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GO BEHIND THE SCENES: DESIGNER FRAMES

Extra cool. Extra fine. Extra luxe. It’s all about the details—YOU’RE IN LUXE.

Introducing the luxe collection of sunnies made from extra-fine materials + dressed up in extra-good features. Premium frames, luxe details, polarized lenses for just $85. 


Go behind our new collection with product designers Colleen + Adesha. 


The design process starts by identifying key runway looks. Then, our in-house designers break down those trends, make mood boards, and sketch to ensure each frame is thoughtfully created with our squad (and quality) in mind.  

Our Product Team went straight up premium developing each style’s construction + components when designing the Luxe Collection. They incorporated the most high-end acetates, lenses, and hardware for that head-turning look + feel. 

SHOP THE LUXE COLLECTION 

 

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COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS: AAPIHM FT. THE QUAY FAM

In honor of Asian American + Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we're celebrating the power of resilience and standing with this vibrant community united as one but made up of many. 


We're spotlighting the people, their experiences, and the cultures that fuel this diverse group—kicking it all off with our Quay employees.  

ADESHA: FUELED BY CREATIVITY  

What is your heritage? Chinese  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's a time to empower and be empowered by all of the amazing people in the AAPI community. It is a reminder to be noticed, seen, and proud of who you are every day.  

ALYSIA: FUELED BY HELPING OTHERS  

What is your heritage? Chinese  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's a time to intentionally appreciate the diverse culture, influence, and history of the AAPI community. Personally, it reminds me to remember the journey and sacrifices my Grandparents and immigrant parents took to provide a better future for their family.  

CAMILLE: FUELED BY PRIDE  

What is your heritage? Filipino + Indian  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's a chance to recognize + remember that the AAPI community is so diverse and expansive that we don't always realize how much of society has been touched by it.   

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? Most people are probably aware that the heavy Spanish influence in Filipino culture comes from centuries of Spanish rule, but because of its geography, there was also a lot of influence from Chinese, Hindu, Muslim, and even American cultures (to name a few!), and all in different parts of the country too.  

CATHY: FUELED BY HUMANITY  

What is your heritage? Chinese  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's a time to reflect on the struggles my ancestors went through to make it to America. As a first-generation American, it is important to me to honor Chinese traditions and pass them on to the next generation, so our culture isn't lost or "watered down."  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? NYC Chinatown was formed around the early 20th century with a surge in immigration. Because the Chinese weren't granted basic civil rights at the time, they had to form their own communities and support system to survive. It holds a special place in my heart as that is the support system that my family leaned on.   

CHELSIE: FUELED BY OHANA  

What is your heritage? Hawai'ian + Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's a time to honor and appreciate my culture. Growing up in Hawai'i, I lived in a very diverse community. Because everyone comes from different backgrounds and has different beliefs, this taught me that just life is too short to judge anyone and to respect and support everyone for who they are. 

CYNTHIA: FUELED BY MY ANCESTORS  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? Heritage is what has survived from our history. What exists today. This month reminds me to discover more untold/erased stories of my ancestors and to pay tribute to them by preserving and keeping the culture alive for future generations.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have played an integral role in US history since the mid-1800s. From Filipino "Manongs" spearheading the fight for fair wages to healthcare to the 20,000 Chinese men who helped build the Transcontinental Railroad, AAPI communities have helped advance labor and immigration laws, as well as the growth of American industry and agriculture.  

DANIELLE: FUELED BY UNCONDITIONAL LOVE  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means discovery. A lot of what I learned about the Filipino culture was from seeking it out myself in college through friends and joining the Filipino club…go Samahan 

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? The history of the Philippines includes over 100 indigenous tribes or ethnic groups. Because they primarily reside in the mountains, they managed to retain their cultural identity from Spanish and American colonization.  

EDHEL: FUELED BY FAMILY  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means being proud of my culture.  

JEREMY: FUELED BY SELF-EXPRESSION  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's about recognizing a strong community and uniting them to create a voice that truly highlights what being an Asian American means.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? My grandfather, Mario O'Hara, has had many contributions to the film industry that were defining points in his career and defining points in the Asian community. Through his repertoire of awards, he built a community for Asians in the entertainment and film industry that allowed for the visibility of Asian entertainment internationally.   

JILL: FUELED BY COMMUNITY  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It's about visibility and recognition. The AAPI community is comprised of so many different ethnicities, cultures, and languages. The diversity and uniqueness of our individual cultures are never recognized, let alone celebrated. AAPI Heritage Month is the opportunity to make those invisible visible.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? San Francisco's International Hotel is an immortalized symbol of identity, solidarity, self-determination for Filipinos. To its residents, the I-Hotel was a sanctuary where those, young and old, could gather and enjoy a shared feeling of unity. On August 4, 1977, the forced evictions left hundreds of residents homeless and stripped a community of a cultural hub. Its destruction-fueled movements for affordable housing in San Francisco.   

