Visiting Warby Parker

June 11, 2013 — 0

Ten things I loved about my morning with Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker:

– Old school train schedule board showing the day’s eye exam appointments, modeled on Philly’s Penn Station

– The sign on the front of Warby Parker’s new Soho store:


– Copies of Paris Review on the store’s waiting room coffee table, one of which was torn up by Neil’s son

– The story of Warby Parker presented as a narrative on the store’s countertops

– The kindness of everyone who works here

– You get a bag of Neil’s favorite pretzels on your first day at work

– “Continually challenge ourselves to learn and do good.”  (On the wall, next to the fridge.)

– The fact that Tomaz Salamun’s book of poems, Poker, is on the store shelf:


– When you buy a pair of glasses, Warby Parker gives a pair to someone who can’t afford any

– The photo both.  Here’s Neil and me: