When I heard Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, speak at IFBCon (the Independent Fashion Blogger Conference) a few weeks ago, I knew very little about the company, only that they sold glasses. But hearing Blumenthal speak was seriously inspiring– it turns out that Warby Parker is a super cool company– they sell beautiful glasses (at a fabulous price point) and they work hard to make a difference in the world.
The company was founded with the intention of making gorgeous glasses for much less than glasses often cost (because a few companies control the market and artificially keep prices high). So, rather than charging $500 a pair, their glasses start at $95. And their website has rad technology that allows you to “try on” the glasses by taking a picture with your computer’s webcam (or uploading a photo). And for every pair of glasses sold, a pair is given to a person in the developing world who otherwise would not be able to afford them.
How great is that? I love when you hear a rad story like this. It’s proof that companies can do well and do good, and it’s an inspiring example of what we’re all capable of.
I don’t wear glasses anymore, but I definitely came right home and ordered these sunglasses. Because I wanted in on a company this fabulous. And I look forward to following what they do as they continue to grow.
Rock on, Warby Parker!!