Seeing is Believing

Ollie Quinn, an up-and-coming eyewear company is making vision care and eyewear accessible and rewarding.

BY BRIM TEAMMarch 27, 2019

Meet Ollie Quinn, an up-and-coming eyewear company founded on two main principles – quality, stylish products and affordable pricing. For anyone who has ever had to wear frames, you’ll know that optical costs can range from mild to downright out of control.

Making vision care and eyewear accessible was a key driver in OQ’s creation. Operating independently, with an in-house product team that oversees the creation process, OQ delivers top quality products at an accessible rate for consumers. Until recently, the eyewear industry operated within a monopoly. Since breaking free of the status quo, OQ has become one of players sparking reform within the industry.

 

Man wearing Ollie Quinn sunglasses

 

What makes them different? OQ has tiered pricing ($155, $255 & $355), which is dependent on prescription – not frame style – allowing eyewearers to pick purely based on aesthetic preferences, not affordability. “We think it’s very important to practice what we preach, so our eye exam costs also challenge industry standard, sitting between $70 and $80.” As a nod of appreciation to the team, frames are after the people that work at OQ.

More than just an eyewear store, Ollie Quinn is all about community and being an active participant in the communities in which it operates in. Last October, OQ partnered with The Eyeglasses Project to provide complimentary optometry exams and prescription glasses to 102 disenfranchised Vancouverites. Of the people who participated in the mobile clinic, nearly half noted that they hadn’t visited an eye doctor before.

“We believe clear vision is a right, not a privilege. If we can positively impact lives by providing free vision care to those who need it, why wouldn’t we?”

From providing communal workspaces, to hosting concerts and art exhibits in their boutiques, Ollie Quinn believes in championing creatives and entrepreneurs in their surrounding neighbourhoods. In the spirit of lifting up the OQ network, the Create Your Own Vision campaign was launched in January 2019. The campaign highlights the many ways creativity manifests itself by showcasing innovative thinkers, all donning their OQ glasses.

Currently, there are 14 Ollie Quinn stores across Canada, 10 in the UK, and 1 in the US, with more planned throughout 2019. “Our plan is to continue to grow and provide quality, affordable eyewear in new communities.” And, of course, OQ frames are always available to order online.

Why Brim and Ollie Quinn?

“We view Brim as an industry disruptor – just like OQ. We admire companies that look at something and ask, how can we do it better? With accessibility being a big focus for OQ, we noticed that same core value with Brim. Being the first non-bank credit card in Canada, Brim has a fully digital, easy-to-navigate platform that cuts the red tape associated with getting a credit card and includes some truly innovative features. Brim is a reflection of the times, as the credit card industry moves from plastic to digital and as a retailer, we see the value in providing our customers with the easiest and most efficient way to shop.”

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