Ready At The Warby Readery
Since Warby Parker is named after two early Jack Kerouac characters, it’s no surprise that the sixties strongly resonate with the do-good eyewear brand’s latest creative effort: the Warby Parker Readery. In collaboration with The Standard, Downtown LA, the Readery will reimagine in irreverent detail the age-old lobby newsstand—an apt extension fit for a brand that has been built on discovery. “Two pillars of our brand are innovation and customer experience,” Warby co-founder Neil Blumenthal explained of the impetus behind the expansion (set to land at New York’s The Standard, East Village next week). “We very much look to the hospitality industry and The Standard to see how they welcome people and make them feel at home and comfortable and inject fun—and we’re trying to do the same. There’s a perfect synergy there.”
Said synergy is evident in the converted space’s glossed design, realized together with The Standard’s creative director, Claire Darrow Mosier. Set against the powder-coated aluminum finishes are vintage books by the sixties’ most iconic Beat writers, select first editions, essential sundries, the brand’s standard optical range, and a pair of limited-edition sunglasses ($95) debuting for the launch. Co-designed with The Standard team, the special pair is a riff on Warby Parker’s classic Winston shape in a striated Ale brown frame and green lens, both tones that draw heavily on the referenced time period. Just days after summer’s official calendar start, Blumenthal believes the curated kiosk comes at the perfect time. “We were thinking about summer as a time of leisure and one that you want to have fun and relax, but we still always want to be learning,” he continued, suggesting the perfect poolside pairing of vintage reads and Warby’s perennially cool specs. And in the spirit of summer, The Standard, Downtown LA will kick off the collaboration with a throwback pool party on Saturday.
The Standard, Downtown LA, 550 S. Flower St., L.A.