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    British Olympic champion launches rear-vision cycling glasses


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


    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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    Essilor R&D acquires another 3D printer


    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


    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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    Safilens’ new contacts medicate the eye


    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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    Dragon Eyewear is out fishing


    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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    Inspecs releases a green line


    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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    Thélios, Mazzucchelli, Eastman to work on sustainable innovation


    Thélios , the Italian eyewear manufacturer resulting from a joint venture between LVMH and Marcolin , the Italian acetate-sheet manufacturer Mazzucchelli 1849 and the American specialty chemical group Eastman have joined forces to develop sustainable innovation in the eyewear industry. “Sustainability has become a business imperative. We ...

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    Giorgio Armani to include sustainable eyewear


    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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    Itochu and Aquafil join forces to sell recycled nylon


    The Japanese trading company Itochu and the Italian chemical firm Aquafil have entered a partnership to promote and expand the businesses of circular nylon production. In 2011, Aquafil created the Econyl Regeneration System that turns recovered nylon waste such as fishing nets, carpets and post-industrial waste back ...

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    Zenni solves the mask-fog problem


    Zenni says that it has found an affordable way to eliminate one of the annoyances of the Covid-19 era. The online eyewear retailer is offering lenses with an anti-fog and anti-relective coating for $12.95. Each pair comes with a lens cloth that “activates the anti-fog properties”. Lenses wiped with ...

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    Red Bull SPECT Eyewear sponsors Mathilde Gremaud


    Since the beginning of the year, Red Bull SPECT Eyewear is the new ski goggle sponsor of the Swiss free style skier Mathilde Gremaud . SPECT Eyewear is a brand of the Austrian firm Michael Pachleitner Group (MPG) , which has been working in collaboration with the Austrian ...

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    Giro will introduce a smaller version of its Contour goggle


    Giro Sport Design has announced the launch of the Contour RS (RS for “reduced size”), a new version of its Contour goggle designed for skiers and snowboarders who have smaller-than-average faces. The Giro Contour RS is said to deliver the same level of performance and crisp visibility as ...

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    Oakley introduces custom eyewear


    Oakley is permitting customers to configure their eyewear to match their favorite ( NFL or MLB ) sports team, their equipment or their stylistic preference. Between the frames, the lens tints, the lens etchings, the icons, the ear socks, the stems and various decorations, there are more than ...

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    Thélios launches the eyewear brand 9.81


    Thélios , the joint venture between the French luxury goods conglomerate LVMH and Marcolin , launched the men’s luxury eyewear brand 9.81 , its first independent label. So far, the Italian eyewear manufacturer, which was created in 2017, has produced collections for LVMH brands. The eyewear-only brand ”tells the ...

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    Dragon Eyewear introduces women’s collection


    The Californian brand Dragon Eyewear is releasing its first sunglass collection for women. According to Susan Moniello – vice president of design and product development at Marchon Eyewear, which produces the brand – this is a natural next step after the release in September of a stand-alone ...

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    ​Essilor, Luxottica launch their first joint product


    Essilor and Luxottica have launched their first joint product with the latest edition of Ray-Ban Authentic . It will be launched in the U.S. on Jan. 19. According to EssilorLuxottica , the group resulting from the merger between the French ophthalmic lens producer and the Italian frame ...

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    ​Kubota completes first prototype of its myopia-preventing smart glasses


    Kubota Vision , the American subsidiary of the Japanese firm Kubota Pharmaceutical Holdings, announced that it just completed the first prototype of smart glasses equipped with its technology. Kubota’s technology consists in the projection by micro-LEDS of myopically-defocused virtual images on the retina, in order to reduce the increase ...

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    Optic Nerve releases self-tinting glasses


    Optic Nerve Eyewear has released a variant of the FixieMax frame, which made its debut earlier this year. The Photomatic FixieMax has the same Castor Bean Resin G850 frame and technical specifications but adds a light-adjusting lens. This ranges from a nearly clear 84 percent VLT ...

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    Mojo Vision partners with Menicon for smart contact lens research


    Menicon , the Japanese contact lens company, and Mojo Vision , a Silicon Valley-based tech company have agreed on a joint research partnership for the development of smart contact lenses. Founded in 2015, Mojo Vision has raised over $150 million from various technology investors to develop its augmented reality (AR) ...