Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses, Designs by Corinne Huntby
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 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 Dâ€™Angelo, founder of AYA Eyewear. “Growing up in Australia and Vancouver exposed me to indigenous art from a very young age,” said Dâ€™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.”
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.
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:
I will draw a winner at the end of the week (Friday, July 23rd).
Update My winners are Mark (@mjgalvani) and Lisa. Congratulations and enjoy your new sunglasses!
Disclosure cmp.ly/2 I was not paid to write this post however we will be keeping our two pairs of sunglasses.
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These glasses are gorgeous! I love Corinne Hunt’s work!
Those are awesome sunglasses. Would love the aviator ones.
Love them! Very unique, and very Vancouver!
Wow! These glasses would look awesome with some summer outfits that I just bought!! I also tweeted!
Her designs are amazing in contemporary contexts!
I love these! And I need a new pair of summer sunglasses! Perfect. 🙂
They are really beautiful!
Are they sold anywhere in store in Vancouver or are they just online?
I have never owned a pair of sunglasses
Wow beautiful glasses. There is nothing like walking around sporting a pair of amazing glasses designed locally!
really great sunglasses! I’d love to win!
I really like the design, beautiful!
Very cool designs.
Ooooh, I need new shades too!
My eyes would thank me for sporting some new shades 🙂
@Zu They are sold online and also at galleries, museums and craft stores across BC.
These would be great for the weather we are having now!
Beautiful sunglasses and amazing designs. Would love to win!
Just lost my last pair of sunglasses! Those aves look might fine.
Those aviators are fantastic. I can see why people have been stopping him to ask about them.
Oh er. I really like the one John’s wearing.
I would love the ladies pair. I’m still wearing a pair of sunglasses that I bought for Â£1 before leaving the UK!
I swear I won’t lose these ones!
Those sunglasses are beautiful.
Those glasses look awesome!
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.
Oooh – I like!
These are amazing! So unique and creative. I would love to wear a pair!!
Interesting to read about ONEXONE – very cool organization.
Those shades look good.
they look goooood
A new pair of sunglasses would be super!
Where are they sold?
The aviator pair looks sooo cool.
You two should be eyeware models too. The design is very unique.
Nice. I love native designs.
Super cool looking designs.
The aviator looks especialy cool.
never seen anything quite like it; great for this kind of weather =D
The aviators are definitely sharp. Is the arm translucent (looking at the pair that John is wearing)?
Beautiful use of the designs – love them!
You can get all these fabulous sunglasses down at the Wickaninnish Gallery in the Net Loft on Granville Island!
They look amazing!!! I love the design, and it really brings back some really good memories of the Olympics. 😀
very nice sunglasses. i want one.!
the pair that John is wearing is amazing! It’s so unique. Thanks for supporting local artists!
Great design on the men’s sunglasses.
They look beautiful!
they are soooooo pretty
Obviously, I want the Hummingbird ones 😉
I would love love a pair of these sunglasses! Thanks
I have my fingers crossed! Thanks 🙂
I like the eagle sunglasses.
Those are beautiful glasses! I would love a pair!
Very elegant and unique! And I just broke my fave Oakleys!
LOVE the designs! 🙂
Beautiful glasses. I haven’t bought a new pair in … oh a few years 😛
Corine Hunt is so talented, I love her etchings!
Classic, cultural and cutting edge ! I love them, so West Coast and definately for British Columbians …
these are rly nice!
A consummate designer!
Those are great! Beautiful work.
those are hot. i would wear ’em.
O I can so use a pair. They look awesome
Great design! These glasses are very fashionable I love them!
I think the aviators will look good on me! 😉
Love the sunglasses, love that the proceeds go to a worthy cause.
Wow, art and function both in one! Would love to get my hands on these 🙂
Love the west coast design!
I see no rain in sight Vancouver, only sunshine!
I have a pair of AYA and LOVE them! I will be purchasing another pair soon!
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!
Fashion expressing a beautiful artistic heritage- all for it!
Love her designs!! Gorgeous work.
Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses = awesomeness! 🙂
Love the sunglasses.
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???
Love my readers, spent time in Greenville BC at daughters wedding, love the history.