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Warby Parker

Neighborhood: Meatpacking District

Type of Place: Eyewear


Eyewear stores are difficult to review, since the experience is really a personal one when it comes to purchasing eyewear. Sort of like trying on jeans, consumer encounters really vary on a case-by-case basis: not something one reviewer can write up vowing that you’ll have the same experience.

Nonetheless, let me tell you about Warby Parker, because it is a noteworthy shop indeed. To begin, purchasing the right frames – like jeans- can be a bit daunting for some. It might be even more daunting than buying jeans, considering you can’t confine your try-ons to a private dressing room. At Warby Parker, you are free to explore frames without a single ounce of pressure; no salespeople hovering over you as you switch from look to look in search of a complement to your heart-shaped face.

The best part is that this selection is all about affordability. Everyone knows that the right set of frames – prescription or not – can either make or break an outfit, but if those frames break your budget, well now that’s just a big buzz-kill. All of the glasses at WP are between $95 - $145 – and it doesn’t get much trendier than what you’ll find here.

WP has even been touted as the go-to spot for those who find it especially difficult to find sung-fitting specs, particularly those with low-bridged noses. On that note, you’ll find the opticians super accommodating when it comes to re-adjusting your frames to fit you perfectly.

I have a friend who visited and swears she tried on close to 30 frames, purchased a pair which she had to get re-fitted about five times, and the man who helped her (name unknown) exhibited unending patience.

Gucci, Kate Spade, Luxottica, Cristian Dior, Leith Clark…the designers list at Warby Parker is a long one - and to think, no matter which you pick, they won’t run you more than $145!

Is it crystal clear yet? If you’re in need of specs, don’t choose an eyewear shop blindly. Warby Parker even has a unique 30-day return policy, so if the frames you choose let you down in a couple of weeks, just bring ‘em back and choose a new pair, effortlessly.

  -Janice Bevilacqua

Warby Parker
819 Washington St
(Gansevoort St)
New York, NY 10014
(646) 517-5227