Luxottica, the Italian frame making unit of the EssilorLuxottica group, has decided to share with Versace its Covid-19 prevention, detection and research program currently being used in Italy. Luxottica has held the eyewear license of the Italian fashion house for the past 17 years.

Luxottica developed the prevention and screening program with the department of molecular medicine of the university of Padua. Thanks to a significant contribution by the Leonardo Del Vecchio Foundation, the university has a Covid-19 laboratory capable of processing up to 40,000 diagnostic tests a month.

Since the program was launched four months ago, more than 14,000 tests have been carried out on Luxottica staff. The positive results of the program prompted Luxottica to share it with its partners in Italy, starting with Versace.

The program will help Versace prevent outbreaks within the company. The first phase of the project, which started in July, involves Versace’s staff in Milan and Novara, with a second campaign scheduled in the fall.