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April 21 2014

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Warby Parker’s Warriors

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Nobody does NYC cult better than Chrissie Miller and her longtime collaborator, photographer Cass Bird. So when the gents at Warby Parker (who opened their Soho flagship in April) needed a film to help launch Ocean Avenue—the label’s latest collection, which was inspired by offbeat seventies gang thriller The Warriors—they knew just who to call. Set on Coney Island, the short depicts an old-school dance-off, during which the retro-styled cast members (think lots of denim, some leather biker jackets, and a few pairs of seriously short shorts), somewhat miraculously manage to keep their specs in place. “I liked the idea of two gangs dancing rather than fighting,” said Miller, who’s currently serving as Warby Parker’s creative consultant (she was also the creative director of the film).

Comprising eight optical frames and fourteen sunglasses, the Ocean Avenue range (available from tomorrow) presents a series of new hues, like Sea Glass Blue, Ginger Lemonade, Cream Soda, Newsprint Grey, and Orange Fizz. Take a first look at WP’s wares, as well as the debut of Miller and Bird’s film, above.

Warby Parker: To See and Be Seen in Soho

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Web sites come and Web sites go, but digital wunderkind Warby Parker, which built a company on selling glasses online, has laid a cornerstone of the most permanent kind. “After the nuclear war, this’ll still be here,” cofounder Neil Blumenthal laughed last night, touching his toe to the terrazzo floor, inlaid with a silver WARBY PARKER logo, at the brand’s new Soho flagship. The new shop is not technically the first Warby store—that distinction goes to the Meatpacking District space that was meant as a pop-up but, thanks to rampant interest, will now be sticking around—but the 2,000-square-foot Greene Street store is its most ambitious effort. (The location also puts it in good company. As fashion brands have flocked back to Soho, Greene Street in particular has become a central strip: Chloé, Tiffany & Co., Vanessa Bruno, Dior Homme, and Stella McCartney have opened their doors here in the past year, and a major American fashion label is said to have just signed the lease for its second store next door.)

Terrazzo floors notwithstanding—they’re a reference to the floors of New York’s august civic buildings—the new shop, designed in collaboration with Andy Spade and Anthony Sperduti of Partners & Spade, mimics a library, with custom eighteen-foot bookcases, rolling library ladders, and a selection of books from fourteen different indie publishers, which are available for sale. “There’s obviously a link between vision and learning,” Blumenthal said, and reading has been closest to the brand’s heart from the start: The Warby Parker name comes from the names of two characters in an unpublished Jack Kerouac manuscript Blumenthal and his cofounder, Dave Gilboa, found at the New York Public Library. (The NYPL itself is a major inspiration for the new space, as well as being the site of WP’s first fashion week presentation, back in 2011.) Blumenthal and Gilboa will continue to sell online, where, they note, the selection is, in fact, even greater than the store’s. But a stone-and-steel location has certain advantages over the Web. Key among them is the full-time on-site optometrist. If there’s a wait for the good doctor’s time, have a look around—your name will eventually flip onto the train-station-style schedule board.

Warby Parker opens this Saturday at 121 Greene Street, NYC; www.warbyparker.com.

Photo: Collin Hughes

Waiting For The Warby Bus

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There’s always an educational element running through Warby Parker’s DNA. The do-good eyewear brand did its first fashion week presentation (in September 2011) in the New York Public Library, and this summer, the label named after Jack Kerouac characters set up a Warby Parker Readery at the Standard, Downtown L.A. Now, founders Dave Gilboa and Neil Blumenthal have organized a cross-country Warby class trip. The brand’s first metal collection, the new Pencils of Promise collaboration, its Fall offerings, and a few of the originals have all been loaded onto the Warby pop-up shop bus for the grand tour, which kicks off in New York at Bryant Park tomorrow. The goods, with prices starting at $95 and topping off at $195 for Titanium prescription sunwear, will be on sale at the New York stops (Bryant Park, Soho, and the Meatpacking District) before the bus takes off for Boston, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Nashville, Atlanta, Dallas, and finally, Los Angeles. Here, Style.com has an exclusive first look at the Warby shop. Don’t miss this bus!
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Eat Right

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Want to draw in a summer fashion crowd? Skip the usual cocktail hours and fanciful outdoor fêtes; instead, serve up Finnish brown bread, pineapple-jalapeño popsicles, artisan olive oil, and white truffle mayonnaise. That combination and more was the brainchild of Paper magazine’s Kim Hastreiter (pictured), who has put food and fashion, often an oxymoron, to the test at the Super (Duper) Market. “I’ve never seen fashion people with their eyes so big,” observed Annelise Peterson, who was hanging with Waris Ahluwalia and Cameron Silver, of the mouthwatering options.

The three-day pop-up super store, hosted in conjunction with Target and American Express, in New York’s Chelsea Market in the Meatpacking District, debuted with a launch party last night that drew the likes of David Byrne, Sally Singer, Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal, and Steven Kolb. The latter paused to admire cookies frosted with its own nutrition info and “Subzero” logo magnets by DJ duo Andrew Andrew. “Amazing,” Kolb said simply.

Others were drawn by the food on offer. Kirna Zabête buyer Evren Dogancay had saved up her appetite, while Kate Schelter stopped by after dinner for some dessert (hint: the S’mores pie was a standout). All had big smiles—not your usual fashion flock expression—including Hastreiter, who professed to know her way around a kitchen. “I have a couple signature dishes in the summer,” she said. “I am famous for my ever so slightly cooked heirloom multicolored cherry tomato sauce on spaghetti. And the dessert I am famous for is my fresh peach torte.” She’s so particular about the stone fruit that she goes all the way to Harlem for a specific dealer. “You have to buy before noon because he sells out,” she said. “But they’re the best peaches I have ever eaten.”

Photo: Angela Pham / BFAnyc.com

Ready At The Warby Readery

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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.

Photo: Courtesy of Warby Parker