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AUSTRALIAN NAIDOC WEEK, 2020: ALWAYS WAS ALWAYS WILL BE

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.” 

We’re celebrating NAIDOC Week at Quay, and honoring Australia’s Aboriginal + Torres Strait Islander Peoples with our COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS series with a short Q/A featuring Sky Thomas, a Gunnai/Kurnai, Yorta yorta, and Wiradjuri Woman.

The belief that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love is central to everything that we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years.

Q/A ft @SOJU_GANG

Q: WHO ARE YOU AND WHAT IS YOUR STORY?

A: I’m Soju Gang—I’m a proud Gunnai/Kurnai, Yorta Yorta, and Wiradjuri woman, and I’m known for being a DJ, designer, and all-around creative here in Melbourne [Australia]. 

  
Q: WHAT DOES NAIDOC WEEK MEAN TO YOU? 

A: What NAIDOC means to me is our community coming together to not only reflect on the journey our people have been on but also to celebrate who we are and where we’ve come from as well.   
We’ve faced so much adversity since colonization, so much injustice and pain and oppression and genocide—some of which we still face today. But to have time to reflect on our determination, our strength, our love, our talent, and our achievements is so important. 

 
Q: WHAT DOES THIS YEAR’S THEME ‘ALWAYS WAS, ALWAYS WILL BE’ CONJURE FOR YOU? 

A: We have a history [in Australia]. This country has tried to erase us, both from the history books and from the face of the Earth. So, for us to say ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’ is saying that we’re still here and we’re not going anywhere. 
 

Q: WHAT DO YOU WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT NAIDOC WEEK?

A: What I want people to know about NAIDOC Week is to understand where it comes from and the history it holds within it. It came from our people marching for their rights on Day of Mourning, which is what others consider Australia Day, and it was about this country acknowledging the history that is here but to also ask for our rights as human beings. So, from a time of pain that we’ve come from, to find the time and create that space for our people to celebrate ourselves is important and should be something that everyone in this country takes part in.  

 

DONATE 

  • Change the Record 

https://changetherecord.org.au/ 
Change the Record is Australia’s only national Aboriginal led justice coalition of Aboriginal peak bodies and non-Indigenous allies. They work to end the incarceration of, and family violence against, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

 

  • Aboriginal Literacy Foundation 

http://www.aboriginalliteracyfoundation.org/ 
The priority of Australia’s Aboriginal Literacy Foundation is to provide ongoing literacy programs and opportunities for Indigenous young people through education and community-based initiatives. 

 

  • Koorie Youth Council 

https://koorieyouthcouncil.org.au/ 
The Koorie Youth Council (KYC) advocates for the advancing of rights and representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to Australian government and communities. 

 

  • The Healing Foundation 

https://healingfoundation.org.au/ 
The Healing Foundation is an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organization that partners with communities to address the ongoing trauma caused by actions like the forced removal of children from their families. 

 

  • Common Ground 

https://www.commonground.org.au/ 
Common Ground is an Aboriginal-led organization that works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across Australia to capture and share stories, and create learning material for wider Australia. 

 

  • ANTaR 

https://antar.org.au/ 
ANTaR is an Australian advocacy organisation dedicated specifically to the rights—and overcoming the disadvantage of— Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people primarily through lobbying, public campaigns, and advocacy. 
 

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    5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

    Last month you joined us in honoring Hispanic Heritage Month with some of our squad. Now, join us in celebrating Dia De Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Read on for five things you should know about Dia De Los Muertos because Community is Quay: 

    The belief that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love is central to everything that we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years.

     

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    HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

    We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at QUAY. Get to know our squad with mini Q/As that highlight some of our Latinx employees—COMMUNITY IS QUAY.

     



    MARIBEL 

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Mexican and Honduran.

    What department do you work in?

    Retail - Shops

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?

    I think one of the biggest...is that all we eat is tacos and burritos. Mexican cuisine has so many different amazing foods! 😍

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    One thing I would like to share would be Mexican culture is the fusion of European, African, and Indigenous culture...This mixing, known as mestizaje, produced a unique cultural identity that makes up the basis for modern-day Mexico, and can be seen in every aspect of Mexican life, including food, clothing, art, music, and even language.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    One thing I could not live without would be music. I love music, it helps me get through the day and gets me energized and motivated with whatever I am doing. 

     


    MARIA 

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Nicaraguan.

