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· December 16th, 2017

TO READ · 10/23/2017

To Read: We’ll Always Have…

Summer vacation is now long over. Hopefully you made some good memories while you were away. If you didn’t, borrow some of ours.

Summer vacation is now long over. Hopefully you made some good memories while you were away. If you didn’t, borrow some of ours.

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TO DO · 10/19/2017

Introducing the Warby Parker Costume Council

Finding the perfect costume can be frightening. And as you may know, we kind of have a thing for dressing up. So this year the Warby Parker Costume Council is offering costume help in two ways!

Finding the perfect costume can be frightening. And as you may know, we kind of have a thing for dressing up. So this year the Warby Parker Costume Council is offering costume help in two ways! If you’re in New York City, you can stop by the in-person consultation station located at our headquarters. There’ll be scary-good photo ops, and candy for the taking. No tricks here.

Can’t make it? We’ve still got you covered. Text BOO to 68848 and answer a few questions about yourself using emojis. Then *poof*: You magically receive a costume suggestion based on your answers.

Let’s do this.

–The Warby Parker Costume Council

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TO READ · 10/11/2017

Books We Love: “Conversations with Friends” by Sally Rooney

Frances and Bobbi are one-time lovers, now firmly best friends. They go to college together, perform poetry together, debate the function of romance under capitalism together. (As one does.)

Frances and Bobbi are one-time lovers, now firmly best friends. They go to college together, perform poetry together, debate the function of romance under capitalism together. (As one does.) At a poetry reading one evening, they meet a well-known journalist named Melissa, and a sort of convoluted love quadrilateral takes shape with the three and Melissa’s husband.

Writing characters as self-aware as Sally Rooney’s requires serious smarts, and her debut novel, “Conversations with Friends,” sparkles in its elegance, perceptiveness, and humor. The book is filled with Frances and Bobbi’s exchanges on everything from the timely (marital politics, mental health, and so on) to the timeless (intimacy, insecurity, you get the idea). That all sounds potentially insufferable, but Rooney makes both protagonists so deeply likable that curling up with her novel feels—ah ha!—like a good, long conversation with friends.

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TO BUY · 10/10/2017

Introducing Warby Parker Archive Edition

Sometimes you need to pull from the past to create something new. That’s the case for our latest—and first-of-its-kind—frame construction.

Sometimes you need to pull from the past to create something new. That’s the case for our latest—and first-of-its-kind—frame construction, which blends our favorite (and most intricate) vintage design details with modern techniques devised at our headquarters in New York City. The result is something special.

Combining details from our Windsor rim (lightweight titanium eyewire coupled with premium cellulose acetate coils) with our latest mixed-material frames (think 1950s silhouettes with bold acetate browlines), we developed a series of ultra-distinctive styles that you’ll only find at Warby Parker. Each multi-layered pair is hand-assembled and completely hand-finished by a master craftsman in Fukui, Japan, where high-quality eyewear has been produced for over 100 years.

We applied this complex construction to five new styles and outfitted them in seven new color combinations. Then we rounded out the frames with some top-notch hardware: exposed titanium bridges, barrel hinges, Akulon-coated screws, and adjustable silicon nose pads for an easy, anti-slip fit. Voilà.

Shop the collection >

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TO SEE · 10/09/2017

How much do we love L.A.?

We just opened our fifth store here! You tell us.

We just opened our fifth store here! You tell us.

This one is at Westfield Century City. It’s got a curved glass façade, lovely blue lacquered ceilings, and zoetrope-inspired artwork all around the interior by L.A. artist Steve Harrington.

If you’re in the neighborhood, come see. (And if you have any trouble seeing…come get glasses!)

Warby Parker Century City
10250 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90067

TO BUY · 09/29/2017

We Like Your Photos: September 2017

Every month, we’re tagged in bundles of adorable/cute/clever/well-shot photos on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.

Every month, we’re tagged in bundles of adorable/cute/clever/well-shot photos on Instagram. Here’s a roundup of our favorites.

@leasterisco     Shop Zelda>

 

@raqlovesjesus     Shop Caspar>

@moreno_gabe     Shop Durand>

@jessicarycheal     Shop Ames>

@makaylamonahanstudio     Shop Abbott>

@simplybiancaalexa     Shop Silvan>

@ashley.bee.smith     Shop Laurel>

@wasloan21     Shop Colin>

@calsahim     Shop Haskell>

@erinsandell     Shop Anders>

@kelseethaten     Shop Caspar>

 

Itching to share a photo of your Warby Parker frames? Cool! Tag your Instagram with #warbyparker. (Just make sure your account is public.)

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TO BUY · 09/24/2017

11 Questions: Amanda de Cadenet

ICYMI, earlier last week, we rereleased the eyeglasses we designed in collaboration with Amanda de Cadenet *and* Amanda also released her first book, It’s Messy. Double the cause for celebration!

Ahead of the big rerelease day, we threw a few questions Amanda’s way. Read on for her favorite reading spots on both coasts, her advice for young writers, and the most surreal moment in her career to date.

ICYMI, earlier last week, we rereleased the eyeglasses we designed in collaboration with Amanda de Cadenet *and* Amanda also released her first book, It’s Messy. Double the cause for celebration!

Ahead of the big rerelease day, we threw a few questions Amanda’s way. Read on for her favorite reading spots on both coasts, her advice for young writers, and the most surreal moment in her career to date.

I grew up reading: history books about Queen Boudellia and Queen Victoria.

I grew up writing: narrative stories. I had an English teacher that said the only thing I was any good at is writing and I should probably look at a career in writing!

My favorite spot to read in L.A. is: my garden in Los Angeles. It’s peaceful and (sometimes) quiet.

My favorite spot to read in New York is: my hotel room.

The best cure for writer’s block is: talking! Thinking too hard on a subject can drive you crazy, but talking through things is very cathartic.

I tell young writers: to not listen to publishers.

Every time I’m in New York I: need to meditate.

The most pinch-myself moment in my career thus far has been: when the first female presidential candidate agreed to do her first broadcast interview with me.

Photographer, TV host, producer, author…the next title I’ll add to my business card is: I hope advocate is already on there, as my work with women in photography and film is very important to me, and fighting for gender equality is an ongoing commitment.

I’m always: busy.

I’m never: available.

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