Warby Parker. It’s the new buzzword at my 9-to-5 job. Over the past month I’ve seen multiple co-workers show up to work in new, sleek-framed glasses. When I asked about the sudden onslaught of new glasses, everyone just kept saying the same thing, Warby Parker.
My initial thought was that Warby Parker would be the perfect name for the younger, annoying sister of Spiderman (you know, if he had one). But it turns out it’s actually the name of a Philadelphia-based eyewear company that specializes in boutique-style frames at an affordable price, only $95 a pair. They’ve gotten mentions by Vogue, Daily Candy, PaperMag.com and New York Magazine’s The Cut to name a few and it appears that the hype is only heightening.
My favorite part about the Warby Parker takeover at my workplace, aside from the fashionable eyewear that I get to enjoy each day, has been the air of excitement surrounding the company. Everyone loves Warby Parker and here’s why:
-It’s a local business made up of four fellas who met while attending the Wharton School of Business at UPenn, Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider and David Gilboa.
-They have a great selection of frames ranging from baby blue to classic black horn rims to matte finish tortoise shell.
-They make buying glasses online entirely painless with their online virtual try-on and 7 day free home try-on options.
Above and beyond all of this, Warby Parker is focused on contributing to the greater good. For every pair of Warby Parker glasses purchased, one pair will be delivered to someone in need through their partnerships with non-profits like RestoringVision.org. Yes, my friends, it’s vision with a vision!