The McGee Group Opens Eyewear Manufacturing Operation in Marietta, Ga.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:27 AM MARIETTA, Ga.—The McGee Group, a family-owned, American eyewear company specializing in the design and manufacturing of eyewear, sunglasses, readers, and cases, announced that it has acquired Dom Vetro's U.S. manufacturing operations in order to introduce American-made products to its customers and to "on-shore a portion of its production for a more sustainable future," the company said. To house the factory, the company is repurposing one of its buildings that makes up the corporate campus in the City of Marietta. This acquisition provides The McGee Group with turnkey manufacturing capabilities and leverages the quality and skill demonstrated by Dom Vetro's leadership in the field, the announcement noted. “We are delighted to collaborate and work with Ashley Bezamat,” said Matthew McGee, executive vice president at the McGee Group. “He is a true craftsman and artisan who’s built a remarkable state-of-the-art facility and brand in Dom Vetro both which are entrenched in the rich tradition of Italian craftsmanship dating back generations.”

Marcolin Group Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:21 AM MILAN—Marcolin Group, a global leader in the eyewear industry, celebrated its 60th anniversary here yesterday. The Salone d'Onore of Triennale Milano was the dramatic backdrop for "Look at Me Now," Marcolin's celebration event, where the company marked its years of growth and expansion and addressed the present day while looking to the future and its challenges as well. Fabrizio Curci, CEO and general manager spoke to the assembled guests and was joined via video by several longtime partners of the group who sent tributes to the expertise of the Italian company with a "history built on craftsmanship and a constant search for technological innovation."

Givenchy and Thélios Announce Strategic Partnership for Eyewear, to Launch in January, 2022

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:24 AM PARIS and Longarone, Italy—Givenchy and Thélios, the expert eyewear manufacturer of the LVMH Group, have announced  their strategic partnership for the exclusive design, development, manufacturing, and global distribution of Givenchy Eyewear starting on Jan. 1, 2022.

Zyloware Reopens Distribution Center

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:21 AM PORT CHESTER, N.Y.—Zyloware Corp. is reinforcing messages sent to its customers and team members this week, letting them know that the company's office and distribution center here was back up to 100 percent capacity as of yesterday, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida hitting the tri-state New York area on Sept. 1. The office and distribution center was closed for six business days through last Friday as significant roof damage to a building connected to Zyloware caused a ripple effect on the sprinkler system and the local fire marshall had to initially close Zyloware down and then clear it for reopening.

Organizers of LOFT San Francisco Making Final Preparations for Sept 18-19 Event

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Monday, September 13, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—Organizers of LOFT SF, to be held in San Francisco at the Fort Mason Center on Sept. 18-19, are putting the final touches on their event plan and program.

Bio-Based, Trend Focused

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Friday, September 10, 2021 1:30 AM Bio-based acetates have risen as a popular, versatile and eco-friendlier frame material, and this trend toward putting sustainability first is only going to continue. Bio-based frames run the gamut in terms of style, aesthetic and audience, offering something for everyone concerned about the planet, no matter their personal preferences.

Optical and Sunglass Winners Announced for Accessories Council 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards

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Friday, September 10, 2021 12:27 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council announced the winners for their 3rd annual Design Excellence Awards virtually yesterday.

Hy-Vee Supermarket Chain Partners With Online Retailer Pair Eyewear to Bring Eyewear Kiosks to Hy-Vee’s Midwest Locations

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Tuesday, September 7, 2021 12:18 AM WEST DES MOINES, Iowa—In another sign of the blending of retail and health care, Midwest supermarket chain Hy-Vee Inc. has established a partnership with online retailer Pair Eyewear that will bring Pair Eyewear kiosks into select Hy-Vee locations across the company’s eight-state region.

Zenni Debuts the Iris Apfel Zentennial Collection, Designed by the Style Icon, in Celebration of her 100th Birthday

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Friday, August 27, 2021 12:18 AM NOVATO, Calif.—Zenni has debuted The Iris Apfel Zentennial Collection, a fashion capsule designed by the style icon herself, exclusively for Zenni, on the occasion of Apfel's 100th birthday, which is Aug. 29.

Eyewear by R.O.I and Bulova Extend Their Licensing Agreement

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Wednesday, August 25, 2021 12:21 AM PHOENIX, Ariz.—Eyewear by R.O.I and the Bulova Corporation have announced the extension of their licensing agreement through 2025, a 30-year partnership.

Kits Eyecare Reports Second-Quarter and Half-Year Sales Gains and Says ‘Positive Momentum’ Will Lead to Sustained Growth

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Monday, August 23, 2021 12:15 AM VANCOUVER, Canada—Kits Eyecare Ltd., a digital eyecare platform that went public earlier this year, said its first-half sales increased 21 percent to $42.1 million.

Accessories Council Announces Finalists for 2021 Design Excellence Awards, Voting Now Open for All Categories

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Tuesday, August 3, 2021 12:18 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has announced the finalists for its 3rd annual Design Excellence Awards virtually. The finalists span a range of categories, including optical frames, sunglasses, personal accessories, tech & innovation, sustainability and social purpose. Building on its history of honoring individuals and companies, the Accessories Council launched the Design Excellence Awards in 2019 to expand the recognition of outstanding products. All finalist products selected are available for purchase in the U.S. via retail stores, e-commerce, TV retail, or direct marketing between October 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021.

Let's Get Physical

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Monday, August 2, 2021 1:31 AM Sport-inspired eyewear will be everywhere this summer thanks to the Olympics, but by no means is the trend just for the world’s best athletes. Frame companies have made sportswear accessible to everyone, bringing the trend to the next level.

Kering Reports 'Strong Momentum' in Eyewear in First Fiscal Half

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021 12:21 AM PARIS—As it released its financial performance for the first fiscal half of the year, Kering Group (PARIS: KER), the luxury conglomerate, cited  the "strong momentum of Kering Eyewear, with sales up 61.8 percent on a comparable basis."

AOSA's Optometry Student Bowl Sponsored by Essilor Marks 30th Year

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:21 AM DALLAS—Long considered a marquee event during Optometry’s Meeting, the American Optometric Student Association (AOSA) Optometry Student Bowl powered by Essilor celebrated its 30th annual competition on June 25, 2021.