Warby Parker is an American company selling prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses. Warby Parker sells online only, and has a limited number of showrooms in the United States. By avoiding the overhead of physical stores, the company is able to lower the cost of its glasses by a significant amount; generally, to $95. Along with the low cost, the company is known for selling frames —sometimes described as hipster or retro-style— that have been praised by the likes of Vogue, GQ and others. To augment online ordering, they allow users to both virtually try on pairs using a photo, as well as letting customers order multiple pairs for a short trial.
Based in New York City, Warby Parker shipped more than 100,000 pairs of glasses in 2011, and had 60 employees. Named after two Jack Kerouac characters, the company was founded in 2010 by Neil Blumenthal, Andrew Hunt, David Gilboa, and Jeffrey Raider. Warby Parker was started with $1.5 million in seed funding, and raised a Series A round of venture capital. In 2012, it raised a $37 million Series B round.
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