Saks Fifth Avenue Debuts First Optical Boutique in Boca Raton and Plans for Second Optical Opening in Fall 2017

By Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:30 AM BOCA RATON, Fla.—Saks Fifth Avenue, one of the leading luxury department store companies in North America, has opened its first Saks Optical Boutique at its department store here in partnership with U.S. Vision Inc, one of the largest optical retailers in the U.S.

Plan “B” Eyewear and SPECT Announce Canadian Distribution Agreement

By Staff
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 12:15 AM TONAWANDA, N.Y.—Michael Pachleitner Group (MPG) and Plan “B” Eyewear announced their three-year agreement with SPECT Eyewear.

Vision Choice Awards Distinguish Best Products at Vision Expo East

By Staff
Friday, April 14, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Each year, the Vision Choice Awards distinguish the best products as voted upon by show attendees. Here are the winners of the 2017 Vision Choice Awards.

Etnia Barcelona Established New Showroom Designed for Customers

By Staff
Saturday, April 1, 2017 12:18 AM MIAMI—The North American subsidiary of the independent Barcelona eyewear brand, Etnia Barcelona, announced the opening of a new, custom built multifunction showroom. The showroom is designed to offer customers an extensive immersion into the brand as well as facilitate a unique buying experience for American, Latin American and Canadian customers, the company said.

Luxottica Launches Ray-Ban Prescription Lenses Program

By Staff
Friday, March 31, 2017 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Luxottica is debuting a new prescription lens program for its Ray-Ban brand in mid-April, offering both single vision and progressive lenses for both sun and optical and processing the complete pairs at the company’s Luxottica’s newly-expanded Atlanta hub, which combines the lab and distribution center.

Altair Eyewear Launches the StudioGrand for Cole Haan Collection

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 AM RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif—Cole Haan Eyewear is launching the StudioGrand Eyewear collection from Altair. This collection features minimalist silhouettes made for the multifaceted woman and incorporates both comfort and functionality in three optical and three sun styles.

Charmant Launches First Eddie Bauer Eyewear Styles

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Charmant has launched the first 16 optical styles from the Eddie Bauer Eyewear collection for Spring 2017.

Kering Debuts Spring/Summer 2017 Gucci Collection

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 AM MILAN—Kering is debuting Gucci Eyewear styles from its Spring/Summer 2017 collections. The urban romanticism and eclecticism that Alessandro Michele, creative director, infuses into his collections has redefined Gucci’s codes and creativity, the company said.

Luxottica Debuts the 2017 Valentino Collection

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 AM MILAN—Luxottica revealed its 2017 launch of Valentino eyewear. Comprised of sun and optical styles, this launch channels the essence of Valentino style. Grace, delicacy and dedication to sartorial culture pervade the vibrant atmosphere of the workshops in Palazzo Mignanelli where timeless creations are produced, the company said.

McGee Group Debuts Life is Good Eyewear, Sunwear and Readers

By Jamie Wilson
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 AM MARIETTA, Ga.—The McGee Group and Life is Good have partnered to help people focus on the good through a whole new lens with this debut collection featuring 16 ophthalmic frames, 17 sun styles and 10 reader styles. Theses styles are available for men, women, teens and kids and are all inspired by inspirational people, places and works of art.

Zeiss Bows EnergizeMe, Spectacle Lens for Contact Lens Wearers

By Andrew Karp
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 12:30 AM SAN DIEGO—Zeiss is releasing EnergizeMe lenses which feature a special design adapted to the vision patterns of contact lens wearers who are used to eye movements rather than head movements when wearing contacts. It offers wide, clear viewing zones and more comfortable vision after contact lens wear, according to Zeiss.

Check.Out: Fayette Family Vision Care

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM WOOW Eyewear was created as a collection under Face à Face, and has now grown into a strong individual brand for the young and bold, sold in more than 40 countries across the world. Between traditional style and casual fashion, the WOOW style speaks to all with a sense of humor. The little message inserted in the end tip of the frame will make you smile first thing in the morning.

Creative Talents Reinterpret Tradition in A Forward Vision for Eyewear Heritage Contest

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM MILAN—Safilo in association with L’Uomo Vogue announced the winners of the first-ever tutoring project for the eyewear industry, A Forward Vision for Eyewear Heritage. Young creative talents were awarded in the three competition categories, Masterpiece, Capsule Collection and Product School.

Laced Up

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM Who: Filigree—found in jewelry designs dating back to ancient Mesopotamia, popular in various parts of central Asia and Indian design as well as Medieval European designs. An ode to elegance and sophistication often drawing comparisons to lace.

What Are You Wearing?: Ramsey Eyecare, Charleston, West Virginia

By Jamie Wilson
Monday, March 27, 2017 12:30 AM James began his career in optical 25 years ago as a frame stylist in Lynchburg, W.Va. Shortly after, he purchased his own optical boutiques and continued to build his business profile in the optical industry. After moving back home to be closer to family, James currently manages the optical boutique at Ramsey Eyecare.
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