Revolution Bows Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place Line
Quick Take: Revolution Eyewear creates magic with a new children’s line from Disney, Wizards of Waverly Place eyewear collection, based upon the show of the same name which features children that are wizards with supernatural powers.
Wearer: Fans of the show, children aged 6 to 11 and tweens.
Specifics: Twelve optical styles.
Selling Points: More than two-thirds of all kids 6-11 and three-fourths of all tweens watched Wizards of Waverly Place last quarter. The show has won the Emmy for “Outstanding Children’s Program” in 2009 and 2010. The new eyewear collection from Revolution features 12 styles, WWP001-WWP012; lightweight frames made of zyl and metal with spring hinges. Temples are embellished with creative designs depicting the image of the show with additions such as engravings, screenings, metallic epoxy and crystals from the House of Daniel Swarovski. Colors include matte light and dark brown, matte pink, matte burgundy, pearle red and grey, among others. Merchandising materials consist of a 3-piece display, counter cards and a vinyl window poster, all of which reflect the magical enchanted nature of the show, a blend of rustic folk with bohemian elements.
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Oliver Goldsmith Introduces OG Mini Icons for Kids
Quick Take: Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses have one of the most influential design heritages of any eyewear company still in production. This fall sees the launch of OG Mini Icons, a collection of Oliver Goldsmith sunglasses for children.
Wearer: Children age 4 to 14.
Specifics: Five sun styles available in four colors each.
Selling Points: The OG Mini Icons collection features exact replicas of some of Oliver Goldsmith’s most iconic styles, such as the Carl and Sophia, sized down for the style savvy adolescent. Debuting with five initial styles available in four beautiful, vibrant colorways each, these iconic styles are neither too gimmicky nor grown-up for a child. Classics that suit every age, the awesome shapes give children the chance to wear super stylish frames without sacrificing eye protection. Launch styles include the Mini Carl, Sophia, Lord, Bude and Glyn, each of which comes with matching mini packaging.
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Viva Presents Guess Spring/Summer 2012 Sun Collection
Quick Take: Viva International and Guess Eyewear will release a fresh new selection of contemporary and fashionable sun styles for men and women for the upcoming spring 2012 season.
Specifics: The Guess Eyewear 2012 sun collection consists of 27 styles, 14 for women and 13 for men.
Selling Points: The highlights of the Guess Sun Collection mirror today’s top eyewear fashion trends; two-tone gradient coloring, mirror lenses, animal prints and translucent colored acetates and lenses. The GU6655 navigator for men is bold and masculine and features a metal pyramid stud detail on the bridge and a “G” logo for rugged appeal. The oversized cat, GU7130, has a gradient colored front - rich deep colors descending to warm complimenting hues - and color filled enamel accents embellish the “G” logo. The stylish men’s shield, GU6674, features a bold oversized Gothic Logo while the GU7124 is a modernized take on the classic aviator silhouette with mirror lenses and glitter filled brow bar. The small rectangle shape of GU7126 has unique color and animal print fade detailing; translucent leopard print fades from front to temples create an exotic look while the metal heart GUESS logo and stone accents add a touch of feminine glitz. The men’s GU6672, is a trendy aviator with clear translucent front and mirror lenses, while the classic oval GU7107 follows the see thru trend with lightly colored blue tinted lenses paired with translucent colored plastic fronts.
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L’Amy America Extends Columbia Eyewear’s 180° Collection
Quick Take: New for back-to-school, L’Amy America has added new styles to their Columbia Eyewear 180° Collection for tweens.
Specifics: Five new models, each three different color combinations, for a total of 15 skus.
Selling Points: The five new models - Comet Ridge, Camp Roc, Jade Point, Opal Storm and Raven - each feature 180° technology which allows the temple to completely “flatten out” into a position of 180° from the frame front. The durable and flexible hinge system allows the frame to suffer the physical abuses inherent in an active tween’s outdoor lifestyle. Additionally, the Monel metal frames accommodate heads of all shapes and sizes and will resist corrosion due to skin acidity brought on by hormonal changes. The 2011 collection also features more sport details like rubberized, bi-injected temple sleeves and new vibrant, two-tone color options.
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Morgenthal Frederics Presents 25th Anniversary Collection
Quick Take: Luxury eyewear designer Morgenthal Frederics has debuted The Timeless Collection to commemorate their 25th Anniversary.
Specifics: This collection consists of seven styles, made of 100 percent Japanese titanium and acetate, with genuine buffalo horn versions of The Timeless Collection being released in October 2011.
Selling Points: The Timeless Collection was conceptualized to embody multiple references to time and timelessness in the design and names of the frame. Each frame is named Silver in a different language and the temple detailing on each is fashioned after a watch crown. The seven styles are: Plata (Spanish), Zilver (Dutch), Silber (German), Argentum (Latin), Argent (French), Prata (Portuguese) and Argento (Italian). The Plata is a rimless optical frame, while both the Zilver and Silber frames are aviator styles. The Prata is a rimless aviator style. The Argent is an angled, oval acetate frame and the Argentum and Argento frames are rectangular. The Timeless Collection frames are handcrafted in Japan from the finest grade titanium and sheet acetate. The acetate full frames are available in three color combinations: spotty tortoise acetate with gold, mocha acetate with copper and grey marble acetate with gunmetal. The aviators and rimless styles feature a beautiful shiny gold with pearl acetate temples, in addition to rich copper/mocha and gun/charcoal. The horn collections will come in three color-ways; spotty tortoise with copper, navy/black with gunmetal and brown/ivory with gold. All pieces in The Timeless Collection have spring hinges and all lenses are polarized.
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Wescan Releases New Kliik Denmark Style
Inspired by the textile industry, perforated patterns and lace prints, the Kliik Denmark KL-451 from Wescan is a full rim acetate frame with a beautiful eyelet lace pattern on the temples. The openwork translucent design coupled with the vintage shape provides a romantic and feminine look for women in black crystal, purple blue, burgundy rose and khaki crystal.
Costa Adds New Stylish Women’s Styles
Costa has launched four new sunglass styles for women, each with the performance technology the brand is known for and specifically designed with the progressive fashion trends happening now and engineered to fit women’s face shapes. The Hammock, Little Harbor, Tippet and Islamorada are each available in Costa’s premium 580 lens technology and their new 580 Rx program.
Cinzia Designs Presents Fall 2012 Designs
The upcoming season provides the release of several new mini eyewear collections in the Trendies by Cinzia and Cinzia collections. Along with the new readers, Cinzia will also introduce three new color combinations for Cinzia’s eyewear cases, Little Button and Big Button. Cinzia has also added several new styles to the Cinzia Black collection for Europa International.