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Auór Founders Kristen And Claire On Supporting Handcraftsmanship

by: Rosie Dalton | 1 year ago | Features

Image: Kristen and Claire.

Ethical eyewear is incredibly hard to find, which is why we can’t get enough of auór’s minimal waste sunglasses. Designed locally in Australia and handmade in a transparent supply chain in Italy, these shades take inspiration from 90s silhouettes. Here, co-founders Claire de Luca and Kristen Lindesay discuss the importance of supporting handcraftsmanship.

Rosie Dalton: Can you tell us about how auór started?
Claire de Luca and Kristen Lindesay
: We both worked together in the fairtrade textile industry, with one half leading product design and the other managing marketing, before we decided to take a leap and establish auór. It was a natural evolution. We both have a genuine love of slow fashion and quality handmade products.

Rosie: Who is involved with bringing a pair of auór sunglasses to life?
Claire and Kristen: It’s us and our incredible production team in Italy. We work through the initial conceptual and design phases here in Sydney to the point where we need to move to prototyping. The team in Italy then handcrafts the final product, working through a 35-step process to bring auór eyewear to life. We’re working with a small factory, committed to quality, which is employing, training and passing on their skills and knowledge to the next generation.

Rosie: Why is it so important for you to have transparency throughout the supply chain?
Claire and Kristen: The design process is sacred to us. Working closely with our the team in Italy allows us to know that our materials are ethically sourced, and our eyewear and accessories are produced in an environment that respects workers’ fundamental rights. We have found a supplier whose philosophy mirrors ours, with small runs of quality handcrafted eyewear.

Rosie: And how does the brand minimise waste through traditional handcraftsmanship?
Claire and Kristen:
 We have a simple philosophy – use every piece of acetate that we can. Turn the leftover acetate from our eyewear production into something else. Currently it’s hoops, and we’re working on developing other products.


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