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Community is Quay. Here’s what we’re doing for Hispanic Heritage Month.

IN HONOR OF HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH, WE’RE DONATING $20,000 TO THE CHICANA LATINA FOUNDATION, A NON-PROFIT THAT EMPOWERS CHICANAS LATINAS THROUGH PERSONAL, EDUCATIONAL, AND PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT.

WE ALSO CHATTED WITH HISPANIC QUAY EMPLOYEES AND ASKED THEM ABOUT THEIR ROOTS, EXPERIENCE, AND CULTURE. GET TO KNOW OUR SQUADCOMMUNITY IS QUAY.

 

BRIANNA

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Mexican and I speak Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Most recently Dia De Los Muertos. I had the chance to celebrate in Mexico City!

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Familia!

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Te Amo, I love you (my niece's first words in Spanish)

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? It's a proud moment to embrace our beautiful culture and reflect how far our families and ancestors have come.


JOCELYN

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Mexican, Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? MexicanWhat is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Agua que no has de beber déjala correr.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? It's a great time to really take an initiative and educate yourself with traditions and customs from all Latin countries and see how they influence life here in the states. When you truly see how many people can bond over a dish, music or a something that reminds them of their heritage/culture it's a very beautiful thing that can bring anyone together while continuing to share.

EMILY

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Chilean and Navajo.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Chilean Independence Day! Love celebrating every year with my family.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Proud!

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Por la Razon o la Fuerza!

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? Love being seen for my unique heritage and seeing how proud everyone else is of theirs! I also love how multiple cultures are exposed and we get to learn about all of them not just our neighbors!

 

VIANKA

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? I'm Mexican American and I speak Spanglish. lol

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Making tamales with my grandma and cousins during Christmas.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Community oriented

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Dime con quién andas y te diré quién eres.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? Recognizing the rich culture and traditions that make this community so unique.

ROBERT

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Puerto Rican, Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Puerto Rico has a VERY long Christmas season (starting after thanksgiving) and ends with Octavitas and the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián (or "Fiestas de la SanSe"). I particularly LOVE the foods from this time of year, pasteles, pernil, and our version of "egg nog" called Coquito.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Diverse

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? There's so many, how could I possibly choose just one?!

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? It means remembering those who sacrificed something so we could be where we are today.

ALEX

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Mexican-American, Spanish and English.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Family is at the root of my family and their upbringing. The Mexican culture focuses so much on being a tight family unit. My maternal grandmother upheld this by making a Sunday lunch every Sunday. Every cousin, uncle, aunt, family friend would gather on Sunday's and we'd spend hours talking, laughing and eating. It helped me understand what family can do for you and how we should love and cherish each moment!

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Colorful
What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? "La carne de burro no es transparente" which translates to "donkey meat isn't see through." My mom would say this to me when I would stand in front of her while she's watching TV. Burro, or donkey, is a slang word for dumb. So it was a funny way of saying "hey dummy, move out of the way, I cant see through you."

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? I think it's a great way to highlight the many cultural backgrounds that the Latin world offers. We say representation is important and I believe it is, to see someone who looks like you, or grew up like you being uplifted can be the key for others of that background to strive for more and give them something to aspire to.

 

EMIRO

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Hispanic and Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Sept 18 is our independence day and on that day we like to have a cook out and invite everyone.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Passionate

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? El que paga apaga.  The one that pays can also turn off.   Example: The one that pays the light bill has the authority to turn off the light to conserve energy.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? A recognition and celebration of all the contributions to the world that latin people have made.

RACHEL

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Panamanian and Puerto Rican. Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? In Panama the neighborhood gathers to celebrate the town and it shows the sense of community and family we can appreciate.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Empowering

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Que Xopa

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? It means representation and celebration of so many Hispanic cultures and the continuation of education for everyone in and outside of the Hispanic community.

TRACY

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Peruvian, Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Peruvians will know this, and hopefully salivate!  A cultural tradition whenever I visit family in Peru is to eat guinea pig. Roasted guinea pig! This is a traditional dish served on special occasions and dates back to the times of the Inca!

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Gold

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? "La verdad siempre sale a la luz."

