Wood Like Skin

By Staff
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:25 AM A new, revolutionary project is entering the world of design: Wood-Skin. Patented by the company of the same name, the material combines the rigidity of wood with the flexibility of fabric. It can be molded into different shapes without altering its structural and aesthetical DNA and thereby creates complex organic shapes. More

National Association of Vision Care Plans Names VSP Vision Care's Jim McGrann, Chairman of the Board

By Staff
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:24 AM LAS VEGAS—Jim McGrann, president of VSP Vision Care, was inducted as the chairman of the board of directors of the National Association of Vision Care Plans (NAVCP) yesterday during the 2015 Specialty Health Summit held in conjunction with the National Association of Specialty Health Organizations (NASHO).

Jeff Endres to Leave Vision Council for Head Operations at Shamir Insight

By Staff
Wednesday, May 06, 2015 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—After eight years with The Vision Council, Jeff Endres, senior director of technical services and lens processing technology division liaison, will be leaving the organization in June to become vice president of operations for Shamir Insight.

Luxottica to Grow in Emerging Markets and Will Invest €1B in Retail Over 5 Years

By Staff
Monday, May 04, 2015 1:12 PM MILAN—During a board of directors meeting, Luxottica Group S.p.A. outlined strategic priorities, including growing share in emerging markets, expanding the brand portfolio and strengthening retail and e-commerce.

A New 'Script'

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, May 04, 2015 10:05 AM NEW YORK—So far over the course of the Millennial Project, we’ve talked about the impressive size of the Gen Y market, its penchant for education and its reliance on technology. So it should come as no surprise that all of those characteristics are major factors when it comes to the Millennial as an eyecare patient and eyewear consumer.

GenEYE: This is OUR Generation

By James J. Spina and Christine Yeh
Monday, May 04, 2015 10:00 AM It's a perfect storm: GenEYE engaging with OUR Eyewear is a meeting of likeminds focused on declaring a new way of seeing the world, their world, in a whole new right of passage.

Optical Retail and ECP Speakers Set for Power in #s, a VM Live Millennial Project Event

By Staff
Monday, May 04, 2015 9:57 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday has announced its first roster of optical retail and ECP speakers for the upcoming VM Live Event called Power in #s; Maximizing the Potential of the ‘Hashtag Nation,’ part of VM’s ongoing Millennial Project, being held Wednesday, June 3, 2015.

Mad About Millennials

By Christine Yeh
Monday, May 04, 2015 9:55 AM As much as Millennials baffle me, they also intrigue me.

Our Kinda Eyewear

By James J. Spina
Monday, May 04, 2015 9:50 AM This issue is total testament to the fact that GenEYE understands and inherently adores Our Eyewear and ITS affinity for independent eyewear retailing.

Zyloware Names Carlos Camargo Director of Sales for Latin America

By Staff
Monday, May 04, 2015 12:27 AM PORT CHESTER, N.Y.—Zyloware Eyewear has announced the addition of Carlos Camargo as director of sales for Zyloware Latin America.

Adlens Forms Partnership With Lempereur Group, France

By Staff
Monday, May 04, 2015 12:24 AM OXFORD, England—Adjustable focus eyewear maker Adlens, based here, has entered into a partnership with Lempereur Group, a European retailer and wholesaler.

Warby Parker Raises $100M, Now Valued at $1B

By Staff
Friday, May 01, 2015 12:33 AM NEW YORK—With a new round of $100 million in funding led by T. Rowe Price and confirmed by the financial firm, Warby Parker is now valued at $1.2 billion,  The Wall Street Journal says. 

Valeant Releases Q1 Revenue Showing a 16 Percent Increase

By Staff
Friday, May 01, 2015 12:26 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Valeant Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE/TSX: VRX) reported its total revenue for the first fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2015 was $2.2 billion, up 16 percent compared to the first quarter of 2014. Net income for Q1 was 74.5 million as compared to a loss of 20.3 million for the same period in 2014.

Brazil Prepares for the Boom

By Staff
Friday, May 01, 2015 12:25 AM With a 15-year story and over 100 members, Abióptica, the Brazilian optical association, unites 90 percent of the sector’s industries, manufacturers, importers and distributors (retail and specialist).

Luxury Optical Holdings Credit Facility Increased

By Staff
Friday, May 01, 2015 12:23 AM LAS VEGAS—Chicago-based Monroe Capital LLC announced yesterday that it has increased the credit facility to Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH), a group of high-end optical retail shops based here with locations throughout the U.S. LOH’s retail brands include Morgenthal Frederics, Robert Marc, Scene, Davante, Leonard Opticians and others.