JIONA: FUELED BY MY VICTORIES  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means embracing the different cultures we all share and celebrating our past and upcoming future.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? Fe Del Mundo, a Filipino Pediatrician, was the first woman to be accepted into Harvard Medical School. She also founded the first Pediatric hospital in the Philippines and was the first woman to be National Scientist of the Philippines in 1980.  

JUAN: FUELED BY CREATIVITY  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means we get to share a little bit more of our culture and traditions with everyone. So much of who I am comes from my family and their roots in the Philippines.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? An often-overlooked part of history is the role of Asian and Pacific Islander women in World War II. Judy Bellafaire, a curator of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, said, "Lots of Japanese and Chinese women were trained as interpreters and translators, and some Filipino American women put their lives on the line as members of the underground resistance in the Philippines."  

KOA: FUELED BY POSITIVITY  

What is your heritage? Hawai'ian + Puerto Rican  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? The Hawaiian Culture has brought (and shown me) peace and love.  

LEA: FUELED BY FAMILY  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means celebrating and honoring Asian American's who contribute to the history, culture, and community we live in.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? Most Asian American's grow up in bi-lingual or even tri-lingual homes. I have so much respect for my dad, who speaks English, Tagalog, and Ilocano. I've always looked up to him and how he's managed to learn English after already being fluent in two other languages.  

MARIEDHEL: FUELED BY COMMUNITY  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means visibility—being seen for our culture, our past and our present, our contributions to cultures and society, and acknowledging the vast community that gives back.  

MARK: FUELED BY THE SUPPORT OF FAMILY + FRIENDS  

What is your heritage? Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means being proud to be Asian and not being afraid to show my culture or traditions.  

MARLESE: FUELED BY FAMILY  

What is your heritage? Cambodian  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? As a Cambodian-American, I think it is really important to share our stories about our culture and learn more about our history. With the rise of violence among the AAPI communities, we must come together to learn about our fellow Asian Americans' experiences to educate ourselves and help fight against racism and discrimination.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? Asian-American seniors are the most financially vulnerable group, with 1 in 4 living in poverty. Refugee communities, including Cambodians and Vietnamese, experience higher rates of poverty. The truth is Asian-American communities need help, but the model minority myth completely outshines the struggles experienced by so many.  

ROW: FUELED BY HUMILITY  

What is your heritage? Filipino  

What does AAPIHM mean to you? It means recognition and inclusion.  

What is a piece of AAPI history people should know? AAPI history month was coined in May to recognize two milestones: the first Japanese Immigrants in May 1843 and the contributions of 20,000 Chinese workers in the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869. Conversely, this is to silently recognize the sufferings of the same Asian Americans who helped build the road brought on by the Exclusion Act of 1882 and the Massacre of 1871.  

Whatever it is that fuels you, we move forward to defend, support, uplift our Asian American + Pacific Islander community internally and externally today and every day.  

STOP THE HATE, FUEL THE LOVE  

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 IS QUAY  

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

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QUAY X SAWEETIE: FUEL YOUR DREAMS

We believe that knowledge is power (and EDUCATION IS QUAY). To go along with our QUAY X SAWEETIE collection, we're awarding $100,000 USD in scholarships to help fuel the dreams of ten winners. Read below for more details, or enter here: https://www.myscholarship.app/quayscholarships

 

SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA

  • Must be located in the US, District of Columbia, Australia, New Zealand 
  • Must be at least 16 years old at the time of application  
  • Applicant's educational goals have a clearly defined purpose + mission, plus a specific use for the funds as explained in your application  
  • Applicants must attend or plan to attend a two-year or four-year college, university or vocational/technical school

TIMELINE

  • April 14th Scholarship open for applications
  • June 9th Scholarship application period ends 
  • July 1st  Semi-finalists are notified + given their video prompt 
  • July 15th Final due date for video entries 
  • August 2nd Recipients are notified + announced  

SELECTION PROCESS

  • First-round written submissions are reviewed + semi-finalists will be invited to a second round, where they will create a one-minute video submission. The Quay team will review the group of finalists from the second round to select final winners.  
  • Ten (10) winners will each receive $10,000 USD for a total of $100,000 USD in scholarships. All fifty (50) semi-finalists will also receive merchandise gift cards, redeemable for one (1) pair of sunnies or blue light glasses ($85 value).

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Semi-finalists Answers will be evaluated in the following proportions: use of funds (20%), writing ability (20%), creativity (20%), originality (20%), and overall excellence (20%).

Finalists Answers will be evaluated in the following proportions: answers video prompt question (25%), creativity (25%), originality (25%), and overall excellence (25%)

WRITTEN APPLICATION QUESTIONS

  • Full name  
  • Email  
  • Phone number 
  • Physical address, including country 
  • Anticipated high school graduation date 
  • Birth date  
  • Annual household income 
  • Ethnicity  
  • Essay 1 (250 words or less): What are your educational goals, and how would you use this scholarship to support those goals?  
  • Essay 2 (250 words or less): Self-expression is a core value at Quay. What does self-expression mean to you? 

Ready to fuel your dreams? Enter here.

