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    British Olympic champion launches rear-vision cycling glasses

    2021-03-02T16:16:00Z

    Callum Skinner , the British former track cyclist and Olympic medalist, is launching special sunglasses that allow cyclists to see also behind them. The glasses were invented by a physicist, Alexander Macdonald , developed with Skinner and designed by Bob Henderson , an award-winning optical engineer, after raising more than ...

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    Kering invests in a secondhand luxury fashion items website

    2021-03-02T08:10:00Z

    Kering , the French luxury group and mother company of Kering Eyewear , took a 5 percent share in the French unicorn Vestiaire Collective , an online platform selling secondhand luxury fashion items. Besides Kering, the U.S. investment firm Tiger Global Management also pitched in the new €178 million ...

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    Novacel plans to sell 200,000 pieces of its new progressive lens in 2021

    2021-03-02T06:17:00Z

    Les Échos , the French business newspaper, reports that Novacel expects to sell 200,000 pieces of its new progressive lens in 2021. Launched in January and called Eden Zeta , the new lens is said to minimize visual aberrations and reduce visual fatigue. It incorporates Opalis Graphene , a ...

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    Afflelou continues its expansion in Spain

    2021-02-25T17:37:00Z

    Look Vision , the Spanish trade publication on our sector, reports that Alain Afflelou opened ten new shops in the country in the last nine months, including 8 franchised stores. The retail group plans to continue its development this year in Spain, its second largest market after France, adding ...

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    Essilor R&D acquires another 3D printer

    2021-02-25T17:37:00Z

    Prodways Group , a French-based supplier of industrial 3D printing solutions including machines, software and materials, announced earlier this week the delivery of a second 3D printer to the research and development division of Essilor . The two companies started collaborating in 2018 with the aim of applying Prodways’ patented ...

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    Chiara Ferragni to release Luxottica-made sunglasses

    2021-02-25T15:59:00Z

    On March 8, the fashion blogger and designer Chiara Ferragni will be releasing her first eyewear capsule, two sunglass models produced by Luxottica , through Sunglass Hut and, in Italy, Salmoiraghi Viganò . Both of these chains are controlled by Luxottica. Ferragni has advised Sunglass Hut ...

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    U.K. accepts to extend provisional Brexit deal to April 30

    2021-02-25T09:07:00Z

    The British government has accepted, at the European Union’s request, to extend until April 30 the provisional application of the post-Brexit agreement, to give additional time to the European Parliament to ratify the deal. The provisional application of the post-Brexit agreement started on Jan. 1, after the U.K. left ...

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    Bernard Maitenaz, Varilux’ inventor, passes away

    2021-02-23T13:51:00Z

    Essilor announced this week the passing of Bernard Maitenaz , the inventor of the first Varilux progressive lens. Born in 1926, Maitenaz graduated from the Arts et Métiers engineering school in 1946 and the École Supérieure d’Optique the following year, before starting a career at the Société des ...

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    Safilens’ new contacts medicate the eye

    2021-02-22T16:06:00Z

    Safilens ’ new contact lenses, called Delivery Tyro , dose the eye with synthesized versions of substances found in plants and microbes to effect a “normalization” of the eye’s development, especially in children and young adults. The company is calling these substances lachryceuticals: literally, tear drugs. In particular, Delivery Tyro ...

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    Nau! opens two stores in Saudi Arabia

    2021-02-21T17:02:00Z

    Nau! opened two additional stores in Saudi Arabia through its local partner Magrabi . A 140 square meter store was opened in Riyadh and a 105 square meter location in Dammam. Thanks to the partnership with Magrabi, the Italian optical retailer now has five stores in Saudi Arabia, ...

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    Milleocchiali buys 5 Optistar stores

    2021-02-21T17:02:00Z

    The Italian optical retailer Milleocchiali has bought five of the six stores of its rival Optistar . Three of the stores are located in Rome, one is in the nearby town of Tivoli and one in Isernia. Optistar, founded in 1969, will continue operating a store in Rome. ...

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    Fielmann opens 34th store in Italy

    2021-02-21T17:02:00Z

    The German optical retailer Fielmann opened its 34th store in Italy and the sixth in the Veneto region. The store was opened in the center of Padua. It covers more than 270 square meters and carries over 850 models.  

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    Italian fashion industry seen rising by 10% in 2021

    2021-02-19T16:03:00Z

    Revenues of the Italian fashion industry fell by about 23 percent in 2020 due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and are not expected to return to pre-crisis levels before 2023, according to the investment bank Mediobanca . This year, the sector’s sales are expected to rise by ...

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    Dragon Eyewear is out fishing

    2021-02-19T13:29:00Z

    Dragon Eyewear is introducing a collection of sunglasses designed for the anglers out there. The XP Fishing Collection – itself part of the XP Cross-Performance line – comprises four models and a seven lens tints for deep-sea, in-shore, sunrise or sunset fishing. The frames are made of ...

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    100% Optical to hold a 2-day online event in May

    2021-02-18T16:26:00Z

    Following the postponement of their 2021 edition to January 2022, the organizers of the London eyewear trade show announced the launch of 100% Optical Online , a digital event to take place on May 23 and 24. All members of the optical community will be able to access the virtual ...

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    Carl Zeiss Meditec revenues back to pre-Covid levels in Q1

    2021-02-17T16:38:00Z

    Carl Zeiss Meditec ’s revenues for the first quarter of its 2020/21 financial year reached €368.9 million, down by 0.2 percent year-on-year in reported terms but up by 2.6 percent after adjustment of currency effects. The overall topline recovery was fueled by the good performance of the Ophthalmic Devices’ business ...

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    Inspecs releases a green line

    2021-02-15T10:59:00Z

    Inspecs has launched a line of eyewear called Botaniq , with 48 SKUs in 16 styles. The name derives from the frames’ biodegradable materials, adopted in response to consumer demand. These include cork, bamboo, recycled stainless steel and a bio-based acetate called Natura , which abides by ISO14855 and ...

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    Mykita opens second New York store

    2021-02-15T07:32:00Z

    Mykita has opened its second store in New York and the fourth in the U.S. The new shop is located on Madison Avenue and covers about 50 square meters. The German eyewear company also has stores in New York’s Soho district, Los Angeles and Washington. Overall, Mykita has ...

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    Giorgio Armani to include sustainable eyewear

    2021-02-15T07:31:00Z

    The Italian fashion company Giorgio Armani will include ecologically sustainable eyewear models for its brands Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani and A|X Armani Exchange . During 2021, about 20 new sunglasses and prescription frames, for men and women, will be introduced using recycled and recyclable materials. The ...

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    Mister Spex now has 35 German stores

    2021-02-15T07:31:00Z

    With the opening of a store in Göttingen, in the region of Lower Saxony, Mister Spex has extended its German network to 35 stores, of which 16 were opened in 2020. The new store covers a sales area of more than 100 square meters and carries over 800 ...