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Safilo and Elie Saab Announce New Eyewear Collection PDF
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Wednesday, 02 September 2015

Safilo and Elie Saab, the eponymous Lebanese designer whose elegant and romantic creations celebrate femininity and beauty, announce the launch of the very first ELIE SAAB eyewear collection.

The licensing agreement has been signed today and will run until 2025. The first collection will be available worldwide starting from January 2017 in a selected network of exclusive eyewear specialists and in ELIE SAAB boutiques worldwide.

Elie Saab

The ELIE SAAB eyewear collection will celebrate the philosophy of its creators, with sophisticated designs and the finest craftsmanship, showcasing intricate details, precious materials and a lightness that is characteristic of the house. The collections will be crafted in Italy and Japan, using the most refined and qualitative techniques.

Luisa Delgado, CEO of Safilo, comments: “We are delighted to work with Mr Elie Saab and proud of his trust in us. This long-term partnership offers a unique opportunity to create, craft and distribute worldwide exquisite eyewear that represents infinite creative inspiration, timeless elegance and preciousness. With this new brand, we enhance our portfolio and open new opportunities for Safilo to play in the Atelier segment, as outlined by our 2020 Strategic Plan.”

Elie Saab adds: “Creating an eyewear collection is a logical evolution that follows the development of our accessories line. In Safilo, I have found a partner of trust able to operate at the highest levels of sophistication, envisioning and then bringing to life my creative vision in wondrous frames of outstanding quality, with the finest materials and details.”

 
De Rigo Vision and Trussardi Announce Eyewear Licence Agreement PDF
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Monday, 31 August 2015

Trussardi EyewearTrussardi, which has been a symbol of Made in Italy excellence and innovation for over 100 years, and Italian eyewear manufacturer De Rigo Vision have signed a licence agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of the Trussardi-branded optical and sun collection.

The Trussardi Eyewear collection features a strong and discreet style that gives classic luxury a contemporary and ironic twist. The sunwear and optical lines stand out for their clean and simple profiles; the distinguishing style of Trussardi is conveyed by materials and shapes that create a perfect combination of elegance, comfort and attention to detail.

Michele Aracri, CEO of De Rigo Vision S.p.A., said: "We are very proud of this new partnership with Trussardi, a very prestigious company with a rich history. The result of this partnership is an eyewear collection that stands out for its refined touches of style and design, perfectly combining the values of our two companies."

Tomaso Trussardi, CEO of the Trussardi Group, added: "De Rigo Vision is our ideal partner: both our companies are family-run businesses with the same entrepreneurial approach. Right from the start, we have been able to work together very fruitfully so I am confident that our partnership will be successful and long-lasting."

The 2016 new collections will be distributed through the sales network of De Rigo Vision, which includes the most prestigious optical stores and department stores in the world, and at Trussardi boutiques. 

 
Alcon Launches Interactive E-Book to Help Kids See Success PDF
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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Howard and the Amazing Eye ExamAlcon recently launched its 2015 Back-to-School Program, Get an A+ in Eye Care, with a free downloadable e-book, Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam.

Alcon's mission with the children's e-book, which features Howard the Hedgehog as he tells his classmates about his visit to the eye doctor, is to raise awareness about the importance of comprehensive eye exams for children. By reading the book with their children, parents will be inspired to schedule a comprehensive eye exam for their child. The book also helps to prepare children for a visit to the optometrist.

"Good vision is a vital tool that paves the way for a kid’s success in school," said Dr. Catherine McDaniel, pediatric optometrist and co–author of Howard and the Amazing Eye Exam. "I helped write this book because I feel it will inspire parents to take their kids to get comprehensive eye exams, and in turn help diagnose any undetected vision problems that may be holding kids back in school."

Since 80 percent of all classroom learning is visual, eye or vision issues that go unnoticed can directly impact a child’s success in school. Detecting vision issues early on is critical.

The e-book is available at www.THEeyeSOLUTION.com.

