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.

New Ownership at Mondottica Int'l and Mondottica USA

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK and HONG KONG—Mondottica International Ltd., a Hong Kong based eyewear company, underwent changes in ownership on Oct. 8, 2020. The new Mondottica shareholders are Capital Eyes Holding and Ross Holdings LLC.

UPDATED: Eyewear ArtWalk Postpones New England Dates and Sets November Dates for Tour in Florida

By Staff
Friday, October 16, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of the new Eyewear ArtWalk, a series of collective exhibits planned for independent eyewear brands in different parts of the country, have postponed their planned New England dates for this month due to new COVID-19 protocols in the state of Massachusetts. However, they have expanded list of participating companies/collections for the concept and plan additional tours in Florida in November.

Eyewear ArtWalk Show to Tour New England This Month

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Eyewear ArtWalk Show is a new collaboration of several independent eyewear creators and artcentric collections ready to tour the New England market this month.

Eyemart Express Pledges $20,000 Donation for Fifth Annual Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser

By Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is kicking off its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

Crystal and Gems

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00 AM Translucent acetate frames in gem and crystal tones that are just as precious as they are trendy.

Independent Eyewear Brands Join Forces at Midwest Best, Oct. 2 to 4, in Chicago

By Staff
Friday, September 18, 2020 12:21 AM CHICAGO—A range of leading independent eyewear brands have joined forces to launch The Suites at Midwest Best described by its organizer as "a socially distant optical experience," and a cooperative kick-off to the autumn eyewear season to be held Oct. 2 to 4 in Rosemont, Ill.

I-deal Optics and Haggar Clothing Company Announce Renewed License Agreement

By Staff
Monday, September 14, 2020 12:18 AM TROY, Mich. and DALLAS, Teas—I-deal Optics Holdings, Inc. and the Haggar Clothing Company have announced a multi-year extension of their license agreement that grants I-deal Optics the rights to design, produce and distribute sun and prescription eyewear under the Haggar brand through Dec. 31, 2023. Founded in 1926, Haggar has grown into America’s number one selling dress pant brand and one of the world's most recognized brands of men's apparel and accessories. Haggar products feature industry leading innovations in comfort and quality, providing men with the ultimate in style and value. I-deal Optics has proudly held the eyewear license since 2005, the company noted.

Oakley Launches ‘We Shape the Future’ Campaign Featuring an Array of NFL’s Top Players

By Staff
Friday, September 11, 2020 12:24 AM FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.—Oakley, a leader in sport performance and optical innovation, this week launched the brand’s 2020 NFL campaign, “We Shape the Future,” which honors “the dominant on-field performances of Team Oakley’s football athletes and their influential and steadfast leadership off the field,” according to the announcement. The campaign is headlined by the NFL players Patrick Mahomes II and Lamar Jackson and features JuJu Smith-Schuster, Derwin James Jr., Aaron Jones and Trevon Diggs. The latter two players are billed as “new young faces” in what Oakley says is an “already star-studded lineup of Oakley football athletes.” Jones is a running back with the Green Bay Packers and Diggs is a rookie cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys.

Philipp Plein Group and De Rigo Group Announce Global License Agreement

By Staff
Thursday, September 10, 2020 12:27 AM 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." 

Canadian Brand Kits Launches its Direct-to-Consumer Platform for Eyewear

By Staff
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:18 AM VANCOUVER—Kits, a Canadian eyewear brand backed by the investor Roger Hardy, has launched what it calls a “revolutionary platform” at Kits.com to sell eyewear, sunwear and contact lenses online.