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    New owners for Maison JEAN-FRANÇOIS REY


    Jean-François Rey, founder and CEO of Maison JEAN-FRANÇOIS REY, has decided to hand over the control of his company as well as his executive responsibilities to a Franco-German trio of seasoned eyewear managers, Walter Pirinoli, Dan Levi and Ralf Kmoch who have acquired a third of the company’s capital each. ...

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    Warby Parker unveils growth strategy


    Just a few weeks after filing its IPO registration documents to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in which the company disclosed its financial results for the past three years, Warby Parker released an online presentation for investors. During the two-hour long pre-recorded video, founders and co-CEOs Neil Blumenthal ...

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    Facebook and Ray-Ban launch their first smart eyewear


    About a year after they first announced their partnership, Facebook and Ray-Ban presented last Thursday their first range of smart glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories. Based on the most popular Ray-Ban designs, including the iconic Wayfarer and Wayfarer Large, and available in five color variations, the Ray-Ban Stories embark an optimized ...

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    Inspecs eyes new buys as H1 profits, revenue surge


    British eyewear designer and lens manufacturer Inspecs is on the hunt for new acquisitions after a surge in interim revenue and core earnings driven by the first full contribution from its German Eschenbach division. Revenues soared to $125.7 million for the six months to June 30, up from $16.7m a ...

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    Hawkers opens 1st Spanish factory


    Hawkers Group, a Spanish-based brand of sunglasses, has announced last week the launch of a new collection of sunglasses Made in Spain, following the opening in February of its first factory in Spain, located at its headquarters of Elche, near Alicante. The group addresses the entry level segment of the ...

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    Sustainability: the demo lenses’ challenge (part 1)


    While the eyewear industry’s sustainability efforts have mostly focused on the use of eco-friendly or recycled material for the frames so far, the disposal of demo lenses, which end up in landfills for the most part, remains one of the sector’s main issues and still largely untackled because of its ...


    INVISION FIT 3D-centering platform adds value to ECP services

    2021-09-07T13:58:00Z Sponsored by Horizons Optical

    HORIZONS OPTICAL, the Spanish-based provider of lens designs, coatings and services for the ophthalmic lab will be showcasing INVISION FIT, its new 3D-centering system, at the next Silmo show in Paris from Sept. 24 to 27 (Hall 5a Stand H032). The platform was initially presented during the last digital edition ...

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    Fast-growing Cooper gears up for MiSight launch


    Cooper Companies reported a 32 percent year-on-year revenue increase for the third quarter of its current financial year to a total of $763 million with a solid performance in both its CooperVision and CooperSurgical divisions, which respectively grew by 24 percent to $557.5 million and by 60 percent to $205.9 ...

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    Kits sales up 21%, ramps up eyeglass business


    Kits Eyecare, a Canadian-based online retailer of contact lenses, eyeglasses and sunglasses that went public at the start of this year, reported a 21 percent year-on-year increase in H1 revenues to $42.1 million. On a constant currency basis, total sales went up by 28 percent as compared to the same ...

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    Marchon on track for a record year


    Unlike other major players in the eyewear industry that are public listed, Marchon Eyewear is not publishing its results but Nicola Zotta, CEO of the U.S. eyewear manufacturer, agreed to share some information with Eyewear Intelligence on the company’s performance and projects. While Marchon was slowed down in 2020 by ...

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    Warby Parker releases sales and profit figures ahead of IPO


    Warby Parker, the U.S. omnichannel retailer, announced last week that it has filed a registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its future Initial Public Offering (IPO) on the New York stock exchange. The registration document, which can be found here, shows that, although its revenues grew quickly ...

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    Fielmann sees Q2 sales surge, confirms FY outlook


    Fielmann saw external sales in its second quarter, ended June 30, rise by 56 percent to €474.9 million and group sales jump 60 percent to €407.7 million. The retail group enjoyed growth in all major markets thanks to the ongoing rollout of its omnichannel platform, an economic recovery fueled by ...

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    VSP Global explores the future of the eye-as-a-tool


    VSP Global has released ”The Future of Personal Performance Report”, a new research in collaboration with the market intelligence platform CB Insights. The report identifies five key-trends showing innovation opportunities as consumers pay more and more attention to their well-being and try to improve their overall performance. Among these five ...

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    GrandVision close to full Covid recovery in Q2


    For its first results’ presentation since the takeover by EssilorLuxottica on July 1, GrandVision reported a strong rebound in both revenues and profits as compared to last year but fell short of returning to pre-pandemic levels. The recovery was driven by the easing of Covid-related restrictions in most ...

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    Safilo accelerates in Q2


    Safilo Group confirmed its recovery during the presentation of its Q2 results that showed an acceleration in the company’s sales growth from the previous quarter, driven by the U.S. and China, Smith, its prescription eyewear business and e-commerce. The Italian company also significantly increased its operating profitability thanks to ...

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    Silmo Paris announces over 500 exhibitors


    The organizers of Silmo have announced that more than 500 exhibitors from 32 countries have already confirmed their participation in the next edition of the show scheduled to take place in Paris from next Sept. 24 to 27. It will be the first edition of Silmo Paris since 2019 ...

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    Marcolin on track towards full Covid recovery


    Marcolin reported a strong sales recovery for the first six months of 2021 as compared to the same period last year, with an acceleration in Q2 that brought back the Italian group at pre-pandemic revenue level. The company also significantly improved its profitability ratios during the period. Total ...

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    EssilorLuxottica delivers strong Q2


    EssilorLuxottica reported total revenues of €4,709 million for the second quarter of its 2021 fiscal year, up 92.5 percent in reported terms and 103.1 percent at constant exchange rates as compared to 2020. Compared to the same period in the pre-Covid 2019 year, revenues increased by 9.2 percent in ...

  • Hoya

    Hoya returns to pre-Covid sales level in lenses


    Hoya Corporation reported a 45 percent year-on-year increase in Q1 group revenues to 158.0 billion Japanese yen (€1,212m-$1,439m), confirming its rebound from the Covid-19 crisis with strong sales’ growth in both its Life Care and Information Technology segments. On a currency neutral basis, quarterly revenues grew by 39 percent ...

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    Kering Eyewear H1 sales top 2019 level by 22%


    Kering Eyewear reported a 61.8 percent year-on-year jump in revenues and on comparable currency basis, reaching €383 million for the first half of its 2021 fiscal year. Deducting €57 million in royalties and intragroup sales, the company’s net contribution to the group’s H1 revenues totaled €326 million, up 69.8 ...