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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.


The design process starts by identifying key runway trends 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.


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.


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Back in August, we partnered with Chrissy Teigen to launch our Education is Quay campaign and give ten members of our community the opportunity to win a $10k scholarship to support their educational goals and fuel their dreams. Self-expression is at the core of everything we do, so we wanted to hear how you express yourself. Self-expression doesn’t always mean being the loudest or flashiest, it means embracing every side of yourself—so we challenged you to show us what you’ve got.

And our Quay Squad brought it. From poetry, to songwriting, to coding for a cause—we reviewed thousands of applications from the US, to Australia, to New Zealand. We laughed, we cried, we loved. And we had the privilege of awarding scholarship grants to ten of these exceptional applicants. Check out the video below to get to know some of our incredible winners, and feel all the feels.




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We believe that knowledge is power, and we’re putting our money where our mouth is by giving ten members of the Quay Squad the opportunity to win a $10k scholarship to support their educational goals and fuel their dreams. Self-expression is at the core of everything we do, so we want to hear how you express yourself. Self-expression doesn’t always mean being the loudest or most flamboyant, it means embracing every side of yourself—so show us what you’ve got.

Education is Quay

Scholarship Criteria 

  • US, Australia, New Zealand 
  • Must be at least 16 years old at time of application 
  • Applicant’s educational goals have a clear and defined purpose and mission and a specific use for the funds as explained in the application 

Evaluation Criteria

  • Use of funds (20%)
  • Writing ability (20%)
  • Creativity (20%)
  • Originality (20%)
  • Overall excellence (20%)


  • August 15th - Scholarship open for applications, marketing begins 
  • October 4th - Scholarship application period ends 
  • October 16th - Semi-finalists are notified + given their video prompt 
  • October 31st  - Final due date for video entries 
  • November 16th - Recipients are notified + announced  

Selection Process 

  • First round written submissions will be reviewed and semi-finalists will be invited to a second round, where they will create a one-minute video submission. A group of finalists from round two will be reviewed by the Quay Australia internal leadership to select final winners.  


*Thank you for your submissions, all recipients of the scholarship have been notified.



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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. 




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