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· 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 · 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 BUY · 01/09/2018

Spring-a-ling-a-ding

It’s top of the year and change is top of mind. (Those New Year’s resolutions going okay?) A fresh coat of paint is one way to liven things up…or you could save the fuss and nab yourself some new frames. (We’ve got 19 of ’em.)

It’s top of the year and change is top of mind. (Those New Year’s resolutions going okay?) A fresh coat of paint is one way to liven things up…or you could save the fuss and nab yourself some new frames. (We’ve got 19 of ’em.)

See? Right here.

TO DO · 12/21/2017

New York, Neeew Yooooork!

A couple of weeks ago, we opened two new New York City stores, and we’re still feeling all the we-heart-New-York feelings. One’s on Columbus Avenue (just down the street from Lincoln Center) and the other is at Rockefeller Center (right by…everything!).

A couple of weeks ago, we opened two new New York City stores, and we’re still feeling all the we-heart-New-York feelings. One’s on Columbus Avenue (just down the street from Lincoln Center) and the other is at Rockefeller Center (right by…everything!).

Inside our Rockefeller Center store, look up and you’ll find a sweeping reproduction of Stuart Davis’s 1954 mural “Study for Allée, No. 2.” It’s a nod to his work that’s been inside of Radio City Music Hall, right across the street, for decades.

Columbus Ave. is decorated with entrancing original artwork too. It’s a part-bird’s-eye, part-below-ground panorama of the Upper West Side by New York-based artist JooHee Yoon.

Small vignettes from the mural—of people reading in Central Park, lazing about on fire escapes, speeding across subway platforms—are available as postcards and free for the taking. (Davis’s artwork at Rockefeller Center has also been postcard-ified, so grab one of those if you stop in.)

We’re commemorating both new stores with a style of New York City-exclusive sunglasses that you can find at our now-eight locations around town and nowhere else. The frame is Downing in Jet Black, and just for NYC, we’ve outfitted it with gleaming Flash Mirrored Pacific Blue lenses. Pop into any Warby Parker in New York to take a look.

See you around town! (Maybe wearing that special edition of Downing?)

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TO DO · 12/08/2017

Exciting new-store news

Last month, we opened new locations: in St. Louis (our first store in town) and in San Francisco (our second spot in a city we know and love).

Last month, we opened new locations: in St. Louis (our first store in town) and in San Francisco (our second spot in a city we know and love).

Our St. Louis store is in Central West End, home to independent galleries and delicious restaurants we’re *very* excited to be in the midst of. St. Louis native William LaChance produced a technicolored original mural for the new store—come inside and get lost in its abstract loveliness.

Art by William LaChance

Union Square is where you’ll find our second store in San Francisco. We face right onto the square (can’t miss us), and we’ve got playful artwork by SF-based illustrator Roman Muradov splashed on our walls.

Art by Roman Muradov

If you’re in the vicinity of either store, we’d love to show you around. We’ve got locations all over, though! Head here to see them all.

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TO BUY · 12/05/2017

Tuesday treat

New collection coming through! This time, it’s the evolution of mixed materials: rich acetates paired with hints of glimmering metal supported by temples so lean they practically float. We’re calling this beautiful bunch Resort 2017.

New collection coming through! This time, it’s the evolution of mixed materials: rich acetates paired with hints of glimmering metal supported by temples so lean they practically float. We’re calling this beautiful bunch Resort 2017.

The devil is in the details, which we’ve constructed so that the wearer gets maximum benefit. A glinting and elegant metal inlay is visible to onlookers only from certain angles—think of it like a coat with a luxurious for-your-eyes-only lining. This is style so personal it’s almost private. (But not quite. It’ll get people talking.)

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