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? Hispanic Heritage month is a time to reflect, celebrate and recognize the work that still needs to be done within the many Hispanic cultures. The work that is ahead of us while hard should be also seen as blessed because we have so much to give and share.

EVAN

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Mexican/Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Making tamales during the winter. 

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Resilient

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? People who haven't or would not normally be interested in Hispanic Heritage are exposed to all kinds of new traditions and history its a time for educating and helping people gain a better understanding of all the different cultures through celebrating them.

VIOLETA

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Hispanic/Mexican and I speak Spanish.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Dia De Los Muertos/ Day of the dead. Its a day where we get to celebrate all of our ancestors and let them know and they are never forgotten. A great way to have the family reunite with Mariachi and celebrate our loved ones.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Mahuizzo- meaning Honored. It is a beautiful thing to come from such a beautiful place filled with many traditions, practices, & beliefs. Art, music, & food also shape one's cultural identity.

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? El que no arriesga, no gana.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? As a Hispanic women, it means the world to me. It is the core of my values, what defines me and what drives me everyday. This month provides us the opportunity to showcase the pride we have for our culture and celebrate the many accomplishments & contributions made by those that came before us. Hispanics, honor the art, music, the food, the culture with family, love, faith and pride.

 

MIGUEL

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? Mexican - speak Spanish

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? Tepabril - An annual celebration that takes place in Tepatitlán de Morelos, Jalisco, Mexico in honor of el Señor de la Misericordia.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Orgulloso - Proud

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Picoso pero sabroso!

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? A moment to share my story and my culture to others and an opportunity for me to continue learning about the culture of other Hispanic people, because there is so much history and so many different traditions in our community that I have yet to discover.

JOY 

heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? My mom’s parents were born in Chihuahua, Mexico & were native Spanish speakers.

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? One cultural tradition that is important to me is cooking a big Mexican dinner at Thanksgiving with my family! We eat tamales every Thanksgiving and Christmas. I also love how when I accidentally spend all my money for the month on clothes, my mom comes over to cook albondigas soup (Mexican meatball soup) for me.

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? "Spicy"

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Viva la vida.

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? Hispanic heritage month to me, means that I get to take time to remind myself of a really important aspect of my identity that I sometimes forget to appreciate. It also means looking around me to see all of those around me who relate to my heritage & who are embracing it too. 

 

ADRIANA 

What is your heritage and what language(s) do they speak there? I am half Mexican and they speak Spanish!

What is one cultural tradition or celebration that is important to you? I’ve always found Dia de los Muertos to be so interesting!

In one word, how would you describe your cultural identity or heritage? Fun!

What is one of your favorite sayings in Spanish? Te Quiero! <3

What does Hispanic Heritage Month mean to you? It means well-deserved representation and love of and for the Hispanic community. :) 

 xo,QUAY

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Love is Quay ft. The Quay Fam

We're proud of (and have so much love for) our LGBTQIA+ squad. To close out Pride Month, we talked to Quay's internal team for a short conversation on why love is key and how you can be an ally to the LGBTQIA+ community beyond Pride Month.



RACHEL, SHE/THEY
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Being able to express who you are.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship looks like a friend who stands with you through everything, no matter what they are going through.



JAVON, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Putting yourself first and ensuring that you are always a priority no matter what anyone's opinion is.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is fighting for the rights of (and giving a voice to) those who are constantly silenced.



MATTHEW, HE/HIM
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU? Being authentically me and not apologizing for it.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is always practicing social justice, no matter how big or small it is.



JAZ, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Expressing yourself.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is being included.



JAMES, HE/HIM
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Creating space for me time, which is time spent doing anything that recharges or fulfills me.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is reminding yourself that you must always uplift + include others without judgment.



PATTY, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Loving yourself despite of your faults.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is accepting everyone no matter their background or creed and advocating for their well-being when it matters.



ROW, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Acceptance of my truth and bringing that truth to the forefront.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is the privileged lending their voices to amplify those from unheard groups.



JEREMY, HE/HIM
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
It’s more than just loving yourself; it means embracing your true inner beauty without holding back and limiting your potential to fit societal standards.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is celebrating not only each other but support for one another.



