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COMMUNITY IS QUAY, 2020

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 we do at Quay. We are nothing without the unique, diverse group of individuals internally + externally who have allowed us success over the years.

We believe in our inherent duty to spread the Quay vision far + wide through philanthropic + cause programs, amplifying + nurturing the self-expression, confidence, and wellbeing of our global community.

See all the ways YOU helped us give back in 2020:

IN THE FIGHT TO END HUNGER

With more people than ever feeling the extraordinary strain of food insecurity, this year we partnered with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the US + Foodbank Victoria, the largest hunger-relief charity in Australia—donating over $145,000 USD. $1 USD helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks

IN THE FIGHT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE

  • ACKNOWLEDGING THAT REPRESENTATION MATTERS
    Voter education matters. Voter access matters. Representation matters.To coincide with the second QUAY X LIZZO collection launch, we teamed up with The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) + The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law to lift barriers to voting in the US. Committing $100,000 USD to help fund the LDF’s Prepared to Vote initiative to protect voting rights and support Black political engagement + The Lawyers' Committee's Election Protection program anchored by the 866-OUR-VOTE hotline—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.
  • PROMOTING LBGTQ MENTAL HEALTH
    To coincide with the launch of our Pride Collection, Quay donated over $63,000 USD to The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people + Minus18, which aims to improve the lives of LGBTQIA+ youth in Australia through life-affirming events, education, and empowerment.
  • CREATING VISIBILITY INTO THE BLACK EXPERIENCE + ENDING RACIAL INJUSTICE
    We stand in solidarity with the fight against the systematic oppression of the black community. This year we donated $37,500 USD divided among organizations that support the fight for racial justice to The Equal Justice InitiativeThe Loveland FoundationThe NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. We believe in the power of representation and are committed to expanding diversity in everything that we do. We don’t know the answer to everything, but we are committed to continuing to learn + have honest discussions with our community about how we can amplify black excellence.

IN COVID RELIEF EFFORTS

We shifted a portion of our manufacturing efforts in April 2020 to produce certified medical-grade protective goggles + safety glasses for frontline healthcare workers supporting communities impacted by COVID-19. With the help of our squad, we donated 30,000 certified, medical-grade PPE + blue light glasses for healthcare + frontline workers with a Buy One, Get One, Give One campaign that donated one pair of eyewear for each purchase, totaling about $123,000 USD.

IN AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RELIEF EFFORTS

Our hearts ached as we watched devastating bushfires tear across communities in Australia. In January of 2020, we committed to donating 100% of the proceeds from our Australian website and, with your support, raised over $39,000 USD for WIRES Wildlife Rescue + Vinnies.

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THERE IS NO NEUTRAL POSITION ON RACISM

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.

 

We stand in solidarity with the fight against systematic oppression of the black community and are committed to creating visibility into the black experience + ending racial injustice. We believe the only way to fight racism is to be actively anti-racist—educate yourself, speak up, donate, take action.

We are starting with a donation of $50k to organizations that support the fight against racial injustice—and are committed to another $100k before the year ends. See below for a list of the organizations we’re making the first donation to.

We believe in the power of representation and are committed to expanding diversity in everything that we do. We don’t know the answer to everything, but we are committed to continuing to learn and have honest discussions with our community about how we can amplify black excellence.

 

DONATE WITH US

EQUAL JUSTICE INITIATIVE https://eji.org/

The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.

THE LOVELAND FOUNDATION https://thelovelandfoundation.org/

The Loveland Foundation works to bring opportunity and healing to communities of color, and especially to Black women and girls. Through fellowships, residency programs, listening tours, and more. Ultimately, they hope to contribute to both the empowerment and the liberation of the communities they serve.

NAACP LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND https://www.naacpldf.org/

The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. is America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 75 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments.

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.

 

SUPPORT WITH US

Here are some of our favorite black-owned businesses from across the US. This list is just the beginning, as we continue to use our platform to amplify black excellence.

 

PUBLIC LAND | SACRAMENTO CA
HOME GOODS + ART
publiclandstore.com  


TRAPP HAUS BBQ | PHOENIX, AZ
FIRST DOWNTOWN BBQ EATERY
trapphausbbq.com  


BLACK MEN HEAL | PHILADELPHIA, PA
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
blackmenheal.org  


THERAPY FOR BLACK GIRLS
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
therapyforblackgirls.com  


SONSHINE BATH | ATLANTA, GA
HANDMADE, NATURAL SKINCARE
sonshinebath.com  


SAMI MIRO VINTAGE | LOS ANGELES, CA
ECO-CONSCIOUS FASHION
samimirovintage.com  


NENE'S FEMHEALTH | MIAMI, FL
PLANT-BASED FEMININE CARE
nenefemhealth.com  


GOLDE
SUPERFOOD-RICH WELLNESS + BEAUTY
golde.co  


GOURMONADE | SAN FRANCISCO, CA
SMALL-BATCH LEMONADE
gourmonade.com  


BRIGHT BLACK CANDLES
 HAND CRAFTED SCENTED CANDLES
brightblackcandles.com

 

BENEATH YOUR MASK
NON-TOXIC SKIN CARE
beneathyourmask.com

 

BEADS BYAREE
HAND CRAFTED JEWELRY
beadsbyaree.com

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BUY ONE. GET ONE. GIVE ONE.
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BUY ONE. GET ONE. GIVE ONE.

