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SA student designer secures national manufacturing deal

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International eyewear designer Jono Hennessey Sceats will add a South Australian student designer’s work to his collection after she won the Eye Candy eyewear design competition.

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Sceats has confirmed he will add the art deco-inspired design – which doubles as a necklace and a pair of glasses – by University of South Australia design student Hannah Jordan to his retail range next year.

Jordan, 23, won this year’s Health Partners and UniSA Eye Candy eyewear design competition.

She will fly to Sydney in March next year to complete an internship at Sceats’ Double Bay headquarters, where her glasses will be among those manufactured.

She said she was “speechless, and pretty amazed – I didn’t expect to win”.

“I’ll be working with them – learning the tricks of the trade and getting valuable experience,” she said.

She admitted she was a little bit nervous, and that she had been interstate on holiday, but never by herself for work or study.

Explaining her geometric design, Jordan told InDaily: “I thought it would be pretty cool to have a jewellery piece that could be functional if you need [glasses] to read.”

“They are hinged at the bridge with two little screws.

“The chain can hang [behind] your ears or just hang down.”

Sceats said: “We are arranging for Hannah to work with us in Sydney so we can finalise her design for production”.

“And we will definitely have [her design] available next year.”

He said the Eye Candy competition was “the best thing to happen with eyewear for a long time”.

“What Health Partners and UniSA have created with this program is the start of something great.

“This whole design model is really important for so many areas of products that could be designed in Australia,” he says.

“We can be a design-led nation so that innovations can be commercialised for sale all around the world.”

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