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.

DaTE to Host Milano Eyewear Design Day on October 17

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:18 AM MILAN—The organizers of DaTE have announced Milano Eyewear Design Day (MEDD), a special non-commercial event open to everyone, on Oct. 17, 2022.

ClearVision Launches Faceboo Contest for ECPs in Support of Pumpkin Patch Project

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Monday, October 3, 2022 12:15 AM HAUPPAUGE, New York—ClearVision Optical is launching its annual Faceboo contest for eyecare professionals. This year, the contest is in conjunction with the Pumpkin Patch Project. Through its proprietary brand Dilli Dalli pediatric eyewear, ClearVision is joining up with the Pumpkin Patch Project to spread awareness for amblyopia and vision impairment in children. ClearVision will make a monetary contribution in support of the Pumpkin Patch Project in addition to helping promote the project among ECPs and parents.

Safilo Group Signs New Financing Agreement, Early Repayment of Existing Bank Debt

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Friday, September 30, 2022 12:30 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group signed a new financing agreement for a total of €300,000,000, maturing in September 2027 and consisting of a term loan facility of €150,000,000, a revolving credit facility of €75,000,000 and a Capex line of €75,000,000. The utilization of this new term loan facility, set for Sept. 29, 2022, permits the simultaneous early repayment of the entire bank debt currently represented by the term loan credit facility signed in 2018 with maturity June 2023 (equal to €35,000,000 in June 2022), and by the SACE term loan credit facility signed in 2020, expiring in June 2026 (equal to €108,000,000 in June 2022).

Silmo Celebrates 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:21 AM PARIS—Silmo announced its 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners on Saturday, September 24. The Silmo d’Or Award winners are chosen by a jury each year; this year, interior architect and designer Jun Gobron acted as jury president, as reported by VMAIL this August.

Safilo and Eastman Introduce Tritan Renew for Polarized Lenses

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced the introduction of Eastman Tritan Renew in its polarized lenses, making it the first player in the market to adopt Tritan Renew polarized lenses and have a bilateral collaboration with Eastman on technical innovation.

Mykita and Eastman Present Short Film Showcasing Acetate Renew

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Friday, September 23, 2022 12:18 AM BERLIN—Following the earlier announcement that Mykita would partner with Eastman to make a complete pivot to sustainable acetate, the two brands have released a short film showcasing molecular recycling and Eastman’s Acetate Renew.

Smith Promotes Rob Retzlaff to Global VP of Sales

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:15 AM PORTLAND—Smith has announced the promotion of Rob Retzlaff to the role of global vice president of sales. Retzlaff joined Smith in 1999 as Canadian marketing manager to work on increasing brand reach and awareness across North America. Over the past two decades at Smith, Retzlaff has held numerous positions at the company including national sales manager for Canada and, most recently and for the past 14 years, general manager for Canada. In that time, Retzlaff worked alongside Smith’s CFO to roll out an industry-leading, cross-border direct shipping platform and expanded the integration into Smith headquarters.

Mido 2023 Announces 'Frames' Communication Campaign

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:18 AM MILAN—Mido 2023 has announced its new communication campaign, “Frames.” Creative director Max Galli leads the campaign in partnership with Mixer Group.

My Medical Supply Takes on Distribution of Focus Laboratories’ Medicines and Nutrition Products Direct to Practitioners

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:24 AM LITTLE ROCK, Ark.—Focus Laboratories, Inc., an ophthalmic distribution company delivering medicines and devices that support ocular health, has sold its direct-to-practitioner business segment to Organic Poag, LLC, doing business as My Medical Supply.

De Rigo and Roberto Cavalli Announce Agreement for Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli Branded Eyewear

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Friday, September 16, 2022 12:27 AM LONGARONE—The De Rigo Group and Roberto Cavalli have announced the signing of a licensing agreement for the design, production and global distribution of Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli eyewear collections.

Marchon and Paul Smith Sign Exclusive Licensing Agreement for Eyewear

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Friday, September 16, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and LONDON—Today, Marchon Eyewear and Paul Smith announce they have entered into an exclusive, long-term global licensing agreement. Marchon was previously responsible for the distribution of Paul Smith eyewear in North America.

Safilo's Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni: At Work to 'Redefine Partnership' With Accounts Through N.A.

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Monday, September 12, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—With a unique resume and business experience that spans optical, sun and sport performance markets, Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni is applying his knowledge and skills to reinforce Safilo's competitive position in North America. In an exclusive interview with VMAIL marking 90 days since his appointment as president and chief commercial officer of North America, Safilo Group last June, Rinaldi Ceroni shared his perspectives on the work now underway for the company to build on the sales achievements and momentum of Safilo in North America over the past several years, and some of the newer initiatives coming onstream for its independent ECP customers this fall and into 2023.

The Accessories Council Announces Design Excellence Awards' Eyewear Finalists, Voting Starts Today

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Monday, September 12, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has announced the finalists for their 4th annual Design Excellence Awards. Eyewear, both optical and sunwear, are among the categories being recognized along with jewelry, handbags, soft accessories, footwear, technology innovations, social impact products and sustainable products. Anyone can vote for their choices here by October 30, 2022.