So, I've been in desperate need of new glasses for about three years now. My glasses-glasses are about that old; my prescription sunglasses are like six years old. Considering I legally need to wear glasses to drive, I figured I should suck it up and go get the eye exam for my new prescription.
My friend told me about Warby Parker, an online store for designer eye wear that starts at $95. Not only are their glasses hipster fabulous, which is what I'm obviously going for, they have a really cool Home Try On program.
You pick any five pairs of glasses and they ship them to you for free to try on at home. You keep 'em for five days, then put them back in the box and drop into any UPS drop box to return. They also have a Virtual Try On on their website where you can upload a photo of yourself and see how the glasses look on your face. This was imperative to help me narrow down the five for the Home Try On.
I ended up choosing Zagg in Revolver Black for my glasses-glasses and Evelyn in Whiskey Tortoise for my sunglasses. I just entered in my prescription and used their online system to measure my pupillary distance and I was good to go. Super easy. And fun, actually.
Another thing that's pretty great about Warby Parker is that they have a Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program. Basically, for every pair of glasses purchased, they provide a pair to someone in need. And Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal previously pioneered a company called VisionSpring, which trains low-income women to sell affordable glasses in their communities. All good stuff.
ANNNND the name Warby Parker has literary roots: they found that two of Jack Kerouac's earliest characters, recently uncovered in his personal journals, bore the names Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper. They combined 'em to make Warby Parker. So cool.
Do you like the company you buy YOUR glasses from this much?