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LONGARONE, Italy—The Philipp Plein Group and the De Rigo Group have announced a license agreement for the creation, production and distribution, globally, of both sunglasses and optical frames. The companies said the license takes effect immediately and the launch of the first collection is expected for the second half of 2021. The Philipp Plein eyewear collections will be distributed worldwide through the De Rigo sales network and in the brand’s boutique stores. The announcement also noted, "The coming together of these two leading international fashion powerhouses has led to a partnership that will soon see the launch of eyewear collections combining the extraordinary technical savoir-faire and no-compromise quality of the De Rigo Group with the unmistakable aesthetics and strong and innovative style codes of the Philipp Plein brand."

Michele Aracri, managing director of De Rigo Vision said, “We are thrilled about this agreement with Philipp Plein and are eager to embark on this new adventure. Making our technical and research know-how available to a partner of such magnitude is a truly exciting challenge. We have no doubt that our expertise will merge seamlessly with the stylistic innovation and leading-edge creativity of Philipp Plein."

Added designer and CEO Philipp Plein, "There was a real affinity between Philipp Plein and De Rigo—a brand that I admire for its outstanding quality and production capacity—from the get-go. I’m confident that the distribution network that the De Rigo Group has spent decades establishing and their direct and far-reaching presence in the eyewear retail sector will be of great support, enabling the creations that we are currently working on to gain a foothold in the market. Expect the unexpected!”

De Rigo is a leader in the design, production and distribution of premium-quality prescription eyewear frames and sunglasses and is one of the biggest players in eyewear retailing with its retail chains General Optica (Spain), Mais Optica (Portugal), Opmar Optik (Turkey) and affiliate Boots Opticians (UK). Thanks to the extensive wholesale network managed by De Rigo Vision SpA, the Group's products are distributed in approximately 80 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and the Americas, through 16 companies and over 100 independent distributors.

The Group's portfolio of brands includes Lozza, Lozza Sartoriale, Police and Sting, and its licences Blumarine, Carolina Herrera New York, CH Carolina Herrera, Chopard, Converse, dunhill London, Escada, Fila, Furla, John Varvatos, Jones New York, Lucky Brand, Mulberry, Nina Ricci, Tous, Trussardi, Victor Hugo and Zadig & Voltaire.