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

LBGTQ MENTAL HEALTH

To coincide with to the launch of The Pride Collection, featuring bestselling shapes with mirrored rainbow lenses, Quay is donating $50,000 USD to The Trevor Project, the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people. Quay believes that Pride is a time for celebration, but also a time to reflect on and take action in the fight for social justice for all people.
The Trevor Project offers a suite of 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention programs, including TrevorLifelineTrevorText, and TrevorChat as well as the world’s largest safe space social networking site for LGBTQ youth, TrevorSpace. Trevor also operates an education program with resources for youth-serving adults and organizations, an advocacy department fighting for pro-LGBTQ legislation and against anti-LGBTQ rhetoric/policy positions, and a research team to discover the most effective means to help young LGBTQ people in crisis and end suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or suicidal, our trained crisis counselors are available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386 via chat www.TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting START to 678-678.

THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE

We stand in solidarity with the fight against the systematic oppression of the black community and are committed to creating visibility into the black experience + ending racial injustice. Quay donated $50,000 USD divided among organizations that support the fight for racial justice in June 2020—the Equal Justice Initiative, The Loveland Foundation, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Change the Record. We're also committed to donating another $100,000 USD before the year ends.

We also 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.

THE FIGHT TO END HUNGER

More people than ever are feeling the extraordinary strain of food insecurity. Food banks nationally are facing dissipating supply chain + volunteer support during the global pandemic. To coincide with the launch of our QUAY X LIZZO collection, we teamed up with Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country, on a Buy One. Get One. Give 100 Meals. campaign. From May 20-25th 2020, together with Lizzo + our community, we donated over one million meals to people struggling with hunger.

*$1 helps to provide at least ten meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.

FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS

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+ pairs of eyewear with a Buy One, Get One, Give One campaign that donated one pair of eyewear for each purchase.

AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE RELIEF

Our hearts ached as we watched devastating bushfires tear across communities in Australia in January of 2020. We commited to donating 100% of the proceeds from our Australian website on January 4th and, with your support, raised over $60,000 AUD for bushfire relief. Donations went to WIRES Wildlife Rescue + Vinnies.

THE RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION

In August 2019, we launched our Education is Quay campaign. The scholarship program gave ten Quay Squad members the chance to win a $10,000 to pursue their education goals + fuel their dreams. We reviewed thousands of applications from across the United States, Australia, and New Zealand, and in January, awarded each of our ten incredible winners $10,000 USD.

 

 

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#QUAYXLIZZO CONFIDENCE IS QUAY

We're all looking for something to believe in. A reason to feel good as hell. Introducing a new collaboration with multi-platinum, award-winning singer, rapper, and truth-teller, Lizzo. A juiced-up collection starting at £40 GBP.

To coincide with the launch, we’re teaming up with Lizzo and Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization in the country. From 20 – 25th May, customers can buy any pair, get another pair of their choice for free (cuz we love you), and together we’ll help provide at least 100 meals per purchase—up to one million meals. Want to make a larger donation to Feeding America? Click here to donate directly on their site. QUAY X LIZZO for good.

Inspired by Lizzo's bold, unapologetic style and our team of in-house product designers created the new collection with her as our muse—eight feel-good styles, including new takes on some of our fan-favorite sunnies + blue light glasses, plus a sunnies chain that also works as a necklace or bracelet.

We see Lizzo as an icon of confidence, self-love, and self-expression, which is why we tapped her to be the face of our Confidence is Quay campaign. She speaks her truth and, in doing so, empowers all of us to do the same. Confidence. Self-love. Laughter. We see that.

 

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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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Boss Talk with Quay CEO Jodi Bricker

 

Jodi + her daughters

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. So, we’re checking 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.

This time around, we’re chatting with someone who inspires us daily. Meet Jodi Bricker, CEO of Quay Australia. We’re lucky enough to soak up inspiration from her on the reg, and we want to send a little bit of that magic your way.

 

Who are you?

First and foremost—I am a mom of two teenaged daughters, and I live in the Bay Area. I’m originally from the Midwest, but I’ve been in California since college, and I’m a hybrid of both places. I grew up as a competitive athlete, so I love pushing myself and reaching for personal bests. And I am the CEO of Quay, which is quite possibly the most fun I’ve ever had at work, and I’m so grateful to be a part of the brand.

 

We love a boss, let’s talk more about that. What’s the most important thing that you do at work?

