Warby Parker

Shopping, Opticians Soho
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Founders and business school pals Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, Jeffrey Raider and David Gilboa gained a major following with an online shop selling hip, inexpensive frames, which donated a pair for every one bought to those in need. They’ve partnered with VisionSpring (visionspring.org), a company that trains low-income women to sell affordable glasses in their communities. After debuting pop-up shops throughout the city, the brand opens its first brick-and-mortar store. Brass library lamps and vintage rolling ladders make up the library-inspired decor. Pick up unisex titanium frames ($145–$195) that look right out of the Mad Men era. For a modern look, snag bold rectangular styles and burgundy ombré looks ($95 each). You’ll also find 1960s-inspired aviators ($145) and oversize sunglasses ($95). If you need an exam, make an appointment online to see the in-store optometrist ($50).


Venue name: Warby Parker
Address: 121 Greene St
New York
Cross street: between W Houston and Prince Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 10am–8pm, Sun 11am–7pm
Transport: Subway: N, R to Prince St; B, D, F, M to Broadway–Lafayette St
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I can't imagine a better eyeglasses shopping experience.  Although I purchase my glasses online, I visit the shop for fittings and to check out what's new.  The staff are attentive, friendly and knowledgable.  Their frames are stylish, inexpensive and durable.  It's likely cheaper than going through the over-priced insurance recommended discounted frames.   The wait time for an adjustment (or other technical help) is usually shorter than they say, packed or not.  The library-style decor is very appealing and there are plenty of samples to try on.  As WP grows in popularity you may find people in your social or professional circles with the same frames.  I work with someone who wears the same Tortoise colored Crane frames I have.  One important thing to note is that you will need to may need to make a special request for a bill with separate lenses and frame costs for insurance purposes.  If you submit the receipt as-is you might not get reimbursed for the maximum amount allowed.  Check with your own insurance, of course.