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    Marcolin renews license agreement with Moncler


    Marcolin has renewed its worldwide license agreement with Moncler , an Italian brand of down-filled jackets for five years to Dec. 3, 2025. Marcolin had obtained the license in 2015, replacing Allison . At the time, Marcolin and Moncler had agreed to a five-year license with an option for ...

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    Komono opens new flagship store in Antwerp, launches in-house optical service


    Large mirrors, clear lines, natural-light filled spaces, shimmering displays and a reduced palette of translucent and opalescent materials: Belgian fashion eyewear and watch company Komono opened last month its new flagship store in Antwerp, the latest in a series of shops in major cities including Brussels, Amsterdam, Madrid and ...

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    Kering Eyewear takes over Dunhill license


    Kering Eyewear is taking over the Dunhill license from De Rigo and reinforcing its partnership with the Swiss luxury goods group Richemont , which owns the brand and is a minority shareholder in Kering Eyewear. The Italian company recently announced that it had obtained the Chloé license, ...

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    CooperVision names Doug Bairner country manager for U.K., Ireland


    CooperVision , a division of CooperCompanies that produces soft contact lenses, has appointed Doug Bairner as country manager for the U.K. and Ireland, replacing Debbie Olive who has been promoted to senior vice president for Europe. The U.K. is CooperVision’s third largest market globally. According ...

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    Novacel joins AsnaV


    Novacel , the lens laboratory that was Covid-19 certified last month, has recently become a member of the French Association pour l’Amélioration de la Vue (AsnaV) , joining Essilor France , BBGR and Transitions in the lens makers’ member group. Founded in 1954, AsnaV is a non-profit ...

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    LVMH saw ‘rather vigorous’ signs of recovery in June


    The French luxury goods group LVMH says that it does not have a timeframe for when its business will return to normal but it noted “rather vigorous” signs of recovery in June. Speaking at the group’s annual general meeting, its chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault warns ...

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    Kering to create testing laboratory in Tuscany


    The French fashion group Kering is setting up a Test Innovation Laboratory (TIL) in Prato, Tuscany. It will provide chemical and other tests on products and raw materials for apparel, leathergoods, footwear, eyewear, watches and jewelry. It is scheduled to start operating in the first half ...

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    Mister Spex expands German retail network to 31 stores


    The German optician and eyewear retailer Mister Spex is expanding its domestic store network to 31 units with new openings in Bielefeld on June 10, Heidelberg on June 18 and Saarbrücken and Lübeck on June 25 and July 2 respectively. With the Bielefeld store, the company further consolidates ...

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    Julbo launches new B2B platform


    Julbo Eyewear is launching a new B2B platform. As reported by , the new platform enables faster deliveries with cheaper delivery charges. All Julbo and Solar products are available via the platform. The project has been developed internally, with the help of an external consultant, ...

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    ​Bollé uses AR to test sunglass lenses


    Bollé , the French manufacturer of sports and lifestyle sunglasses, ski goggles and ski and bike helmets, is offering its customers for the first time an augmented reality (AR) tool for smartphones to try on and test its lenses and sunglasses. Developed in partnership with QReal and M7 ...

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    GrandVision obtains extra funding, covenant relief for 2020


    GrandVision has obtained an additional liquidity facility of €400 million as well as an amendment to its existing €1,200 million revolving credit facility (RCF), running to 2024, providing covenant relief for 2020. The additional liquidity facility is provided by five banks and will be available in the event ...

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    Luxottica to open 250 Sunglass Huts shop-in-shops in Hudson stores


    Luxottica , the Italian frame manufacturing unit of the EssilorLuxottica group, will open 250 Sunglass Hut shop-in-shops in Hudson stores and localized convenience concepts across North America. The decision comes after a successful pilot at Richmond International Airport earlier this year. Hudson plans to open nine additional ...

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    Drumohr launches a small sunglass collection


    Drumohr, the Scottish knitwear brand established in 1770 and bought in 2016 by the Itailan businessman Michele Ciocca , has launched a small eyewear collection. The designer Emanuele Magenta proposed the brand extension to Ciocca, who accepted the idea. The collection comprises only one model of unisex acetate ...

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    A new register for historic trademarks in Italy


    A special register for “historic trademarks of national interest” has been created in Italy. Registration in the new inventory is open to trademarks that have been registered for at least 50 years. For an unregistered trademark, the applicant must prove that the trademark has been in continuous use for at ...

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    ​CooperVision appoints Simon Seshadri to head global marketing


    CooperVision , the contact lenses unit of the U.S. group, CooperCompanies, has appointed Simon Seshadri as senior vice president in charge of global marketing, effective immediately. He succeeds Guy Whittaker , who earlier this year was promoted to senior vice president in charge of global strategy and lifecycle management. ...

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    I-deal Optics names Jan Cory executive VP, chief commercial officer


    The Michigan-based eyewear firm I-deal Optics has appointed industry veteran Jan Cory as executive vice president and chief commercial officer. The position became effective on March 9. In her career, Cory was president and chief executive of Silhouette International from August 2014 to December 2017. ...

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    For Eyes, Walgreens set up co-branded website


    For Eyes , the U.S. business unit of the GrandVision group, has expanded its partnership with the American drug store chain Walgreens by launching a co-branded website called In a message on his LinkedIn account, Jorge Gervasi , For Eyes’ managing director, said that the website ...

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    Essilor Italia donates extra 3,000 protective goggles to hospitals in Lombardy


    Essilor ’s Italian unit has donated an additional 3,000 protective goggles to about 10 hospitals in the Italian region of Lombardy as part of the effort to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. In March, the lens manufacturer had already distributed more than 700 goggles it had in stock to health facilities ...

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    ​Fielmann active in Covid-19 combat


    Fielmann , the German optical retailer, and the Fielmann family, which owns it, have been active in taking part in the combat against the Covid-19 pandemic. The family donated 1 million surgical masks to each of the states of Brandenburg, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. The 3 million masks were bought ...

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    Safilo loses Max Mara license


    Safilo and the Italian fashion house Max Mara have agreed to the early termination of the license agreement for sunglasses and optical frames under the Max Mara label. The license will end on Oct. 31, 2020 rather than an original expiry date of Dec. 31, 2023. In 2019, ...