We’d like to formally introduce you to our latest fashion interest: Warby Parker eyeglasses, which we believe are an essential component of the Literary Man’s ensemble. Of course, every literarian has his / her own way of fashioning a literary look, but when the company’s founders name their company after two Jack Kerouac characters, one must stop and take notice.
In response to the question: “Why did we name our company Warby Parker?” the owners, Neil, Andrew, Jeff, and David agreed upon the following response:
We’ve always been inspired by the master wordsmith and pop culture icon, Mr. Jack Kerouac. Two of his earliest characters, recently uncovered in his personal journals, bore the names Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper. We took the best from each and made it our name.
All right, okay, you’re thinking: anyone can come up with a literary themed moniker to make a quick buck. But not so fast. In the vein of humanitarian shoemaker Tom’s and their One for One Movement, Warby Parker has promised their patrons that for every pair of glasses purchased they will “buy a pair give a pair.” How does that work, exactly? Well, check out this screen shot of the nifty diagram on the Warby Parker web site (we love words, but images are always a welcome breather):
In essence, the purpose of Warby Parker is to fuse fashion with philanthropy. We dig it. And we dig the looks of the lenses. If any of you literarians out there already have a pair, let us know how they look and feel. And, of course, if anyone out there has a Warby Parker monocle, send us a picture and we’ll add you to this post. Better yet, write an entire post about your monocle and if / how it has changed your life. The Return of the Monocle is nigh upon us. And now, for a parting Jack Kerouac quote, one of our favorites:
“The one thing that we yearn for in our living days, that makes us sigh and groan and undergo sweet nauseas of all kinds, is the remembrance of some lost bliss that was probably experienced in the womb and can only be reproduced (though we hate to admit it) in death.”