C-Suite Interviews

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    Magrabi aims to consolidate regional leadership before entering new markets


    Following up on our article last February about the expansion of MAGRABI Retail Group, the leading optical retailer in the Middle East region, we talked with Yasser Taher, who was appointed CEO of the family-owned group at the start of this year, after having served as Chief Operating Officer since ...

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    An optical center in 15 minutes and a new investor for Vision Group


    Vision Group, one of Italy’s leading eyewear retailers, aims to expand its domestic footprint further before looking at eventual growth opportunities further afield. Marco Procacciante, CEO, talked to Eyewear Intelligence about Vision Group’s growth plans, which are aimed at serving 85 percent of the Italian population with a VisionOttica store ...

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    iVision Tech CEO details group’s strategy


    Still a relatively newcomer in the Italian and international eyewear sector, iVision Tech has gathered a lot of attention from the industry in recent months with the company’s debut on the Euronext Growth Milan stock exchange this summer and the acquisition of French high-end eyewear maker Henry Jullien just before ...

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    Akoni Group puts focus on craftsmanship-loving opticians and consumers


    In the wake of the recent Silmo show in Paris, where the company was exhibiting its eyewear collections – house brand Akoni Eyewear and licensed fashion brands Balmain and Valentino – for the first time, we talked with Rosario Toscano, CEO of Akoni Group, about the DNA and the development ...

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    Lafont celebrates French “savoir-faire”, Parisian chic and family legacy on 100th anniversary


    It’s not necessarily an easy task to summarize a century of history and the essence of a company in just a few words, but when we asked Matthieu Lafont, CEO of Lafont, the answer was short and quick to come. “We are since 2023 an independent family business and eyewear ...


    Portfolio synergies and sunglasses on DEG roadmap


    Last year’s summer was particularly busy on the corporate front for Design Eyewear Group (DEG) as, in just a few months, the company came under new ownership and acquired the business of William Morris London, the U.K.-based eyewear company. Almost one year later, we sat down with Lars Flyvholm, CEO, ...

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    Tooz smart eyewear keeps focus on optical engines and scalability


    After many years of teasing, spectacular announcements and some renouncements by industry players, smart glasses are now on the verge of fulfilling their initial promises and entering the mass consumer market. All of a sudden, it seems like an entire industry is in the starting blocks as years of research ...

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    Lunor sees room for international expansion


    Lunor, the German-based eyewear company, is looking to reinforce and expand its international presence, notably in Europe and Asia, through a mix of partnerships with long-term distributors and direct distribution in some selected markets. We discussed the company’s international strategy with Thomas Dobler, the German senior manager who was appointed ...

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    More “boutique” and more lenses on Mister Spex roadmap


    2022 was a mixed year for Mister Spex. While the German-based retailer’s sales kept growing relatively fast – by 8 percent overall and by 11 percent in Germany – profit ratios remained in the red. This led the company to launch a cost-reduction plan in September 2022 and an announcement ...

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    ZEISS Vision Care advocates carefulness over speed in myopia management


    ZEISS Vision Care, which has been active in myopia management (MM) clinical research in Asia for over ten years and has been marketing specific lenses in the region since 2011, is launching the category in Europe this spring, a couple of years after its main lens competitors entered the segment ...

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    ACEP looks abroad for growth


    ACEP, the French-based supplier of digital tools and services for optical shops, is accelerating its international development with the opening of a subsidiary in Japan on Jan. 1, Jean-Philippe Sayag, CEO of the company told us in an interview. The company has been operating branches in the U.S. and Spain, ...

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    Covid has highlighed the importance of trade fairs


    The Covid-19 outbreak demonstrated that digital solutions “on their own” could not replace trade shows canceled due to the pandemic, noted Luca Palermo, the chief executive of Fiera Milano, which manages the Rho exhibition hall as well as exhibition pavilions in Milan and the Allianz MiCo convention center. The Italian ...

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    Optiswiss maintains focus on ECPs, innovation and premium products


    In an interview with Eyewear Intelligence, Samuel Frei, CEO of Optiswiss, sheds light on how the Swiss-based independent lens maker navigates an increasingly consolidated optical market with a strategy based on a focus on premium products, distribution through independent eyecare professionals (ECPs), state-of-the-art production facilities, investment in new technologies and ...


    Morel puts focus on direct distribution, brand heritage and CSR


    In an interview with Eyewear Intelligence, Amélie Morel, communication director of Morel Lunettes, explained how the family-owned company has taken advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to accelerate the transformation of its international business, and has reinforced its focus on the brand’s heritage as well as its CSR commitments. A member ...

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    Skugga to launch new financing rounds to accelerate development


    In the wake of Skugga’s recent Silmo d’Or award in the technological innovation and connected products’ category, we spoke with Mikael Eriksson, the Swedish-based company’s CEO and one of the main shareholders along with his brothers Daniel Eriksson, Jonas Eriksson and partner Fredrik Hanson. The brothers initially started off with ...

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    Fast-growing Blickers launches private label


    Blickers, one of the fast-growing multibrand online eyewear retailers in Europe, is launching its private label range of sunglasses and optical frames to complement its website offerings and further accelerate its growth. Called 99 Essentials, the collection includes 99 SKUs chosen based on the company’s big data analysis of best-selling ...

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    MPG prepares for integration of former GrandVision stores


    A few months after the Michael Pachleitner Group (MPG) took over 177 stores from GrandVision following the acquisition of the Dutch retail group by EssilorLuxottica, we spoke with Marcel Norbart, the seasoned retail manager that MPG appointed as its Chief of Optical Retail, about the most recent developments. The current ...

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    Materialise sees its eyewear volumes triple within 5 years


    Created in 2014, the eyewear division of Materialise, the Belgian-based 3D printing specialist, has introduced several innovations for 3D-printed glasses and has established itself as the market leader in the field. Ahead of the Silmo trade show, we sat down with Alireza Parandian, the unit’s manager, to reflect on the ...

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    M&A, organic growth, digital and training fuel CECOP Group


    Just a few days after CECOP entered the German market through an agreement with Optic Society, we talked with Jean de Contades, global managing director of the fast-growing Spanish-based buying group. Founded in 1982, Optic Society is the second largest buying group in Germany with close to 700 members according ...

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    Eschenbach launches online Academy to grow low vision segment


    Eschenback Optik, a market leader in the low vision segment, is about to launch the Eschenbach Academy, a multilingual online training and information platform for eye care professionals (ECPs), but also for end consumers. In the words of Matthias Anke, managing director of the Optics division at Eschenbach, the move ...