DC has been awaiting the arrival of a Warby Parker shop since their “Class Trip” traveling
showroom first rolled into town in 2012. The visit was followed by another bus stop in 2013, and now,
finally, a brick-and-mortar store.
Though the brand started online with a home try-on ordering
system just five years ago, it has expanded rapidly in recent
years, with 14 storefronts across the United States, one of
which opens on Saturday, September 26, at 3225 M Street in
Shop Around took a quick tour of the new Georgetown space with
the brand’s eighth employee—they’ve now grown
to hundreds—who is in town from New York for this
weekend’s opening. She shared about how the store had
preserved the original exterior of the store, bringing some
branded touches to the interior with their custom illustration
wall paper and a window wall mural by artist Jason Munn.
Keeping with the literary themes that the brand’s name is
based on—Warby Parker comes from the names of two of Jack
Kerouac’s characters—the store is lined with
bookshelves filled with a rainbow of volumes, all sourced from
Though Warby Parker glasses are easy to purchase online, the
showroom will give customers the chance to try on more than five
pairs at a time, purchase any non-prescription glasses on the
spot, and have their frames adjusted. And before the end of the
year, another Warby Parker shop will be opening at The Shay development in Shaw, where shoppers can also have their
eyes examined to get their most recent eye glasses prescription.
Take a look inside at the new shop below, and stay tuned for
Warby Parker’s second opening at The Shay.