Safilo Introduces Polaroid Plus Collection
Quick Take: Safilo USA has introduced the Polaroid Plus collection, a new sunglasses collection from Polaroid Eyewear launching in select optical locations in the U.S.
Wearer: The Polaroid Plus Collection offers a minimal and urban look with contemporary and wearable design.
Specifics: The initial six launch styles are divided in two groups: the Series 01, which consists of three full acetate male models and one unisex model; and the Series 02, which includes two male models with metal fronts and acetate temples. Some styles are offered in two different sizes.
Selling Points: All the models have the UltraSight Plus lens, a glue-free polarized lens. This new lens offers all the benefits of the Polaroid polarized lenses, as well as clearer vision thanks to the absence of glue. It is also safer thanks to its shock resistant polyamide material and has more durability because of a reduced risk of exfoliation, according to Safilo. In addition to a five-unit display, counter card and presentation tray, the collection has also taken a fresh approach to communicating its technical information to the customer--all details are written inside the left temple.
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Marchon Bows the Nike Young Athletes Sun Collection
Quick Take: Marchon has announced a line of stylish youth shades featuring Carl Zeiss optics from Nike Vision, the Nike Young Athletes Sunglass collection.
Wearer: “Nike is a brand that provides inspiration to kids, and it’s a brand parents choose for their children, as well,” said Steve Tripi, marketing director for Marchon Eyewear. “If you give kids the style, comfort and brand they want, it’ll increase the chance of them wearing their sunglasses.”
Specifics: The new Nike Young Athlete Suns premium five-style assortment includes kid-sized versions of Nike Vision’s most popular adult styles, including the Nike Varsity, Nike Lava, Nike Reverse, Nike Trophi and Nike Champ. Fresh colors like Blue Hero, University Red and Laser Purple are combined with black, crystal grey and white on highly universal frames that complement faces of all shapes and sizes.
Selling Points: Though made primarily for after sport use, Nike Young Athlete Suns feature all the same performance attributes Nike adult frames have, including safety U-bevel, polycarbonate lenses, 100 percent UV protection, Nike Max Optics and Carl Zeiss Lens Tints formulated for developing eyes.
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McGee Presents New Badgley Mischka Styles
Quick Take: Elegant designs seamlessly integrating contrasting colors and textures are a hallmark of the Badgley Mischka brand from the McGee Group.
Specifics: Riva and Lela, the two new latest additions to the Badgley Mischka eyewear collection, feature a unique combination of colors, eyeshapes and embellishments.
Selling Points: The Riva features an angular geometric eyeshape, softened by a clear crystal front. The combination of a translucent crystal acetate front with feathered horn acetate temples in contrasting colors evokes different textures to create a bold look. The Riva is available in plum crystal and emerald crystal. With beautiful acetate colors of black over ivory horn and rich cabernet, the Lela features a teacup eyeshape and curved endpiece leading to a three-dimensional casted embellishment. The coloring continues on delicate thin temples, highlighting the jeweled temple piece with filigree texture and stones for an antique look, inspired by the hand-cut petals on a Badgley Mischka gown. Lela is available in black and cabernet.
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Charmant USA Unveils Elle A/W 2013 Releases
Quick Take: The new Elle optical styles from Charmant USA are influenced by the latest fashion trends and color inspirations.
New Elle ophthalmic styles for women for Autumn/Winter 2013.
Selling Points: Tones embrace the autumn palette with warm hues of brown, purple, burgundy or red. Colors are sophisticated expressions of trendily-colored Havana torts. Each new frame is highly polished to create a smooth surface that highlights the soft, feminine silhouette of each contemporary profile. The EL 13362 features bold lenses that gradually elevate toward the corners. The smooth structure flows into decorative temples carved from new Havana-inspired speckled colorations. The EL 13366 is a charming, lightweight eyewear style in a chic blend of modern styling and low-key glamor with decorative slender twisted metal temple, adding a discreet glamour nuance and capturing this autumn’s hot colors.
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Tura Releases New Brendel Ophthalmic Styles
Quick Take: Tura Inc. has expanded its Brendel eyewear collection with the introduction of new women’s ophthalmic styles. The new models include bold patterns, multi-layered acetate and inlayed crystals.
Specifics: “The new Brendel frames expand on the brand’s mission to craft European-inspired eyewear featuring intricate design details and bold colors,” said Jennifer Coppel, Tura’s vice president of brand management. “The Brendel woman is confident and not afraid to experiment with fashion.”
Selling Points: Brendel reaches the fashion-conscious woman who appreciates European styling with a global appeal. The frames are ultra-feminine, colorful and tailored, with a focus on high quality materials and components. Brendel includes three sub-collections: Trend Inspired – Fashion shapes that define style for the modern woman; Contemporary Fashion – wearable fashion shapes that are progressive friendly; and Ornamental – decorative details that express a woman’s individuality in classic shapes. The latest models from Brendel include the 902131 from the Ornamental collection, a combination frame in a modern, rectangular shape with a two-tone coloration; and the 902136 from the Contemporary Fashion collection, another combination frame in a deep rectangular shape with a triple layered acetate temple. Lastly, the 903023, from the Trend Inspired collection, includes color combinations, prints and multi-laminates.
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Maui Jim Adds the Kolohe and Kawika Sunglasses
Maui Jim has debuted two new, tech-updated sunglasses, the Kolohe and Kawika. The styles are based on some of the first designs ever created by the company. Vintage details are what make both of these sunglasses trend-worthy thanks to the fine filigree-scrolled silver/nickel temples and nose bridges on thin, lightweight nylon frames. Both frames come with adjustable silicone nosepads and traditional hinges. Both frames feature MauiPure lenses, a non-glass lens that is ultra-lightweight, as well as scratch- and impact-resistant, with up to nine layers of glare-cutting, UV-eliminating and color-enhancing technology. The company’s patented PolarizedPlus2 lens technology and bi-gradient mirrors are also available and both styles are protected with waterproof and oleophobic coatings. MauiPure lenses are not available in prescription; however, the Kolohe or Kowika frames can accommodate Maui Jim's authentic prescription lens materials: Maui Evolution or polycarbonate.
Eye Designs Expands with Bas Cabinetry
Eye Designs has expanded its product line to include the new Bas Cabinetry, continuous floating base cabinetry. Combining style and function, this modern and sleek cabinetry complements Eye Designs wall mount displays by providing convenient space saving storage underneath the frame boards. Bas Cabinetry features a choice of wood or laminate cabinetry. All cabinetry is offered with a standard countertop that can also be used for displaying P.O.P. materials, signage and decorative accents. Bas can then be customized to a dispensaries design specifications with options for door design, handle hardware, and color and finishes. Bas Cabinetry is ideal for use with Eye Designs Versa Wall Collection or Synergy Pro Rod Display System and seamlessly fits beneath these wall mounted displays.
Allison Debuts New Zerorh+ Eyewear Styles
The mission of Zerorh+ from Allison has always been to put the sport in step with the fashion trends by designing technical products, whose range of colors and refined style of design are enticing. The ongoing, thorough search for hi-tech materials goes perfectly with the taste and passion for elegance, resulting in a unique and exclusive product, perfect for any kind of sport, or for any spare time situation. This season the collection introduces two new optical styles and eight new sunglass models with polarized options. Standouts include the Gotha Clip-On style (RH 757), a Grilamid wrap style with an innovative internal clip-on that allows the insertion of an ophthalmic lens, and the regular Gotha (RH 790) which features interchangeable lenses.