VANCOUVER—Lensbox Canada, an eyecare technology company providing omni-channel eye health care solutions, has announced the acquisition of eyewear brand Oxford & Kin and a new partnership with family-owned Baus Eyewear. The moves are intended as a way “to further expand same-day delivery and product innovation,” according to the Lensbox Canada announcement. The terms of the transactions were not disclosed. Each pair of Oxford & Kin glasses is hand-made using Italian acetate and is inspired by a different city in the world. In addition, every pair of Oxford & Kin glasses sold equals a full eye exam and a pair of glasses for someone in need, the announcement noted.

“I am truly excited for this brand to continue its growth under the Lensbox umbrella,” Dr. Harbir Sian, founder of Oxford & Kin Eyewear, said. “Oxford & Kin was a passion project that grew into so much more. Having volunteered in multiple vision clinics globally and locally, I saw that there was a true need to provide quality products and services to people who did not have access to the care they deserved. I was inspired to create a brand that would be able to reach those who need it the most.”

The acquisition of Oxford & Kin Eyewear also launches the initial phase of developing a vertically integrated business model for Lensbox, according to the announcement.

“E-commerce growth, heavy consolidation and overseas brand expansion into an already competitive Canadian eyecare market is creating a more challenging marketplace for independent doctors of optometry,” Sanaz Bissonnette, founder and chief executive of Lensbox, said. “We are acquiring like-minded companies such as Oxford & Kin in order to deliver local, high-quality and cost-effective solutions to practitioners who wish to stay in control of their practice and benefit from the suite of IT, lab, marketing and administrative services we offer.”
She added, “We are also partnering at this time with Baus, to expand our frame catalogue and expedite technological developments to support eyecare professionals looking forward to the economy restarting."

Baus Eyewear is a family-owned Canadian eyewear company, popular among eyecare professionals. Established in 2003, Baus Eyewear offers six diverse lines, including elegant, vintage and titanium styles.
“We are very excited about this partnership with the Lensbox team,” James Huang, founder of Baus Eyewear, said.

In addition to providing omni-channel solutions to practitioners, Lensbox offers a secure and compliant telehealth platform, where eyecare services and accompanying e-commerce engines seamlessly deliver a robust patient experience on behalf of professionals.