Warby Parker, super-hip outfitter of prescription spectacles and “buy one, give one” trailblazer, has teamed with do-gooding design nonprofit, Architecture for Humanity, to release a series of limited-edition frames “inspired by the architect’s appreciation for durable construction and mixed materials." The two available Warby Parker x Architecture for Humanity frames, Aslin and Fowler (each $145), are being in launched in celebration of Architecture for Humanity’s 15th anniversary.

And, to be expected, there’s an enticing humanitarian slant to the collaboration: for each pair of “extra strong and extra polished” Aslin or Fowler frames purchased through Warby Parker’s bustling online storefront or brick-and-mortar retail outposts, $15 will be donated directly to Architecture for Humanity, with a minimum contribution of $15,000. The promotion ends on Sept. 6.

Additionally, with every pair of frames purchased, a pair will be donated to someone in need through Warby Parker’s longstanding Buy a Pair, Give a Pair initiative that’s operated in partnership with VisionSpring (Warby Parker co-founder Neil Blumenthal previously served as VisionSpring’s director).

To date, over half a million pairs of prescription glasses have been distributed through the retailer’s (a carbon neutral retailer, I should mention) give-back program.

As for Architecture for Humanity, the San Francisco-nonprofit dedicated to “building a more sustainable future through the power of design” is continuing its invaluable recovery/resiliency/reconstructing work in numerous communities across the globe including, but certainly not limited to, Super Typhoon Haiyan-impacted areas of the Philippines, tornado-devastated central Oklahoma, and coastal communities in New York and New Jersey that are still struggling to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy. As you may recall, the TED Prize-winning organization experienced a major leadership shift late last year.

Reads the Warby Parker blog:

For over 15 years, Architecture for Humanity has improved the livelihood of individuals and communities around the world through a global network of professionals who provide quality design and management services where these resources may otherwise be overlooked or out of reach. They advise and work with community leaders and architects to make efficient and high-impact improvements that are both thoughtfully designed and sustainable. As a result of Architecture for Humanity’s work and advocacy, tens of thousands of children and individuals in vulnerable communities across the world have safe places to learn, play, and live.
Click here to peruse Warby Parker and Architecture for Humanity’s fetching, philanthropic frames (as usual, the stylish specs make me wish that I required glasses). This recently published New Yorker article on the major players in the buy one, give one retail trend is also worth a read. 

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Warby Parker and Architecture for Humanity partner for new eyeglasses collection
They're stylish, they're strong, and they support design-based recovery in disaster-stricken areas. What more could you ask for in a pair of specs?