Blenders Eyewear Expands Athlete Roster With Anikha Greer, Sasha DiGiulian and Orla Walsh

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Friday, January 27, 2023 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Blenders Eyewear has expanded its athlete roster with the addition of CrossFit athlete Anikha Greer, professional climber Sasha DiGiulian and Team Ireland cyclist Orla Walsh.

Zyloware, Longest Running Family-Owned and Operated Optical Frame Supplier in the U.S., Celebrates 100 Years of Business

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Thursday, January 26, 2023 12:24 AM PORT CHESTER, N.Y.—Christopher and James Shyer, owners and co-CEOs of Zyloware, announced that company turns 100 years old today, January 26, 2023. The Zyloware family, which extends beyond the Shyers to its employees, partners, friends, and the optical industry, will be invited to celebrate “a century of helping people see a beautiful day every day” throughout 2023 with a series of events to mark this milestone. Zyloware was incorporated as a business in New York State on January 26, 1923.

Marcolin Group Appoints Alessio Puleo as Group Marketing Director

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Thursday, January 26, 2023 12:15 AM LONGARONE—Marcolin has announced the appointment of Alessio Puleo as group marketing director. Puleo began working at Marcolin in 2021 and reports directly to CEO and general manager Fabrizio Curci.

Black EyeCare Perspective Names Essence Johnson, OD, Executive Director

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 12:18 AM PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.—Black EyeCare Perspective has named Essence Johnson, OD, FAAO, Dipl ABO, as the first executive director of the non-profit. Dr. Johnson has served as the organizations chief visionary officer.

Charmant USA Appoints Mick Kunish Director of Business Development

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant Group has announced that Charmant USA named Mick Kunish its new director of business development. Kunish has 22 years of optical industry experience.

Marchon Eyewear and Columbia Sportswear Renew Exclusive Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

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Thursday, January 19, 2023 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Marchon Eyewear and Columbia Sportswear have announced the multi-year renewal of their global eyewear licensing agreement.

Successful opti 2023 Welcomes 15,500 Visitors, Showcases Eyewear, Tech, Social Media and Myopia Management

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023 12:18 AM MUNICH, Germany—The 2023 edition of opti wrapped up on January 15 in Munich, Germany. The show, which began on January 13, marks the first major international optical international trade show of the year.

Marcolin and Harley-Davidson Renew and Expand Licensing Agreement Through 2027

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Thursday, January 12, 2023 12:27 AM LONGARONE—Marcolin and Harley-Davidson Motor Company announced the renewal of their licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of optical frames and sunglasses branded Harley-Davidson.

Thélios Names Cedric Moreau Vice President of Sales, USA Optical Channel

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Thélios, part of LVMH, has announced that Cedric Moreau has joined the company as vice president of sales for the optical channel in the USA, effective immediately. He will report to Enrico Sanavia, head of Americas, and be based in New York.

U.S. Optical Retail Market Estimated at $76.5 Billion in The Vision Council’s First Comprehensive Market inSights Report

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Friday, January 6, 2023 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Today, The Vision Council will release its first set of comprehensive industry estimates since last year’s inSights Research Program launch. The inaugural Market inSights 2022 Report estimates that the overall size of the U.S. optical retail industry was $76.5 billion as compared to $76.09 billion for 2021, according to an announcement from The Vision Council. Both the 2021 and 2022 figures use the new methodology associated with The Vision Council's Market inSights Report.

Brian Ziegler, Director of Laboratories for Warby Parker, Dies at Age 66

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Friday, January 6, 2023 12:18 AM Friends and colleagues are mourning the loss of Brian Ziegler, who passed away on December 23, 2022. He was 66. Ziegler was an industry veteran, having worked in optics for more than 30 years.

OGI Eyewear Celebrates 25 Years in Business, Renews Artistic, Technical and Social Commitments

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Thursday, January 5, 2023 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS—OGI Eyewear celebrated 25 years in business on Dec. 15, 2022. Founded in 1997 in Minnesota, the indie eyewear brand now celebrates its bold, colorful approach in product and branding, blending high-fashion compositions with vivid palettes, dynamic designs and a unique Minnesotan perspective.

Warby Parker Ends 2022 With 200 Retail Locations

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Wednesday, December 28, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Just prior to the Christmas holiday, Warby Parker (NYSE: WRBY) announced the opening of two new stores in New York, noting that they would include the milestone opening of the 200th store for the eyewear retailer, which first launched online in 2010. The company opened its first physical retail store in Soho, on Greene Street, in 2013. The new stores, including one in Morningside Heights and one on Union Square, were opened in tandem.

Orbis Announces Five-Year Partnership Renewal With Omega

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Thursday, December 22, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Orbis International announces its renewed partnership with Swiss watchmaker Omega, providing the organization with $2.5 million over the next five years.

Kenmark Eyewear Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Kentucky Derby Giveaway, Celebratory Events and More

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Wednesday, December 21, 2022 12:24 AM LOUISVILLE, Ken.—Kenmark Eyewear has been celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a special giveaway, celebratory events and more.