The “buy a pair, give a pair” brand collaborated with the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum on a set of throwback frames.

By Spencer Peterson
July 02, 2015
Courtesy of Warby Parker

A collaboration between Warby Parker and the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum seeks to revive that steel magnate look of the late nineteenth century, with a pair of eyeglasses that harkens back to Andrew Carnegie’s own, at least in part. The Cooper, as the new style is called, has a wire frame, round lenses, and an arched bridge that bear some resemblance Carnegie’s spectacles. The acetate accents in whiskey tortoise matte are pretty modern, though.

The partnership also included a month-long course for high school students at the museum’s satellite design center in Harlem, on applying design-based problem solving to community issues. The main headquarters of the Cooper Hewitt is of course the 64-room former mansion of Andrew Carnegie, whose filigreed drawing room (no, not that drawing room) helped inspire the shade of bronze coloring the Cooper’s Japanese titanium frames.

Though the more stylish Carnegie was Hattie Carnegie, a fashion entrepreneur who took on the industrialist’s last name after she came to America, in the hopes of inspiring her own rags-to-riches trajectory, let it not be said that Andrew had no influence in the realm of fashion. Get to know the new frames here.