Message in a Portal

By John Sailer
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 11:30 AM Enlivened by the digital age, regional optical retailers are moving from the traditional to the electronic, linking both to have far greater impact than either alone.

Doug Harris to Head Glasses.com; Privitera Leaves Luxottica

By Staff
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Doug Harris, vice president of production and operations for Glasses.com, will head the online eyewear business going forward, following the departure of Carlo Privitera, formerly president of Glasses.com, a division of Luxottica (NYSE: LUX) who left the company earlier this month, VMail has learned.

Glasses.com Rebrands, Redesigns Website, and Introduces Try-At-Home Program Including Rx Lenses

By Staff
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 12:24 AM SALT LAKE CITY—Glasses.com today launched a new brand identity that includes a new logo and website redesign.

Five Generations, 100 Years, Moscot Celebrates a Century in Business

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, March 16, 2015 12:00 AM NEW YORK—In today’s disposable mindset economy, a business that survives for five or 10 years has a lot to celebrate. A business that not only survives but continues to grow and thrive? Now they need to throw one doozy of a party.

A Look Back at 100 Years of Moscot

By Deirdre Carroll
Thursday, March 12, 2015 2:30 PM NEW YORK—A hundred years gives you a lot of history to pull from. For a company with as much character as Moscot, that history is quite colorful.

LegitScript Launches iCareRx Online Optical Retailing Certification Program

By Staff
Monday, March 02, 2015 12:27 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—LegitScript launched an online optical retailing certification program today that the internet compliance firm developed in conjunction with members of several U.S. professional vision-related associations and leading optical retailers and suppliers, as first reported by VMail, Nov. 24, 2014.

Auction Starts for Luxury Eyewear From AOS/MacKeyser Bankruptcy

By Staff
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 12:26 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—A schedule has been set for the auction of over 3,000 pieces of luxury eyewear from  the assets of the bankrupt American Optical Services/MacKeyser Holdings.

GrandVision IPO Could Value Company Between €4.4 Billion and €5.4 Billion

By Staff
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 12:26 AM SCHIPHOL, The Netherlands—GrandVision announced on Jan. 26 an indicative price range of between €17.50 and €21.50 a share for its planned public offering (IPO), a move anticipated for some time, as VMail has reported.

Tokyo-Based Eyewear Retailer Jins to Open U.S. Flagship Store in San Francisco

By Staff
Monday, January 26, 2015 12:27 AM SAN FRANCISCO— Jins, a Tokyo-based optical retailer known for its hip, affordable eyewear, announced plans to expand into the U.S. market with the opening of its first U.S. flagship store in San Francisco in Spring 2015.

Director Dan Krauss Wins LensCrafters’ ‘Truer Than Fiction Award’ and $25,000 Grant

By Staff
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 12:18 AM WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—The LensCrafters Truer Than Fiction Award was presented to Dan Krauss, for his direction of the film “The Kill Team,” at the Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch held at the BOA Steakhouse here, Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015.

Meet the Millennials

By Deirdre Carroll
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 AM NEW YORK–In order to address any group, especially to sell or market to it, you have to understand it. Figuring out how its members think, behave and react is integral to engaging with it and motivating it to act or buy.

Metro Optics Eyewear Opens New Flagship Store Featuring Electronics

By Andrew Karp
Monday, January 19, 2015 12:00 AM BRONX, N.Y.—Metro Optics Eyewear threw a party on Dec. 9 to celebrate the opening of its new flagship store in the Throgg’s Neck Shopping Center.

GrandVision Announces Intention to Launch IPO in 2015

By Staff
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 12:23 AM AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands—GrandVision BV has formally announced its intention to launch an initial public offering (IPO) and list GrandVision ordinary shares on Euronet Amsterdam exchange sometime in 2015 “depending among other things on conditions in the financial markets,” a statement said.

Over 3,000 Pieces of Luxury Eyewear Worth More Than $1 Million to Be Auctioned in AOS/MacKeyser Bankruptcy

By Staff
Friday, January 09, 2015 12:27 AM WILMINGTON, Del.—Over 3,000 pieces of luxury eyewear valued at well over $1 million will be auctioned from among the assets of the bankrupt MacKeyser Holdings/American Optical Services.

European Online Optical Retailer, Mister Spex, Receives $40 Million in Financing

By Staff
Friday, January 09, 2015 12:23 AM BERLIN—One of Europe’s leading online optical retailers, Mister Spex completed its largest financing to date, raising $40 million in a round led by U.S. investment bank, Goldman Sachs, and with participation from existing investors, including Scottish Equity Partners, XAnge and DN Capital. The funds will be used to support the company’s domestic and international growth plans.
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