A Plus Finance, a French independent investment fund, has injected €1.2 million into Nathalie Blanc, the eponymous eyewear brand headquartered in Bagnolet, on the outskirts of Paris. Blanc herself, a trained optician, began marketing her designs in 2015, selling 2,000 frames. Last year, she sold 15,000 and, with her Suzanne 253 frame, won the jury prize at the Silmo d'Or awards. The firm is looking to build on this momentum and expand. This month, in Paris, it opened its first showroom. With its investment, A Plus will be both funding and helping to manage the expansion, taking the young company abroad. The chief foreign targets are Russia and Korea, although the U.S. and other parts of Europe and Asia are also in view. All Nathalie Blanc frames are manufactured in the French department of Jura, in Normandy.

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