Morel, the Jura-based eyewear company, and its long-time distributor in the Netherlands, Bobo's Eyewear, have created Morel Nederland, a joint venture for the distribution in the country of the French manufacturer's brands: Rebel, Nomad, Marius Morel 1880, Lightec, Koali and Öga. In neighboring Belgium, Williame Optic, another historic distributor of Morel has opened a dedicated structure, too, Morel Belux, for the same purpose. The French company has had a U.S. branch since 1993 and, in the last two years, the company has opened new subsidiaries in the U.K., Switzerland and Brazil. International sales represent 75 percent of the company's business, estimated at 1.5 million pieces per year. Separately, Morel has won two international design awards this year for its Öga Lämtra model, the Red Dot Award and the IF Design Award.