Sunny Style From Down Under: An Interview with Quay Eyewear

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Feeling blasé or uninspired about your ensemble? How about a sweet and spunky pair of shades to brighten up your look? We recently caught up with Quay Eyeware, the awesome Australian brand who provides us with unique, vintage-inspired shades like the Love Alive Sunglasses (if these heart-shaped sunnies haven’t made their way into your closet, you’re seriously missing out!)

After the jump, read more about Melbourne-based Quay Eyeware and their cutting edgedesigns!

What is a typical day like for the designers behind Quay Eyeware?
Our designers are pretty flippant, but that is also what gives us original product which is fresh in our segment of the market!  They are busy living the life we reflect in our product.  They do research on the market – Melbourne is such a fashion-based city, so our home is a great working environment.  We chip away at developing original, but also classic retro-inspired frames, and also a little more outrageous designs.  As the motto reads, “Life is too short to blend in!”


How does living in Melbourne influence the brand? What is your favorite part about living and working in Australia?

Melbourne is amazing – it is welcoming of every angle of fashion.  Melbourne is definitely home to the most original and expressive fashion in Australia, and on a par as one of the great fashion cities in the world. The frames we design are definitely reflective of Melbourne, but also have influences from the wonderful cities we visit around the globe.

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A view of the bustling Melbourne Lane

We noticed Quay Eyeware supports a number of charities, listed on your website. How did this relationship come about?
There are some deep roots to the charities we support. Every day we learn of someone touched by cancer. Childhood cancer is one that has touched the Quay family, and for this reason it was a really easy decision to support such great charities.

Before designing sunglasses, did Quay Eyeware designers dabble in apparel?
Sunglasses are our passion.  We do not have any background with apparel or other accessories.  Every person within the company has a passion for fashion, and a great eye for fashion.  We all have our own style which creates fun within the office!

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Who says sunglasses can’t be a statement piece? On the left is Quay’s With a Grain of Style Sunglasses, and on the right, the Squiggle Giggle Sunglasses.

Which pair is your favorite, and why?
The Squiggle Giggle Sunglasses are awesome. If it were not the Squiggle, it would be the Double Take Sunglasses in Tortoise.

We believe a person’s choice of sunglasses says a lot about their personality do you agree? Do you feel like the right pair of shades can completely change an outfit?
A pair of sunnies can definitely completely change a person’s look. It is the ideal accessory.  More often than not, sunglasses give you an insight to the person.  That’s the beauty of sunglasses, there is a pair to suit everyone!

What is your favorite part about working in the fashion industry?
Being fortunate enough to work in the fashion industry provides the chance to focus on things you are passionate about.  People have their own styles and being able to immerse yourself in this everyday allows you to express yourself rather than be restricted.

What are some of your biggest sources of design inspiration?
Our design influences come from our environment. We live in a very diverse society which provides us with endless inspiration.  If we ever feel we are lacking inspiration we can simply plonk ourselves on a street corner in a cool pocket of Melbourne and the juices start flowing.  We definitely pride ourselves on influencing rather than following – this is something very important to Quay.

Can you offer a few words of advice to an aspiring fashion or accessories designer?
If you are able to design for those things that you have a genuine interest in you will have greater success.  Trying to design for something you have little or no interest in will lose its appeal very quickly.

Which pair of Quay glasses is your favorite?

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