Made in the shade in P.E.I.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau spot­ted more than once wear­ing Prince Ed­ward Is­land’s Fel­low Earth­lings sun­glasses

Journal Pioneer - - THE ISLAND - BY TERRENCE MCEACHERN

Syd­ney Seg­gie, co-owner of Fel­low Earth­lings sun­glasses in Guernsey Cove, had an “oh my gosh” mo­ment when she saw a photo of Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau wear­ing a brand of sun­glasses from her busi­ness.

“It re­ally couldn’t be bet­ter,” said Seg­gie, who started the busi­ness near Mur­ray Har­bour with her hus­band, Chris, in 2014.

This isn’t the first time Trudeau was spot­ted wear­ing the vin­tage, leather-cov­ered avi­a­tor sun­glasses called The Cana­dian. The sun­glasses were man­u­fac­tured at the for­mer Tan­ner­eye fac­tory in Char­lot­te­town and ac­quired by Seg­gie’s busi­ness, which also man­u­fac­tures sun­glasses in a two-storey work­shop next to their home. This sum­mer when P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauch­lan and mem­bers of his staff were tour­ing busi­nesses in east­ern parts of the prov­ince, Seg­gie let them know that she wanted to give the Prime Min­is­ter a pair of sun­glasses for him and his wife So­phie.

When Trudeau vis­ited P.E.I. in late June, he was given the sun­glasses.

“We saw one pic­ture of him wear­ing them here on the Is­land when he had been given them, and I said at the time that must be as good as it could ever get.”

How­ever, shortly af­ter, she saw an­other photo of Trudeau wear­ing the sun­glasses leav­ing the Ot­tawa air­port for Ire­land prior to the G20 sum­mit in Ger­many. Again, she thought it couldn’t get any bet­ter. “He’s prob­a­bly lost them at this point,” she said laugh­ing. But last Thurs­day, Trudeau was pho­tographed again wear­ing the sun­glasses get­ting off an air­plane in Viet­nam.

“I was like, ‘oh my gosh!’,” said Seg­gie. “It hap­pened all over again. He must re­ally like them be­cause it’s not the only time.”

Seg­gie, orig­i­nally from Char­lot­te­town, did a bit of home­work and learned that Trudeau wore 58-mil­lime­tre Ray-Band sun­glasses. Given that, she thought it would be a nat­u­ral tran­si­tion to The Cana­dian brand.

“My dream was to get The Cana­dian on the most fameous Cana­dian of all,” she said.

“It’s a very cool for P.E.I. be­cause it’s a very in­ter­est­ing part of P.E.I. his­tory and cul­ture.”

ADRIAN WYLD/CP PHOTO

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau was pho­tographed on Thurs­day ar­riv­ing in Viet­nam wear­ing a pair of sun­glasses from a P.E.I. busi­ness.

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