 
Luxottica Renews Burberry Eyewear License PDF
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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Burberry Gabardine CollectionLuxottica Group and Burberry Group, the global British luxury brand, recently announced the renewal of an exclusive license agreement for the development, production and worldwide distribution of sunglasses and prescription frames under the Burberry name. The 10-year agreement will extend to December 31, 2025.

Christopher Bailey, Chief Creative & Chief Executive Officer of Burberry said: “I am delighted that we will continue to work with Luxottica under this new agreement. Eyewear is an exciting area of our business combining great design with fine craftsmanship in much the same way as many of our iconic products. We look forward to continuing to partner with the industry leader in eyewear, to further unlock the potential of our two brands.”

“We’re incredibly pleased to renew our partnership with Burberry,” said Adil Khan, Luxottica’s CEO of Markets. “When we came together ten years ago, we set out to translate one of the world’s most iconic luxury brands for the eyewear category and the results have been very gratifying. Burberry will continue to play an important role in our brand portfolio and we look forward to continuing to innovate and craft beautiful products together in the years ahead.”

The most recent eyewear collection from Burberry, The Gabardine Collection, takes its inspiration from Burberry’s iconic gabardine fabric. First invented by the company’s founder Thomas Burberry in 1879, the lightweight and protective gabardine cloth is woven at the Burberry Mill in Yorkshire for the brand’s heritage trench coats.

 
Kering Eyewear Unveils Its First Collection PDF
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Kering EyewearKering Eyewear was officially launched on June 30, 2015, in the exquisite setting of Palazzo Grassi in Venice where the ‘Collezione Uno’, including nine of the Group’s brands in Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle, was unveiled. The new entity, which is part of the Kering Group, was established in 2014 with the purpose of creating a dedicated Eyewear company pooling expertise in design, marketing, production and distribution for the majority of the Group’s brands and becoming the world leader in luxury and high-end Eyewear.  The goal of Kering Eyewear is to integrate one of the fastest growing categories within accessories in order to better support the expansion of the Group’s brands in the Eyewear sector, helping them to exploit their full potential.

The Eyewear Collections are now designed and developed in-house and in collaboration with the creative teams of the Kering brands, and with the same attention to craftsmanship and detail as in all other product categories. The first Kering Eyewear Global Sales Campaign began on July 1, 2015, in Padua, Italy, and will continue with a number of local sales campaigns in key countries through their subsidiaries. The market will be approached with a dedicated team of Brand Ambassadors who will focus on qualitative distribution thus enhancing the distribution across all channels. There will be specific focus on the Kering brands’ directly operated stores network while leveraging the most valuable distributors and ensuring the highest level of service in the industry. The ‘Collezione Uno’ will be available in stores as of November 2015, collecting orders from Key Accounts during the forthcoming sales campaigns, followed by Independent Opticians as of October 2015.

 
Specsavers Reports Strong Results for FY2014 PDF
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Global optical retail chain Specsavers has recently reported a £2 billion (i.e. approx. AU$4 billion) in group revenue, a 9.1% increase on the previous year opening 27 new stores with partners and expanding, relocating or rebranding 261 across their existing network. It has implemented a new global supply chain system to manage product data more effectively, leading to faster product launches. The retail chain launched around 800 new frames worldwide including brands such as Max & Co., Firetrap and Gruffalo reaching record customer numbers, with 31 million people now registered with their stores. The company also states that more than 24 million people visited their websites which is a third more than during 2013 -14.

Specsavers increased their market share in Australia and New Zealand, opened their 300th store in Victoria, and launched 450 new styles. The company also says that around 11% more customers bought frames from their stores and they welcomed an additional 50,000 contact lens customers over the year. Sight test numbers increased by 10% in Australia and by 14.5% in New Zealand. About 3.7 million orders were despatched from the Melbourne Glazing Services lab in the 2014 calendar year of which only 0.2% of jobs were returned due to error.

 
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