PECAA Launches Optical Success Initiative

By Staff
Monday, June 21, 2021 12:21 AM PORTLAND, Ore.—PECAA, one of the nation’s premier doctor alliance groups, announced the launch of a new program to its membership which is "designed to disrupt and transform a practice’s optical approach to reduce expenses, increase capture rate and drive profitability."

The Vision Council Promotes National Sunglasses Day, Taking Place June 27

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Thursday, June 17, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council is promoting the importance of ultraviolet (UV)-protective eyewear through the celebration of National Sunglasses Day, taking place Sunday, June 27, 2021.

Consumers' Online Eyewear Purchases and Research Before Buying Increased Significantly in 2020, Per Latest Vision Council Internet Influence Research Report

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In 2020, more than 44 percent of adults who purchased eyeglasses used the internet to assist in their acquisition of prescription eyeglasses, up from 22 percent in 2017. With 14.1 percent of 2020 eyeglass buyers using the internet to directly purchase eyeglasses throughout the year, about 30 percent of 2020 eyeglass buyers used the internet to compare prices, find the type or style of eyeglasses they wanted to buy or find the ECP or retailer they bought from in-person later. These are among the conclusions of a new 2020 Internet Influence Report from The Vision Council.

Accessories Council's 2021 Design Excellence Awards Entry Period Now Open

By Staff
Saturday, June 5, 2021 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has opened the entry submission period for its 3rd annual Design Excellence Awards.

Kits Announces Upgrade to the OTCQX Best Market in the U.S.

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Monday, May 10, 2021 12:15 AM VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd. (TSX: KITS), the vertically integrated, digital eyecare platform backed by the investor Roger Hardy, has been approved for immediate trading on the OTCQX Best Market, the top tier of the OTC Markets. Shares of the company were upgraded to OTCQX from the Pink market, according to an announcement late last week. Kits Eyecare began trading Friday (May 7) on OTCQX under the symbol “KTYCF.” In its announcement, Kits Eyecare said “upgrading to the OTCQX Market is an important step for companies seeking to provide transparent trading for their U.S. investors.” (Kits Eyecare has been listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange since the beginning of this year.)

Inspecs Group Provides Trading Update for Q1

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Friday, April 30, 2021 12:24 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames, announced Thursday a trading update for the three-month period ending March 31.

Cut it Out

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Sunday, April 25, 2021 9:30 AM Intriguing and unexpected cut out details that elevate even the most classic of frame shapes, creating a look that is edgy, exciting and intricate in every way.

Accessories Council Launches 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards

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Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Product design entries are now being accepted for the 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards of the Accessories Council and optical frame and sunwear companies are encouraged to enter the program which will bestow honors for designs in 14 unique fashion accessories categories including footwear, handbags, jewelry, personal accessories and others.

Lensbox Canada Acquires Oxford & Kin and Partners With Baus Eyewear to Expand Telehealth and E-commerce Offerings

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021 12:18 AM 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.

Build a Bridge

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Monday, March 22, 2021 1:30 PM Frames with unusual bridge or double bar construction that bring an extra layer of intrigue to otherwise classic frames.

JINS Eyewear Opens Sixth California Store at Bay Area Location in San Mateo

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 12:15 AM SAN FRANCISCO—JINS Eyewear, a leading eyewear brand and retail company across Japan and Asia, opened its sixth store in the U.S. earlier this month in San Mateo, Calif. It’s the third JINS location in the Bay Area of San Francisco, according to the company’s announcement. “Despite these tough times during the pandemic, JINS wants to expand its services to more communities in the Bay Area and is happy to be a part of the San Mateo community,” the company said in its announcement.

Barton Perreira Signs Global Licensing Agreement With EON Productions for Additional Eyewear Collections for James Bond Films

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Monday, March 15, 2021 12:15 AM LOS ANGELES—Barton Perreira is entering into a global licensing agreement with EON Productions to introduce additional eyewear collections over the next three years. EON is the production company for James Bond films. This is the second arrangement between the two companies, as Barton Perreira is the eyewear partner featured in the upcoming James Bond film, No Time To Die slated to be released in October. The Barton Perreira x 007 collection consists of three sunglass styles: Joe, Norton, and Courtier which will be featured on-screen on the principal characters in the film.

Safilo Group to Use Eastman's Sustainable Materials in its Eyewear Collections, Starting in SS22

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Monday, March 8, 2021 12:27 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing, and distribution of eyewear, is announcing the introduction of Eastman Acetate Renew and Eastman Tritan Renew in its sunglass and optical products. Both products are part of a broad portfolio of sustainable resins now offered at scale by Eastman, a global specialty materials provider and pioneer in molecular recycling. The new materials will enable Safilo to increase the sustainability of its products across its wide brand portfolio, the company said.

Article One Joins The Optical Foundry

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Thursday, March 4, 2021 12:18 AM MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The Optical Foundry has announced the addition of Article One to their already diverse portfolio of independent eyewear brands which include: l.a.Eyeworks, Fiction, OGI, OGI kids, Seraphin, Seraphin Shimmer, Red Rose and SCOJO New York.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

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Thursday, February 25, 2021 12:18 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—During a meeting of the EssilorLuxottica board of directors on Wednesday, it was decided to propose the nomination of 12 individuals to compose its future board of directors, including Leonardo Del Vecchio, as a non-independent director.