Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses, Designs by Corinne Hunt

Comments 96 by Rebecca Bollwitt

I was recently sent a few pairs of Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses that each featured a different designed etched on them by artist Corinne Hunt.

Corinne Hunt design Corrine Hunt design

Corinne Hunt is a co-designer of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Medals and hails from Alert Bay, BC. For more than 22 years she has been creating contemporary art based on the themes and traditions of her First Nations Kwakiutl and Tlingit heritage. Her designs have been added to sunglasses which themselves were designed by Carla D’Angelo, founder of AYA Eyewear. “Growing up in Australia and Vancouver exposed me to indigenous art from a very young age,” said D’Angelo.

“My appreciation and interest in the art form continued as an adult and I thought it would be a great idea to bring a fashion item like eyewear together with first nations art. After fifteen years experience designing eyewear collections I looked forward to experimenting with different applications.”

Sunglass by Corinne Hunt of Alert Bay, B.C.

Hunt’s designs featured on the sunglasses include the sun, hummingbird, raven, eagle and wolf. John and I each picked out a pair and have been wearing them non-stop. John has also been stopped on the street at least twice already by people asking about his eyewear.

Sunglass by Corinne Hunt of Alert Bay, B.C.

Aside from the beautiful art along the sides of the sunglasses, partial proceeds from the sale of AYA Eyewear (they do regular glasses as well) support ONEXONE First Nations nutritious breakfast programs.

I have two pairs left to do a giveaway which include aviators (featuring the hummingbird), and a pair of women’s sunglasses (featuring the eagle). Here’s how you can enter to win:

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    Update My winners are Mark (@mjgalvani) and Lisa. Congratulations and enjoy your new sunglasses!

    Disclosure I was not paid to write this post however we will be keeping our two pairs of sunglasses.

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    1. KatherineMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 3:15pm PDT

      These glasses are gorgeous! I love Corinne Hunt’s work!

    2. GuillaumeMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 3:18pm PDT

      Those are awesome sunglasses. Would love the aviator ones.

    3. VanessaMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 3:24pm PDT

      Love them! Very unique, and very Vancouver!

    4. VeronicaMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 3:27pm PDT

      Wow! These glasses would look awesome with some summer outfits that I just bought!! I also tweeted!

    5. KarenMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 3:37pm PDT

      Her designs are amazing in contemporary contexts!

    6. BriannaMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 4:10pm PDT

      I love these! And I need a new pair of summer sunglasses! Perfect. 🙂

    7. ZuMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 4:14pm PDT

      They are really beautiful!

      Are they sold anywhere in store in Vancouver or are they just online?

    8. KathyMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 4:27pm PDT

      I have never owned a pair of sunglasses

    9. RhoniMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 4:29pm PDT

      Wow beautiful glasses. There is nothing like walking around sporting a pair of amazing glasses designed locally!

    10. AndyMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 4:53pm PDT

      Beautiful work!

    11. Mandy JansenMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 4:56pm PDT

      really great sunglasses! I’d love to win!

    12. AnneMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 5:06pm PDT

      I really like the design, beautiful!

    13. StefanMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 5:42pm PDT

      Very cool designs.

    14. mingMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:06pm PDT

      Ooooh, I need new shades too!

    15. JenMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:16pm PDT

      My eyes would thank me for sporting some new shades 🙂

    16. Rebecca BollwittMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:17pm PDT

      @Zu They are sold online and also at galleries, museums and craft stores across BC.

    17. JeremyMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:17pm PDT

      These would be great for the weather we are having now!

    18. LynnMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:17pm PDT

      Very pretty!

    19. RennMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:20pm PDT

      Beautiful sunglasses and amazing designs. Would love to win!

    20. MarkMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 6:51pm PDT

      Just lost my last pair of sunglasses! Those aves look might fine.

    21. ScottMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 7:32pm PDT

      Those aviators are fantastic. I can see why people have been stopping him to ask about them.

    22. Ryan CousineauMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 8:39pm PDT

      Oh er. I really like the one John’s wearing.

    23. LeahMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 8:41pm PDT


    24. TracyMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 9:36pm PDT

      Amazing designs!

    25. HelenaMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 9:46pm PDT

      I would love the ladies pair. I’m still wearing a pair of sunglasses that I bought for £1 before leaving the UK!

    26. ValerieMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 10:15pm PDT

      I swear I won’t lose these ones!

    27. KateMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 10:37pm PDT

      Those sunglasses are beautiful.

    28. ChrisMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 11:19pm PDT

      Those glasses look awesome!

    29. HelenMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 11:38pm PDT

      Nice shades!

    30. ErinMonday, July 19th, 2010 — 11:58pm PDT

      gorgeous shades

    31. CaioTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:12am PDT

      Sexy glasses!

    32. MilesTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:15am PDT

      Cool shades

    33. LindaTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:18am PDT

      Sunglasses are down as a birthday present for myself. This sounds great! We’ll have to see if I win a pair or buy a pair. Thank you for the reference anyway.

    34. MicaelaTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 1:59am PDT

      Oooh – I like!

    35. HollyTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 8:25am PDT

      These are amazing! So unique and creative. I would love to wear a pair!!

    36. RachelTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 9:38am PDT

      Cool sunglasses!!

    37. LBTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 9:43am PDT

      Interesting to read about ONEXONE – very cool organization.

    38. DeeTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 10:25am PDT

      Those shades look good.

    39. misoTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 11:03am PDT

      they look goooood

    40. SanazTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 11:40am PDT

      A new pair of sunglasses would be super!

    41. ayloTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:18pm PDT

      Where are they sold?

    42. peteTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:20pm PDT

      Lovely design.

