L’Amy America Debuts Sperry Top-Sider Eyewear
Quick Take: L’Amy America, a part of Groupe TWC-L'AMY, will launch the Sperry Top-Sider eyewear collection of sun and ophthalmic styles for both men and women this October at Vision Expo West.
Wearer: The Sperry Top-Sider eyewear collection is inspired by authentic, American style. In keeping with the Sperry Top-Sider commitment to heritage, but with fashion forward details and shapes, the eyewear collection reflects a preppy aesthetic designed for the “Generational Prep.”
Specifics: The initial launch collection will consist of 20 ophthalmic styles and 11 sunglass styles in a mix of high quality materials including handmade acetate, stainless steel, leather and wood-inspired details.
Selling Points: The Sperry Top-Sider brand DNA is inherent in all designs. Elements from Sperry Top-Sider Footwear have been integrated into the frame designs including grommet details on the temple tips and the brand’s signature “wave siping” pattern (which appears on the shoe’s soles) on the inside of the frame, as well as the skip lace and anchor motifs. These components combined with vibrant color combinations, most notably blue tones, and superior craftsmanship create styles that are timeless and quintessential.
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Match Releases a New Line from Helium Paris
Quick Take: Match Eyewear has announced the release of new ophthalmic styles from the Helium Paris collection. Reinventing vintage with contemporary styling speaks directly to the bold, distinctive edge of the Helium Paris collection, targeted to chic and savvy men and women, ages 18 to 35.
Specifics: Fourteen new ophthalmic styles, including five women’s and nine men’s models.
Selling Points: “The new Helium line is an exciting incorporation of classic form and progressive styling,” said Ethan Goodman, president of Match Eyewear. “It’s literally a look back and a step forward all at once.” The retro glamour of women’s styles 4209 and 4218, both crafted from Italian acetate, is updated with unexpected colors, rich patterns and elegant accents, for a unique, modern sophistication. Men’s looks 4208 and 4217 feature clubman inspired eye shapes with richly hued matte metal, laser etched keyhole detailing and sculpted logo emblems on tapered zyl temples. Match Eyewear is featuring the new models in current integrated marketing efforts. Available merchandising includes logo plaques, 1- and 3- piece displays, hanging posters and counter cards.
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Ogi Adds to 'Mommy and Me and Daddy and I' Collection
Quick Take: Ogi Eyewear has debuted all new styles to enhance the “Mommy and Me, Daddy and I” Collection, solidifying Ogi Kids as a leader in the children’s eyewear segment.
Specifics: Five new styles.
Selling Points: With the “Mommy and Me and Daddy and I” collection, Ogi creates fashionable frames for kids that emulate the sophisticated, yet exciting eyewear their parents wear. Each style is available in a variety of bright colors carefully picked to exemplify the playful nature of the collection and to individually express each child’s unique personality. “Recognizing that the children of today are the fashion enthusiasts of tomorrow, Ogi’s ‘Mommy and Me, Daddy and I’ Collection looks to give them a head start,” said Karly Anderson, of Ogi’s marketing and design department. “Children can often be the pickiest of consumers, and Ogi Kids allows each child the chance to emulate the fashion of the most important people in their lives – their parents. Offering a wide variety of charismatic styles, Ogi Kids allows each child to find an exciting look to express their own individuality.” Ogi Kids frames include a black and blue clamshell hardcase with a lime crushed velour lining and lime cleaning cloth. Ogi Kids counter cards and large window banners are also available.
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Reptile Sun to Unveil Galapagos Collection at VEW
Quick Take: Reptile Polarized Sunglasses has announced the launch of The Galapagos collection at Vision Expo West in Las Vegas.
Specifics: The collection includes five unisex models: Darwin, Pinzon, Rabida, Santiago and Wolf.
Selling Points: Like the reptiles native to the Galapagos Islands, Reptile’s Galapagos Collection is a unique progression or evolution in the Reptile family of advanced polarized sunglasses featuring contemporary style with vintage inspired detail. The Darwin is a modified P3 shape in an antique metal finish that adds retro touches to its contemporary design, while the Pinzon, also a modified P3, features vintage inspired engraving in stainless steel and Monel. The Rabida is a geometric angular aviator and the Santiago is a modified aviator with intricate filigree detailing. Lastly, the Wolf is a metal acetate combo in a classic retro shape.
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Modern Optical Intros Four New Fashiontabulous Styles
Value eyewear manufacturer, Modern Optical International, has introduced four new styles to its Fashiontabulous Eyewear Collection for the 2013 Back-to-School season. Fashiontabulous, the go-to eyewear collection for aspiring fashionistas, embodies youth and style with its trendy silhouettes and upbeat design details. Flirty temple embellishments and creative color treatment are the signatures of this collection. Styles are sized to fit the smaller faces of teens, preteens and petite women. All four of the new Fashiontabulous styles are made using handmade zyl and include spring hinges for added comfort and durability.
Moscot Adds New Originals Styles, Spirit Collection
Moscot has released the brand new Spirit Collection and five new Originals with two of the existing Originals models now available in new colors. The Kleyn, named for Great Grandpa Hyman's revered tutor and professor, is made from metal with stainless steel temples featuring filigree details and a classic saddle bridge without nose pads. The Kleyn is now available in silver. The Sechel, available as a sun or ophthalmic style, is inspired by the daredevil biplane pilots and barnstormers of the late 1950s and is now available in brown.
Baby BanZ Styles Offered for Back-to-School
Baby BanZ sunglasses are tiny, award-winning designs with total UVA and UVB protection for infants and kids. Perfect for back to school, the latest addition to the Baby BanZ sunglasses collection is the Junior BanZ. Made for boys and girls, aged 4-10, JBanZ offers the same quality lenses and polycarbonate frames as the original Baby BanZ but without the permanent band around the back of the head. The JbanZ flexible temples resist breakage and the wrap around design adds extra protection from wind and debris. JBanZ come with their own color coordinated neoprene carrying case and removable neoprene strap for active kids. Additionally, a new range of Jay BanZ with Jimmy Crystal of NYC features Swarovski elements and custom designs will be available for BTS.