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

By Staff
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.

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

By Staff
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.

That 70s Frame

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Wednesday, June 23, 2021 12:45 AM The 70s are back, baby. Fashion designers across the board are taking inspiration from the decade, with flare jeans, tie-dye, big sleeves and more popping up on the runways, on Instagram and in stores everywhere—including in eyewear. This season in particular, many optical brands have mentioned taking inspiration from the 70s in their designs.

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

By Staff
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

By Staff
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.

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.

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.

EssilorLuxottica Board of Directors Proposes Nominees to the New Board

By Staff
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.

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

By Staff
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.

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.

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.

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).

Canadian Brand Kits Launches its Direct-to-Consumer Platform for Eyewear

By Staff
Wednesday, September 9, 2020 12:18 AM VANCOUVER—Kits, a Canadian eyewear brand backed by the investor Roger Hardy, has launched what it calls a “revolutionary platform” at Kits.com to sell eyewear, sunwear and contact lenses online.

The Vision Council’s Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue Auction Accepting Bids Until Friday, June 26, Website Now Live

By Staff
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Open Your Eyes Frame Vendue, an auction presented by The Vision Council and featuring frames with special significance designed by leading independent designers to support the Equal Justice Initiative and My Brother's Keeper Alliance, is accepting bids until Friday, June 26 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

SD Eyes Launches First-Ever Rip Curl Eyewear Collection

By Staff
Monday, March 16, 2020 2:03 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—SD Eyes has launched the debut Rip Curl collection, made up of 20 optical and 16 sun styles. SD Eyes will also debut the Rip Curl Youth Optical line during Vision Expo East at its Booth #1435.