NYDIA, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Self-acceptance. Loving myself, flaws and all. We are perfectly imperfect, and that's more than ok.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, an ally listens, an ally celebrates, an ally rallies.



BROOKE, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Putting yourself first.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is standing and supporting others 100%.



JARAD, HE/HIM
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Putting yourself first. Being your true self.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU? For me, allyship is peace and love.



MICHELLE, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Putting myself in situations that serve me, paying attention to my wants and needs, and taking care of myself, even if it's by shopping or simply relaxing.
WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship involves supporting others for being themselves.



KAYLEY, SHE/HER
WHAT DOES SELF-LOVE MEAN TO YOU?
Being satisfied with who you are despite your flaws/weaknesses and showing as your genuine self, regardless of what others may think is self-love for me.


WHAT DOES ALLYSHIP LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
For me, allyship is showing up for the people in my life who are part of a marginalized group and reaching out to others to advocate for them.
In honor of Pride Month, we also proudly donated to the following organizations:

  • In the US, we donated $100K USD to The Trevor Project—the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people under 25.
  • In Australia, we're donating 100% of proceeds, up to $20K AUD, in June to support Minus18—an organization that champions for LGBTQIA+ youth through events, education, and campaigns.
  • In the UK, we're donating £5,000+ GBP to Mermaids—UK's leading LGBTQ+ charity supporting trans kids + their families.
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Community Conversations: Juneteenth, 2021

We sat down to talk with our community, continuing our series, which amplifies the voices and stories to help inspire others. You can also read our 5 Things To Know About Juneteenth post from last year.

MONIQUE IDLETT-MOSLEY

BUSINESS PIONEER + PHILANTHROPIST 

Q: Why is educating yourself about history crucial in evolving as a community? 

M: With Juneteenth, I think it's important to understand the scope of hundreds of years of enslavement. Research [Juneteenth] and know that we still live in a nation that hasn't come to terms with its truth. We have obligations as human beings to acknowledge that truth.

JAMES DAVIS 

QUAY DISTRICT MANAGER 

Q: As we honor + celebrate Juneteenth, what is one way you think individuals can do to practice allyship? 

J: To put it simply, listen. Listen to all of those around you and genuinely hear and try to empathize with their experiences. We’ve all come from different paths, and it doesn’t cost you anything to hear someone out and take a moment to attempt to place yourself in their shoes.

MUNROE BERGDORF

ACTIVIST + MODEL

Q: June marks the celebration of International Pride Month + Juneteenth. Being that you identify as both gender queer and Black—for you, how are these two moments inherently intertwined?

M: Juneteenth is a holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, but the fact that it also takes place during Pride Month is a poignant reminder of the multi-layered complexities of existing as a queer Black person. Not only do we face queerphobia, but also systemic racism in the form of anti-Blackness.

LOVE IS QUAY 

The only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action. There is no neutral position on racism. 

COMMUNITY 

We believe that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love. 

 

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Q/A with Monique Idlett-Mosley, Business Pioneer + Philanthropist

In honor of Juneteenth, we're continuing our Community Conversations series, which amplifies voices and stories to help inspire our community. We talked to Monique Idlett-Mosley, the founder of Always Believing Foundation and co-founder/managing partner of Reign Venture Capital, a venture capital (VC) firm supporting and investing in women- and minority-led startups. This former entertainment executive and business pioneer talked to the Quay squad about her story, helping others breaking through glass ceilings, and Juneteenth. Read on for our Q/A with Monique.

“The evolution of self is never ending.”

Q: Let our community know what you're all about.

A: I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur. From a young age, I made sure that I put myself in places where I could learn and grow. I was very fortunate to have a mother who taught us that we are never our circumstances—that we can be as big as we can dream. So, I always stuck close to the idea of dreaming big and having vision.

I knew that to do some great things, I needed to be an example of disruption. And I needed to be the example of what VC firms should be like, which is inclusive. I'm a huge advocate for being in rooms where all voices matter. So, three years ago, my business partner and I formalized Reign Venture, where we specialize in the funding of businesses for women and people of color.

Q: What does it mean to you to advocate for success stories?

A: We all have the power within ourselves to advocate for others who can't use their voices. For me, my entire career has been about advocating for the underserved the underrepresented. Based on how I grew up, I've always made sure that I'm never comfortable being the "only one" in the room.

