giving back while looking good


April 7 2014

Okay so I have no idea how to transition from “oh hey I’m back from hiding” to “Oh right I have a blog that is begging to be updated”.. So I’ll just say that I’m back. And we have lots of exciting things up our sleeves.

Now what better way to dust off the ol’ keyboard than with a post dedicated to two things we love: Architecture + Helping Others. When our friends over at Warby Parker asked us to help them spread the news of their recent collaboration with Architecture for Humanity, we were thrilled to be a part of such an amazing project.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Warby Parker, here is a post we wrote a million years ago about our love for them. Or you can read it in their own words here. Since my original post back in 2011, Warby Parker has gone from 50,000 to donating 500,000 pairs of glasses to people in need across the globe. Incredible.

And for those of you who have no idea what incredible things Architecture for Humanity is doing for communities around the world, you can get up to speed by watching this 90 second video.

Today, Warby Parker is celebrating Architecture for Humanity’s 15th anniversary by releasing two fresh designs that are inspired by architecture and sustainable materials. What better way to celebrate such a milestone than to combine two institutions that strive to better our world through helping our communities in such an incredible way?

AFH_BLOG_v2 Both frames are inspired by Warby Parker’s appreciation for streamlined angles and built-to-last materials. They paired Japanese titanium with their signature acetate for an extra durable composition. Which as designers, we are seriously geeking out over.

First up, is Aslin which comes in two dashing color options:

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aslin-optical-oak-barrel-top

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Aren’t they sharp? The hard part will be having to choose which color, personally I’m fond of the English Oak.

They are also releasing a new pair of sunglasses. Meet Fowler.

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How sleek are these babies? They sort of have a Robert Redford quality, don’t you think? Derek definitely has these on his wishlist.

These two styles are a little pricier than Warby Parker’s usual $95 steal of a deal, but for good reason. At $145 a pair (which is still WAY less than getting glasses from a big box store) Warby Parker is donating a portion of the proceeds to Architecture for Humanity, while also continuing with their own program and donating a pair to someone in need of corrective lenses.

We are so passionate about both of these organizations and couldn’t be more excited about such an amazing collaboration.

For more information about Warby Parker’s vision, or how to get involved in your local Architecture for Humanity Chapter go here.

 

 

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