Q&A: Warby Parker's Dave Gilboa

Warby Parker officials announced today they will open their retail location in Edgehill Village on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The Post email communicated briefly with Dave Gilboa (pictured), Warby Parker co-CEO and co-founder, for a quick update.

What were Warby Parker’s thoughts regarding Edgehill Village, particularly since you have operated a small retail shop at imogene + willie in 12South?

We’ve gotten to know the vibrant neighborhoods in Nashville quite well after opening our first office outside of New York City (in downtown Nashville’s L&C Tower) a little over a year ago. Edgehill’s unique atmosphere and growing community of retailers and restaurants seemed like the perfect place to open our doors.

Why is Nashville becoming a key city for Warby Parker?

Nashville has played a big part in Warby Parker’s history. In 2012, we opened one of our first showrooms inside imogene + willie, where we welcomed customers for three years. That same year, we stopped by with the Warby Parker Class Trip, our mobile showroom built inside a converted yellow school bus. And in 2014, we chose downtown Nashville for our second corporate office. We have been drawn by Nashville's creative energy and friendly and forward-thinking atmosphere.

The interior design of the new shop will take aesthetic cues from a traditional university library and offer a piece of work — in shades of your favorite hue, blue — from Nashville’s Hendricks Stained Glass. What is the thinking with this?

This store is an opportunity to engage customers with our brand in numerous ways. Eyeglasses and Warby Parker have deep ties to reading, learning and the literary world. The store design takes cues from a classic library. Brass library lamps, walnut shelving and custom leather banquette seating invite customers to take a seat and enjoy the experience of trying on frames or reading (customers can browse and purchase books sourced from a selection of our favorite independent publishers, along with books from our Warby Parker Press). Customers will also find a piece of work from Hendricks Stained Glass, stadium seating, and an archive wall that chronicles our first five years as a company.


(Images courtesy of Warby Parker)

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The 12South Warby Parker location is making plans to move to Edgehill Village.

The New York-based fashion eyewear company, which will establish a regional office in Nashville, has landed a permit to rehab space in the structure last home to Dulce Desserts. The building (see here courtesy of Google Maps) is located at 1207 Villa Place.

Nashville-based Phipps Construction Co. is handling the work, with a Metro Codes Department-issued permit valued at $15,000.

Warby Parker currently operates from a small space in 12South at Nashville-based high-end jeans retailer Imogene + Willie.

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A Metro Planning Commission vote on the rezoning of Music Row property slated for a 135-unit apartment building has been deferred until Thursday, Feb. 12.

The commission was to have voted this Thursday, with developers Gary Belz and Brad Daniel seeking specific plan zoning. Belz is owner and founder of Berry Hill-based House of Blues Studio and a member of the Memphis family known for its work with shopping malls and the Peabody Hotel. Daniel is a real estate investor and a developer of health care properties.

If built, the apartment building would front 16th Avenue, with its back adjacent to some properties in the popular Edgehill Village. Four buildings, including a 13-unit vintage masonry apartment house, would be razed to accommodate the structure, for which a rendering has yet to be released or an architect named.

Read more about the project here.


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