Thursday, February 20th @ 7 – 9pm
Art In The Age Of Mechanical Reproduction, 116 N 3rd St
Free! Just RSVP
Toast to the new look with spirits by the store’s own distillery!
Warby Parker was created by 4 friends who met while in school at Philadelphia’s very own Wharton School of Business. The company creates uber-stylish, high-quality eyewear at a revolutionary price point [frames with prescription lenses start at just $95 bucks!]. When you purchase your Warby Parkers, you’re not only getting a pair of sassy glasses for yourself, but also a pair for a person in need. That’s right my friends,
“Buy a pair, give a pair.” It’s a phrase many look for when shopping. Rather than “buy one, get one” deals of the past, some companies now promise to match your purchase in donated goods to developing countries—adding a bit of philanthropy to your purchase.
While the roots of this practice are noble, it’s not without challenges. What happens when companies forget to account for factors like local market competition, product saturation, or equal distribution? And let’s be honest—what may be fashionable here just doesn’t cut it elsewhere. (For good reason, sequined shoes for example). How can you assist a community but recognize people might not want or need a copy of what you bought?
Warby Parker has found a better way.
Many know this fashion startup as the purveyors of striking, boutique-style eyeglasses — designed in house and sold online at affordable prices. With roots in the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, the four-year old company also has one of their few physical showrooms located right in Old City, at Art in the Age boutique.
What makes the Warby Parker model different? At the simplest level, for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is donated to someone in need. And so far, that number exceeds half a million pairs, across 36 countries. But it’s also more than that.
“We work with partners that use glasses to create jobs and foster economic development,” explains the company, which collaborates with nonprofit partners like VisionSpring in order to make a bigger impact. WP co-founder Neil Blumenthal previously served as VisionSpring’s director and helped pioneer the organization’s model to train low-income women to sell affordable glasses in their communities.
The New Delihi-headquartered VisionSpring provides low-income women in developing countries the entrepreneurial training to sell affordable glasses to their communities, including deciding which products their community needs or wants. This not only allows for employment opportunity but the ability to choose what is sold while maintaining the dignity of the receiving communities.
“The model creates jobs for people in need, as well as the economic incentive to continuously provide glasses as their customers lose or break their glasses and change prescriptions,” explains Warby Parker. “Equally important, it provides community members the dignity to choose whether or not they want glasses and thereby avoids the culture of dependence that often accompanies foreign aid.
The glasses donated are also not the same you’ll find in your local Warby Parker; they’re designed according to the styles, preferences and needs of the communities where they are distributed. Because let’s face it, not everyone finds geek-chic as hip as we do.
If you’d like to check out Warby Parker’s domestic offerings, next week is the perfect chance. They are celebrating their in-store expansion with Art In the Age on Thursday, February 20 from 7-9 p.m. Enjoy free cocktails while browsing the new Spring Collection 2014 of eyeglasses and sunglasses.
Clear eyes, full heart.
Warby Parker Party
What: Need new glasses? Good timing. The spectacle company with a philanthropic twist expands its shop-in-a-shop at Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.
Why: Lay eyes on spring styles and the limited-edition Palm Canyon collection.
When: Tonight, 7-9 p.m. This event is canceled due to the weather and is rescheduled for Feb. 20.
Where: 116 N. Third St. (215-922-2600).
What: Apps, series, books, and more to keep you company.
Why: Get lucky with Kevin Spacey, the Russian Police Choir, and a virtual flower girl.
When: You want to suck interface.
Where: At dailycandy.com.
Heart-Shaped Box Social
What: What started as a shindig in a West Philly living room expands to a bash with music, snacks, and heart badges for everyone.
Why: Relive prom by posing in front of the backdrop and asking your crush to slow dance.
When: Sat., 6-11 p.m.
Where: New Boone Art Collective, 253 N. Third St. Admission ($5) at the door.
The Ex-Files StorySlam
What: Audience members share (short) stories of love lost, plus The Geek’s Guide to Datingauthor Eric Smith gives away copies of his book.
Why: The winner gets a $100 prize, so bring the drama.
When: Fri., 8 p.m.
Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St. Standing room only ($10) at ticketweb.com.
Sampan’s Year of the Horse Menu
What: Celebrate with another at a four-course meal with dishes such as baby octopus satay, pickled lotus salad, and mochi ice cream ($55).
Why: Pennsylvania Chinese Dance Club performers weave through the restaurant.
When: Tonight, 4-11 p.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight.
Where: 124 S. 13th St. Reservations (recommended) to 215-732-3501.
Warby Parker is expanding their showroom in Art in the Age! Toast the new look with spirits by the store's own distillery. This event has been rescheduled to Thursday, February 20, from 7-9 PM. This is a free event, but and RSVP is required.
