Warby Parker has teamed up with literary quarterly The Paris Review on a new collaboration.
Inspired by The Paris Review’s history of publishing the best literature, Warby Parker has revived its beloved Roland frame in two colors: emphatic Jet Black and marbled, golden-hued Brioche Tortoise. It’s a distinctive shape, with ample, round acetate rims and a keyhole bridge—equal parts literary and rebellious in spirit.
To accompany each pair, Warby Parker has also designed a custom lens cloth featuring the hadada, the emblem of The Paris Review based on the favorite bird of one of its founding editors, George Plimpton. Clasped in the hadada’s claws you’ll see a fountainhead pen, and on its head it wears a bonnet rouge, a symbol of liberty during the French Revolution.
In celebration of the collaboration, Warby Parker is making a donation to The Paris Review Foundation, the nonprofit behind the magazine, to help promote the most exciting writers working today and support ambitious, inquisitive readers the world over. And as with all Warby Parker frames, for every pair of glasses purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
“When we saw the classically cool Roland frame, it reminded us of glasses worn by Paris Review contributors back in the fifties, while also looking strikingly contemporary,” said Lori Dorr, The Paris Review’s executive director. “It makes this partnership even more rewarding to know that for every pair sold, Warby Parker distributes a pair of glasses to someone in need.”
“We jumped at the chance to collaborate with The Paris Review,” added Warby Parker co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa. “They publish some of the most exciting new writing in the country, offering delight and depth. It was a real pleasure to partner together on a frame—especially a bold and bookish one like Roland.”
The new collaboration is now available starting at $95 at warbyparker.com, on the Warby Parker App, and in select Warby Parker stores.