Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Warby Parker | 1922 Limited-Edition Collection

Warby Parker - 1922 Collection
Warby Parker 1922 Collection available online at warbyparker.com

It has been three years since Warby Parker first launched its online eyewear company back in February of 2010, which did not take long for such a talented brand to be recognized by various fashion magazines – Vogue, GQ, Elle, and Esquire. Their seasonal collections of prescription sunglasses and eyeglasses for men and women have boosted them to be one of the most recognized companies in the retail market. 

What I really admire about their glasses is that they have a modern vintage appeal to their pieces. They offer a great variety of designs, colors, and patterns to stay dapper or fashionable all season long. As a customer, you want to search for that perfect pair that feels like a designer collection, fits your personality, and best of all won’t break your bank account. Warby Parker exceeds these requirements. 

Their eyewear glasses are actually designed exclusively at their headquarters in New York where each season they introduce a new collection for customers to purchase from. These pieces are made from the highest quality materials that offer 100% UV protection, and are sold online at a beginning price of $95 to $150 for prescription sunglasses. Also, for every pair sold, another pair is donated to someone in need, which is something very kind and charitable coming from a company. What else do you want when you know you’re not purchasing any sort of eyeglasses or sunglasses, but an authentic brand collection that offers luxury and charitable aid? 

For this spring’s limited edition collection, Warber Paker decided to travel back to the festive year of 1922. Their inspiration was taken back into 1922's year of iconic literature pieces that were published. James Joyce published Ulysses; T.S. Elliot published The Wasteland. Eugene O’Neill won a Pulitzer in literature.  And music may have been another big factor in this year, such as the influence of Louis Armstrong. Life was simply about literature and dance which would later open the doors to the roaring twenties.

Being that this brand approaches more towards the vintage aesthetics in my opinion, this
1922 Collection translates that interwar glamour into a wearable future, as the brand implies. Each of the three new unisex frames – Porter, Duke, and Joplin – comes with a sunglasses version that features dramatic details in custom acetate and lightweight stainless steel.

 I personally find this a collection I would see myself purchasing as either my new prescription sunglasses or eyeglasses. Somehow, I sense a desirable vibe towards the Porter frames. There is a structured design to them that just scream outgoing and confident. You have to agree the gimlet and whisky tortoise both would be a design you'd see in streestyle photographs. Gotta have them somewhere in your wardrobe.

The rounded Duke frames are great for those guys or girls who love to add a little bit of vintage touch in their looks. I am not a huge fan of rounded frames, but for this certain style I'd give it a try. There is no denial the Duke frames can make a guy seem dapper and intelligent without the feel of being viewed as nerdy.

The Joplin wide-spaced eyeframes fit perfectly for the guy or girl who wants style without overlooking it. There are several of these designs out in the market, but with the luxury finish and affordable price of Warby Parker, these frames are sure to fly off the stands very soon.The gold tone or silver Joplin's are another form of making your outfit be the one to like.

Warby Parker - 1922 Collection Porter Frames

Warby Parker - 1922 Collection Duke Frames
Warby Parker - 1922 Collection Joplin Frames

I would definitely take a look at Warby Parker’s eyeglasses and sunglasses 1922 Collection. There is no excuse to not try on a pair of these glasses. If you’re excuse is I live far away from New York, then think again. Warby Parker offers a Home Try-On program where you can order 5 pairs to try on and see if you like the style – shipped for free. It doesn’t hurt to look good and help others along the way. 

As of now, Warby Parker recently opened their first flagship retail store located in Soho’s historic Cast Iron Disctrict in New York. If you ever get the chance to travel to New York, you should visit this place. Hopefully, this retailer will begin to expand soon in other states, and best of all, keep donating.

Which of these 1922 Collection frames would you buy?

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