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Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses, Designs by Corinne Hunt

Monday, July 19th, 2010 — 3:11pm PDT
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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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    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 I was not paid to write this post however we will be keeping our two pairs of sunglasses.

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    1. Katherine says:

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

    2. Guillaume says:

      Those are awesome sunglasses. Would love the aviator ones.

    3. Vanessa says:

      Love them! Very unique, and very Vancouver!

    4. Veronica says:

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

    5. Karen says:

      Her designs are amazing in contemporary contexts!

    6. Brianna says:

      I love these! And I need a new pair of summer sunglasses! Perfect. πŸ™‚

    7. Zu says:

      They are really beautiful!

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

    8. Kathy says:

      I have never owned a pair of sunglasses

    9. Rhoni says:

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

    10. Andy says:

      Beautiful work!

    11. Mandy Jansen says:

      really great sunglasses! I’d love to win!

    12. Anne says:

      I really like the design, beautiful!

    13. Stefan says:

      Very cool designs.

    14. ming says:

      Ooooh, I need new shades too!

    15. Jen says:

      My eyes would thank me for sporting some new shades πŸ™‚

    16. Rebecca Bollwitt says:

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

    17. Jeremy says:

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

    18. Lynn says:

      Very pretty!

    19. Renn says:

      Beautiful sunglasses and amazing designs. Would love to win!

    20. Mark says:

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

    21. Scott says:

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

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

    23. Leah says:


    24. Tracy says:

      Amazing designs!

    25. Helena says:

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

    26. Valerie says:

      I swear I won’t lose these ones!

    27. Kate says:

      Those sunglasses are beautiful.

    28. Chris says:

      Those glasses look awesome!

    29. Helen says:

      Nice shades!

    30. Erin says:

      gorgeous shades

    31. Caio says:

      Sexy glasses!

    32. Miles says:

      Cool shades

    33. Linda says:

      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. Micaela says:

      Oooh – I like!

    35. Holly says:

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

    36. Rachel says:

      Cool sunglasses!!

    37. LB says:

      Interesting to read about ONEXONE – very cool organization.

    38. Dee says:

      Those shades look good.

    39. miso says:

      they look goooood

    40. Sanaz says:

      A new pair of sunglasses would be super!

    41. aylo says:

      Where are they sold?

    42. pete says:

      Lovely design.

    43. ari says:

      The aviator pair looks sooo cool.

    44. ying says:

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

    45. Lobster says:

      Drop-dead gorgeous!

    46. Rose says:

      Nice. I love native designs.

    47. AH says:


    48. alo says:

      Super cool looking designs.

    49. peter says:

      The aviator looks especialy cool.

    50. Lisa says:

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

    51. Chris says:

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

    52. Lori says:

      Beautiful use of the designs – love them!

    53. stefanie says:

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

    54. Lia says:

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

    55. Charles says:

      very nice sunglasses. i want one.!

    56. Donna says:

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

    57. Cliff says:

      Great design on the men’s sunglasses.

    58. Brenda says:

      They look beautiful!

    59. Teresa says:

      Nice sunglasses!

    60. tracy says:

      they are soooooo pretty

    61. Raul says:

      Obviously, I want the Hummingbird ones πŸ˜‰

    62. Katie says:

      I would love love a pair of these sunglasses! Thanks

    63. Sioned says:

      I have my fingers crossed! Thanks πŸ™‚

    64. Janice says:

      I like the eagle sunglasses.

    65. Laura says:

      Those are beautiful glasses! I would love a pair!

    66. sarah says:


    67. camille says:

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

    68. JW says:

      LOVE the designs! πŸ™‚

    69. Nicole says:

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

    70. Holly Page says:

      Corine Hunt is so talented, I love her etchings!

    71. Huckdoll says:

      Gorgeous shades!

    72. june sylvan says:

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

    73. mike says:

      these are rly nice!

    74. Colin says:

      Zunglazzezxy! pleee7ezz

    75. bekki says:

      Oooh sunglasses!

    76. Janet says:

      A consummate designer!

    77. Geoffy says:

      Those are great! Beautiful work.

    78. paul says:

      those are hot. i would wear ’em.

    79. Lindsay says:

      Lovely sunnies!

    80. Alick lee says:

      O I can so use a pair. They look awesome

    81. Daniella says:

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


    82. Hetesh says:

      I think the aviators will look good on me! πŸ˜‰

    83. Graeme says:

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

    84. Brenda says:

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

    85. James says:

      Love the west coast design!

    86. Eagle Looking says:

      Looking good!

    87. Arc says:

      I see no rain in sight Vancouver, only sunshine!

    88. Paul says:

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

    89. Alexandra H says:

      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!

    90. Stash says:

      Fashion expressing a beautiful artistic heritage- all for it!

    91. Mitchell Fawcett says:

      Love her designs!! Gorgeous work.

    92. Caitlynn says:

      Claudia Alan AYA Sunglasses = awesomeness! πŸ™‚

    93. Debby says:

      Love the sunglasses.

    94. Dawn Quast says:

      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???

    95. karen williams says:

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

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