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    Zenni speeds through 50 million pairs’ mark, launches new app


    U.S. online optical retailer Zenni has announced that it has sold more than 50 million pairs of glasses since its launch in 2003. The company added that it has doubled its sales’ output in less than four year as the previous 25 million pairs’ milestone was reached in March 2019. ...

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    Afflelou to drop low-cost banner in 2024


    The Afflelou Group will discontinue its low-cost banner Optical Discount by the end of 2024, according to a report by French optical website Acuité. Optical Discount franchises have reportedly been given the option to cancel their franchise contract with a 3-month notice or to pursue the collaboration until December 2024. ...

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    VSP acquires PECCA


    VSP Vision – owner of Marchon Eyewear– has acquired Professional Eye Care Associates of America (PECAA) from the private equity firm Nautic Partners. No financial details have been disclosed. Founded by optometrists Bradley Smith, Lance Anderson and David Wolf in 2006 in Portland, Oregon, PECCA provides “customized tools, progressive tactics, ...

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    Safilo signs new credit line to pay back debt, support growth


    Safilo Group has signed a financing agreement for €300 million with maturity in September 2027. It consists of a term loan facility of €150 million, a revolving credit facility of €75 million and a capex line of €75 million. The term loan, set for Sept. 29 of this year, will ...

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    CooperVision MiSight recognized by German awards


    CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lenses have received a special mention for “Excellence in Business to Consumer” in the Medical and Health category at the 2022 German Innovation Awards. In CV’s press release Johannes Zupfer, the company’s general manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, describes the contacts as designed to ...

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    Safilo to start using Tritan Renew in polarized lenses


    The Safilo Group is pursuing its partnership with Eastman with the scheduled introduction of the U.S. chemical supplier’s Tritan Renew material for its polarized lenses. The Italian eyewear manufacturer will start using the material from August 2023 in its Under Armour collections, before a progressive roll-out across its portfolio of ...

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    German industry association Spectaris bids farewell to Josef May, elects successors


    Josef May, who has been chairman of the German industry association Spectaris and Chairman of the Consumer Optics division, has handed over his posts to two experienced successors after almost two decades on the board. Ulrich Krauss, CEO of Analytik Jena, was elected as the new chairman of the association ...

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    CooperVision creates and fills business manager post for Asia-Pacific


    CooperVision Specialty EyeCare has appointed Weiwen Chen to the new post of business manager for Asia-Pacific. She will be heading up company and category expansion everywhere in the region except China, which has its own team. Chen served most recently as a consultant on entry strategy for Asia to Visioneering ...

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    La/Es to use Eastman’s Acetate Renew


    Laminati Estrusi Termoplastici (La/Es) announced on the opening day of the Silmo show in Paris that it would start offering Eastman’s Aceter Renew across all its acetate collections. Acetate Renew is an acetate flake made of 60 percent bio-based and 40 percent recycled material. The new material has been progressively ...

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    EssilorLuxottica launches 3rd share buyback plan in 2022


    EssilorLuxottica has announced the launch of a new share buyback program, the third since the start of this year. The group has granted a mandate to an investment service provider for the purchase of up to 1,500,000 of its own shares, or 0.3 percent of total outstanding shares, by March ...

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    J.F. REY sales up double-digit since takeover


    Maison JEAN-FRANÇOIS REY has announced that, since the change of ownership a year ago, the company’s sales have been growing at double-digit rate from the €14 million base reported for 2021. As reported last year, the Marseilles-based eyewear company is in the hands of a Franco-German trio consisting of Walter ...

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    SMITH promotes new global VP of sales from within


    SMITH, the sports brand of the Safilo group, has promoted Rob Retzlaff to the position of global vice president of sales. Retzlaff has been working for SMITH in Canada for more than twenty years. He held various marketing and sales positions in the company and became general manager for Canada ...

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    Revo releases audio sunglasses


    Source: Revo Revo has launched audio sunglasses that combine Bluetooth with the brand’s usual NASA-designed lens polarization. Called Sonic, the sunglasses enable wearers to “field phone calls, listen to music, and, with an optional app, monitor their fitness workouts” without earphones or earbuds. A touch of the ...

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    HOYA shares more myopia control research data


    During the myopia symposium hosted by HOYA Vision Care at the International Myopia Conference in Rotterdam earlier this month, several ophthalmology experts shared new data on the performance of MiYOSMART, the Japanese group’s myopia control lens. Research by Dr. Andrea Lembo of the University Hospital San Giuseppe Multimedica in Milan ...

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    Marchon secures Paul Smith license


    Marchon Eyewear has reached an exclusive, long-term global licensing deal with Paul Smith, the independent design company in the U.K., for which it has been serving as North American distributor. Coming into force in January 2023, the deal will cover design, manufacture and global distribution. According to Marchon, “customers can ...

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    Ocuco has a new chief product officer


    Ocuco has promoted Clodagh Nic Canna to chief product officer. Head of product development for the past 12 years, Canna will in her new post be considering the company’s vision and strategy as it applies to the full portfolio of products. According to CEO Leo Mac Canna, Ocuco is making ...

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    MIDO launches new communication campaign


    MIDO has announced that it was launching a new communication campaign, called FRAMES, developed with designer and artist Max Gally and the Mixer Group, and said to convey the show’s principles of contemporaneity, culture, fashion and beauty. The campaign comes with a new claim, “The Eyewear State of the Art” ...

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    De Rigo signs Roberto Cavalli license


    The De Rigo Group has signed a license agreement for the degisn, production and global distribution of Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli-branded eyewear. The sunglasses and prescription eyewear collections will be available in optical stores and in Roberto Cavalli own stores and e-commerce website from 2023. Michele Acrari, managing director ...

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    MPG appoints new B2B sales director


    The Michael Pachleitner Group has appointed Hannes Zeichen as its B2B sales director, effective Oct. 3. Zeichen will sit at the company’s board, representing all sales and marketing business units. An experienced executive, Zeichen has worked in different industries, in particular the energy sector, in the past with roles such ...

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    EssilorLuxottica and Armani renew license deal


    EssilorLuxottica and the Armani Group have announced the renewal of their license agreement for the design, production and global distribution of eyewear under the Giorgio Armani, Giorgio Armani Privé, Emporio Armani, EA7 Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange brands. The current agreement took effect on Jan. 1, 2013 and will ...