Event Date: 02/20
Event Time: 7-9 PM
Location: Art in the Age
The urban getaway of choice for most DC LADIES is the always exciting and ever-changing New York. We see the Big Apple as the only East Coast city that surpasses our hometown in terms of intriguing cultural happenings. But next time you book an Amtrak ticket on the Northeast Regional, consider a closer and cheaper alternative. Philadelphia is just an hour and 45-minute train ride or a two and a half hour car trip away and has plenty of affordable lodging and entertainment options. The city’s booming culinary and art scenes and its laid-back vibe are just some of the unique features that provide a fresh alternative to “just another weekend” in The District.
Friday: Hipster Haven
With an early start, you’ll arrive in town with plenty of time for dinner and drinks in Philadelphia’s trendiest neighborhood. A formerly run-down and industrial area, Northern Liberties has recently undergone an urban renewal and now boasts thriving dining and nightlife scenes.
Explore the neighborhood’s popular gathering spot, the Piazza, before settling on a place to eat. Standard Tap, the city’s first gastro pub, pours a great selection of microbrews and dishes up gourmet bar snacks like duck confit salad. On warm evenings, enjoy the beer garden at the colorful and funky Silk City Diner; or, head into its lounge if you’re looking for a DJ and some dancing.
Saturday: Neighborhood Wanderings
Start with a small breakfast at the atmospheric Chapterhouse, a combination art gallery and coffee shop that uses fair-trade beans and organic products for its drinks and goodies.
Once you get your caffeine fix, head around the corner to South Street where you’ll find one of Philadelphia’s most unique sights. The Magic Gardens features an outdoor, part-subterranean gallery displaying the mosaic creations of artist Isaiah Zagar. Take some time to wander through this urban oasis where multi-colored tiles co-mingle with bicycle parts, glass bottles, and ceramic plates to form twisting, shimmering tunnels below the sidewalk level.
Explore the funky shops along South Street, while keeping an eye out for intricate wall murals. Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program was born out of a mission to redirect the work of graffiti artists, encouraging them to instead produce constructive mural paintings. The result is a collaborative, community partnership that has beautified the city, garnering it international praise as the “City of Murals.”
Head north for lunch at Reading Terminal Market. This indoor food hall hosts a variety of Pennsylvania vendors; locals especially rave about the Amish products. Don’t leave without trying a sweet scoop from the famous Bassetts Ice Cream.
Travel east on Market Street to Old City, the city’s recognizable historic district. Rather than battling the tourists to see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, check out some of the hidden, cobblestoned lanes like charming Bladen’s Court.
Wander nearby 2nd and 3rd Streets between Market and Race, and you’ll find some truly unique boutiques and great vintage shops. Don’t miss Third Street Habit, which is great for jewelry and trendy clothing and Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction with its funky gift finds.
Spend your evening in Washington Square West where there is a plethora of restaurant and nightlife options. Especially good are Barbuzzo, which serves Mediterranean small plates in a lively atmosphere, Jamonera, a sexy Spanish tapas joint, and Amis, which cooks up nouveau-Italian food in a rustic setting. After dinner, do some bar hopping down the lively 13th Street strip.
Sunday: Lemongrass Sparklers and Galleries Galore
An elegant brunch sets a classy tone for an afternoon of museum hopping, and it doesn’t get any fancier than a morning at Lacroix. Overlooking scenic Rittenhouse Square, this upscale restaurant has one of the most beautiful dining rooms in the city and also boasts one of its most decadent brunches. The sprawling buffet presents an endless array of gourmet delights, including caviar, oysters, butternut squash parfaits, and rosemary macarons, to name of few. Quench your thirst with a lemongrass sparkler – this place is too chic for an everyday mimosa.
In the afternoon, take your pick of the interesting galleries found in the Museum District. For traditionalists, there is a spectacular Rodin Museum, as well as theBarnes Foundation, which has one of the world’s best collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Those looking for something more offbeat can check out the Mutter Museum, known for its collection of medical oddities.
Art In The Age Presents Its Updated And Expanded Warby Parker Eyeglass Section With A Drink-Fueled Party, Next Thursday, February 20
From 7 to 9 p.m., sip cocktails made with Art in the Age spirits and try on the vintage-inspired eyewear that inhabit the shelves of the Old City shop.
For those who are unfamiliar with Warby Parker eyewear, the concept started in a classroom at The Wharton School in our fair city of Philadelphia. Four students teamed up to debut the coolest concept in eyewear — fashion-forward glasses and sunglasses at an affordable price point.
Glasses start at, and stay around, just $95 per pair. Warby Parker employs its own designers and licensing companies to keep its prices super low and styles super high.
Plus, for every pair of glasses sold, a person in need receives a pair of eyeglasses.
Don’t need prescription glasses? No need to fear, many folks purchase Warby Parker glasses just for fashion’s sake.
Welcome Warby Parker back to its home city with this Thursday evening fete.
Warby Parker at Art in the Age
When: Thursday, February 20, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 116 N. 3rd Street
More info: www.artintheage.com