Gatto USA, Part of Italy's Gatto Group, Expands Its U.S. Presence

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Monday, July 13, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Gatto USA, part of the Italy-based Gatto Group is expanding its presence in the U.S. market to offer its services to American-based eyewear and accessories companies. Headed by Francesco de Grossi, Gatto USA has a showroom here in Manhattan as well as a service facility in Boonton, N.J. to support customers who are looking to collaborate on packaging and paper products, displays, product cases and visual merchandising for their collections, according to the company.

VSP Global Adds Kering Eyewear as Premier Program Strategic Partner

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Monday, June 29, 2020 12:21 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif.—VSP Global announced a new strategic partnership with Kering Eyewear, the company said, adding that "This will expand choice and offer exclusive benefits to practices participating in the VSP Global Premier Program.

Accessories Council Extends 'Design Excellence Awards' Nomination Deadlines and Adds PPE Among the Product Categories

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council reports that the deadline to submit entries for its 2nd annual Design Excellence Awards has been extended through July 26, 2020. The Design Excellence Award finalists will be announced on Aug. 3 and the winners in each category will be unveiled on Sept. 3.

WestGroupe to Distribute Life Italia Kids in North America

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Thursday, January 9, 2020 12:21 AM VILLE St-LAURENT, Quebec—WestGroupe announced a distribution agreement with World Optik SRL for the North American distribution of Life Italia Kids. The initial launch of Life Italia Kids in Canada and the U.S. is set for early 2020. The Life Italia Kids eyewear collection offers durability, a comfortable fit and adorable styles for kids aged 3 to 16 years old, the company said. “WestGroupe is thrilled to begin 2020 with a new addition to our product portfolio," said Beverly Suliteanu, vice president, product development, WestGroupe.

National Vision’s America's Best Retail Brand Expands Prive Revaux Partnership to All Locations

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK and DULUTH, Ga.—Prive Revaux, a celebrity-supported eyewear brand that debuted two years ago, will continue its retail expansion and exclusive optical partnership with America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses.

Chanel and Luxottica Announce Renewed License Agreement

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Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:21 AM PARIS and MILAN—Chanel and Luxottica have announced the early renewal of an exclusive licensing agreement for the development, production, and worldwide distribution of sunglasses and prescription frames under the Chanel brand name. It is a five-year agreement, which will come into effect on January 1, 2020 and run until December 31, 2024. It also includes a possibility for renewal for a period of three years, from January 1, 2025 to December 31, 2027.

Marchon Eyewear Inc. Announces Exclusive U.S. Distribution Agreement with Cutler and Gross Ltd.

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Monday, September 24, 2018 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear, Inc. and Cutler and Gross Ltd. have announced that they have entered into a long-term exclusive agreement for the distribution of Cutler and Gross optical and sun product throughout the U.S. This agreement leverages the unique scale and expertise of Marchon Eyewear’s U.S. distribution network and its increased focus on the luxury segment of the market.

A&A Optical Signs License for RACHEL Rachel Roy Eyewear

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Friday, September 14, 2018 12:21 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—A&A Optical has announced an exclusive licensing agreement for the design, development and distribution of RACHEL Rachel Roy (RRR) eyewear. The agreement includes worldwide distribution of women’s ophthalmic eyewear and sunglasses. RACHEL Rachel Roy will debut ophthalmic eyewear March 2019 at Vision Expo East.

California-Based RAEN Announces Plans to Expand to Europe

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018 12:21 AM OCEANSIDE, Calif.—Eyewear brand, Raen had announced plans to expand with the formation of Raen Optics GmbH or Raen Europe. Christian Grund, the founder of RAEN’s former European eyewear distributor, Eyegents, will lead this new division. Grund helped RAEN grow significantly in the region over the past two years, establishing itself as a top player in the premium eyewear market. In this new role he will be responsible for all business across Germany and France, where this division will serve, including sales, marketing, distribution and operations and will report to RAEN vice president of sales, Scott Chantos.

Kering Eyewear Signs Licensing Agreement for Montblanc Eyewear

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018 12:24 AM PADOVA, Italy—Kering Eyewear has announced that it has entered into a new partnership for the development, production and worldwide distribution of Montblanc optical frames and sunglasses. The Montblanc Eyewear spring/summer 2019 collection will be revealed in September 2018 during Silmo before launching internationally in January 2019, when Montblanc’s current 17-year partnership with Marcolin ends. “We are extremely proud to announce this new partnership, which further strengthens our relationship with our shareholder Richemont,” said Roberto Vedovotto, Kering Eyewear’s president and CEO.

Marchon and G-III Apparel Group Sign Licensing Agreement for DKNY and Donna Karan New York Eyewear

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Monday, July 16, 2018 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear, Inc. and G-III Apparel Group, Ltd. have entered into a long-term exclusive global licensing agreement for DKNY and Donna Karan New York eyewear.

Vista Outdoor Announces Sale of Bolle, Cebe and Serengeti Eyewear Brands

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Monday, July 9, 2018 10:15 AM FARMINGTON, Utah—Vista Outdoor Inc. has entered into an agreement to sell the legal entities operating its Bolle, Cebe and Serengeti eyewear brands to an entity controlled by a private equity fund.

De Rigo and Mulberry Sign License for Eyewear Collection

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:21 AM LONGARONE, Italy—De Rigo Vision has announced a new license agreement with Mulberry Group plc, the British luxury brand, to develop a range of Mulberry eyewear.

Marcolin Group and Bally Sign Worldwide Exclusive License

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Thursday, May 31, 2018 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group and the Swiss luxury brand, Bally have announced the signing of an exclusive worldwide license agreement for the design, production and distribution of sunglasses and optical frames with the Bally brand.

[Partner Post] Costa’s Mission — Protecting the Watery World Since 1983

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Monday, May 14, 2018 12:45 AM Since the day it was born on the water in 1983, Costa has been about more than just selling premium polarized sunglasses. From its inception, the company’s founders, leaders and employees have shared an intrinsic commitment to protect the environment that its customers work and live in and around—the water.