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Luxottica To Take Michael Kors License From Marchon PDF
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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Michael KorsMichael Kors Holdings Limited and Luxottica Group have announced that they have signed a new and exclusive eyewear license agreement for the Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors eyewear. The first collection produced with Luxottica will launch in January 2015. Currently, Marchon has the license to produce Michael Kors eyewear.

The partnership with Luxottica will last 10 years. It will allow Michael Kors, celebrated for its luxury accessories and ready-to-wear, as well as its iconic jet set lifestyle, to continue the global expansion of the brand's eyewear business. Luxottica will produce eyewear for both the Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors lines, beginning with Spring 2015. The brand's two luxury eyewear collections will be carried around the world in Michael Kors stores, department stores, select travel retail locations, independent optical locations and Luxottica's retail stores.

"We have achieved great success in the eyewear business and believe that our new partnership will further enhance our luxury image in the optical and sunglass marketplace," said John D. Idol, CEO of Michael Kors. "Luxottica is the industry leader in eyewear through their commitment to design and quality which makes them the perfect partner for our luxury brand. Our eyewear business is an important component of the overall growth strategy as we continue our expansion around the world."

"We are very excited and proud to be entering this new partnership with Michael Kors, one of the most powerful American luxury lifestyle brands in the world," said Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Group. "Michael Kors has a major influence in fashion, with products that are exciting to luxury audiences globally. We believe that the Michael Kors' brand proposition, its solid growth and strong performance across its segments, and its innovative fashion design fit perfectly within our portfolio. We are confident that this partnership will have great success."

Dita Von Teese To Launch Eyewear Collection PDF
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Dita Von Teese EyewearBurlesque performer Dita Von Teese continues to build a name for herself in fashion. Dita Von Teese is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She is thought to have helped re-popularise burlesque performance and was once married to musician Marilyn Manson. First, she teamed up with Bloomingdales, an upscale chain of department stores in U.S., for a line of lingerie and now, she is going after her own eyewear line.

Dita Von Teese has signed a deal with Los Angeles-based eyewear company DITA Inc. to produce a signature line that will debut next month in select department stores and chains including Alain Afflelou in France, Italy and Spain. Dita Von Teese Eyewear features 10 styles ranging from classic cat-eye to edgier cut-out metal and acetate frames.

Safilo Celebrates 80th Anniversary With Exclusive Collection PDF
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Gruppo VistaSafilo celebrates its 80-year history by launching a special capsule collection created in collaboration with Marc Newson, which has been unveiled last week during the 53rd edition of the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Founded in 1934, Safilo pays tribute to this anniversary through the synergy with one of the most versatile and influential designers in the world, creating a line that perfectly combines tradition and innovation, know-how and design – the values that identify this brand.

Among the principal features that unite Safilo and Marc Newson in the project's core vision, are the primary use of state-of-the-art components, the concepts of transparency and transformation, and specifically, the reinterpretation of the past in a contemporary way through the balance between the distinctive approach of this guest-designer and the highest standard of made in Italy manufacturing guaranteed by Safilo.

In particular, the new capsule collection stems from revisiting a historical model personally chosen by Newson and resulting in 5 different variations, through 5 specific materials and technologies, based on the original shape from the Safilo's archive. The assortment will consist of 5 optical frames and 2 sunglasses.

Australian Researchers Find Promising Treatment For Keratoconus Patients PDF
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Ophthalmology and Optometry
Monday, 14 April 2014

KeratoconusKeratoconus patients have promising news with CERA (Centre for Eye Research Australia) researchers finding strong new evidence on a promising treatment known as corneal collagen cross-linking (CXL).

Keratoconus is a condition of the eye where the cornea (front window of the eye) gets progressively thinner. As a result, the normally round shape of the cornea becomes distorted and protrudes, causing significant vision loss. It is usually diagnosed in the teenage years and remains the most common reason for corneal transplantation in Australia.

CXL involves the application of riboflavin (vitamin B2) solution to the cornea. The riboflavin is then activated with ultra-violet light. This process strengthens the cornea, which can slow down or even halt the progression of keratoconus.

Since the first clinical study from Germany was published in 2003, there have been an increasing number of studies reporting the safety and effectiveness of CXL. However, there has been a lack of a randomised controlled studies (which compare treated eyes to untreated eyes) with longer-term follow-up to support the widespread use of CXL for keratoconus.

The researchers published their 3 year results from a 5-year randomised, controlled trial of CXL for progressive keratoconus online in January 2014 in 'Ophthalmology'.

They found that CXL was effective in flattening the cornea as well as improving vision both with and without glasses. In contrast there was continued progression of the disease in untreated eyes.

The research was supported by the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital Research Committee, Melbourne, Australia; Eye Research Australia Foundation, Melbourne, Australia; and Keratoconus Australia, Melbourne, Australia.

Stylish Watch for Visually Impaired PDF
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Friday, 11 April 2014

Bradley Watch for Visually ImpairedStartup company Eone has recently introduced a stylish watch for the visually impaired. According to Eone the watch is: "An innovative fashion watch that everyone, including the blind, can touch to tell time. Telling time shouldn't require vision."

The company launched their first product, the Bradley watch during a crowdfunding event on The watch is a tactile timepiece that allows you to not only see what time it is, but to feel what time it is. In July last year 3,681 people from 65 different countries backed the project, donating a total of US$594,602. It will be available for sale from May in the US, with the rest of the world likely to follow later.

The watch is named after Lt. Brad Snyder. Early on during ideation, Eone was introduced to a young man named Brad Snyder. Brad lost his sight completely from an IED explosion while serving in Afghanistan as a bomb defuser. Resolved to continue his active lifestyle, Brad competed in and won two gold and one silver medals in swimming at the 2012 Paralympics in London. People like Brad have inspired the development of The Bradley. Brad Snyder breaks stereotypes and misconceptions towards blind people by taking his blindness in stride and not letting it stop him from accomplishing extraordinary things. Eone says that in the same way they look for opportunities to co-design products, such as The Bradley, which are inclusive to all users. By not taking for granted any of the things we use and need for everyday life, we hope to diminish everyday obstacles for impaired and under-represented users by creating.

Eone is an innovative product design company located in Washington DC, US.

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