Warby Parker uses a "buy one, give one" model, where for each pair of glasses purchased, the company pays for the production of another pair of eyeglasses for the non-profit organization VisionSpring. VisionSpring in turn sells the glasses to consumers or companies in developing countries as a way to encourage entrepreneurship. In June 2014, Warby Parker announced that it had distributed 1,000,000 pairs of eyeglasses to people in need. The company also claims to be 100% carbon neutral.
HOW THEY WORK
The company has two goals: "Offer an alternative to the overpriced and underwhelming eyewear that was available to us," and "build a business that could solve problems instead of creating them."
In our efforts to fulfill requirement #2, we work with nonprofits to train individuals across the globe to give basic eye exams and bring glasses to their communities. We tally up the number of glasses sold and make a monthly donation to our nonprofit partners, which covers the cost of sourcing that number of glasses. The nonprofit trains men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices.
From premium Japanese titanium to custom single-sheet cellulose acetate sourced from a family-run Italian factory, we use the best materials for our frames.
The company was founded in 2010 in Philadelphia by Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider, and is headquartered in New York City. The name "Warby Parker" derives from two characters that appear in a journal by author Jack Kerouac. The company's offiical corporate name is JAND Inc. "Warby Parker" is the company's trade name.