I bought a pair of glasses from Warby Parker, and you should too
I BOUGHT A PAIR OF GLASSES FROM WARBY PARKER, AND YOU SHOULD TOO
BY LOGAN NOLIN · AUG 2017 · LIVE
I've always been pretty picky about my glasses. It's not abnormal for me to go two years or more without buying a new pair because 1. glasses are expensive as hell and 2. it takes me ages to find a pair of unique frames that I like.
Back in 2015, I *splurged* and bought a pair of beautiful matte black Ray-Bans for $375. I added the thinner lens option (I'm blind as a bat) and anti-glare coating...and what did this get me? A beautiful pair of glasses whose anti-glare coating started coming off thanks to my daily hairspray use. Never. Again.
Warby Parker was formed in 2010 after one of the founders lost their glasses on a backpacking trip. The cost to replace the pair was so high that he ended up not replacing them for an entire semester of grad school. Which led them to the question, why are glasses so expensive to begin with?
It turns out, a majority of the major brands of glasses are produced by one manufacturer: Luxottica. That's right. Burberry, Oakley, Prada, Ray-Ban, and many others are owned by this cheeky, not-so-lil' Italian brand. It's no surprise that frames are so expensive when one company owns all of the major brands. There's no competition!
Warby Parker completely changes this. Most single-vision prescription glasses they offer are under $100 (including both the frame and lenses) and the entire process is so simple. You visit their site, take a short quiz to help you find the right style (optional), and then scroll through a ton of trendy and / or classic options. They even have a home try-on program where you pick five pairs you like, they ship them to your door, and you try them on for five days and send them back. FOR FREE!
Once you've selected your fav, they make them and either ship them to you or you can pick them up if you live near one of their 50+ stores. They come with a microfiber cloth in a super fancy magnetic case. As an added bonus, for every pair sold, Warby Parker donates a pair of glasses to someone in need. To learn more about Warby Parker, the How I Build This podcast did an interview with the co-founders. Check it out here.
The pair I bought are the Baker frames in Glacier Grey. I really like the cloudiness of them. They almost look like clear frames, but they stand out just a little bit more.
If you're interested in these particular frames, they actually do not have them on the site any longer; however, they still have a small supply. Reach out to their customer service and snatch them up while you can!
Have you ever bought glasses from Warby Parker? What do you think of them? Let me know below! I'm curious to see if you love them as much as I do.
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