Essilor, Luxottica Merger Will Be Gradual, Essilor’s John Carrier Says

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 4:15 PM NEW YORK—Although the news of Essilor’s planned merger with Luxottica Group traveled through the world’s financial markets at cyber speed today, VMail has learned that the complex process of combining the two eyewear industry giants into a behemoth valued at nearly €50 billion will occur gradually over the next three to four years.

Eyewear Industry Giants Essilor and Luxottica Announce Merger; Historic Deal Will Reshape the Optical Industry

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:15 AM PARIS and MILAN—Plans for a mega merger of Essilor [Euronext Paris: EI] and Luxottica [MTA: LUX; NYSE: LUX], two global giants of the eyewear industry, were announced today by Essilor and Delfin Sarl, the Luxembourg based holding company of the Del Vecchio family, the majority owners of Luxottica.

Allure Launches Kendall + Kylie Eyewear Debut Sun Collection

By Staff
Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Jenner sisters, Kendall and Kylie have entered the optical market with the launch of the Kendall + Kylie sunwear collection with optical to follow. The collection will be distributed by Allure Eyewear.

Classique Eyewear Introduces Its Own Eyewear Essentials Collection, CIE

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM SAN DIEGO—Eyewear distribution company, Classique Eyewear, presents its collection of value eyewear called CIE.

ClearVision Optical Debuts Steve Madden Eyewear

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM HAUPPAUGE, N.Y.—ClearVision Optical has produced its largest collection with the launch of Steve Madden eyewear. This collection features 51 styles: 20 women’s, 16 men’s, six kids and nine sun.

L’Amy America Introduces Ann Taylor Readers

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM WILTON, Conn.—L’Amy America announced that Ann Taylor is expanding beyond ophthalmic frames to include a collection of ready readers. This debut collection will consist of four different styles, each available in three different powers: +1.5, +2.0 and +2.5.

Safilo Launches Its First Fendi Men’s Collection for Spring/Summer 2017

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Monday, January 16, 2017 12:00 AM NEW YORK—Fendi presents its first Men’s Eyewear collection for Spring/Summer 2017. The collection encompasses a wide and complete array of sunglasses and optical frames, celebrating the Fendi Men’s signatures in an innovative way.

Mad Vision to Distribute Vinyl Factory in the U.S.

By Staff
Friday, January 13, 2017 12:24 AM SUNRISE, Fla. and PARIS—Vinyl Factory is expanding its presence in the U.S. through an exclusive distribution agreement with Mad Vision.

PogoTec Partners With Frame and Sunwear Companies on New Wearable Device

By Staff
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 12:30 AM LAS VEGAS, Nev.—Wearable tech eyewear startup PogoTec announced that it is partnering with four optical frame and sunglass companies to launch its first product, a small, frame-mounted camera that attaches to fashionable eyewear. The device, known as PogoCam, is being unveiled this week at CES 2017.

New York Eye Announces Five-Year License Renewal for Hemingway Ltd.

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Friday, December 16, 2016 12:21 AM AMITYVILLE, NY— New York Eye announced the five-year renewal of its licensing agreement with Hemingway, Ltd. The license will run through Dec. 31, 2021.

Safilo Group and Christian Dior Couture Renew License for Dior and Dior Homme Through 2020

By Staff
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy and PARIS—Safilo Group and Christian Dior Couture renewed their licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of the Dior and Dior Homme collection until Dec. 31, 2020.

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2016

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Monday, December 12, 2016 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 8th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year.

Nouveau Eyewear Develops a Magical Girls Collection With My Little Pony Eyewear

By Staff
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM CARROLLTON, Texas—Nouveau Eyewear is implementing its biggest launch in girls’ eyewear for January 2017 with the development of My Little Pony eyewear. For the first time, My Little Pony will be available as a prescription eyewear collection for girls.

Revelly, a New Universal Fit Eyewear Line Launches

By Staff
Monday, December 12, 2016 12:00 AM MENLO PARK, Calif— Revelly, a company dedicated to empowering people to “revel in their own unique identities” has officially launched its debut line of high fashion, high performance eyewear geared toward individuals with low nose bridges.

Vuarnet Opens its First U.S. Pop-Up Shop in New York

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2016 12:21 AM NEW YORK—French sunglass brand, Vuarnet opened up its first pop-up shop in Soho for the holiday season on Friday, Nov. 18. The shop located inside Westerlind at 29 Spring Street offers the largest selection of Vuarnet sunglasses stateside.
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