NEW YORK—Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) has hired Tarrence Lackran for a newly created position, vice president, community relations—diversity & inclusion. In his new role, Lackran will focus his attention on championing and implementing initiatives that promote diversity and inclusion at LOH through recruiting, collaboration, product design, and strategic partnerships, the company said. Lackran is recognized as a leading ambassador of independent eyewear design, brands and retailers, using his Instagram account (@theopticalpoet) as a platform to connect and unify the industry by building relationships with all sectors.
Prior to joining LOH, Lackran worked at The Vision Council as the director of partnerships and programming, specifically focusing on Vision Expo East & West. During his time at The Vision Council, he led industry diversity, equity & inclusion task force. He also launched Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund, a program designed to support high school students and recent graduates from underrepresented communities by exposing them to career paths in the optical industry through scholarships, internships, and mentorships. VMail reported on the group's first scholarship recipients recently. Lackran will continue to provide volunteer support for these programs while at LOH, the announcement said.
”When I first met Tarrence, he was auctioning off rare and exquisite eyewear pieces for the benefit of what is now Opening Your Eyes: The Vision Council Scholarship Fund, said Tim Mayhew, CEO at LOH. "Community in the independent eyewear market is more important now than ever. We are grateful that a proven leader like Tarrence would join us as we work to strengthen the culture of independent eyewear designers and opticians. I am inspired by Tarrence’s efforts and look forward to his leadership in moving our people, our company and our industry forward.”
LOH is a leading premium eyewear company in the U.S. As an avid independent eyewear supporter, LOH combines the craft of opticianry with a curation of the finest handmade frames and tailored lenses. Among the exclusive brands that it manufactures and distributes are Morgenthal Frederics, Robert Marc NYC and Lunor.