Years of studying puts a whole lot of strain on your eyes, so after receiving my new prescription and a scolding from my eye doctor about wearing my contacts too long, I was in dire need of new glasses. I searched far and wide at any number of eyeglass places on every NYC block, when little did I know that I could’ve found my perfect pair(s) online.
I found this company after reading a Forbes magazine article on names you need to know in 2011. For every $95 dollar pair of glasses sold, they donate a pair to someone in need. A socially conscious business model?? That’s amazing. Glasses can be super expensive. This company offers glasses (INCLUDING the polycarbonate, scratch resistant, UV-protective lenses) for $95. At first, I thought it really was too good to be true, like there was some sort of strange gimmick or hidden fees. This is not at all the case.
So a couple things. You can order the glasses online at www.warbyparker.com and try on up to 5 pairs at home. I was about to do this until I saw they have a showroom near Union Square. But before going into the showroom, I did the “Virtual try-on” where you upload a picture of yourself and you can “try on” different pairs to your pic. This really helps! I uploaded a couple pic (one with my hair up and hair down!) and ended up choosing the Zagg pair. I eventually went into the showroom after emailing for an appointment, and I had picked out the Zagg pair (actually I ended up with 2 pairs in Tennessee Whiskey and Striped Chestnut) after trying them on in person. The Virtual Try-on is pretty accurate, so if you can’t make it into the showroom, this is a good way to go.
The showroom staff is super nice and friendly. Jen helped me try on a couple pairs and was very helpful. The process was remarkable easy. You still end up ordering them online but it was nice to try them on an see them in person. While in the showroom, I also got a sneak peak into new styles that are not on the website for next season and they look really cool. I may have to try on another pair!
Just about a week later, I received them via UPS with FREE SHIPPING. They are high quality, come in a nice case and box with cleaning cloth. They are super stylish and exactly what I was looking for. I only paid $95 for each pair (and even got $5 dollars off for coming into the showroom), rather than the over $500 dollars I was cringing to spend at Oliver Peoples for a pair just like them. I brought in the new prescription that I had gotten a few weeks earlier at Costco. I’m glad I saved that money and ended up with 2 pairs, plus I can feel better knowing that 2 other people will be receiving glasses too.
I just yelped about this place but I just wanted to post it on tumblr too. I whole-heartedly recommend this place, especially for socially-conscious students who also are living on budgets while in school. You can give yourself the gift of sight to yourself and someone else who really needs it by ordering glasses from here.+7 noteseyeglassesstudentsNYCWarby ParkerForbessocial consciousness