I recently spent a lovely day in the Hayes Valley in San Francisco with my mom. We lunched, had coffee, shopped, and eventually made it to our planned destination, the Warby Parker store. Let me give you a little background info. here: the only pair of glasses I have left to my name are remnants from my junior high school days. Needless to say they are way too small and very outdated; I desperately need an update! I first learned about Warby Parker through my older brother (who heard about it from our mom) and I was excited to experience it for myself.
The first cool thing about this company is the price point, almost every pair of frames can be yours for $95 and the lenses are $50 (I think $100 for progressive). The idea for the company was born in the undergrad days of one of its founders when he needed new glasses but could not afford them. As I transition back to the role of a full-time student, I can relate to this predicament. Another great thing about this boutique is their Home Try-On program. You can order five pairs that will be sent to you, try them on, get all needed opinions, and then confidently buy the pair you want. The third great thing about Warby Parker is that for every pair of glasses you purchase, one is given to someone in need. Okay, one more thing… the décor is library-inspired!
The cute-ness starts even before you walk through the door. The whole storefront is painted with a happy bright blue mural and the monochromatic library-style book displays made me want to stay all day.
The display was organized in a helpful way as well; the frames closer to the front of the store are larger and those closer to the back are more narrow. Also, the displays on each side of the store were identical which made it easy to explore the options more smoothly. If one side of the room was crowded, I could find the same products on the other side.
I tried on a some of the same pairs over and over then finally put together my top five choices to order for the at-home try on. I would love some feedback from readers about what you think looks best, so look forward to another Warby Parker post soon where I will share pictures of me in each of the frames.
Where have you had success shopping for eyeglasses? Have you had any experience with a home try-on before?