Q: Why is learning and educating yourself about history crucial in evolving as a community?

A: I was born to a mother whose parents are Greek and Russian. My father is Indian, French, and African American. My mother understood that the world was going to see me as a Black woman.

With Juneteenth, I think it's important to understand the scope of hundreds of years of enslavement. That it IS a freedom celebration. My mother, to this day, will call me and ask me, "Are you working? You better not be," and she means it.

Research [Juneteenth] and know that we still live in a nation that hasn't come to terms with its truth. We have obligations as human beings to acknowledge that truth. To try and understand each other, not tolerate, but accept each other. Part of acceptance is continuing that curiosity to learn. I try to learn about everything. All cultures. All experiences. Because that's what makes this nation so amazing.

Q: What advice would you give your younger self?

A: I wouldn't tell her anything. The person that just spoke to you today is a combination of all my experiences. And without those, I don't know that I would be here. We all know that there are different paths and easier routes we can take—winning versus lessons. And I say lesson because I don't talk about failure. There is always a lesson in there for us.

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5 Essential Sunnies Styles to Try Now

It's easy to express your selfie when you've got the perfect shades. Quay’s trendy sunglasses come in a wide range of styles for all face shapes and fashion statements, so there's no need to settle for just one pair. Today, we’ll break down the iciest sunnies that enhance your face and your fit. Let's run through the staple sunglasses shapes and see how they can be tailored to your vibe.

Aviator Sunglasses

WOMAN IN HIGH KEY AVIATOR
Developed for pilots and popular in the ‘70s, the aviator never goes out of style. You'll recognize this retro shape by its definitive brow bar and inverted teardrop lenses. It'll give whatever you're wearing a throwback touch, especially if you’re all about that HIGH KEY life. The black fades are the OG bestselling pair and the luxe metal frame is gorg, plus HIGH KEY comes in different styles. Feeling extra? Get edgy with a shield or navigator pair, then throw on vintage T’s and 501s or your go-to streetwear for the perfect retro-mod vibe. 

Cat Eye Sunglasses

We’re suckers for cat eyes and we aren’t sorry. These retro cool sunglasses were popular in the '60s and they remain universally flattering today. Their signature feline flick adds a distinguished pop to your look, equal parts hipster and hell yes. Pair your purr-fect cat eyes with pearls and a little black dress for understated elegance or embrace simplicity with a neutral color palette up top and timeless denim below. Keep your winged cat eye snatched in NOOSA with a bold injection frame or COME THRU and show out in these fan fave sunnies.

Shield Sunglasses

Haters, be gone. Block out the noise with shields. Instead of the standard lens-and-bridge deal, these sunnies wrap around your face for full panoramic vision (in 4K, not just HD). Shields are loud and tend to suit your inner boss lady, especially when paired with your fave puffer or athleisure. A little sporty, with no reason to say sorry—that’s the shield vibe. Make an entrance with a shield styled the way you want it. For a classic shield look, pop on HINDSIGHT for sport and spice and everything nice, oversized and savage. 

Square Sunglasses

Few shapes highlight your angles like square sunglasses. This style is straight-up universal—ideal for quick errands when you’d rather be undercover and even better when you want to be seen. Want to go big? Opt for AFTER HOURS and blow a kiss to your Quay-approved reflection. For slightly scaled-down sunnies, HARDWIRE your day with a classic injection frame that makes WFH an occasion. Bonus: HARDWIRE is a pair of polarized sunglasses that helps reduce glare, from poolside outing to desert road trips. Seems like a pretty bright idea, agreed?

Circle Sunglasses

Circle sunglasses are Quay to the festival-ready aesthetic we’ve always dug. Their shape is iconic and timeless, as common on 60s’ icons as they are on TikTok celebs. For a more modern mood, grab FARRAH, a frameless happy medium with metal studs. For a sleeker look drenched in flower child vibes, spring for JEZABELL, a slightly oversized take on the round. 
 
Browse through Quay's iconic sunglasses collection for a sleek pair of shades that feel just right. To see if you've got the perfect fit, play around with our Virtual Try-On Tool!

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