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    Mondottica USA hires chief commercial officer

    2021-09-16T14:55:00Z

    Mondottica USA has hired Dan Blessing to be its chief commercial officer for the Americas, with oversight of sales, business development, marketing and product. He will in particular be building up the national sales team and devising sales programs. Blessing has spent the past ten years or so as sales ...

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    L'Amy and Scene partner on manufacturing

    2021-09-16T14:55:00Z

    L’Amy America and Scene Eyewear have entered into an exclusive manufacturing partnership, Vision Monday reports. Making use of Scene’s recently established factory in Wayne, New Jersey, the deal will purportedly enable L’Amy to create house brands while expanding its selection of American-made collections. For Scene Eyewear and its founder and ...

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    Gold & Wood partners with Hoet for capsule collection

    2021-09-16T14:55:00Z

    Gold & Wood is launching a 6-piece capsule collection in collaboration with eyewear designer Patrick Hoet, creator of the Hoet brand and one of the founding partners of the Belgian-based brand Theo Eyewear. The co-branded collection, which has been inspired by Gold & Wood’s know how and luxury materials such ...

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    New international sales manager at MPG

    2021-09-16T14:55:00Z

    The Austrian-based eyewear group MPG appointed Amel Haring as its new head of international sales at the beginning of September. Haring, who has been working with the group for twelve years as export area manager and head of sales and operations at MPG France, will be in charge of the ...

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    Bollé Safety to begin U.S. production with disabled staff

    2021-09-15T12:47:00Z

    The Bollé Brands Group brand Bollé Safety has established a partnership with SourceAmerica, a group that seeks to get disabled people into government and corporate jobs, and the nonprofit agency New Hope, which operates in Texas. In the summation of Corey Heritage, SourceAmerica’s vice president of business development: “Together we ...

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    Xiaomi might have developed advanced smart glasses, or not

    2021-09-15T12:47:00Z

    Xiaomi has informed The Verge both that it has developed smart glasses and that it has no plan to put them into production. Xiaomi Smart Glasses, as they are called, reportedly boast a display suitable for augmented reality (AR) – which, as The Verge notes, would put them ahead technologically ...

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    DAC Technologies has a new president and CEO

    2021-09-14T15:16:00Z

    Will Daniels has become president and CEO of DAC Technologies, the American producer of lens-processing equipment. His predecessor, Joe Ciochetto, has moved on to Essilor of America. DAC hired Daniels in August away from Satisloh, where he had spent 20 years, most recently as head of global aftermarket operations. The ...

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    Mega Optic to produce and distribute Kodak lenses in France

    2021-09-14T13:59:00Z

    Mega Optic, a French subsidiary of the EssilorLuxottica group, will produce and distribute in France Kodak-branded lenses from January 2022. The company said that the Kodak lenses will receive the Origine France Garantie certification, a label guaranteeing that at least 50 percent of the product’s added value is acquired in ...

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    Safilo wants to boost digital engagement with younger customers through new license

    2021-09-13T13:48:00Z

    Safilo has announced the signature of a new multi-year licensing agreement with digital influencer and fashion designer Chiara Ferragni for the design, manufacture and distribution of eyewear under her eponymous brand. The eyewear collection will include both sunglasses and eyeglasses, and will first be presented for the Spring/Summer 2022 season ...

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    Blue Light Summit 2021 announced

    2021-09-10T14:02:00Z

    Eyesafe, the company bringing together the healthcare and consumer electronics sectors, has announced the dates of its Blue Light Summit 2021, which will be held online on Sept. 28 in Europe and the Americas and Sept. 29 in Asia-Pacific. Discussions will focus on the impact of Covid-19 on screens’ usage ...

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    Luxexcel partners with Optiswiss on smart eyewear prescription lenses

    2021-09-09T14:54:00Z

    Luxexcel, the supplier of 3D-printed solutions for prescription lenses, has announced a new partnership with Optiswiss in the area of 3D-printed smart eyewear. As part of the new deal, Luxexcel will provide the Swiss lens manufacturer with its technology and equipment, and Optiswiss will then 3D-print prescription lenses for Augmented ...

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    Marcolin partners with Treedom

    2021-09-09T14:54:00Z

    Marcolin announced that it would support the planting of 10,000 trees by Treedom, an Italian company specializing in reforestation projects, through Timberland Eyewear, the licensed brand which has been part of its portfolio since 2003. The project is part of a larger partnership between Timberland and Treedom that calls for ...

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    Revo builds up its golf business in Europe

    2021-09-08T17:10:00Z

    Revo Sunglasses has announced the expansion of its Revo Golf division to the U.K. and the European mainland under the leadership of Grahame Jenkins, a 35-year veteran of the golf industry who owns Tee to Green, a monthly golf magazine distributed in all the 400 golf clubs in Ireland. He ...

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    Survey gives H1 optical sales up 3% in Germany vs. 2019

    2021-09-08T15:44:00Z

    Quoting figures from an Euronet survey based on over 400 participating companies in the eyewear sector with average revenues of €280,000, the German trade publication Der Augenoptiker reports that the sector’s sales in Germany for the first half of the year increased by 18.5 percent year-on-year. Compared to the pre-Covid ...

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    Out Of comes out with electronic photochromic sunglasses

    2021-09-08T09:50:00Z

    An Italian startup, Out Of, is launching its first collection of sunglasses for cycling and other outdoor sports equipped with an award-winning lens, called Irid, that adapts to the ambient light in less than a second, using a small solar cell that powers a microchip and a special liquid crystal ...

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    Essilux buys more GrandVision shares

    2021-09-08T08:39:00Z

    EssilorLuxottica announced yesterday that it has acquired an additional 16,902,305 ordinary shares in GrandVision, at €28.42 each, as part of its mandatory public offer for all shares of the Dutch retail group. The additional shares, which were owned by multiple shareholders and purchased from a single broker, account for about ...

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    LEOO launches new Made In France campaign

    2021-09-08T08:39:00Z

    LEOO, the association of French optical products’ manufacturers, is launching a new digital campaign to promote Made in France eyewear and contact lenses. Named “Changez d’optique, voyez Français” – Change your Views, See French –, the operation follows a consumer survey commissioned by the association earlier this year which showed ...

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    Schneider to progressively launch its new Modulo One lab

    2021-09-02T09:26:00Z

    Schneider announced that, from July 2021, it would progressively upgrade Modulo, its all-in-one lens production system launched in 2012 and which combines machines, measurement tools, accessories and conveyors. For its new system, called Modulo One, Schneider said it would launch eleven innovations over the next months, presenting them on the ...

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    Paris Miki Q1 sales up y-o-y but still below pre-Covid levels

    2021-09-02T09:26:00Z

    Paris Miki Holdings, the Japanese-based optical retailer, reported Q1 revenues of 10,376 million Japanese yen (€79.6m-$94.3m), representing a 28.5 percent increase from the same quarter in the previous year. However, the company’s topline has not returned to pre-Covid level as it reported ¥12,252 million (€93.9m-$111.3m) in Q1 2019. On a ...

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    TOG recovery driven by the U.S.

    2021-09-02T09:26:00Z

    The Thai Optical Group more than doubled its Q2 revenues as compared to Q2 2020, reaching 596 million baht (€15.6m-$18.4m), as its business was very heavily impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic in the same quarter last year. However, the quarterly sale performance also marks a 27 percent increase from Q2 ...