AYA Optical is releasing a new eyewear capsule today featuring designs by celebrated BC Indigenous artist Phil Gray. The in-demand artwork of the Northwest Coast Ts’msyen artist can be found in collections throughout the world, and now will be made available on two very wearable AYA optical frames. Introducing Gabe, a modern unisex wayfarer, and Justin a striking square-shaped frame; both styles are available in two colorways and feature original Phil Gray eagle artwork.
Since 2003, under the Claudia Alan brand, AYA Optical has been producing one-of-a kind eyewear featuring artwork created by renowned Indigenous artists, crafted from high quality custom acetates. AYA Optical has offered a global platform for Indigenous artists to showcase their work, while giving back to the very communities that have inspired the brand. AYA has long supported One X One’s First Nations School Breakfast program, feeding over 700,000 breakfasts to children who would have gone without, and most recently has distributed eyewear in remote communities.
Artists who collaborate with AYA Optical are paid both a commission and royalties.
Here’s a look at the Phil Gray Collection ($175)
The new collection features unique artwork by Indigenous Artist Phil Gray. Phil Gray was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, and has been carving in the traditional Tsimshian style since 1999. Phil’s work is recognized for being amongst the most creative, innovative traditional art in the contemporary Northwest Coast art world. Says Designer Carla D’Angelo “I am proud to support and celebrate the rich North West Coast Tsimshian heritage with this exciting Phil Gray capsule launch.”
Gabe is a modern take on the classic, clubmaster frame. Featuring a handmade acetate top, shiny metallic rims, and adjustable nose frames for a comfortable fit, this unisex frame features a striking Phil Gray Eagle design. Gabe is available in two colorways; classic black or elegant champagne.
Look the part in these confident frames with a bold yet refined square shape. Justin is available in a two-tone crystal bottom with striated warm red details on the brow, and a light wood-inspired temple, with red art highlights. Or choose Justin, in gloss black, with gold accent details and a warm, dark wood-inspired temple with blue art highlights. Justin features a striking Phil Gray eagle design along the arm.