Have more questions? Contact quayscholarship@educationdynamics.com

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LET IT BE LIT ft. ASHLEY GRAHAM

In partnership with model, activist, and new mother, Ashley Graham, this International Women’s Day, we’re challenging the way things have always looked. Buck the system. See positive change. Envision a brighter future.

Our LET IT BE LIT campaign for March is centered around the space between URL and IRL, with the idea that as people make their way back out into the world, it’s with a renewed sense of self-expression and the notion that CONFIDENCE IS QUAY—a tagline for us and one of Ashley’s personal affirmations.


We sat down with Ashley to talk about this year’s International Women’s Day theme, advocating for inclusivity, invoking confidence, and her faves from our March photoshoot. Read the Q/A below.

Plus, as part of the campaign—and in an ongoing commitment to philanthropy and cause efforts to support the self-expression, confidence, and well-being of their global community—we’re choosing to wear cause with confidence for International Women’s Day. Donating $100,000 to Girls Inc., a non-profit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy.

From sweatsuits and power suits, to whatever suits your mood, we’ve got the quays to take your look to the next level. Wear it with confidence starting at $55. Shop new arrivals.

Q/A WITH ASHLEY GRAHAM

Quay: First of all—who are you + what are you all about?

Ashley: I’m Ashley Graham and I’m a model, host, wife, and new mom to my son Isaac. In everything I do, I work to give people everywhere the courage to make real, positive changes in their lives by breaking down barriers, building confidence, and most importantly, owning who you are.

Q: You’ve always been an advocate for women in so many ways—what does being an advocate for other women mean to you?

A: Being an advocate means supporting one another, using our voices to spark change and creating opportunities that lift and celebrate those around you. It also means being a good listener and cheerleader for your friends, sisters, and other women in your community on a regular basis.

Q: This year’s International Women’s Day official theme is CHOOSE TO CHALLENGE. What does it mean for you + what are some things you choose to challenge?

A: It’s incredibly important for everyone to see realistic portrayals of women and curvy bodies on billboards, tv, and in brand campaigns, and I’ll continue to challenge the status quo and advocate for inclusivity and representation in fashion, entertainment, and beyond.

Q: You’re a woman in a position of power. What does that privilege mean to you, and what drives your decision making?

A: As a public figure, I’m committed to using my voice and platform to offer space for conversations around body positivity and empower others.

Q: Who are the women that inspire you?

A: My mom Linda is the strongest person I know, and she inspires me endlessly. She has always lifted me up and encouraged me to be my best self.

Q: The idea that CONFIDENCE IS QUAY is at the center of everything we do at Quay. How has your definition of confidence changed over the years?

A: We all have moments of self-doubt, and there’s been plenty of times where I have felt less than confident, but I truly believe that we all have the power of confidence within us. Incredible things will happen once you start to trust in YOU.

Q: On that same note—what is one thing you would tell your younger self?

A: Doors will close, and you’ll hear a lot of no’s throughout your life but keep believing in yourself and trust in the process!

Q: Self-expression is at the core of the Quay brand, which Quay styles are you drawn to, and how do they make you feel when you put them on?

A: I LOVE an aviator look, and really gravitated towards HIGH KEY TWO-TONE to add a little edge to my looks. I also like a big sunglasses moment for some extra glamour—COFFEE RUN really stand out.

Q: How has your style evolved over the years, and what impact, if any, has motherhood had on your style choices?

A: Since becoming a new mom and working from home, I’ve opted for more stylish yet convertible pieces that are easy to mix and match and can dress up (or dress down) any look. I have to prepare for different types of scenarios throughout the day—working moms know what I’m talking about!

Q: As we've transitioned into a more connected world, where we increasingly interact virtually, how have glasses and accessories played into your screenshot style?

A: Glasses, accessories, and some light glam have definitely helped freshen up my Zoom looks during quarantine. Cute glasses or a bold lip are the perfect for a quick and low-lift, especially on days when putting on real clothes is such a struggle.

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THE HISTORY BEHIND THE SAUCE

It goes by many names—Black excellence, Black joy, the sauce, etc.—whatever you call it, it’s threaded throughout our Black History Month features, and we’re ending our Drip Series by highlighting the history behind the sauce. 

We spoke with Dr. Robert P Robinson who has served as a K-12 educator for 11 years, teaching at public high schools. His field of study is in Africana Studies & History of Education with a focus on the Black Freedom Movement, Curriculum, and Instruction. 


We’re using our platform to amplify the causes that are important to our community internally + externally, donating $25,000 in honor of Black History Month to: 

  • The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.: America's premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. 
  • Therapy for Black Men: An American organization working to help change the narrative around Black men seeking mental health support, helping them find the resources they need. 
  • Therapy for Black Girls: A US-based online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls. 
  • Plus, we provided 300 pairs of blue light glasses to Black Girls Code, an organization based in New York + the Bay Area dedicated to teaching girls ages 7-17 about computer programming and digital technology. 

COMMUNITY IS QUAY 

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