Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—Product design entries are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards of the Accessories Council
and optical frame and sunwear companies are encouraged to enter the program which will bestow honors for designs in 14 unique fashion accessories categories including footwear, handbags, jewelry, personal accessories and others.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Tuesday, August 25, 2020 12:18 AM
BETHPAGE, N.Y.—Eyewear Designs Ltd.
has announced that Michael Shavitz has been named vice president of U.S. sales for the company. In this new role, Shavitz will be responsible for the development, advancement, and execution of expanding its existing channels of distribution and widening the company's reach with independent ECPs.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:21 AM
NEW YORK—Eyewear and sunwear companies, along with makers of PPE, sustainable products and a range of other fashion accessory categories, were announced yesterday as the finalists for the 2nd annual Design Excellence Awards of the Accessories Council
. The finalists were selected by the Council's board of directors based on the criteria of excellence in design, unique appearance and/or function, consumer needs addressed by product, aesthetics, innovative materials, market positioning and other factors. The final winners in each category will be selected by popular vote and the winners will be announced on Thursday, Sept. 3rd, when they will each receive a trophy designed by Marchon Eyewear. Voting for the Final honorees in all categories is now open to the public, and that voting can be done here
Monday, July 20, 2020 12:15 AM
NEW YORK—Designers and product developers in the eyewear, sunwear and PPE categories still have time to submit their products for entry into the Accessories Council's
upcoming Design Excellence Awards. The deadline is July 26 in the program which was announced earlier this year and reported by VMAIL
. The Design Excellence Award finalists will be announced on Aug. 3 and the winners in each category will be unveiled on Sept. 3. Any accessory brand can enter multiple products, across a number of award categories, including eyewear and sunwear.
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.
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