After six months here, we had pretty much fulfilled his entire wish list. So in January when he oogled another pair of Oakleys, I was a bit taken back. I was brought up in a family that couldn't afford bananas as a child so to think that a child would even ask for a second pair of expensive Oakleys was repulsive. I explained that we didn't do that in America. Children are brought up to be thankful for what they JUST got and that the right thing to do was not to ask for more when you already had enough to fill your needs, not your wants. Greed that leads to the economic insatiable appetite for fuel, at a time in our history that most Americans were hurting financially, just didn't seem right.
He wouldn't let it rest. He stopped whenever he saw somebody else's cool Ray-bans or Maui Janes. I sent an e-mail to his mother and asked about this, was this ok with her? And she said, "Yes." I learned that in the Brazilian culture, sunglasses are like our shoes for American teenagers. Sunglasses and inparticularly many pairs of sunglasses of various kinds gave a Brazilian young adult status.
|And Jula didn't want ANY living in Florida!|
I wish I had known at that time about three websites that would have helped us in this predicament. As recently shown on the CBS Morning Show, there are now online websites that help Americans really afford glasses of all kinds. Prescription, Bi-focals, and Sunglasses. 39dollarglasses.com, framesdirect.com and my personal favorite www.WarbyParker.com Warby Parker is only one year young and already has exceeded its young owners expectations. EVERY SINGLE pair of glasses is only $95 and there are two great benefits. One is that you can upload a photo of yourself and then pick out the lens you like and see what you would look like with it on. Then you can upload the photo to your Facebook page and get opinions about which one your friends like. The second is their program called Buy a Pair, Give a Pair. For every pair of glasses WarbyParker sells, they donate a pair to people who live on less than $4/day through their non-profit partner The Vision Spring Foundation. These people are then in turn able to work for more money and increase their income by averages of 20%. A circle of upward mobility. For those of you who already on Facebook, if you go to Warby Parker's/Vision Spring's Facebook page and click "Like This," for every ten Likes, they will donate another pair of glasses.
They have won multiple awards such as the Social Capitalists Society Award, the Aspen Institute Award, the Skoll Foundation Award, the Ashoka Award, and the John McNulty Prize. I'm now giving them the Right Thing to Do Award!
Read more about their story....click here.
Why did we name our company Warby Parker?We’ve always been inspired by the master wordsmith and pop culture icon, Mr. Jack Kerouac. Two of his earliest characters, recently uncovered in his personal journals, bore the names Zagg Parker and Warby Pepper. We took the best from each and made it our name.
We hope your new glasses will provide all the style you need to travel your road with class, and their price will leave you with some extra cash to use on your journey.