Walmart Launches Exclusive Elton John Collection Sunglasses to Commemorate Singer’s U.S Touring Career

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Friday, November 18, 2022 12:21 AM LOS ANGELES and BENTONVILLE, Ark.—As Elton John's "The Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour" comes to an end in Los Angeles this week, Walmart is taking part in celebrating the milestone with the launch of a limited-edition commemorative sunglass frame within the Elton John Eyewear collection, exclusively available at Walmart.com.

With Estee Lauder's Acquisition of Tom Ford Brand, Marcolin Announces a New Long-Term License for Tom Ford Eyewear

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK and LONGARONE, Italy—The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) (ELC) announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the Tom Ford brand, a global leader in luxury. The major deal will establish that ELC, a long-term partner of Tom Ford in the beauty arena, will be the sole owner of the Tom Ford brand and all its intellectual property. Under the stewardship of ELC, the purchase of the brand and the extension of its current licensing partners, including Marcolin S.p.A. for eyewear and Ermenegildo Zegna for fashion, "will allow for continuity and the further evolution of the Tom Ford brand as one of the preeminent global luxury brands of the twenty-first century," ELC's announcement said.

EyecareForum USA Launches in Austin, Texas Nov. 17-18, With a Future-Facing Conference Lineup

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Monday, November 14, 2022 12:18 AM AUSTIN, Texas—OpenRoom Events, a U.K.-based events company, will be launching its first North America Eyecare Forum later this week on Nov. 17 and 18 here at the Hyatt Regency.

Advancing Eyecare Announces Acquisition of Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments

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Friday, November 11, 2022 12:40 PM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Advancing Eyecare (AEC), a leading North America provider of ophthalmic instruments, has announced the acquisition of Veatch Ophthalmic Instruments, a leading U.S. distributor of ophthalmic equipment. The move is described by Advancing Eyecare as a way to expand its national footprint in ophthalmic instruments and further strengthen its offerings to eyecare providers. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, Veatch has a more than 30-year history of distributing ophthalmic technology to vision care providers throughout the U.S.

100% Optical Reiterates Commitment to Independent Designers and Manufacturers, Announces Record Number of Independent Exhibitors

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Monday, November 7, 2022 12:21 AM LONDON—Organizers of 100% Optical, the U.K.’s largest optical event, have reiterated their pledge to champion independent eyewear designers and manufacturers, announcing that a record number of its exhibitors are independent frame designers this year.

CooperVision Adds SynergEyes to Expand Specialty Contact Lens Adoption in North America

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Friday, November 4, 2022 12:24 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Deepening its commitment to expand specialty contact lens adoption in North America and worldwide, CooperVision has added SynergEyes to its CooperVision Specialty EyeCare business unit. The Carlsbad, Calif.-based company is widely known for hybrid lens technologies and brands, which span the treatment of irregular cornea, presbyopia and astigmatism. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The announcement pointed out that the development will broaden CooperVision’s already extensive range of products and services, creating a complete portfolio for the treatment of keratoconus and irregular cornea in North America and beyond, plus substantial opportunities to advance care for other common ocular conditions.

Thema Reenters List of Top 50 Most Sustainable Companies in Italy

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Monday, October 31, 2022 12:15 AM MILAN—For the second year in a row, Thema Optical has been ranked in the top 50 sustainable companies in Italy according to the Italian Sustainability Award. The announcement was made at a ceremony held in Milan on October 11. The award, sponsored by Credit Suisse and Kon Group in partnership with ALTIS, RepRisk and Forbes, recognizes Italy’s most sustainable companies across a variety of categories. The Sustainability Award is open to all private companies with registered offices in Italy, which have achieved a turnover of at least €10 million and not more than €600 million in the last two years. 

100% Optical Announces Education Program, Priority Booking Process

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Thursday, October 27, 2022 12:15 AM LONDON—100% Optical, the largest optical event in the U.K., has announced the launch of its 2023 education program and a new process for booking places at the popular Continuing Professional Development sessions at the show.

CooperVision Now Manufacturing Biofinity Toric Multifocal Contact Lenses in the U.S. to Fulfill U.S. and Canadian Orders

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—To provide faster delivery to ECPs and their patients, CooperVision said it has expanded its made-to-order manufacturing at its technologically advanced facility in Scottsville, N.Y. to include all Biofinity toric multifocal contact lenses for the U.S. and Canada.

Safilo Group and Rag & Bone Announce Renewal of Their Eyewear Licensing Agreement

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Monday, October 24, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PADOVA, Italy—Safilo Group and rag & bone have announced the renewal of a multi-year global licensing agreement for men’s and women’s sunglasses and optical frames.

Mykita Appoints Jacques Mantz as CEO

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Thursday, October 20, 2022 12:24 AM BERLIN—Mykita has announced the expansion of its leadership team with the appointment of Jacques Mantz as CEO and chairman of the Executive Committee, effective immediately.

Innovative Eyewear Appoints Ekene Ofodile SVP, Sales and Marketing and Names Jan Cory VP of Global Optical Sales and Marketing

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:30 AM MIAMI—Innovative Eyewear has announced the addition of two eyewear industry veterans to its team. Ekene Ofodile joins the company as SVP, sales and marketing and Jan Cory joins as VP of global optical sales and marketing.

Bollé Brands Group Announces Sale of Cébé Brand to D.MO/RACER

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:21 AM LYON, France—Bollé Brands has announced the sale of Cébé to D.MO / RACER. Sports eyewear brand Cébé was founded in 1892 and has earned a reputation for producing stylish and high-quality sport performance sunglasses, ski goggles and helmets. Cébé joined the Bollé Brands Group in 2009, receiving continued investment in innovation and partnerships with athletes—most recently with Francois D'Haene, the record-breaking four-time winner of the men's title at the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc. D.MO specializes in project management, and industrialization of products in the outdoor world.

Charmant USA Appoints New Key Account Manager Don Shouse

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022 12:15 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant has announced that Don Shouse is Charmant USA’s new key account manager. Shouse, who has 25 years of experience in eyewear industry sales, joins Charmant’s sales management team under the helm of Bill Hurst, Charmant’s VP of sales.

Kering Eyewear Completes Acquisition of Maui Jim

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PADOVA—Kering Eyewear announced that it has completed its acquisition of Maui Jim and now holds more than 90 percent of the brand, in accordance with the terms disclosed on March 14, 2022.