EssilorLuxottica and Michael Kors Announce Extended Licensing Partnership

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Thursday, February 22, 2024 12:21 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France and NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica and Michael Kors have announced the renewal of their licensing agreement for the development, production and worldwide distribution of prescription frames and sunglasses under the Michael Kors brand.

Wiley X to Assemble All New Products in the U.S. at Frisco Headquarters

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Tuesday, February 20, 2024 12:21 AM FRISCO, Texas—Premium protective eyewear manufacturer Wiley X will now assemble all new products from its 2024 lineup and beyond in-house at its Frisco, Texas, headquarters.

Bollé Safety Names Ellena Wong Vice President of Sales, North America and Latin America

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Thursday, February 15, 2024 12:15 AM CARLSBAD, Calif.—Bollé Safety is continuing its efforts to expand its presence in the North American market with additional key appointments, most recently announcing the appointment of Ellena Wong to the position of VP of sales for North America and Latin America markets.

Transitions Optical Announces Winners of 2024 Transitions Innovation Awards

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—On Tuesday evening at Transitions Academy 2024, Transitions Optical named the winners for its annual Transitions Innovation Awards program, which recognizes both individuals and organizations who have shown the highest levels of commitment to innovating their businesses over the past year. Drew Smith, senior director, North America Key Accounts, Transitions Optical, said, “The commitment and remarkable achievements from the 2024 Transitions Innovation Award winners have not only earned them well-deserved recognition, but have also helped elevate the industry. We are privileged to have them as award winners and champions of our brand, and we congratulate them on their outstanding success.”

Marcolin Joins Altagamma Foundation

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024 12:21 AM LONGARONE and MILAN, Italy—Marcolin announced that it has joined the Altagamma Foundation, which has incorporated top high-end Italian cultural and creative companies since 1992. The mission of Altagamma is to promote the competitiveness of its members while contributing to the country’s economic growth.

Transitions Welcomes Over 1,300 Attendees to Academy 2024 for Worldwide Debut of Gen S Technology

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024 12:24 AM PINELLAS PARK, Fla.—Transitions Academy kicked off on Sunday, Feb. 11, in Orlando, welcoming over 1,300 attendees from around the world. In addition to training, education and networking, this year’s Academy was dedicated to the worldwide announcement and debut of Transitions Gen S, the newest and most innovative Transitions lens that adapts faster than all previous generations and offers a host of stylish colors alongside the traditional shades.

Oakley and the NFL Gear Up for Super Bowl LVIII

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Friday, February 9, 2024 8:05 AM LAS VEGAS—Ahead of Super Bowl LVIII, Oakley, the NFL’s official on-field partner through 2030, has an updated on-field presence with a refreshed logo on the pro-shields, offering increased visibility and showcasing the brand’s ability to deliver eyewear solutions that redefine how athletes compete. Since Oakley and the NFL’s partnership began, all NFL athletes—including those playing in this weekend’s Super Bowl—have had the opportunity to wear Prizm Clear Shields equipped with Prizm Lens technology, which allow them to see more detail and contrast in game.

Kering Eyewear 2023 Sales Reach Record €1.5 Billion

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Friday, February 9, 2024 12:24 AM PARIS—Against a backdrop of Kering Group's report of its fiscal 2023 revenues, which saw an overall decline of 4 percent in what its chairman said was a "trying year," the group also reported its Kering Eyewear revenues hit a new record of €1.5 billion (up 35 percent as reported and up 10 percent on a comparable basis), "benefiting from the consolidation of Maui Jim and excellent development of the brand portfolio." In the fourth quarter, sales were up 6 percent on a comparable basis.

Mido Sees 11 Percent Rise in Attendees, Welcoming Over 40,000 From 160 Countries

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Thursday, February 8, 2024 12:21 AM MILAN—The 2024 edition of Mido concluded on February 5 with a total attendance of over 40,000 attendees during the three-day show, an 11 percent gain over last year. Mido reports that this upswing was equally distributed among Italian and international participants from 160 countries across Asia and Europe, as well as the U.S. Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni said, “Prior to the show opening, we had hoped for an increase in visitors compared to last year. Thanks to everyone’s efforts and the industry’s trust in us each year, we achieved the ambitious goal we had set for ourselves.

Modern Optical International Celebrates 50th Anniversary

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Thursday, February 8, 2024 12:18 AM ROSELLE, Ill.—Modern Optical International is marking its 50th anniversary this year with a “Cheers to 50 Years” celebration which invites friends and customers to join the company in celebrating a year of nostalgia, giveaways and special promotions.

I-Deal Optics Renews Licensing Agreement With Haggar Clothing Company

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Thursday, February 8, 2024 12:15 AM TROY, Mich. and DALLAS—I-Deal Optics Holdings, Inc. and the Haggar Clothing Company have announced a multi-year extension of their license agreement granting I-Deal Optics the rights to design, produce and distribute sun and prescription eyewear under the Haggar brand through Dec. 31, 2026.

Mido Recognizes Design and Sustainability at 2024 Awards Ceremony

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024 12:21 AM MILAN—Mido presented three major awards at its 2024 edition: the BeStore Award, the Stand Up For Green Award and the CSE – Certified Sustainable Eyewear Award. All three were presented at the OTTICLUB with Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni and radio host Petra Loreggian. The awards ceremony opened with the presentation of the BeStore Award for Design to Anaïs Murith’s LENETA - Concept Store Optique, a Swiss optical center, for its combination of beauty, retro appeal, contemporary aesthetics and responsible selling.

I-deal Optics and Rafaella Announce Renewed License Agreement

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024 12:15 AM TROY, Mich. and NEW YORK—I-deal Optics Holdings, Inc. and Rafaella, a division of Perry Ellis International, have announced a multi-year extension of their license agreement granting I-deal Optics the rights to design, produce and distribute sun and prescription eyewear under the Rafaella brand through Dec. 31, 2026.

ANFAO Launches First International Sustainability Certification Program, Introducing CSE 'Certified Sustainable Eyewear'

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024 12:24 AM MILAN, Italy—Marking a new step in the eyewear industry's adoption of sustainability practices, CSE or "Certified Sustainable Eyewear," the first product sustainability certification program for the eyewear industry, was presented during Mido, the international eyewear show which just concluded here yesterday. Created, registered and promoted by ANFAO, the Italian Association of Optical Goods Manufacturers, in collaboration with Certottica, this certificate is developed to become the new product sustainability standard for the eyewear industry, certifying glasses and their components show organizers said.

Safilo Acquires Minority Stake in AR Start-Up Spaarkly

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024 12:18 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has signed an agreement for the acquisition of a minority stake in Spaarkly, a digitally native company that specializes in developing innovative e-commerce solutions using augmented reality technologies.