I have worn spectacles from the moment as a small child I put on my dad’s glasses in the car and realised for the first time that the windscreen six inches in front of my face was splattered with squashed bugs. I have never enjoyed wearing glasses. They have been worn out of necessity. The constant target of members of opposing sports teams. Since converting to contact lenses as soon as I could, glasses have only been there to ferry me from bed to bathroom.
Then Erin introduced me to Warby Parker – without question my favourite spectacle retailer in the world, but also an example of an incredibly smart, honest, modern business. Rocking, vintage-style eyewear in acetate frames, bonkersly good customer service, free home try-ons, mental low prices and if you buy a pair, they’ll give a pair to some in need – for $95 all in, free shipping.
US readers will no doubt know of them, but for us Brits, they are pretty much a revelation. I could go on, but it’ll sound like this is an advertorial or something, which it isn’t – I just love ‘em. They don’t ship to the UK yet, but hey, one day.
Oh, and for the true hipsters, they’ve even launched a monocle – $50 in Whiskey Tortoise.
By Davey Spens