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    Christopher Cloos launches collection with ex-Victoria Secret model

    2022-01-22T01:36:00Z

    According to Vision Monday, Christopher Cloos has a selected a former Victoria’s Secret model, Elsa Hosk, to be its first female global ambassador and to front its first eyewear line for women. The Cloos x Elsa collection has an old-Hollywood aesthetic, and its frames are biodegradable. The brand’s other ambassador, ...

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    Relatively few business failures among optical shops in France

    2022-01-22T01:35:00Z

    Altares, which collects and analyzes data on B2B markets, notably in France, the Benelux countries and North Africa, has released figures for business failures (bankruptcies, restructurings, liquidations) in France. There were 28,371 business failures in 2021, the lowest total in 35 years, with less than 100,000 jobs affected. The total ...

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    U.S. insurer offering discounts on blue-light filters

    2022-01-22T01:33:00Z

    Whereas eyewear brands are producing lenses to block blue light for the receptors, our eyes, at least one major medical insurer has begun incentivizing its policyholders to invest in filters to block blue light at the source, the screens of our digital devices. UnitedHealthcare in the U.S. is offering a ...

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    OWP celebrates 75th anniversary with limited edition

    2022-01-22T01:33:00Z

    OWP (Optische Werke Passau), founded on Jan. 13, 1947, is celebrating its 75th anniversary. This month it is launching 249, an anniversary frame that revives an acetate model designed in 1981. The edition is limited symbolically to 1,947 pieces. OWP owns the Metropolitan Eyewear, Mexx, Flair and Cazal brands. It ...

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    Mark’ennovy has a new head of DACH

    2022-01-22T01:32:00Z

    Josipa Kern is handing over management of Mark’ennovy’s DACH division to Sabine Otero, who has been manager of key accounts and professional affairs for the past five years. Kern will instead be focusing on business development, for which she is the lens manufacturer’s director, and the Executive Board, of which ...

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    Essilux nominates new board member

    2022-01-22T01:32:00Z

    Virginie Mercier Pitre – Essilor’s vice president commercial for Europe and, since Dec. 15, president of the Valoptec Association of EssiLux’s employees shareholders – has been nominated to take over Juliette Favre’s seat on EssilorLuxottica’s board of directors. Her nomination will be up for a vote at the next annual ...

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    Menrad implements a B2B online platform

    2022-01-19T21:58:00Z

    The eyewear manufacturer Menrad has opened its online service platform to all of its customers anywhere in the world. The platform enables opticians to purchase spare parts, frames or sunglasses; submit warranty claims (with the upload of up to five pictures); manage their account; view their order and invoice history ...

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    CooperVision and WCO publish guide to myopia management

    2022-01-17T21:49:00Z

    CooperVision and the World Council of Optometry (WCO) have issued a guide to the management of childhood myopia. Addressed to practitioners, the document takes the form of a FAQ (frequently asked questions) and covers such matters as the identification of children with myopia, myopia measurement, reasons to change tack in ...

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    opti settles in Munich permanently

    2022-01-17T12:05:00Z

    The organizer of the German trade show opti have announced in a press conference that the event would remain located in Munich on a permanent basis, putting an end to relocation speculations, and that the 2023 edition would take place from Jan. 27 to 29. As previously reported, the ...

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    Safilo increases participation in Privé Revaux

    2022-01-17T12:05:00Z

    Safilo has announced that its stake in Privé Revaux increased from 64.2 percent to 81.9 percent, following the resignation of David Schottenstein from his position of board member and CEO of the U.S. company. Schottenstein was the main founder of Privé Revaux, along with American celebrities, and the transaction was ...

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    PE firms might be prepping a bid for Boots

    2022-01-13T22:19:00Z

    According to several financial websites, two private equity firms, Bain Capital and CVC Capital, are making a joint bid to acquire Boots, the U.K.’s largest retailer of beauty products. Another two firms, Apollo Global Management and Fortress Investment Group, might be making bids of their own. Boots’ present owner, the ...

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    Costa Sunglasses appoints VP of marketing

    2022-01-12T21:44:00Z

    Costa Sunglasses has appointed John Acosta as vice president of marketing, with a view – according to Justin Cupps, senior vice president – towards expanding the brand and engaging “with our core fans – the anglers, adventurers and explorers who live to be on the water.” Acosta was previously vice ...

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    Preliminary figures show record year for Kits Eyewear

    2022-01-12T11:50:00Z

    Kits Eyecare has released some preliminary figures for the fourth quarter and full year (ended on Dec. 31) of 2021. The vertically integrated, digital platform will be presenting final figures in March. As they stand, things look positive, with total eyeglasses delivered up by 150 percent to 50,000 for the ...

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    Bollé Safety introduces a blue light-blocking eyewear range

    2022-01-12T11:49:00Z

    Bollé Safety, the protective-eyewear specialist, is releasing a product line, called ProBlu, to block blue light from devices with LED screens. Long-term exposure to light of this frequency is said to cause eye strain, if not retinal damage, and interfere with sleep. The line consists of 19 models of glasses ...

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    Eastman ranked among top U.S. companies for ESG

    2022-01-12T11:48:00Z

    Eastman has entered the Just 100, a ranking of companies by environmental, social and corporate (ESG) governance as determined by the non-profit organization Just Capital and the news network CNBC. To establish the list, Just Capital took the largest 954 American companies in the Russell 1000 Index and evaluated them ...

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    Omicron forces Mido, 100% Optical to reschedule

    2022-01-09T05:46:00Z

    In response to the rapid escalation of the Omicron Covid variant across Europe and other countries, the organizers of Mido have announced the postponement of the 2022 edition of the show from the initially scheduled Feb. 12-14 dates to April 30 to May 2, returning to the Milanese show’s original ...

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    Fielmann to supply frames for Vuzix smart glasses

    2022-01-08T01:43:00Z

    Fielmann Group has struck a deal with Vuzix Corporation, a supplier of smart glasses and other augmented reality (AR) products, and TeamViewer, which provides AR productivity tools and serves Vuzix as a value-added reseller (VAR). Fielmann will be providing frames for Vuzix’s M400 and M4000 model smart glasses, used notably ...

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    Etnia is having a corporate makeover for the new year

    2022-01-08T01:40:00Z

    Etnia Barcelona is charging into the new year with new investments and an expanded portfolio of brands. Founded in 2001 by David Pellicer, Etnia is perhaps the fastest-growing independent eyewear brand of the past decade. The company says it has rounded out 2021 with overall business growth of 16 percent ...

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    Most French optical shops seem to be omitting a consumer subsidy

    2022-01-07T09:02:00Z

    According to an article published on Dec. 29 in the consumer magazine Que Choisir, most French optical shops are neglecting to inform their customers of a government program to reimburse every cent they spend on their glasses. Called 100% Santé (100% Health), the program made its debut about a year ...

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    Revo inks two official sponsorships

    2022-01-07T09:01:00Z

    Revo has become the official eyewear sponsor of both the Italian mountaineering association Società Guide Alpine Courmayeur and this year’s edition of the World Pro Ski Tour. The American brand produces eyewear for both the sport and optical segments. The U.S. market, where sales are about evenly split between the ...