of the ways we celebrated the opening of our newest store on New York’s Upper East Side. On a recent chilly night, we filled the store with our nearest-and-dearest to raise a glass to the new space.

One of life’s greatest pleasures is eating things that look like other things. For example, cake that looks like Chinese food. Or candy that looks like a vegetable. Or Dominique Ansel’s “whoa dude”-worthy milk-and-cookie shots. Guys, these are drinking utensils that are made out of cookies and filled with fancy milk. The stuff that dreams are made of.

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Cookie shots were just one of the ways we celebrated the opening of our newest store on New York’s Upper East Side. On a recent chilly night, we filled the store with our nearest-and-dearest to raise a glass to the new space. There was mingling. There was photoboothing. There was custom wallpaper. There was an exceptional DJ (Jonathan Sollis) who played the greatest Billy Joel song of all time.

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Meantime, another Warby Parker team member made the observation that the store was “filled with excellent places for making out”. (We can’t comment on this hypothesis.)

Stop by the store soon, and read more about it here.

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Photos by Kevin Tachman
*except for the milk-and-cookies shot. That’s all us. (You better believe we Instagrammed it.)

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TO READ · 12/24/2013

Daily Treasure

(Three things we’re enjoying while we anticipate the holidays.)

(Three things we’re enjoying while we anticipate the holidays.)

1. A journalist worked in bed for a week and lived to write about it.

2. The Island After, Bennett Madison’s novella about aging reality show stars and the paranormal, is now available as an e-book.

3. Artist Daniele Frazier’s giant, writhing hammer-and-nail outdoor sculpture It Takes Two is mesmerizing AND goofy.

 

 

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TO SEE · 12/09/2013

Daily Treasure

(Three things we’re enjoying while we work.)

(Three things we’re enjoying while we work.)

1. Photographer Pelle Cass traces the intricate dynamics of space in Selected People, a series of time-lapse sequences condensed into individual photographs. Cass created the images by shooting hundreds of photos at a single location and then digitally combining them to reveal surreal patterns normally concealed in daily life. 

2. Jim Demuth and the folks at Noisey offer a glimpse into the lives of Allahabad, India’s Well of Death riders in this documentary short for Django Django’s song “WOR”.

3. Alex Chinneck radically reinvents the facade of a derelict house with his installation From the Knees of My Nose to the Belly of My Toes.

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TO READ · 12/06/2013

Superlatives: Art as Therapy, Alain de Botton and John Armstrong

Superlatives is where we talk about what we’re currently enjoying, high-school style. This week, we’ve selected our favorite passages from Art as Therapy, a new book from Alain de Botton and John Armstrong.

Superlatives is where we talk about what we’re currently enjoying, high-school style. This week, we’ve selected our favorite passages from Art as Therapy, a new book from Alain de Botton and John Armstrong.

Enjoy!

Best Description of Bad Art
“It is an empty souvenir.”

Most Harrowing Real Talk
“Improving taste should mean that people regularly get a little more unhappy about certain aspects of their lives.”

Best Extended Metaphor
“The house is a bit like a confident and encouraging friend who makes reassuring murmurs at the right times.”

Best Alliterative Accusation
“Poussin is a pessimist.”

Most Weirdly Specific Suggestion
“To rescue a long-term relationship from complacency, we might learn to effect on our spouse much the same imaginative transformation that Manet performed on his vegetables.”

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TO MEET · 12/04/2013

To Meet: Michael Seidenberg

At BrazenHead Books, a secret bookstore in uptown Manhattan, visitors come for the literature and stay for the banter.

At BrazenHead Books, a secret bookstore in uptown Manhattan, visitors come for the literature and stay for the banter. We recently stopped by to browse for paperbacks and found owner Michael Seidenberg amusing his guests with one-liners, novel recommendations, and stories from his salad days at clown school.

SeidenbergDTucked away in his rent-stabilized apartment in an old tenement building, the bookstore is the third incarnation of Michael’s second-hand shop—a move necessitated by the perennial New York City phenomenon of escalating real estate costs. Behind an unmarked door are four small rooms packed with classic titles, nesting dolls, an Oscar Wilde action figure, Michael’s hospital baby bracelet, a Samuel Beckett postcard, and an impressive pipe collection.

We sat down with Michael (he reportedly inspired a Jonathan Lethem character) to talk shop.

After reading the interview, catch up with Michael in his column for The New Inquiry,  and stop by his store—if you can find it.

What’s your favorite reading spot in the city?
I like reading over at Upper East Side’s Carl Schurz Park, which I don’t get to as often as I like, but I do love reading outdoors in the heat. More recently, sitting outside my building with my dog has the top spot.

Do you have a lot of loyal visitors who stop by your secret bookstore?
There is a recurring cast of characters that come into the shop, and it is very sitcom-like, but as the years go by the cast seems to change from time to time.

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In Jonathan Lethem’s essay “The Beards,” he mentions that your former bookstore on Brooklyn’s Atlantic Avenue was also a puppet theatre. Have the puppets made an appearance at your current location?
Other than my pulling of strings in anecdotes, and the scattered old puppet posters hanging around the shop, no.

What are you reading now?
Low Life by Luc Sante– a great book about the early seedy days of New York. I try not to read more than one book at a time, but I do read quite a bit of newspapers and magazines while I’m in a book.

When you start a book, do you force yourself to finish it or will you abandon a dud midway through?
I try not to give up on a book too soon, but if the connection is not being made, I have no qualms about putting it down. In fact, I think it’s great loss of opportunity to spend time with a book that is not speaking to you, and finishing one, just to finish it, is self-abuse.

Final question: do you have a Kindle?
The only reading that makes me happy is hard copy. I’m a tactile reader.

 Photos by Elizabeth Crawford

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