Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Warby Parker; Founder & designer, Rachel Leigh Jewlery. New York
Happy 2012 boys and girls! It’s a new year with a new start. And, with that, we’re pumped as ever to bring you more clothes, more handbags, more destinations, and more locations for you to spend the next 365 days gawking over. So, let’s kick it off on the right foot. Cute couple alert. Swoon! Today, we bring you inside the pad of Rachel Leigh and Neil Blumenthal, a rad entrepreneurial couple with some credibility to boot. Rachel Leigh launched her namesake line of jewelry in 2004 and sells her goodies to over 500 stores worldwide. A former publicist for Yves Saint Laurent, Leigh has collaborated with brands like L’Oreal Paris, Swarovski, Madewell, American Eagle, and Susan G. Komen and has been featured inside the pages of Vogue, W, Harper’s Bazaar, Women’s Wear Daily and more. She’s credited with producing vintage-inspired pieces that are on-trend and timeless, but above all, her mantra is keepsake-meets-contemporary. Her hubby is Neil Blumenthal, co-founder of Warby Parker, a line of vintage-inspired frames and prescription lenses for $95.00, and for every product sold, a pair is given to someone in need. A graduate from Wharton, his one-for-one business model has caught on not only due to its mission of giving back, but his shades really are stellar. Together, they occupy a quaint NYC apartment, where they were recently forced to turn Rachel’s shoe and bag emporium into a bedroom to accompany the arrival of their little boy Griffin (he also has a pair of lenses named after him). Their apartment is full of deer bookends, vintage Visionaire publications, ornate giraffe statues (which were purchased after a trip to South Africa), and a slew of custom wallpapers that are at the top of our list for our 2012 purchases. But most importantly, we should take a page from this duo's book and spend a little bit more time giving back. And with Blumenthal’s ‘do good’ concept and Leigh’s collection of collectables, 2012 looks like it’s going to be a damn good year!