Check Out: Gazal Eyewear

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:45 PM Gazal Eyewear is designed in Atlanta, Georgia and handcrafted in Fukuoka, Japan using materials such as Italian acetate, Japanese titanium and German hinges. Each style is created as a small batch so less than 100 of each frame color is made to order, giving customers a unique design.

Cool Cats

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:45 PM The cat eye silhouette never really seems to go out of style but simply evolves to fit today’s fashion scene. For the past couple of years, the micro cat eye dominated fashion trends especially with regard to influencers. However, the trending cat eye silhouette right now is more of an ode to the traditional 1950s and 1960s frame that characterized old glamour.

Oliver Peoples Debuts Collaboration With the Cary Grant Estate

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:45 PM NEW YORK—Oliver Peoples has collaborated with the Cary Grant Estate to bring to market an optical and sunglass style inspired by the iconic movie, “North by Northwest,” representing the style and character of “one of cinema’s greatest figures.”

What Are You Wearing?: Merivale Vision Care, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 2:45 PM Dr. Merwiak has been in the optical industry for about seven years. She started out as a summer student, helping out at Merivale Vision Care. “It was my time at the clinic as a student that made me decide to pursue optometry as a career. Today, I am a practicing optometrist.”

Marchon Eyewear, Inc. and ABG Renew Global Eyewear Licenses for Nautica and Nine West

By Staff
Thursday, April 11, 2019 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear, Inc. and Authentic Brands Group (ABG) announced the long term renewals of the existing global eyewear licensing agreements for the Nautica and Nine West brands. The agreement is for the exclusive worldwide design, development, production and distribution of optical eyewear and sunglasses for Nautica and optical eyewear and prescription sunglasses for Nine West.

Maui Jim Names Nathan McKinley to Head U.S. Ophthalmic Sales

By Staff
Monday, April 8, 2019 12:15 AM PEORIA, Ill.—Sunglass and eyeglass maker Maui Jim, has named Nathan McKinley senior sales director, ophthalmic division. With McKinley, the first to fill this position at Maui Jim, the brand is putting more focus behind their Ophthalmic line, which launched in early 2018. McKinley will help the brand’s ophthalmic branch expand distribution and grow Maui Jim’s team of ophthalmic account executives, making this branch of the business a big initiative for 2019 and beyond, the brand said in a statement.

Charmant USA Renews Licensing Agreement With Eddie Bauer

By Staff
Thursday, April 4, 2019 12:18 AM MORRIS PLAINS, New Jersey—Charmant USA and Eddie Bauer have renewed their licensing agreement through 2022. The agreement states that Charmant will continue to design and manufacture ophthalmic frames and sunglasses for Eddie Bauer over the next three years. Charmant launched the Eddie Bauer eyewear collection, which features durable materials such as stainless steel, premium acetate, flexible metals, and titanium, in 2017.

Nominations Open through June 21 to Submit Eyewear and Sunwear Products to Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards

By Staff
Monday, April 1, 2019 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council is still accepting submissions for the group's first Design Excellence Awards, to be bestowed upon outstanding products in 15 awards categories including Eyewear, Handbags, Personal Accessories, Jewelry, Watches, Footwear and Tech and Innovation. Entries are open through midnight of June 21 The Accessories Council board of directors and the Accessories Innovation Committee will select four to five finalists per category based on the criteria of excellence in design, unique appearance and/or function, consumer needs addressed by product, appropriate aesthetics, innovative materials or technology, market positioning and competitive performance, social images, emotional appeal, and sustainability.

Vision Expo East 2019 Reports Increase in Overall Attendance and Optical Buyers

By Staff
Thursday, March 28, 2019 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Vision Expo East 2019, held in New York City’s Javits Center, was a great success with the Show experiencing an overall attendance increase of 2.6 percent with a 5 percent rise in registration for optical buyers, according to an announcement from show organizers. Notably, one-third of attendees represented new practices and optical locations providing exhibitors the opportunity to connect with new buyers. Social media was also buzzing as the optical community generated 31 million impressions to date using the hashtag #VisionExpo, an increase of 15 percent over 2018.

Marchon Eyewear, Inc. and Cutler and Gross Sign Exclusive Distribution Agreement for Paul Smith Eyewear in the U.S.

By Staff
Monday, March 18, 2019 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear, Inc. and Cutler and Gross, Ltd. announced today that they have entered into an exclusive agreement for Marchon Eyewear to distribute Paul Smith sun and optical eyewear throughout the U.S. Marchon Eyewear became the exclusive distributor of Cutler and Gross eyewear in the U.S. in September 2018 as reported in VMAIL. A few months later in December 2018, Cutler and Gross announced that it had entered into an exclusive license agreement with Paul Smith Ltd. for the design production and global (except for Japan) distribution of the brand’s sunglass and optical frames as VMAIL previously reported.

A&A Optical Unveils RACHEL Rachel Roy Collection at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—A&A Optical has unveiled its first collection of the RACHEL Rachel Roy frames with the debut of 16 optical styles and 52 total skus.

Altair Eyewear Debuts First Optical Collection for Draper James Eyewear

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Altair Eyewear Inc., a division of Marchon Eyewear Inc. has launched the first ever optical collection for Draper James, the Southern-inspired lifestyle brand founded by Reese Witherspoon in 2013.

Check.Out: Style Eyes Optical

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM Plein Les Mirettes (PLM) collection, born in 2012 from the French designer, Christophe Morcamp, presents evocative frames. Heritage mixes with futuristic details to delight women of all ages. Plein Les Mirettes offers unique and timeless design with bright colors, flattering shapes and quality-oriented design.

L’Amy America’s Luxury Division, Ultimate Vision USA, Unveils McLaren Vision Collection

By Staff
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM SHELTON, Conn.—Ultimate Vision USA, the newly established luxury division of L’Amy America, has launched the McLaren Vision collection of eyewear.

Lite Brite

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 11, 2019 12:30 AM WHAT: Neon colors, which first starting making their comeback in 2018, are trending in a big way for 2019 in high fashion ensembles, streetwear, swimwear and accessories. The bright, bold, saturated tones have brought a refreshing complement to the neutrals that have been on the scene.