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How to get these Warby Parker sunglasses made just for Pittsburgh

The eyewear startup’s “Optical Library” will open in East Liberty on Aug. 19.

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courtesy of Warby Parker
MJ Slaby

Updated, 7:45 p.m. Aug 15: The store will open Saturday Aug. 19, per Warby Parker in an email to The Incline.

Updated, 10 a.m. Aug. 2

You’ll soon be able to shop Warby Parker at a brick-and-mortar store, and buy a pair of sunglasses that are for your eyes only.

The online eyewear startup’s first Pittsburgh location will be at 6016 Penn Ave. in East Liberty. Original plans were for the store to open Saturday, but on Tuesday morning, the company said construction will delay the opening. A new date hasn’t been set.

The store will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays. As of Monday, Warby Parker had one job opening at the location — for an optician — per the company’s online job listings.

As part of the grand opening, Warby Parker will have a pair of Pittsburgh-only sunglasses “available exclusively at the East Liberty store for a limited time” with a color combo not offered at other locations, per a news release.

The glasses are Downing in English Oak with Flash Mirrored Pacific Blue lenses and are described by the company as “one of our most timeless sun frames, and we’ve punched it up with eye-catching lenses for extra panache.”

Warby Parker sells prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses and allows buyers to pick out frames online, then try them on at home before selecting a pair. The company also donates funds for eye exams and low-cost glasses in developing countries and has two smartphone apps — one to shop and one to update a prescription from home.

The Incline reported in June that the online eyewear startup was coming to Pittsburgh as part of a plan to open at least 25 brick-and-mortar stores this year. Warby Parker already has more than 50 locations, including two in Philadelphia where the company was founded by students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2010.

“Warby Parker started out seven years ago as a passion project that operated from out of our apartments while we were still full-time students,” said co-founder and co-CEO Dave Gilboa in a news release about the opening. “So we love the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation in the air here. That’s not even to mention the art, the history — and, of course, the Pittsburgh customers we’ll finally get to meet in person.”

For the East Liberty store, expect a library-theme aka “an optical library” with books, brass details and eyeglasses and sunglasses on the shelves. The “reference desk” is where you go for answers about glasses, to pick up orders and more.

Inside the Optical Library

Inside the Optical Library

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When shopping at the store, non-prescription glasses and sunglasses can leave with you, and glasses with prescriptions are shipped in days. The artwork that’s inside and outside of the store is by artist Anna Wray of the United Kingdom and is unique to Pittsburgh.

Artist Anna Wray designed the interior and exterior artwork for the store

Artist Anna Wray designed the interior and exterior artwork for the store

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A previous version of this article incorrectly listed the store’s address.