I set the vision, mission, and overall direction of Quay. I try to inspire our teams to create and deliver in a way that solves problems for our customers and makes them happy!  My background is in product, branding, retail, and digital—but I spend most of my time with people. Listening to our customers in our stores and on social media, coaching the teams at Quay, and connecting the dots along the way. I work to create and maintain a culture and working environment at Quay that inspires everyone to become their best self and do their best work.

 

Quay team members

 

And where do you seek inspiration?

I find inspiration everywhere. Not just in eyewear, fashion, or retail—I see the world from a consumer perspective everywhere I look, and I always have my antennae up. I try as much as possible to be in different cities and environments observing people, patterns, and trends. LA and Miami are amazing for sunnies attitude and lifestyle inspiration. Merci in Paris is one of my favorite retail spots because it’s a hybrid store—part café, part vintage art installations, fashion, and home décor.

 I’m currently obsessed with Glossier and Outdoor Voices—of-the-moment brands founded by women. I am also 100% drawn to the outdoors—my favorite places in the Bay Area are Stinson beach, Mt. Tam in Marin, Hayes Valley and the Mission neighborhoods in San Francisco, and local restaurants and shops in Berkeley and Oakland.

 

Stinson Beach—one of Jodi’s favorite places to soak up inspiration

 

What exactly do you like to read?

Anything involving a story and storytelling. Books, articles, news, and Twitter everyday to get mentally sparked and stay on top of what’s going on.  I’m currently reading the book Sapiens…A Brief History of Humankind. I love documentaries and podcasts and am currently listening to “How I built this” on my commutes.  

In general, I’m someone who’s really curious and interested in what people think, what people do, and how they behave. All of this informs how we think about our products at Quay and the role our brand can play in people’s lives.

 

Self-expression is such an important part of Quay’s brand identity. What does that mean to you?

Self-expression is having a certain sense of who you are at your core, and owning that, and being willing to be vulnerable with sharing that with the world. I also don’t believe there is a finish line in life. Humans are constantly evolving, so for me, self-expression and exploration are tools for accessing personal growth.

 

Self-expression can feel easier said than done sometimes. What piece of advice would you give to someone trying to manage beauty standards and expectations online while owning their self-expression?

l feel grateful that I’d already developed my sense of self and had my value system in place before social media blew up. While I think it can be an incredible source of inspiration, it can also be mean-spirited and cause anxiety. My advice would be to make sure that you aren’t letting social media be a part of forming your sense of self. Go form that on your own, use social media as an amplifier.

 

How do you continue to express yourself personally?

The biggest thing is pushing myself out of my comfort zone—trying new things and going to new places. It can be as small as wearing a bold pair of red glasses to turn up my outfit or much bigger—like trying fly fishing for the first time (I loved it) or taking a leap into a new job. I believe that every time we try something new and push the edge a little bit, we realize we have more depth, range, and ability than we give ourselves credit.

 

Expressing her selflie with different sunnies style

 

Do you consider yourself a role model, and how do you handle that responsibility?

I don’t wake up every day thinking, “I’m going to be a role model today,” but I’m conscious of the fact that many people in my life count on me to do the right thing and want to be inspired. I hold myself to high standards—particularly as it relates to my roles as a mom and a female leader.

It’s very important to me that I walk the talk for my daughters, so through that filter I ask myself—am I showing up as a kind person? As someone who is learning, evolving, taking risks, and being open minded and vulnerable?  It’s a journey, and I am a constant work in progress.

 

We agree—you are a role model and a total boss. How do you balance your own self-care, being a mother, AND having such a big career?  

I try to think about it more as a concept of flow vs balance. I find it’s easier when I integrate my work and life instead of strictly thinking in terms of balance, which feels like a relentless scorecard. Life is incredibly dynamic and always evolving. Some weeks, work requires more of my time, and other weeks, my family needs me, or I need to put myself first. I start with being clear on what’s important: my health and wellbeing, my kids, partner and family, friends, work, learning and growing, contributing to the world.  With this in mind, I try to make work a holistic part of my entire life.

 

Jodi + her two daughters at high school graduation

We’ve talked a lot about education at Quay this year. What does it mean to you that Quay is giving back to our community with our Education is Quay scholarship program?

Having two teenagers and watching the process of getting into college compared to my experience growing up—it’s clear that education has become too exclusive and overwhelming, and that many people simply can’t get access to it. The ability to gain an education is an important part of our society, so I love that Quay can use our platform to help open that door up for a few more people while we figure this out as a larger society.

 

Can’t get enough? Check Jodi out on Instagram @jodi.bricker for inspiration, behind-the-scenes at Quay, and more.

 

Xo,

Quay

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