Warby Parker Has Sold 1 Million Pairs of Glasses -- Half of Them in the Past Year

But, perhaps more importantly, it has given away that many to people in need.
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But, perhaps more importantly, it has given away that many to people in need.
Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker. Photo: Courtesy

Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker. Photo: Courtesy

Hip, innovative and charitable eyewear brand Warby Parker is celebrating a milestone. On Wednesday, the company, which was founded in 2010, announced that it had distributed 1 million pairs of glasses to those in need through its Buy a Pair, Give a Pair program.

The company does so by tallying the number of glasses sold every month and then making a donation (of an amount that will cover that number of glasses) to non-profit partners like VisionSpring, who then train people in developing countries to give eye exams, in addition to distributing glasses. (To learn more, read this.)

This milestone also means the brand has sold 1 million pairs of glasses, an impressive feat for a relatively new and small company -- especially when you consider that it hit the 500,000-pair mark just last July. That means half of the brand's total sales took place in the past year alone.

Of course, a lot has happened in the past year or so: The company has opened retail locations across the country, some in other stores and some standalone; it's taken on new investors and it's launched a couple of buzzy fashion collaborations.

Given that we're still seeing crazy long lines inside its New York stores, it probably won't be too long before the brand hits the 2 million mark.