Accessories Council Launches 3rd Annual Design Excellence Awards

By Staff
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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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.

Midwest Best Set for Chicago to Showcase Indie Brands, March 25-27

By Staff
Wednesday, February 24, 2021 12:15 AM CHICAGO—Coming together with a common goal and a shared desire to re-establish a more personal exchange between brand and customers possibly within a safe and relaxed environment, leading independent eyewear brands are joining forces again to hold Midwest Best, a cooperative kick-off to the spring/summer order season which will be held here March 25-27. Organized in collaboration with Marriott Suites-O'Hare in Rosemont, Ill., each brand will have its own suite, enabling the showing of collections in a safe environment, organizers said. The group, held a similar show last October, as VMAIL reported and this is its third event in Chicago.

Following a Business Recovery in the Second Half, Kering Group Says its ‘Ready to Leverage the Rebound’

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 12:18 AM PARIS—Kering Group (PARIS: KER), the global luxury group overseeing fashion brands Gucci and Saint Laurent, reported overall consolidated revenue for fiscal 2020 of €13,100.2 million, a drop of 17.5 percent on a reported basis and 16.4 percent on a comparable basis.

Chains and Charms

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 8:00 AM Eyewear that takes design queues from jewelry, which can result in frames both classically beautiful and glamorously trendsetting.

Accessories Council Debuts New AC Digital Magazine to Showcase Fashion Accessories Trends

By Staff
Tuesday, January 26, 2021 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council, based here, which represents and advances trends on behalf of various categories of fashion accessories, has debuted AC Magazine, a digital revival of what used to be Accessories Magazine, a 100-year-old publication which shut down in October 2018.

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.