Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Warby Parker

taking nerd bombing to the extreme

Justin's birthday is next Monday, so I got him a pair of Warby Parker sunglasses!  Don't worry, I didn't ruin the surprise because the at home try-on kit arrived last week. If you're aren't already familiar with Warby Parker, they are the darlings of the accessories world at the moment.  Founded by a couple friends on the notion that quality prescription eye wear doesn't have to cost upwards of $300, Warby Parker has positioned themselves as an "alternative to the overpriced and bland eyewear available."  Also, similar to Toms, they donate a pair of glasses for every pair purchased to someone in need! 

image via Warby Parker

We opted for the at home try-on because the nearest show room was three hours away in Charleston. If you're lucky, one of the cool, traveling showrooms in a school bus (pictured above) will stop by your town.  I know one was in D.C. while we were living there, but I never stopped by- in retrospect, I wish I had!

Anyways, the way the at home try-on works is that you select five available styles in  a variety of colors online, and a couple days later a package arrives at your door.   It's so fun, and who doesn't love getting snail mail?

After opening the package, you try on the glasses, have a fashion show/photo shoot/ indulge your own vanity, and get the opinions of your friends and family.  Once you've picked your perfect pair, you send them back (shipping is free both ways!), pick out your prescription (if necessary), and buy the ones you want online.  Then, you'll get a brand new pair in the mail a week later that hasn't been man-handled all over the country.

 Justin and I both have larger heads, so trying on sunglasses can sometimes be a painful process.  Luckily, Warby Parker suggests which pairs go best for which faces, so we had a great time- everything looked amazing!  Check out the pictures below to get a feeling of what each pair looks like on a normal person/non-model's face:

Winston in Lunar Fade

Everett in Gimlet Tortoise

Griffin in Greystone

Thatcher in Revolver Black Matte

Spencer in Midnight Blue

The Midnight Blue Spencers were the winning pair!

And if I could have picked a pair, I definitely would have gotten the Gimlet Tortoise Everetts.  Do you have any Warby Parker glasses or sunnies?  I'd love to see them!

Here's the story behind the name:
"We’ve always been inspired by the master wordsmith and pop culture icon, Mr. Jack Kerouac. Two of his earliest characters, recently uncovered in his personal journals, bore the names Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper. We took the best from each and made it our name.
We hope your new glasses will provide all the style you need to travel your road with class, and their price will leave you with some extra cash to use on your journey."

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