Oakley Presents Heritage Collection
Quick Take: To commemorate 30 years of performance eyewear design, Oakley has launched its Heritage Collection. The collection offers a fresh take on the classics that bring together the best of what Oakley has offered and continues to offer in performance and style, according to Oakley.
Wearer: The Heritage Collection was made for customers who are passionate about sports and about Oakley. Those who grew up with the brand will view the classic designs and colors with nostalgia, recalling their first pair of Oakley eyewear and the favorites they’ve owned in the past, while the collection also speaks to a new, young consumer who appreciates authenticity, the company said.
Specifics: Oakley brought back some of their most groundbreaking designs and favorite colors, and applied those colors to some of their current performance eyewear. In addition to historical reissues, the collection includes custom editions of current performance styles like the RadarLock, Radar, Flak Jacket XLJ, and Racing Jacket. Commemorating Oakley’s 30 years of eyewear innovation, a “30” graphic is laser etched at the corner of each lens.
Selling Points: Styles include a limited edition release of the Eyeshades, a reissue of their world-first performance eyewear design, engineered with improved nose pad construction and “2014” inside the frame; the reissued Razor Blades, the evolution of the Eyeshades, available in multiple lens/frame color combinations; and the Frogskins, the brand’s first dual-lens design. The Heritage edition includes one of their earliest logos, a collectors pin and sticker. Each frame in the Heritage Collection comes with a custom Microclear bag decked with art that celebrates their “design-mad” approach.
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Kasperek USA Optical Bows Cc: Two Is One Program
Quick Take: Kasperek USA Optical has announced the launch of a new eyewear program, Cc: Two Is One. According to the company, Cc is a unique program that includes an Rx-able sunglass frame with the purchase of a standard ophthalmic frame.
Wearer: The collection is geared towards the stylish, progressive-wearing patient. Patients are able to purchase any frame style, ophthalmic or sun, and then receive another pair at no additional cost.
Specifics: The launch collection consists of 12 men’s and 12 ladies’ ophthalmic styles, along with 12 men’s and 12 ladies’ Rx-able sunglass styles, featuring a blend of plastic and metal styles.
Selling Points: “We’ve designed this program exclusively for independent eyecare offices in order for them to provide more value for their patients and more profit for their practice,” said Justin Kasperek, president of Kasperek USA Optical. “Now, more than ever, it is important for independent eyecare offices to add value and a positive experience to their patients who may be considering making their next eyewear purchase online or elsewhere.” Each ophthalmic frame comes with a black clamshell case featuring the Cc: logo on the inside and out; while sunglasses come with a microfiber pouch. Floor displays and countertop displays are provided with a qualifying purchase.
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Viva Presents New Skechers Spring 2014 Collection
Quick Take: Viva International Group has presented new releases from the Skechers Eyewear Spring 2014 collection.
Specifics: Five new styles, consisting of two men’s and three women’s ophthalmic styles.
Selling Points: The new line delivers pops of color with retro-inspired styling. Innovative materials, including rubber detailing and multi-layered acetates in gradient colorations, add a playful edge to this sport-lifestyle inspired collection. A rubber cutout detail wraps around the metal temples of models SK 3118 and SK 3120, two key styles from the men’s ophthalmic collection. Offered in rectangle variations, model SK 3118 features a full-rimmed flat metal front, while model SK 3120 features a semi-rimless front, delivering a lightweight alternative within the collection. The sleek temples of models SK 2084, SK 2085 and SK 2086 are designed to reveal pops of color with a double-layered acetate construction. A subtle carved effect reveals lighter shades of pink and purple horn, as well as crystal underneath the frames’ deep tones of black, purple and tortoise. Semi-rimless style SK 2084 is offered in a variety of satin finished metals, while the retro oval front of model SK 2085 and retro rectangle front of SK 2086 are crafted in rich tones of double-layered acetate.
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Zyloware Offers New Styles in Stetson Collections
Quick Take: Zyloware Eyewear offers stylish new releases in their Stetson, Stetson Off Road and Stetson 180° Flex-Hinge Collections.