    43. ariTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:21pm PDT

      The aviator pair looks sooo cool.

    44. yingTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:23pm PDT

      You two should be eyeware models too. The design is very unique.

    45. LobsterTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:24pm PDT

      Drop-dead gorgeous!

    46. RoseTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:31pm PDT

      Nice. I love native designs.

    47. AHTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:33pm PDT


    48. aloTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:35pm PDT

      Super cool looking designs.

    49. peterTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 12:38pm PDT

      The aviator looks especialy cool.

    50. LisaTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 2:09pm PDT

      never seen anything quite like it; great for this kind of weather =D

    51. ChrisTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 2:51pm PDT

      The aviators are definitely sharp. Is the arm translucent (looking at the pair that John is wearing)?

    52. LoriTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 4:04pm PDT

      Beautiful use of the designs – love them!

    53. stefanieTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 9:57pm PDT

      You can get all these fabulous sunglasses down at the Wickaninnish Gallery in the Net Loft on Granville Island!

    54. LiaTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 11:09pm PDT

      They look amazing!!! I love the design, and it really brings back some really good memories of the Olympics. 😀

    55. CharlesTuesday, July 20th, 2010 — 11:35pm PDT

      very nice sunglasses. i want one.!

    56. DonnaWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 12:30am PDT

      the pair that John is wearing is amazing! It’s so unique. Thanks for supporting local artists!

    57. CliffWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 9:25am PDT

      Great design on the men’s sunglasses.

    58. BrendaWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 9:31am PDT

      They look beautiful!

    59. TeresaWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 11:55am PDT

      Nice sunglasses!

    60. tracyWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 1:14pm PDT

      they are soooooo pretty

    61. RaulWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 1:25pm PDT

      Obviously, I want the Hummingbird ones 😉

    62. KatieWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 4:51pm PDT

      I would love love a pair of these sunglasses! Thanks

    63. SionedWednesday, July 21st, 2010 — 5:28pm PDT

      I have my fingers crossed! Thanks 🙂

    64. JaniceThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 12:06pm PDT

      I like the eagle sunglasses.

    65. LauraThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 4:19pm PDT

      Those are beautiful glasses! I would love a pair!

    66. sarahThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 4:20pm PDT


    67. MehnazThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 4:30pm PDT

      Love these!

    68. camilleThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 5:51pm PDT

      Very elegant and unique! And I just broke my fave Oakleys!

    69. JWThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 6:30pm PDT

      LOVE the designs! 🙂

    70. NicoleThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 9:36pm PDT

      Beautiful glasses. I haven’t bought a new pair in … oh a few years 😛

    71. Holly PageThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 10:45pm PDT

      Corine Hunt is so talented, I love her etchings!

    72. HuckdollThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 11:45pm PDT

      Gorgeous shades!

    73. june sylvanThursday, July 22nd, 2010 — 11:57pm PDT

      Classic, cultural and cutting edge ! I love them, so West Coast and definately for British Columbians …

    74. mikeFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 12:17pm PDT

      these are rly nice!

    75. ColinFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:16pm PDT

      Zunglazzezxy! pleee7ezz

    76. bekkiFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:17pm PDT

      Oooh sunglasses!

    77. JanetFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:17pm PDT

      A consummate designer!

    78. GeoffyFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:19pm PDT

      Those are great! Beautiful work.

    79. paulFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:20pm PDT

      those are hot. i would wear ’em.

    80. LindsayFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:20pm PDT

      Lovely sunnies!

    81. Alick leeFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:21pm PDT

      O I can so use a pair. They look awesome

    82. DaniellaFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:21pm PDT

      Great design! These glasses are very fashionable I love them!

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    83. HeteshFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:28pm PDT

      I think the aviators will look good on me! 😉

    84. GraemeFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:30pm PDT

      Love the sunglasses, love that the proceeds go to a worthy cause.

    85. BrendaFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:37pm PDT

      Wow, art and function both in one! Would love to get my hands on these 🙂

    86. JamesFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 1:41pm PDT

      Love the west coast design!

    87. Eagle LookingFriday, July 23rd, 2010 — 8:28pm PDT

      Looking good!

    88. ArcSunday, July 25th, 2010 — 10:25pm PDT

      I see no rain in sight Vancouver, only sunshine!

    89. PaulMonday, July 26th, 2010 — 2:23pm PDT

      I have a pair of AYA and LOVE them! I will be purchasing another pair soon!

    90. Alexandra HMonday, July 26th, 2010 — 2:26pm PDT

      I still have the taste of Vancouver2010 on my tongue! What a neat way to have a little part of the Olympics. Also, Corinne Hunt’s designs are beautiful and unique!

    91. StashMonday, July 26th, 2010 — 2:27pm PDT

      Fashion expressing a beautiful artistic heritage- all for it!

    92. Mitchell FawcettMonday, July 26th, 2010 — 2:27pm PDT

      Love her designs!! Gorgeous work.

    93. CaitlynnMonday, July 26th, 2010 — 3:51pm PDT

      Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses = awesomeness! 🙂

    94. DebbyWednesday, July 28th, 2010 — 6:48am PDT

      Love the sunglasses.

    95. Dawn QuastWednesday, August 25th, 2010 — 8:22pm PDT

      I bought a pair of Corrine’s sunglasses in Denali National Park in Alaska and I love them. Coming from Prince Rupert I’m feeling privileged to wear this beautiful FN Art. I am wondering if regular frames for prescription glasses are available???

    96. karen williamsFriday, March 4th, 2011 — 4:59pm PST

      Love my readers, spent time in Greenville BC at daughters wedding, love the history.

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