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    ​Gifts to French opticians to be forbidden


    Initially launched in 1993 in order to regulate relations between industry suppliers and health care professionals, and to ensure the independence of the latter in their choice of products offered to consumers, the so-called “antigifts” French law will be extended to opticians as of Oct. 1 this year. It will ...

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    Club OpticLibre expands in Belgium


    Club OpticLibre , the French voluntary group of opticians, has reached an agreement to take over its Belgian peer Obos . The French company represents some 1,500 stores, 100 of which are in Belgium. With the tie-up, the network will exceed 1,700 locations and the firm aims to have sales ...

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    MetLife buys Davis Vision, Superior Vision


    The US financial services firm MetLife has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Versant Health from an investor group led by Centerbridge Partners for $1.675 billion in an all-cash transaction. Versant Health owns the managed vision care brands Davis Vision and Superior Vision . Following ...

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    Oakley factory to produce face shields


    EssilorLuxottica’s frame unit Luxottica has converted part of Oakley ’s Foothill Ranch factory in Orange County, California, to supply face shields to meet growing demand for protective equipment against the Covid-19 virus. The 550,000 square foot facility produces Oakley eyewear and goggles and the face shields will ...

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    New Look and Sea2See launch joint campaign


    The Canadian optical chain New Look Eyewear is embarking on a marketing campaign with the Sea2See brand. Conducted in English and French, the campaign will feature the latest Sea2See eyewear, all of which is designed for the circular economy. The frames are made in Italy and entirely from ...

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    Air_Art offers luxury eyewear cases


    Air_Art , a new French luxury eyewear brand has signed an exclusive partnership for a collection of eyewear cases with Emmanuel Kirsch , a French designer brand of leather accessories. The collection includes cases in precious animal skins like crocodile, iguana or python and retail from €149. Launched last ...

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    Raen hires Jeffrey Ishmael as CFO


    Raen , a California-based brand of eyewear, has appointed Jeffrey Ishmael as chief financial officer (CFO). He will be based in the company’s global Oceanside headquarters and report to brand chief executive, Jeff Fitzhugh . He most recently served three years as CFO at the cybersecurity company Obsidian Security. ...

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    Revo partners with Jeep on an eyewear collection


    Revo has introduced a capsule collection that combines its polarized lenses – which draw from lenses developed at NASA to protect satellites from the sun – with design elements from the Jeep automotive brand. The Revo x Jeep Collection comprises four styles: Desert , an acetate navigator ...

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    New board at the French LEOO industry association


    Sandra Timon , marketing director of the French eyewear brand Minima , last week was elected president of the French industry association Les Entreprises de l’Optique Ophtalmique ( LEOO ). Jenkiz Saillet, general manager of Novacel, Jérôme Colin , Oxibis ’ associate director and Jean-Charles de Lemps ...

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    Silmo Istanbul 2020 is cancelled


    Comexposium and 24 Saat Fuarcılık , co-organizers of the Silmo Istanbul show have announced the cancellation of this year’s edition of the trade show because of the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in Turkey and abroad. The 8 th edition of Silmo Istanbul was scheduled to take ...

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    ​Mister Spex hires Sebastian Dehnen as CFO


    The German optician and eyewear retailer Mister Spex has appointed Sebastian Dehnen as chief financial officer, replacing Tobias Steffer , who has taken over the newly created position of chief data and corporate development officer. Prior to joining Mister Spex, Dehnen was CFO at AutoGravity , a Californian ...

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    De Rigo obtains Philipp Plein license


    De Rigo has reached a worldwide license agreement for the design, manufacture and sale of sun and eyeglass frames with the Swiss-based fashion house Philipp Plein . The licence is effective immediately and the first collection is expected to be launched in the second half of 2021. The ...

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    Black Peak Trading adds Spektrum to its portfolio


    The British sales agency, Black Peak Trading , has added the Swedish performance eyewear brand Spektrum to its portfolio. Spektrum was co-founded by a group of snow sport athletes and over 60 percent of each product is created using plant-based biomaterials and recyclable material. Black Peak Trading ...

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    Formuleyes signs licensing deal with Formula 1


    Formuleyes , a new eyewear company headquartered in Greater London, has signed a licensing deal with Formula 1 racing and will be producing a series of related collections. It will begin by celebrating Formula 1’s 70th anniversary with three models. The Titanium will be the first to market, ...

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    EnChroma introduces new glare-reducing lenses


    EnChroma of Berkeley, California, is releasing a new series of lenses and eyewear, called Lx Lens Technology , designed for those with visual impairment severe enough to be termed “low vision” (from cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, etc.) and for people 50 and older who are particularly sensitive to glare ...

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    Amazon’s head of European retail is stepping down


    Xavier Garambois, who has been running Amazon ’s European retail operations for the past eight years, is leaving the company. According to The Telegraph, he will be replaced by Jorrit Van der Meulen , Amazon’s vice president for Europe, who has also been in charge of Amazon Devices ...

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    Safilo and Marchon win design awards


    Safilo and Marchon were winners at the second annual Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards . Safilo won in the sun category for its Jimmy Choo Shine/S style, while Marchon won in the optical category for its Longchamp LO2670L . The other categories were handbags, eyewear, footwear, jewelry, ...

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    ​Article One launches collection with Ciele Athletics


    Article One , an eyewear brand based in Flint, Michigan, has launched of the GTGlass collection in collaboration with the running brand Ciele Athletics . The AO X Ciele GTGlass is already available since Sept. 3 on and on The model has a suggested retail ...

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    Silmo Hors Les Murs hits the road


    Silmo Hors Les Murs , the new format of regional events launched by Silmo after its Paris show was cancelled because of the Covid crisis , will take place on Oct. 3-4 in the Tuileries gardens in Paris. Silmo Hors Les Murs will join a larger fashion event, in association ...

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    Robert La Roche revitalizes its collection


    Robert La Roche , the upscale eyewear brand owned by Michael Pachleitner and managed since September 2019 by Kamilia Kusz , is revitalizing its collection with 19 models conceived by two teams of designers. The up-and-coming Austrian fashion designer Christoph Rumpf will be in charge of an acetate ...