Ugandan prescription eyewear company Wazi has launched an open call for artists across Africa to submit design ideas for its new glasses collection.
The grand prize winner will receive £1,500 in cash, and all selected artists will receive the opportunity to earn a share of profits on any pair of their glasses designs sold via Wazi. Existing fashion brands are also welcome to collaborate on any designs with the brand.
Launched by Ugandan female entrepreneurs Brenda Katwesigye and Geogette Ndabukiye in 2017, Wazi is the first prescription eyewear brand produced and manufactured in Uganda. The brand offers quality, fashionable glasses at much more affordable prices than traditional brands. Wazi glasses are created using upcycled, sustainable materials, including plastic, wood, barkcloth, recycled fabric and horn, and are sold across the continent. The brand’s goal is to make clarity of vision possible, at affordable prices for everyone in Africa.
According to the Co-founder & Managing Director of the brand Brenda Katwesigye
With this rebrand, we want our eyewear to highlight the artistry and creativity of artisans across the continent. Every pair of Wazi glasses will be designed by African artists, for African customers and face shapes. Today we’re launching a search for designers that can craft our next collection of frames for men, women and children.
The Wazi team is looking for original, “Afro-centric” glasses designs, from any African artists, designers, and aspiring creatives. Participants do not have to be eyewear designers to enter. For designs chosen, the artists and their stories will be highlighted on the Wazi website and shared with all customers who purchase a pair of their glasses.
The chosen designs are in six categories (Men, women, unisex-adult, boy, girl, unisex-child) which will be created by the Wazi team using sustainable materials and sold by the brand. The submission deadline is March 21st. Winners will be announced the week of May 9th.
For more information and the submission of the form click here.