First + foremost—THANK YOU. Over the past few weeks, we have shifted a portion of our manufacturing efforts to producing certified medical-grade protective goggles + safety glasses for front line healthcare workers. PPE is in short supply globally, and eyewear is what we know best—so this felt like the clear way for us to contribute to the global cause during these unprecedented times.

Community is always Quay for us—so it was important to include + empower you. To distribute as many pairs as possible, we offered a BUY ONE, GET ONE, GIVE ONE program on all of our global Quay sites from April 10th-13th, with each purchase representing an additional eyewear donation. As a result, we are proud to announce a donation of over 30,000 pairs of eyewear to be distributed to front line healthcare workers across the globe, from the US to Australia to Europe. We’re overwhelmed and filled with gratitude by your emphatic support of our effort, and are so grateful for the opportunity to distribute thousands of pairs of goggles + glasses to institutions like:

 
Mount Sinai Health System, New York, NY

NYU Langone Hospital, New York, NY


UCLA Health, Los Angeles, CA

Jefferson Health, Philadelphia, PA

Methodist Hospital, Omaha, NE

Children’s Hospital of Orange County, Orange, CA

Swedish Medical Center, Englewood, CO,

Mercy Medical Center, Merced, CA

Royal Melbourne Hospital ED, Victoria, Australia

Frankston Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Cabrini Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Box Hill Hospital, Victoria, Australia

Monash Medical Centre, Victoria, Australia

Brisbane Royal Hospital, Queensland, Australia
 

+ more 

 

 Bec (ICU doc) Jess and Vlad (ICU nurses) Cally (ICU doc)

Jess(ICU nurse) and Cally (ICU doctor)

Louise, Nurse

 

 

Once again, louder for the people in the back—thank you. Together, we are making a difference.

 

Xx, 

Quay

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DESIGN IS QUAY: FESTIVAL 2020

Quay was born roadside on the festival circuit, surrounded by artists and attendees who inspired us to create affordable, well-constructed, cool sunnies. So it's only fitting we kick off this new blog series during the launch of this year's lineup. Design Is Quay takes people behind-the-scenes of new collections.

Making the perfect festival 'play'list is an art. Our secret? Quay's in-house product designersthe people behind the statement-making sunnies and buzz worthy blue light glasses everyone will be wearing this festival season.

CREATING THE COLLECTION

The design process starts by identifying key runway trend and deconstructing them for the Quay customer based on what they see on their feed, in stores, and on the streets.

Cyborg Chic is all about structural shapes that shout 'look at me now' while Vintage Oasis features softer, romantic lenses and lines that say something's in the air.

From trend-spotting and color forecasting to making mood boards and sketching, each pair is thoughtfully designed knowing they are an extension of expression that enhance the vibe. Festival looks are edgier, riskierpeople are going there to be seenso our range of styles is a little more extra.

FRAMES FOR EVERY FESTIVAL 'FIT'

Our focus this year was on electric neons, retro rounds, statement shields, and sunset lenses sure to take any festival outfit center stage. You'll be ready to face the music in new styles and extended colorways of fan favorites.

SHOP THE COLLECTION

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Original vs. Minis: What's The Difference?

We love an oversized sunnies moment, but sometimes the outfit or occasion doesn’t call for a shade blocking shield. 

Whether you’re looking to add a more everyday pair of sunnies to your wardrobe or you have a smaller face shape, you don’t always have to go big. That’s where our minis come in.

Minis are the styles you know and love, like HARDWIRE, but sized down to flatter more face shapes and show off another side to your selfie.

Check out some of our fave mini styles in sunnies and bluelight, and see if you can spot the difference.


Hardwire Mini: Height: 45mm Width: 142mm  |  Hardwire OG: Height: 50mm Width: 147mm 

HARDWIRE MINI is the same easy-to-wear, classic square shape that makes them one of our bestsellers—just sized down in every way for a smaller face or just a smaller fit. On the flip side, if you often find glasses too small for your face, our OG sizes are great for bigger faces or those who prefer a larger fit. And the cherry on top—HARDWIRE or HARDWIRE MINI blue light frames are prescription-ready, so you can take them to your optometrist and have your prescription put in. 

 


All In Mini: Height: 52mm Width:144 |  All In OG: Height: 56mm Width: 151mm

Have you always wanted an aviator shape, but the size stops you from adding to cart? Try ALL IN MINI. Going small never looked so good. 

 

(L) THE PLAYA OG Height: 54mm Width: 147mm | (R) THE PLAYA MINI Height: 54mm Width: 147mm

Players need mini frames too, and that’s why we love THE PLAYA MINI. They keep all the mega glam style you want from an aviator shape without going too big or heavy. 

 


Mini: Height: 48mm Width: 146mm | Regular: Height: 51mm Width: 145mm

Or are you after a pair of cat eye sunnies that put an exclamation point on your outfit without overwhelming you? Put on REINA MINI. This modern take on the cat eye packs all the sass of REINA, but is scaled down, and perfect to wear everyday.


Want to be sure minis are for you? Take our face shape quiz, or stop by your local Quay shop to see them IRL. 

 

 Xo,

Quay

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