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MOTHERS DAY Q + A with SamaNtha Stevenson - Baker and her Mum Danielle Marshall

What will be different this year for mothers day? 

It will be a quiet affair with Ed, Sebastian and myself. A long lunch and keeping warm in Melbourne.  

There will be lots of calls to other significant women in my life - you (of course),my stepmum, mother in law & my grandma. Not being able to see you or them in person and not knowing when I will be able to is really hard however with technology its only only a button away. We will Facetime everyone with Sebastian so he can show them his latest words, tricks and favourite books. We have been doing this so much more whilst in isolation and you don’t realise how much you take travel for granted until you can’t. He is very social however when he has had enough he knows exactly what the red button is for! 

What are some of the challenges of being a mum & isolation?

Being a mum at this time has been really interesting. I have had Sebastian home from daycare for over a month and he will start going back now as we see the curve flattening. He really loves the interaction with other children and learns so much so I think he has missed that. I of course still need to work on pared with the team and get some key tasks done daily. I don't know about other mothers out there but I don't get much done “working from home” with a toddler. 

The silver lining of this time is that i have had to slow down and I have spent so much extra time with Sebastian - doing what he wants to do, watching while he learns - he is learning numbers and colours now and is really taken by nursery rhymes! We have been taking lots of walks to stay sane (carefully avoiding playgrounds because how does a two year old understand why they are closed?) and Melbourne trams and trains zooming past provide hours of entertainment. 

What are some of the things that I taught you that you want to pass onto your child? 

You never allowed to say the words hate or bored in our house growing up. There was always something that you could find to do and you encouraged compassion and kindness over anything else which i hope i can pass down to Sebastian.You were such a high energy parent, always fun, silly and loud. Our house is and was a loud house full of music and activities. I love that you let us discover things for ourselves and gave us the space to make our own mistakes. I definitely want to have a relaxed approach to parenting and give my child and those who care for him some space to breathe. I definitely don’t want to helicopter parent my child.  

Any advice to other mothers out there? 

This is so hard and I am always trying to master it myself but don't compare. Everyone is doing life and motherhood differently. You have to do what works best for you and your child. Also the guilt that comes with being a working mum is very real, but I love my job and I want Sebastian to know that I have the choices to do what works for me. Sebastian has an extended network of friends, family and caregivers that help to shape his world and I am very grateful for the village that helps to raise him.

THE PARED PAIRS QUICK FIRE QUESTIONS FOR SAM’S MUM! 

FAVOURITE COLOUR PAIRING - Red & Turquoise 

FAVOURITE FOOD PAIRING - Toast & Jam 

FAVOURITE MUSICAL DUO - Lennon & McCarthy

FAVOURITE ONSCREEN DUO - Leonardo & Brad in Once Upon a time in Hollywood

FAVOURITE TWO CITIES - Paris & Tuscany

FAVOURITE TWO ITEMS OF CLOTHING - Camilla dresses & Chanel shoes

FAVOURITE PAIR OF PARED - Slip & Slide

About

ABOUT PARED

How did we start?

PARED EYEWEAR is the creation of co-founders and husband and wife duo, Samantha Stevenson and Edward Baker. In 2011 in the early days of their relationship, Sam’s design vision and Ed’s sales background were the perfect pair for starting a brand set to challenge the global eyewear industry, while based in Sydney, Australia. Samantha’s creative philosophy focuses on wearability while pushing the boundaries of conventional design and still staying true to eyewear fundamentals of high quality materials, smooth shapes and lasting comfort. Pared launched with five unique styles in the summer of 2012. The first ever Pared collection was called Made in the Shade, it featured the iconic Pared styles, Puss & Boots, Bread & Butter and Bigger & Better which are still some of the brands top selling frames to date. Each season the styles are injected with new colourways, but the fundamentals of Sam’s designs are proving to be trans-seasonal and timeless.

Since then, the brand has released a further six collections and 12 capsule collaborations, with each range taking inspiration from places and eras evocative of sunny days and endless summers. Pared collections and collaborations are eagerly anticipated, with the brand gaining a strong customer and influencer following across the globe. Samantha’s unique use of colour combinations and distinctive cutaway detailing, as well as her unusual material and surface treatments, ensure a point of difference among other eyewear brands.

What does the brand stand for?

The word ‘pare’ means to cut something back, shave it, or refine it; this is the fundamental design philosophy the brand stands by. The name is also a play on words for pair – each product is named after a famous pair: Bread & Butter, Puss & Boots, Romeo & Juliet, and the brand is known for its collaborations and cross-industry partnerships in fashion, music, art and jewellery.

Ultimately, pared is collection of handmade sunglasses grounded in the fundamentals of clean lines, smooth shapes and lasting comfort. The design philosophy is based on symbiosis – the idea that contrasting influences can combine to create truly unique experiences. Each Pared style balances a sense of old and new, masculine and feminine, classic and modern. Distinct yet cohesive materials, from metals and crystals to leather and stones, add depth and detail to sculpted acetate frames. Art, architecture and design are key influences for the Sam’s design development; eyewear lends itself to be easily influenced by external industries, it’s a fashion accessory which holds strong sculptural shape and colour and therefore inspiration can come from anywhere! Pared’s collections are inspired by places, memories and eras that evoke endless summers and eternal blue skies.

Pared has established a cult following amongst style influencers, artists and celebrities across the globe. Known for balancing a commitment to wearability with pushing the boundaries of conventional design, Pared collections are always anticipated for their quality and individuality. The brand is currently worn by Beyonce and Solange Knowles, Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Kaia Gerber and Helena Christensen.

Pared collaborations tap into a cross-cultural market and set the brand apart in the eyewear industry. Bec & Bridge, STÆRK&CHRISTENSEN, Ginger & Smart, Emma Mulholland, Client Liaison Deluxe Line and Holly Ryan Jewellery are just some of the incredible brands Pared has been lucky enough to work with. It is one of our top priorities to continue learning, and we do this by sharing our design story with other creative teams.

THE PRODUCT

Our eyewear components are chosen with a long life span in mind.

FRAMES – The frame is handmade using high quality 6mm acetates. We use a number of quality suppliers with core acetates from DAICEL and Mazzucelli. Acetate is lightweight, flexible & hypo allergenic. The properties of acetate allow it to retain a vibrant pigment in many different shades and combinations.

LENSES – Pared offers a selection of both solid, gradient & mirror CR39 lenses. We use high quality Japanese lens suppliers as well as Carl Zeiss optics. Our lenses are lightweight, shatterproof and scratch resistant with a great clarity of vision. Cr39 lenses have superior heat and chemical resistance. All pared lenses meet the strictest Australian & NZ standards as well as International standards. The lenses offer UV400 protection and 100% UVA & UVB protection.

METAL DETAIL & HINGES – All metal is either titanium (known for its strength and durability whilst being very light) or stainless steel. Both nickel free & hypo allergenic.

SCREWS – We use OBE German rubber dipped screws to ensure a strong and durable hinge connection for long term wear.

WARRANTY – We pride ourselves on a lovely product made with care and attention to detail. We offer a custom pared case & pouch to protect your glasses as well as a 1 year warranty against manufacturing faults. We also offer a repair service for our glasses. Please contact us – hello@pared.com.au for any enquiries.

OPTICAL FRAMES & PRESCRIPTION – Most of our sunglasses frames can be scripted with an optical lens. Please contact us for more information.