Essilor and Luxottica Launch First Commercial Joint Product Offering in U.S., Ray-Ban Authentic, Enhanced With Essilor Technology

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:27 AM DALLAS and NEW YORK—EssilorLuxottica is launching the first commercial product leveraging the strength of the new Group by strategically combining the expertise of Essilor and Luxottica and tapping the brand appeal of its most popular lines. The company's senior executives said that its latest edition of Ray-Ban Authentic "represents the perfect match of Ray-Ban’s legendary style and Essilor’s expertise in sight."

Eyewear ArtWalk Updates Its Plans, Exhibitors for Texas Tour This Month

By Staff
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The organizers of the Eyewear ArtWalk (EWAW) have announced the first 2021 EWAW tour in Texas on Jan. 18 in Houston, Jan. 19 in Austin and then Jan. 20 in Dallas.

A Pop of Color

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, December 22, 2020 7:00 PM Frames with an unexpected pop of color—on the fronts, temples, or even the inside—that make eyewear as much of a statement piece as the highest of fashion.

IDOC Reports Record Business Expansion in 2020 as Group Records Highest Jump in New Memberships in Five Years

By Staff
Friday, December 18, 2020 12:25 AM NORWALK, Conn.—IDOC is ending the year with a significant increase in its membership, highlighted by the addition of more than 250 new independent optometry practices and their optometrists to the IDOC community in 2020.

MyVision Show Springboard Summit Virtual Exhibits and Programs Set to Run Dec. 4-6

By Staff
Thursday, December 3, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Details are being finalized and registration is still open for the My Vision Show Springboard Summit, a virtual event for eyecare professionals, in a winter showcase called Springboard Summit that will run from Dec. 4 to 6, 2020.

Don't Forget Your Retainer

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 12:00 AM No longer just associated with librarians and grandparents, eyewear with chains—attached or removable—is stepping forward as a trend both practical and fashionable.

Eyewear ArtWalk Tour in Florida Is Underway This Week

By Staff
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The managers of Eyewear ArtWalk, a series of collective exhibits planned for independent eyewear brands in different parts of the country, reported a successful first leg of their tour in Sarasota, Fla, this past weekend 

Hilco Vision Acquires Germany-Based I NEED YOU Reading Glasses Company

By Staff
Thursday, November 5, 2020 12:18 AM PLAINVILLE, Mass.—Hilco Vision has acquired Hamburg, Germany-based premium ready reader glasses company, I NEED YOU (INY), effective October 30, the company announced. Ross Brownlee, CEO of Hilco Vision, noted, “We have continued to build our European footprint since the acquisition of Breitfeld & Schliekert (B&S) in Germany in 2015. The market leading I NEED YOU brand of ready readers is synonymous with quality, service, design and breadth of offering. We have a strong admiration for the professionalism and market orientation that the Gellermann family has brought to the category since founding the company in 1993. We are truly excited to leverage their experience and capabilities as we strive to delight our customers with category leadership in all our product offerings.” 

Totally Tortoise

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, October 28, 2020 12:00 AM Tortoise patterned frames that span the traditional and the trendy.

Inspecs and O'Neill Agree to Extend License Agreement, Expand Emphasis on Sustainability Initiatives

By Staff
Tuesday, October 27, 2020 12:15 AM BATH, U.K.—Inspecs Group PLC (LSE: SPEC) and O’Neill have agreed a new long term license agreement, covering both optical and sunglasses. This follows a successful and long-term partnership between the two companies since 2013.

New Ownership at Mondottica Int'l and Mondottica USA

By Staff
Monday, October 19, 2020 12:24 AM NEW YORK and HONG KONG—Mondottica International Ltd., a Hong Kong based eyewear company, underwent changes in ownership on Oct. 8, 2020. The new Mondottica shareholders are Capital Eyes Holding and Ross Holdings LLC.

UPDATED: Eyewear ArtWalk Postpones New England Dates and Sets November Dates for Tour in Florida

By Staff
Friday, October 16, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of the new Eyewear ArtWalk, a series of collective exhibits planned for independent eyewear brands in different parts of the country, have postponed their planned New England dates for this month due to new COVID-19 protocols in the state of Massachusetts. However, they have expanded list of participating companies/collections for the concept and plan additional tours in Florida in November.

Eyewear ArtWalk Show to Tour New England This Month

By Staff
Friday, October 9, 2020 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Eyewear ArtWalk Show is a new collaboration of several independent eyewear creators and artcentric collections ready to tour the New England market this month.

Eyemart Express Pledges $20,000 Donation for Fifth Annual Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser

By Staff
Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is kicking off its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

Crystal and Gems

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Monday, September 21, 2020 12:00 AM Translucent acetate frames in gem and crystal tones that are just as precious as they are trendy.