    What department do you work in? 
    Finance

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
    That we are lazy people, which is completely wrong. I have traveled to Nicaragua more than 20 times and everyone I’ve met there is extremely hard working and friendly.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    Every year, around Christmas, families come together to celebrate La Purisima. It is both a religious and cultural event to celebrate the Virgin Mary. Everyone sings and passes party favors, which always include typical Nicaraguan food and drinks. It’s a remembrance of our culture and an opportunity for us to enjoy our nation’s treats. 

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    Family.

     


    BRENDA 

    What is your Hispanic heritage?
    I am Mexican and Spanish.

    What department do you work in? 
    Retail - Shops

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
    Biggest misconception of Mexican women is that we’re limited to be housewives/stay-at-home moms, and marry “macho men.” That’s quite false. My mother is a psychologist, and I was taught to be very independent. She really enforced to break that glass ceiling and use my bilingualism to advance in my career.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    Not all Mexicans eat spicy foods. Although, the use of chili is quite common, not all of us like the spicy-ness.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    I cannot live without coffee! Especially “cafe con leche,” which is delicious! And Salsa dancing! 
     


    NYDIA 

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Puerto Rican and Mexican.

    What department do you work in? 
    Inventory Control

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
    Not all Latinx are Catholic, I was raised Pentecostal.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    Puerto Ricans are U.S. Citizens but aren’t allowed to vote for president.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    My Grandma Nydia’s Puerto Rican cooking (I was named after my grandma).
     


    ROB

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Puerto Rican.

    What department do you work in? 
    IT

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
    That we’re all “Spanish.”  Puerto Rico is actually part of Latin America and the indigenous people are actually called Taíno and are thought to have come from the Amazon Basin. If you look at the DNA of anyone from Puerto, it’s a mix of many cultures including Spain and Africa that made Puerto Rico as amazing as it is.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    I have DNA from Europe, Africa, Asia and Native Americans! It’s quite amazing to look at all the sources of what makes me, me.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    Photos of my family! I thought at first about a piece of technology like my phone, but photos and memories are irreplicable.

     


    MIGUEL

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Mexican.

    What department do you work in? 
    Retail Operations

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
    That people in Mexico all wear sombreros.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    People in Tepatitlan have a traditional festival every year in April called Tepabril, in honor of the Lord of Mercy, and the festivities go on for 2 to 3 weeks. A sanctuary was created for the Lord of Mercy in Tepatitlan, Jalisco, and his story is displayed on the walls of the sanctuary describing how he was founded and his significance for the town. 

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    Tamales!


    RAQUEL

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Mexican.

    What department do you work in? 
    Global Brand

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
    That Mexico is a very dangerous place to visit.

    Help drop some knowledge: what is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    In Mexico, we greet everyone with a kiss on the cheek, even people you just met. 😘

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    Limes!


    BRIANNA

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Mexican.

    What department do you work in? 
    Global Brand

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
    That any successful business or family is associated with the cartel. It's sad, but it was a thing my family/friends heard growing up.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    Mexico has 68 official languages that are officially recognized, but there are even more spoken by smaller communities around the country.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    Family, they are a crazy bunch, but man, do I love them!

     


    TESS

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Honduran and Nicaraguan.

    What department do you work in? 
    Global Brand

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have on your culture?
    For me, it's upsetting when others aren't understanding or get frustrated to non-English speaking individuals. Growing up my Mom barely knew any English, so she relied on my brother, dad, and myself  to translate. It's also upsetting when non-Spanish speaking people make fun of any latin culture because they find it “weird.” It truly does take a toll on a child growing up because you end up being embarrassed about who you are, when it should never be like that.

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    We don't all have the same food! I grew with native food from Honduras and Nicaragua. For example, although we have tamales, they aren't the same as a mexican tamale everyone learns and eats.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    My film cameras. They're my form of therapy, and I enjoy seeing life through a viewfinder. 



    CESAR

    What is your Hispanic heritage? 
    I am Colombian, Puerto Rican, and Mexican.

    What department do you work in? 
    Retail-Shops

    What would you say is one of the biggest misconceptions people have about your culture?
    It’s silly, but I always hear, “Oh, you’re from Colombia...What do you guys eat?” 
    Puerto Rico and Colombia are both so rich in culture and have amazing cuisine that doesn’t revolve around beans and tacos. If you’re ever in Puerto Rico or at a decent PR restaurant, try Mofongo (staple), Tostones, and always order the Arroz Con Gandules. 🤤

    Help drop some knowledge: What is one thing you would like to share about your heritage? 
    Being Puerto Rican means that I am not only Puerto Rican, but I am also a beautiful mix of indigenous Taínos, African, and Spanish ancestry.

