Quay Australia knows what it’s doing when it comes to crafting beautiful sunglasses. Their brand has become a fast favorite among festival goers, music artists, celebrities, and anyone who wants to stand out and look good doing it for the past fourteen years.
Quay sunglasses feature limited edition influencer collaboration pieces, and they have people all over the world wanting a pair. Their most popular collaboration, so far, being with the one and only JLo, but they also have collabs with Jaclyn Hill, Funboy, Desi, and Nabilla.
They not only design chic trendy sunglasses that are affordable and built with quality material, but they also have a line of blue light protection glasses. So, whether you are looking for style, design, or function Quay has the pair of shades you’ve been searching for.
Here is a list of the most popular Quay Sunglasses worn by members of the #Quaysquad from Instagram that will shed some light on which design is a perfect fit for you.
Our 13 Favorite Quay Looks
High Key Rimless
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The iconic QuayxDesi collection has given us the incredibly sleek High Key Rimless sunglasses. These shades are built for everyone’s summer adventure. They have a metal back frame and Quay’s signature triangle notches. The faded color of the lens gives these glasses an added chicness. Macie Rose wears a black framed pair while hanging out outdoors in Seattle.
Don’t @ Me
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Anagha Vinayak shows her white framed Quay Don’t @ Me sunnies in a photo of her enjoying a summer day out. The Don’t @ Me sunglasses are straight from the QuayxDesi collection. These glasses take cat-eye shaped sunglasses to a whole other level with this bold white frame. If you like medium sized frames that shape your face and add a modern feel to your outfits then this pair of Don’t @ Me is perfect for you.
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The simplistic and oversized Jezabell by Quay sunglasses are one of the most popular designs available. The polished gold frames come in either reflective gold or non-reflective smoke lenses. These are great sunglasses to pair with your other gold accessories. The photo above features the non-reflective smoke lens, which is beautiful and great for a minimal look on your next vacation.
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Reflectionzsa shows off the Mod Star in blue by Quay Australia. She wears her stunning shades with a denim jacket which gives her entire look a vintage chic vibe. The oval reflective lenses are set in a delicate frame. The Mod Star design in blue is a must-have for anyone obsessed with smaller frames that make a statement.
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The photo above shows you the incredibly edgy Jlo endorsed shades. Both colors shown are show-stopping but it’s hard to stop staring at the purple reflective ombre design with black hardware. This frameless aviator from the QuayxJlo collection is called The Playa. They are one of Quay’s most glamorous oversized shades.
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Farrah Quay sunglasses are a refreshing contemporary take on the classic round design. The medium sized round shades fit and look nice on most facial shapes. The metal studs and frameless lenses in the Farrah add a timeless appeal. In this photo, Jade wears her Farrah sunglasses with a simple tank while she enjoys a day at Disneyland.
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If you need to protect your eyes from the harmful blue light that emits from screens, but you still want to keep your look stylish then Quay’s Hardwire glasses were built and designed with you in mind. Before the Hardwire if you wanted to avoid eye strain you had to settle for much less and it would cost you much more. These glasses can protect your eyes and still look fashionable.
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The Hindsight by Quay features large black square lenses over a black frame with a thick brow bar. Quay really delivered as far as creating show-stopping sunnies that fully protect your eyes from the harsh light. Stephanie here loves her large dramatic shades and models them with an up-do for a dramatic look.
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The Heartbreaker by Quay gives off summer festival feels. The delicate frame and heart-shaped lens are made even more perfect with a sunset-inspired ombré color scheme. These novelty lenses are like love at first sight and judging by Dani Lyn Ayee photo she would agree. No wonder they are so popular.
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The OTL 2 by Quay are a must-have accessory, these shades are stylish and made of high-quality materials. The OTL 2 are oversized and feature a shield frame with gold temples that expands into two different colors. It makes sense why these shades would be featured on trendy accessories and more.
