Topping the Fast Company “Most Innovative Company 2015” list, Warby Parker continue to make creative moves, releasing a smart collaborative frame with an American institution. More gallery meets fashion news to follow Paul Smith at the Tate Britain earlier today, the affordable eyewear e-tailer gets the seal of approval from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Located on the Upper East side, the NYC landmark, described as “the only museum in the United States exclusively devoted to both historic and contemporary design,” worked with Warby Parker earlier this year to develop a series of design-based public courses for high school students.
Continuing the relationship, the eyewear maker has developed the brilliant “Cooper,” a classic frame perfect for museum visits, lecturing and other high-brow pursuits that may or may not require a corduroy blazer. The beautiful frame, reminiscent of the traditional “P3,” takes its shape from Andrew Carnegie’s signature frame, the philanthropist’s residence now housing the Cooper Hewitt itself. A contemporary take on Mr Carnegie’s signature frame, the rounded silhouette has been narrowed for a more wearable shape, combining durable, lightweight ion-plated Japanese titanium in a shade of “Heritage Bronze” with “Whiskey Tortoise Matte.” Alongside the dulled finish, more vintage detail includes finely coiled temples and acetate accents. Impressively, this beautiful, intricate frame comes in at just $145 including prescription lenses. Suitable for men and women, order a pair online.