    One for fun: What is one thing you could not live without? 
    I can never live without MUSIC. Puerto Rico is the birthplace of SALSA. 💃

     

    The belief that COMMUNITY IS QUAY and that all people—regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or creed—deserve respect, opportunity, and love is central to everything that we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years.


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    2020, REPRESENT: I VOTE FOR...

    In honor of National Voter Registration Day, we're making a plan to vote + hope to inspire others to represent this election year. Tell us who you represent for in the comments below and see how you can be prepared to vote.

    PREPARED TO VOTE

    We've partnered with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund to help ensure our squad (and our squad's squad) can make their vote count.

    Here are FOUR things can do:

    1. CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION STATUS if you aren't registered yet, do it ASAP—it only takes a couple of minutes. Check your status at vote.org
    2. LEARN ABOUT ABSENTEE VOTING OPTIONS like mail-in + early drop-offs in your state. Learn more at vote.org
    3. COMPLETE + RETURN ABSENTEE BALLOTS EARLY because it's more important than ever to vote early.
    4. PLANNING TO VOTE IN-PERSON? Come prepared with the checklist below.

     

    FOR MORE RESOURCES VISIT THE LDF’S VOTER WEBSITE

     

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    #QUAY X LIZZO | 2020 REPRESENT

    Our latest campaign with multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer, rapper, and truth-teller, Lizzo has us looking towards the future in a star-studded range of new glammed-out sunnies, blue light glasses, and accessories starting at $55 —including three extremely limited edition styles juiced up with genuine crystals, which are priced at $125.

    While the product and Lizzo are headline-grabbing, the real star of this campaign is the power of the vote. To coincide with our launch, we're teaming up with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to lift barriers to voting in the US. We’re committing $100K to help fund the LDF's Prepared to Vote initiative to protect voting rights + support Black political engagement, and Lawyers' Committee's Election Protection program. Election Protection, anchored by the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, is the nation's premier voter protection program working year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count. Voter education matters. Voter access matters. Representation matters.

    We caught up with Lizzo about our latest collab and the importance of representation in a mini Q/A.
    Q/A has been a mark of the Quay Australia brand for years. And it’s more than just our initials—it’s what we stand for. For our Q/As we check in with some of the coolest people we know to walk a mile in their shades + get a fresh perspective on some of the topics we think are worth talking about.

    Q: The new collection features everything from classic black frames to over-the-top accents like star studs + hot pink gradients. Which aspects of our new collection speak to you most?

    A: I love how much fun this collection is. The spring collection was very superstar, sexy, glam...but this feels rock n roll!

     

    Q: We love that you and your squad have been rocking styles from our first drop non-stop—what is your go-to pair with the new collection?

    A: I know I've taken a lot of pics in the ICY, but I wear TRANSCEND every day. I got a pair in the purse and a pair by the pool.

     

    Q: Your creative director + close friend, Quinn Wilson, both creative directed + shot this campaign. It nods heavily to the collection, Black excellence, and the power of the vote. What inspired you, and how do you work together to develop creative concepts?

    A: This shoot felt like family. Quinn really took the lead with concepts, and I followed her leadership. I trust her, so it's easy to create together.

     

    Q: Our campaign aims to lift barriers to voting in the US, particularly for communities of color. What did you think about the campaign's rallying cry—2020 REPRESENT?

    A: Voting is a big way to contribute + to feel like we're making a change. But the power of voting in midterm and local elections wasn't something I was taught in school. I want to be part of informing future generations of our power.

     

    Q: What does it mean to you to represent?

    A: Representation is important to me. It helps people feel seen. It celebrates diversity. The American people deserve to feel seen, and we deserve a government that reflects our beautiful, diverse country and ideals.

     

    Q: 2020 is a unique time to launch a campaign. We have centered both of our collaborations around giving back to both the customer and the community. What does our partnership + the ability to give back with it mean to you, especially at this time?

    A: I've been waiting for the moment where I can give back. It's the reason why I do this. If I do anything, it should always be beneficial to the betterment of us.

    SHOP THE COLLECTION

     

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