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In this photo, Iris is happily showing off her Reina shades. It takes a queen to pull of the Reina from the QuayxJlo collection. The oversized cat eye sunnies feature a plastic injection and metal nose bridge giving a modernized twist to such a retro design. These are the perfect glasses to turn heads with.
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Adelicatedge feels like a boss in her Quay Upgrade sunglasses, and it’s pretty obvious why. She looks really stunning with her jacket that matches the hardware of the Upgrade perfectly. These shades are straight from the QuayxJaclyn collection and feature a stunning metal brow. The two-tone gold and black frame is a big part of their popularity, but they also come in a striking turquoise and other beautiful colors.
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An interesting take on the aviator style sunglasses gives us the one-of-a-kind Roxanne. The Roxanne is named after Jaclyn Roxanne Hill and is from the QuayxJaclyn collection. What makes these sunnies very unique is how they are adorned with chic studs. These frameless sunglasses are edgy and go great with any look.
All You Need To Know
Quay Australia (pronounced key) is a high-end Australian brand of men’s and women’s sunglasses or “sunnies” available to the general public. This high-end and sought-after brand was founded in Melbourne, Australia and started as roadside stands selling sunglasses to individuals attending various music festivals.
Their claim to fame is that they make and produce designer and fashionable glasses while selling them to their customers for a reasonable and affordable price. This is a brand that “is a sunglasses brand for freewheeling, fearless individuals seeking to master the art of having fun”.
Some of Quay’s bestsellers include:
- ON THE PROWL
- OTL II
- OTL II
- DON’T @ ME
- DUSK TO DAWN
- THE PLAYA
- ALL IN
- HIGH KEY MINI
- VERY BUSY
- HIGH KEY RIMLESS
- IT’S MY WAY
- SWEET DREAMS
- HIGH KEY MINI RIMLESS
- AFTER HOURS
- POSTER BOY
- LET IT RUN
The family that began the company would redesign vintage glasses in the beginning, and then eventually began creating their own designs with the help of Illustrator and CAD to represent the product visually.
Linda and Allen Hamilton started this brand in 2004, and would later be joined by their son. The products from this company were only available in the Australian market from 2004 – 2009. In 2009 the product was launched into the international market.
In 2017 the brand was acquired by a San Francisco brand management company, Elevate Brandpartners. After the acquisition, the company began to hit the men’s market aggressively the first time since its inception. The sunglasses can be found in approximately 35 countries and 2000 retailers worldwide, both brick and mortar stores as well as online.
Our Favorite Quay Mentions
There have been collaborations with other brands such as Lazy Oaf, Urban Outfitters, and others. The sunglasses have been spotted on celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez and Kylie Jenner. Perhaps, the largest collaboration to date has been with Jenner, Linda Hamilton states, “We’ve found the perfect collaborator in Kylie. Her social media presence is unparalleled and she is known for her dynamic style and edge that her followers want to emulate.” Her reach is far and has helped the brand to grow exponentially. The brand has a following of over 1 million users on Instagram, making the brand a huge internet and social success.
The brand is dominated by sales predominately from the women’s market.
There are many different styles that are available from this brand that fit any style, mood, or personality.
Each sunglass purchase comes with a soft (cloth) case. The prices of the sunglasses range from AUD $40 – $60 which converts to $45 – $60 USD, the shipping costs vary by the retailer that the product is ordered from and the order’s physical location.
The sunglasses receive great reviews from bloggers and customers alike. Blogger Lauren Kay Sims stated, “I was actually really surprised when I saw how reasonable their prices were, because these sunglasses look and feel super high quality. I’ve had some of my Quay sunglasses for 2 years now and [they are] still in perfect condition.” (Source)
The sunglasses are prominently displayed across various social media outlets, the products account on Instagram has over 1.7 million followers. Quay lives by the motto, “life is to short to fit in”, and is a style that refuses to conform to the norm.