Tuesday, August 23

Warby Parker x Kill Screen

Tuesday, August 23

Y'all have likely heard of Warby Parker—they of the seriously awesome eyeglasses and impressive business practices:

We believe that buying glasses should be easy and fun. It should leave you happy and good-looking, with money in your pocket.

We also believe that everyone has the right to see.

Almost one billion people worldwide lack access to glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot effectively learn or work. To help address this problem, Warby Parker partners with non-profits like VisionSpring to ensure that for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
But until recently, I had never heard of Kill Screen, an equally impressive company. As they explain on their website, "Founded by a former Wall Street Journal culture reporter, Kill Screen is a video game arts and culture company. We’re interested in the intersection between games, play, and other seats of culture, from art to music to design."

Knowing what I know about Warby Parker and learning what I did about Kill Screen, it's no surprise that the two companies have paired up for a really cool new collaboration.

The collaboration comes in two parts: Worbs, an entertaining video game that's beautiful in both design and simplicity, and a new version of Warby Parker's Burke eyeglasses, which are—unsurprisingly—also beautiful in their design.

The limited-edition frames come in a new color, Glacier Grey (which I totally just mis-wrote as "gracier;" they obviously should have come to me when deciding on what to name the color), have lenses with anti-scratch and anti-reflective coatings, and feature a Warby Parker x Kill Screen text design etched on the inside of one of the temples.

I currently own only a pair of Warby Parker's sunglasses—the Jennings in a pretty blue-gray color called Beach Glass—and I love them. (Long story short: I broke my phone's screen while in New York last year, and needed to kill time while waiting for an appointment at the Soho Apple Store. Turns out, there's a Warby Parker store right down the street.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ) I don't wear prescription lenses, but I'm certainly tempted to trade in the cheap "cheaters" I use while working on the computer and/or reading. I mean, Gracier really is a gorgeous color.

Learn more about the collaboration, spend a few minutes (or a few hours) playing Worbs, and then treat yo self to a pair of Burkes—or any of Warby Parker's other frames—here.

Disclosure: I received no money or goods in exchange for sharing my honest opinion in this post.

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