EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

By Staff
Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—During a meeting of the EssilorLuxottica board of directors on Wednesday, it was decided to propose the nomination of 12 individuals to compose its future board of directors, including Leonardo Del Vecchio, as a non-independent director.

Midwest Best Set for Chicago to Showcase Indie Brands, March 25-27

By Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Coming together with a common goal and a shared desire to re-establish a more personal exchange between brand and customers possibly within a safe and relaxed environment, leading independent eyewear brands are joining forces again to hold Midwest Best, a cooperative kick-off to the spring/summer order season which will be held here March 25-27. Organized in collaboration with Marriott Suites-O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., each brand will have its own suite, enabling the showing of collections in a safe environment, organizers said. The group, held a similar show last October, as VMAIL reported and this is its third event in Chicago.

Following a Business Recovery in the Second Half, Kering Group Says its ‘Ready to Leverage the Rebound’

By Staff
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:18 AM PARIS—Kering Group (PARIS: KER), the global luxury group overseeing fashion brands Gucci and Saint Laurent, reported overall consolidated revenue for fiscal 2020 of €13,100.2 million, a drop of 17.5 percent on a reported basis and 16.4 percent on a comparable basis.

Chains and Charms

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:00 AM Eyewear that takes design queues from jewelry, which can result in frames both classically beautiful and glamorously trendsetting.

Accessories Council Debuts New AC Digital Magazine to Showcase Fashion Accessories Trends

By Staff
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council, based here, which represents and advances trends on behalf of various categories of fashion accessories, has debuted AC Magazine, a digital revival of what used to be Accessories Magazine, a 100-year-old publication which shut down in October 2018.

Essilor and Luxottica Launch First Commercial Joint Product Offering in U.S., Ray-Ban Authentic, Enhanced With Essilor Technology

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS and NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica is launching the first commercial product leveraging the strength of the new Group by strategically combining the expertise of Essilor and Luxottica and tapping the brand appeal of its most popular lines. The company's senior executives said that its latest edition of Ray-Ban Authentic "represents the perfect match of Ray-Ban’s legendary style and Essilor’s expertise in sight."

Eyewear ArtWalk Updates Its Plans, Exhibitors for Texas Tour This Month

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The organizers of the Eyewear ArtWalk (EWAW) have announced the first 2021 EWAW tour in Texas on Jan. 18 in Houston, Jan. 19 in Austin and then Jan. 20 in Dallas.

A Pop of Color

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:00 PM Frames with an unexpected pop of color—on the fronts, temples, or even the inside—that make eyewear as much of a statement piece as the highest of fashion.

IDOC Reports Record Business Expansion in 2020 as Group Records Highest Jump in New Memberships in Five Years

By Staff
Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC is ending the year with a significant increase in its membership, highlighted by the addition of more than 250 new independent optometry practices and their optometrists to the IDOC community in 2020.

MyVision Show Springboard Summit Virtual Exhibits and Programs Set to Run Dec. 4-6

By Staff
Thursday, December 3, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Details are being finalized and registration is still open for the My Vision Show Springboard Summit, a virtual event for eyecare professionals, in a winter showcase called Springboard Summit that will run from Dec. 4 to 6, 2020.

Don't Forget Your Retainer

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 AM No longer just associated with librarians and grandparents, eyewear with chains—attached or removable—is stepping forward as a trend both practical and fashionable.

Eyewear ArtWalk Tour in Florida Is Underway This Week

By Staff
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The managers of Eyewear ArtWalk, a series of collective exhibits planned for independent eyewear brands in different parts of the country, reported a successful first leg of their tour in Sarasota, Fla, this past weekend 

Hilco Vision Acquires Germany-Based I NEED YOU Reading Glasses Company

By Staff
Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:18 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision has acquired Hamburg, Germany-based premium ready reader glasses company, I NEED YOU (INY), effective October 30, the company announced. Ross Brownlee, CEO of Hilco Vision, noted, “We have continued to build our European footprint since the acquisition of Breitfeld & Schliekert (B&S) in Germany in 2015. The market leading I NEED YOU brand of ready readers is synonymous with quality, service, design and breadth of offering. We have a strong admiration for the professionalism and market orientation that the Gellermann family has brought to the category since founding the company in 1993. We are truly excited to leverage their experience and capabilities as we strive to delight our customers with category leadership in all our product offerings.” 

Totally Tortoise

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 AM Tortoise patterned frames that span the traditional and the trendy.

Inspecs and O'Neill Agree to Extend License Agreement, Expand Emphasis on Sustainability Initiatives

By Staff
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:15 AM BATH, U.K.—Inspecs Group PLC (LSE: SPEC) and O’Neill have agreed a new long term license agreement, covering both optical and sunglasses. This follows a successful and long-term partnership between the two companies since 2013.