Specifics: Six new ophthalmic styles; two additions to the Stetson core collection, two to the Stetson 180° Flex-Hinge collection and two to Stetson Off Road.
Selling Points: The Stetson 304 is a semi-rimless metal front in a classic rectangular shape with a double bar bridge and zyl temples; while the Stetson 305 features a lightweight full rim metal rectangular front with a smooth metal endpiece and zyl temples. The Stetson 180° Flex-Hinge F101 is a modified oval shaped frame with a semi-rimless front featuring Stetson 180 degree integrated spring hinges which allow the temple to swing open a full 180 degrees. The Stetson 180° Flex-Hinge F109 features the same hinge design but comes in a combination frame with a semi-rimless metal front and sleek metal end pieces featuring a raised design that wraps to zyl temples. All four of these styles accommodate progressives. New in the Stetson Off Road collection are the 5033, a thin, full rim metal frame in a rectangular shape, and the 5034, which is offered in two bold colors, and is a semi-rimless metal, rectangular shaped style with thick metal temples featuring a raised design.
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Altair Unveils Anne Klein Eyewear 2014 Collection
Quick Take: For 2014, Altair releases new Anne Klein sun styles. Each style is inspired by the Anne Klein brand and offers a sophisticated take on current, fashion forward trends.
Specifics: Four new sun styles that further define the Wild Eyes, Leo Legacy and Tortoise collections.
Selling Points: The Tortoise collection evolves with the AK7016, which offers a distinctive keyhole bridge on a vintage inspired round frame paired with thin metal temples. The AK7014 and AK7015 are the newest additions to the Wild Eyes collection. These two acetate frames feature an iconic animal print design on temples; the AK7014 is a modified school boy round, while the AK7015 is a classic square. Lastly, the AK7017 is a timeless staple from the Leo Legacy collection; this frame is a true classic from its subtle details to its simple rectangular shape to its polished Leo Lion logo in gold foil on the sleek temples.
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Italia Independent and J.F. Rey Introduce Collaboration
J.F. Rey and Italia Independent have partnered to create a limited-edition series of frames featuring a bold and colorful style that perfectly blends the two brands' distinctive traits. The collection consists of two shapes, one inspired by the Italian spirit of partnership and the other by the French. The first design evokes Italia Independent’s most iconic model, the metal 090. Available in both prescription and sun versions, the glasses come in four colors and are embellished by a surface treatment that crosses the frames horizontally, resulting in a light effect on the surface of the glasses, a distinctive trait of the J.F. Rey line. The second model, available only as a prescription version in four colors, is inspired by a traditional shape for J.F. Rey, rectangular and linear, and is characterized by the same surface treatment as the first model.
Live Eyewear Releases Embellished Vistana Styles
Live Eyewear has announced the release of a new subset of the Vistana fitover collection featuring inlaid crystal temple adornments. "The Vistana collection has transcended traditional fitover sunglass styling and function by significantly improving the range of vision and aesthetic appeal,” said Kieran Hardy, Live Eyewear president. “Vistana is already recognized as the world's most elegant fitover sunglasses, and the 'iced up' models take the collection's luxurious appearance to an entirely new level.” Added Dave Dean, vice president of marketing, “Our goal was to bring a sense of style and fashion to the fitover sunglass category that did not previously exist. Over time, through customer feedback, we found that many Vistana fans wanted their frames to have a little extra 'bling.' The new models will be just the right touch."
Clariti Eyewear Debuts New Styles
Clariti Eyewear has added styles to their Monalisa and Konishi eyewear collections. In Monalisa, the M8876 offers a simple yet sophisticated design with a dual brown tone color scheme offset by crystal accents to highlight the frames timeless elegance and the collection’s signature style. In the Konishi collection, the KA5742 offers an edgy and bold look. Part of the company’s popular Konishi Acetate collection, the KA5742 makes a statement in black and bright pink, sure to garner much attention.