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    Warby Parker’s new app renews prescriptions for $15

    2021-07-22T11:01:00Z

    Warby Parker , the U.S. omnichannel retailer, has renamed its Prescription Check smartphone application to Virtual Vision Test , adding the options for customers to renew their eyeglasses and contact lenses’ prescriptions for a $15 fee. Virtual Vision Test app users need to be at least 18 years old ...

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    Electric partners with Volcom in Europe

    2021-07-21T07:36:00Z

    Liberated Brands Europe , an entity affiliated with Volcom Europe , is partnering with Electric for the distribution of the Californian sport and lifestyle eyewear brand in Europe. The agreement includes the wholesale distribution of Electric’s goggles and sunglasses as well as its e-commerce and marketing operations. The eyewear ...

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    MPG renames all subsidiaries

    2021-07-21T07:36:00Z

    The Michael Pachleitner Group is changing the names of all its subsidiaries, switching them to the MPG brand name for unity purposes. This applies to the group’s headquarters in Graz, Austria, as well as to the production site in Germany and to the sales’ subsidiaries in France, Germany ...

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    Luxottica acquires a training institute in Tuscany

    2021-07-20T06:01:00Z

    Luxottica has announced the acquisition of the Italian Institute of Research and Studies in Optometrics ( IRSOO ), a historical school of optics and optometry located in the town of Vinci, near Florence. The institute has been purchased from the Empolese Valdelsa Development Agency by the Italian ...

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    Safilo adds Carolina Herrera to portfolio

    2021-07-19T08:23:00Z

    Safilo has announced the signature of a new license agreement with Carolina Herrera for the design, manufacture and distribution of women’s eyeglasses and sunglasses under the New York-based brand’s name. The 5-year agreement will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2022. Commenting on the announcement, Angelo Trocchia , ...

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    JINS’ Q3 sales up 56%

    2021-07-19T08:23:00Z

    The Japanese-based optical retailer JINS reported a 56.2 percent year-on-year increase in Q3 revenues, reaching total sales of 16,098 million yen (€124.1m-$146.4m). The domestic market, which accounts for roughly 80 percent of the company’s revenues, grew by 66.9 percent while the international market segment increased by 40.4 percent. Beyond ...

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    HOYA partners with Myopia Profile on training program

    2021-07-19T01:31:00Z

    HOYA Vision Care is partnering with Myopia Profile , an international information resource on myopia management, to launch a co-created certified training program to educate eye care professionals on the topic and empower them to prescribe spectacle lenses for children. The program includes certified courses on myopia, the current ...

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    Warby Parker to boost brick-and-mortar retail

    2021-07-19T01:31:00Z

    Bloomberg reports that Warby Parker , the U.S. omnichannel optical retailer, is planning to open more than 30 brick-and-mortar stores in the country before the end of the year, which would bring its total number of retails locations up to roughly 160. Neil Blumenthal , a founder and co-CEO ...

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    Opticalia expands retail footprint

    2021-07-19T01:30:00Z

    The Spanish-based optical group Opticalia has extended its retail presence to a total of 1,111 locations since the start of the year across Spain, Portugal, Colombia and Morocco, according to a report in the trade publication Look Vision . 75 new members have reportedly joined Opticalia’s network, including 35 ...

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    New DACH sales manager for Maui Jim

    2021-07-19T01:30:00Z

    Maui Jim has appointed Anne Stahlecker as its sales director for the DACH region, a position that also includes the management of sales in Hungary, Poland and the Netherlands as well as the opening of new neighboring countries. A certified optician, Stahlecker has previously worked as DACH key ...

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    J & J Vision creates myopia education leadership role

    2021-07-19T01:30:00Z

    Johnson Johnson Vision is appointing Dr. Chandra Mickles to the newly created position of North America Professional Education Lead, Myopia. Coming from the academic sector, Mickles will be in charge of the company’s education programs around myopia for eye care professionals. The appointment follows recent announcements ...

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    Marcolin opens fully-owned branch in China

    2021-07-13T10:46:00Z

    After seven years of presence in China through a joint-venture company with the Ginko Group , Marcolin has just opened a new and fully-owned subsidiary in the country. The investment is part of the Italian eyewear maker’s larger strategic plan that calls for a direct presence in its key ...

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    Ocuco to boost R&D following €40m refinancing

    2021-07-13T10:46:00Z

    Ocuco , the Irish-based provider of eyecare software for opticians, optometrists and laboratories, announced on July 12 the completion of a €40 million refinancing, including €25 million from Wells Fargo Capital Finance and a total of €15 million in two instalments from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund , ...

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    Brunello Cuccinelli and Oliver Peoples partner

    2021-07-13T00:27:00Z

    Brunello Cuccinelli , the Italian luxury fashion brand renowned for its cashmere apparel, is launching its first capsule eyewear collection in collaboration with Oliver Peoples , a brand of the EssilorLuxottica group. Made in Italy, the co-branded collection will include five styles and will be distributed from September this ...

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    U.S. optical market slightly above 2019 level in Q1

    2021-07-13T00:27:00Z

    According to the quarterly VisionWatch market report by The Vision Council , vision correction industry sales in the U.S. jumped by 16.5 percent year-on-year in Q1 2021 to $11.6 billion, also representing a small 1.9 percent hike from 2019 levels. The number of U.S. adults using prescription eyewear rose ...

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    Marcolin inaugurates new offices in Milan

    2021-07-09T07:16:00Z

    Marcolin inaugurated on July 6 its new offices in Milan, in connection with the company’s 60 th anniversary and its broader corporate development strategy. Presented as a contemporary space for dialogue and located in a neoclassical building on the Corso Venezia, the two-floor offices include rooms for collections’ ...

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    CECOP extends international footprint with French acquisition

    2021-07-09T07:16:00Z

    Spanish-based CECOP Group is entering the French independent optical market through the full acquisition of CERCLE OPTIQUE , a national buying group created in 2009 that boasts about 600 members in the country. This brings the number of countries in which CECOP Group is operating to ten, adding France ...

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    ZEISS donates €5 million to Deutsches Museum

    2021-07-09T07:16:00Z

    ZEISS , which is celebrating its 175 th anniversary this year, has donated €5 million to the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany. The donation is part of a larger €50 million founding program aimed at modernizing the museum, with which ZEISS has been partnering for more than 100 ...

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    Cione launches new web portal for members

    2021-07-09T01:14:00Z

    Cione , one of the leading buying groups in Spain and Portugal, is launching a new shopping website for its 900 members. Called MyShop , the online platform is said to offer a simplified purchase process for opticians, with the integration on a single page of the key information for ...

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    EssilorLuxottica renews FIA partnership

    2021-07-08T07:53:00Z

    EssilorLuxottica and the Fédération International Automobile ( FIA ) have announced the extension of their partnership aimed at raising awareness of the importance of good vision for all road users. Road safety has been picked by the United Nations as a pillar of its Sustainable Developments Goals’ program ...