Warby Parker Arrives on Venice’s Abbot Kinney

Warby Parker Abbot Kinney

Warby Parker Abbot Kinney

L.A.’s West side gets a major dose of optical action with the opening of Warby Parker’s very first West Coast store. The optical brand, which has already been operating a mini shop inside Downtown L.A.’s Standard Hotel, has finally arrived in trendy Venice Beach with a full store that offers the entire breadth of the brand. And just like the brand’s online ethos, every purchase that you make in-store at the new location will provide a set of specs for someone in need.

Warby Parker Abbot Kinney

Warby Parker Abbot Kinney

Warby Parker revolutionized the eyewear industry when they launched online only in 2010. The brand allowed customers to select frames online and have them sent home to try on. Later, the brand added brick-and-mortar retail in New York and then had a special bus that crisscrossed the country to introduce the label to customers from coast to coast. And while Angelenos could go the online route just like everyone else or head to the Standard, there was a certain something missing, especially for those who had visited Warby Parker’s stores on the East Coast. The new Venice Beach store is designed with an easy, breezy feel that’s the perfect fit for the seaside community, with clean midcentury fixtures and a bold mural done by Goeff McFetridge, who also lent his works to the Warby Parker location at the Standard.

Inside the store, you’ll find every style featured online (most hovering around $100 with a few options inching closer to $150), including the brand’s new collaboration with supermodel Karlie Kloss. There is an optician on staff to adjust any of the frames that you pick up, though prescriptions do need to be filled and sent to your home — the whole process takes about a week. For those who need instant gratification, sunglasses are available for purchase on-site, so you can walk out into the sunny Venice sidewalk with brand new frames.

Warby Parker joins a slew of new openings on Abbot Kinney, including the new Caudalíe spa and boutique, the highly anticipated Hourglass Cosmetics flagship, an Aesop apothecary and more.

Warby Parker is located at 1422 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, in Venice. For more information, visit www.warbyparker.com.

Images courtesy Warby Parker

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.