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    8 % revenue hike but operational loss for Mister Spex in 2022

    2023-01-27T03:14:00Z

    Releasing preliminary results for the full year, omnichannel retailer Mister Spex has announced an 8 percent year-on-year growth in revenue to €210 million for 2022 and an adjusted EBITDA margin of between -6 percent and -3 percent. The company stressed that these results were in line with the guidance announced ...

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    Marcolin appoints new group marketing director

    2023-01-26T08:27:00Z

    Marcolin has promoted Alessio Puleo to the position of group marketing director, reporting directly to Fabrizio Curci, the group’s CEO. Puleo, who joined Marcolin in 2021, will take responsibility for the company’s brand management, trade marketing, training and marketing analysis activities. The senior executive spent over 15 years of its ...

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    Karün Eyewear recruits Italian executive to strengthen European business

    2023-01-26T08:26:00Z

    Karün Eyewear, a Patagonia-based DTC brand of glasses made from recycled materials such as fishing nets, metals or leather, has announced the appointment of Egidio Schintu as its country manager for Italy and support manager for Europe. Schintu is a seasoned eyewear manager with previous experiences at Allison, Area and ...

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    JINS driven by overseas markets in Q1

    2023-01-24T07:46:00Z

    Japanese-based retailer JINS booked an 11.6 percent year-on-year increase in Q1 sales to 17,051 million Japanese yen (€120m), accelerating strongly from the 5.1 percent growth reported for the previous quarter. The Q1 sales uptick was largely driven by a 35.5 percent jump in overseas revenue to ¥ 4,584 million (€32m) ...

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    Over 1,000 exhibitors to participate in MIDO 2023

    2023-01-23T09:06:00Z

    The organizers of MIDO have announced that over 1,000 exhibitors from around the world would take part in the next edition of the show scheduled from Feb. 4 to 6 in Milan, a strong increase from last year’s 660 companies. Beyond the presence of most eyewear industry players from Europe ...

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    Charmant Europe launches bio-acetate brand

    2023-01-20T08:34:00Z

    Charmant Europe is launching GEO Eyewear, a new brand of glasses focusing on sustainability and inclusion, the company announced. Charmant said that the frames were made from bio-acetate material and that all suppliers for the brand were accredited for their social and sustainable policies. Rather than offsetting its emissions, which ...

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    De Rigo adds new license to portfolio

    2023-01-20T08:34:00Z

    The De Rigo group has announced the signature of a new license agreement for the design, production and global distribution of optical frames and sunglasses under the Twinset Milano brand. Founded in 1987, Twinset is a brand of women’s clothing active in the contemporary luxury sector, according to the announcement. ...

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    Cartier starts new bespoke eyewear service

    2023-01-20T08:34:00Z

    Cartier Eyewear is launching Set for you by Cartier, a new service for bespoke eyewear available globally for a preselection of rimless sunglasses. Customers will be able to personalize their frames by changing their size, the temples’ design and material, the end tips’ color, the metal finishes and the shape ...

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    Apple’s contribution to eyewear is running late

    2023-01-20T08:33:00Z

    The brand that made smooth electronics a thing has hit a snag in its product development. Apple was planning to introduce two big products over the next two years or so: first a mixed-reality headset (combining augmented with virtual reality, or AR with VR), then AR glasses. Unfortunately, as Bloomberg ...

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    Hoya invests $10 million in Canadian labs

    2023-01-20T08:33:00Z

    Hoya Vision Care has annouced that it would invest close to $10 million in the expansion of its Canadian lab network. The group’s Canadian subsidiary is the first optical lab in North America to have installed SCHNEIDER’s new Modulo Center One surfacing system for an improved efficiency, the announcement reads. ...

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    Zenni endows three scholarships

    2023-01-18T05:12:00Z

    The optical retailer Zenni has set up three scholarships, each worth $25,000, for students at the New England College of Optometry (NECO) who have a “desire to provide eyecare in vulnerable communities” – that is, what the American Public Health Association (APHA) describes as “low-income and racial and ethnic minority ...

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    Mojo Vision shelves its AR contact lens

    2023-01-17T10:26:00Z

    Mojo Vision CEO Drew Perkins announced in a blog post a few days ago that the U.S.-based tech company was halting the development of Mojo Lens, its augmented reality (AR) smart contact lens. Perkins said that the decision was motivated by difficulties in raising new capital in a slumping global ...

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    Marcolin and Harley-Davidson renew and expand partnership

    2023-01-13T01:24:00Z

    Marcolin has announced the renewal until 2027 of its Harley-Davidson license for the design, production and global distribution of optical frames and sunglasses under the famous American motorbike brand. Both companies have been partnering since 2013 and the acquisition of Viva International by the Italian group. The scope of the ...

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    KITS Eyecare sales up 25 percent in Q4

    2023-01-13T01:23:00Z

    Canadian e-commerce company KITS Eyecare has announced a 25 percent year-on-year revenue growth to $25 million for Q4 2022, with repeat consumers accounting for roughly 60 percent of sales. For the full year, the company is expecting the topline to grow by 9 percent compared to 2021, reaching $90 million. ...

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    ECOO issues new sustainability guidance for member associations

    2023-01-13T01:23:00Z

    The European Council of Optometry and Optics (ECOO) has released a new guidance on the issue of sustainability and how it relates to the eye care sector. The four-page document, which can be found on the organization’s website, makes suggestions on how national associations can relay sustainabiity information to their ...

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    Opto Tech appoints new managing director

    2023-01-11T07:07:27.897Z

    Optical equipment manufacturer Opto Tech has appointed Dr. Stefan Seifried as its new managing director. Seifried, who has worked for over twenty years in managing roles for international industrial companies, will be responsible for sales and technology and run the company together with Jens Schaefer who is overseeing administration and ...

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    New VP of sales for Thélios in the U.S.

    2023-01-11T07:07:00Z

    Luxury eyewear company Thélios has appointed Cedric Moreau as its new vice president of sales for the optical channel in the U.S. Moreau’s career in the eyewear industry luxury segment spans over 25 years. The French executive started his career at Alain Mikli and has been Mykita’s managing director for ...

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    Ortho-k preferred myopia management method, study says

    2023-01-09T08:50:47.027Z

    A recent study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and CooperVision Specialty Eyecare suggests that orthokeratology (ortho-k) is, as Cooper’s press release puts it, the “preferred method of myopia management in physically active children and adults.” “Patient and Parent Perceptions of Myopia Modalities” (by L.J. Lattery, C. Chao, ...

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    Opticiens Mobiles densifies network in France

    2023-01-06T01:36:00Z

    Les Opticiens Mobiles has extended its coverage to all 94 of the administrative “departments” in mainland France. The company says it maintains France’s largest network of opticians providing home and workplace service – its emphasis is on busy professionals and the elderly and infirm – and can now schedule appointments ...

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    OUT OF widens coverage of its IRID lens technology

    2023-01-03T10:24:00Z

    OUT OF, the Italian sport eyewear start-up, will be presenting at opti 2023 the second generation of its IRID electronic lenses, which will now also cover filter category S1 in addition to S2 and S3. The brand’s proprietary technology allows the lens to adapt to ambient light in less than ...