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Marchon Signs Eyewear License with MCM PDF
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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

MCM eyewearMarchon Eyewear and MCM (Modern Creation München), a global manufacturer of luxury leather goods, have announced an exclusive multi-year global licensing agreement for the manufacture and distribution of the sun and ophthalmic collections under the MCM brand.

The first collections will launch in March 2015 with a "Made in Italy" sunwear capsule collection, available exclusively across the MCM worldwide boutique network. The MCM eyewear collection will launch September 2015 in Asia, with a global roll-out planned for January 2016. The eyewear collection will be sold in MCM boutiques, department and specialty stores, and select optical stores worldwide. 

 
Essilor Reports Sharply Higher Growth and Margins for 2014 PDF
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Essilor reports for 2014 an increase in its presence in corrective lenses and in the percentage of revenue coming from North America, to 45%, and from the fast-growing countries, to 22%. Essilor deepened its presence in the Photochromic segment by completing the acquisition of the remaining 51% of Transitions Optical, its largest acquisition to date, and in the Online business with the acquisition of Coastal.com, a major e-tailer of optical products. Essilor also developed a sunglass offering combining the Company's premium sunlens production expertise and FGX International's distribution capabilities. The sunwear business was also strengthened by the acquisition of the mid-range Bolon® and Molsion® brands in China at the end of 2013, and of the Costa® brand in the US performance sunglass segment at the beginning of 2014.

Essilor’s performance in Australia and New Zealand was positive thanks to the success of the Crizal UV lens, whose sales were boosted by consumer advertising campaigns. Essilor's online business (FramesDirect, EyeBuyDirect and Coastal.com) continued to enjoy fast growth. Coastal.com operates in Australia under the domain ClearlyContacts.com.au and in New Zealand as ClearlyContacts.co.nz

 
Maui Jim Official Eyewear Supplier of ATP PDF
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Monday, 23 February 2015

Maui Jim - ATPThe ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) and premium polarized sunglasses brand Maui Jim have announced a new global partnership, in which the Hawaiian company becomes the Official Eyewear of the ATP World Tour.

As part of the three-year agreement, Maui Jim becomes an Official Supplier of the ATP World Tour, as well as the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London. Benefiting from global marketing rights as well as an on-site presence at twelve tournaments across nine countries, the agreement will enable Maui Jim to engage with tennis fans across traditional and digital platforms.

Under the agreement, the premium polarized glass specialist will supply its products to ATP World Tour officials. Maui Jim brand ambassadors include sporting champions from across the globe, including ATP players David Ferrer, Benoît Paire, and Philipp Kohlschreiber and WTA player Martina Hingis.

 
Essilor Creates Program Dedicated to Eliminating Poor Vision PDF
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Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Essilor announces the creation of the Vision For Life program, a pioneering step in the company's mission to improve lives by improving sight. The Group has committed 30 million Euros to this initiative, making it the largest global strategic giving program dedicated to eliminating Uncorrected Refractive Error (URE). URE, or poor vision, is the most common disability in the world, and an estimated 2.5 billion people do not have the vision correction they need. Visual impairment has significant social and economic repercussions – the latter calculated to be worth as much as USD 272 billion in lost global productivity per year.

Vision For Life is a strategic giving program that aims to accelerate initiatives targeting poor vision through awareness-raising, capacity-building and the creation of basic vision care infrastructure. The sustainable development of local vision care will create jobs, help alleviate poverty and bring socio-economic development to individuals and the communities in which they live.

Vision For Life will fund various types of public interest projects. These range from community vision care actions led in cooperation with nonprofit organizations, including local Essilor foundations, to the setting up of vision centers and skills development in areas without access to primary eye care. The program will also support public awareness campaigns and advocacy to drive better understanding of the importance of good vision.

 
Marcolin Presents New Project with Marcelo Burlon County of Milan PDF
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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Marcolin and Marcelo Burlon County of MilanMarcolin and Marcelo Burlon County of Milan, one of today's most versatile and influential designers, join forces to create a brand-new eyewear collection that perfectly combines tradition and modernity, know-how and innovative design.

County of Milan represents a multi-cultural blend of fashion, music, sport and nightlife: a global lifestyle phenomenon that celebrates diversity and stylistic contamination. A striking visual universe with a futuristic imprint, and yet rooted in the appealing and evocative Argentinian iconography, that has charmed thousands of consumers around the world, giving rise to a real, international community.

"Having the chance to work with a talent like Marcelo – Giovanni Zoppas, CEO of Marcolin, said - is an opportunity to open a window on the future: this is why we took this challenge and we are happy to have done so. And the story is just at the beginning...".

"Marcolin is an eyewear expert and an Italian excellence, so working together was a natural choice - a perfect fusion of experiments and traditions, exactly like my vision when I created County of Milan" stated Marcelo Burlon.

The core values of both companies are epitomized by three exclusive styles that feature premium quality materials, original patterns and handmade details. Each eyepiece will be offered in a unique packaging that recalls the brand’s iconic logo, including a prestigious leather case and the respective cloth, available in black or in a signature pixel texture. A rubber lace has also been designed to add a sporty vibe to the proposals.

The three styles have made their first appearance during the recent Marcelo Burlon County of Milan's fashion show. The frames will be distributed worldwide starting from June 2015.

 
Contamac and Brien Holden Vision Institute Enter License Agreement for Myopia Control PDF
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Contamac Ltd. and Brien Holden Vision Institute have entered into a multi-year license, which enables Contamac Ltd to commercialize and distribute customized Silicone Hydrogel and GP contact lens products based on utilizing Background Intellectual Property on myopia control from the Brien Holden Vision Institute.

"We hear time and time again that Eye Care Professionals are regularly practicing myopia control with contact lenses in their patients, with recent reports suggesting that this number could be as high as 24%, and, most importantly, the interest within the specialty contact lens industry is growing ever so rapidly," said Martin Dalsing, Contamac's Director of Global Strategy and Business Development. "Making available these specialized custom lens parameters and designs to the Eye Care Professional through our laboratory network will be crucial for today's modern specialty contact lens practice".

"This is an important step in making effective myopia control technologies available to reduce the rate of progress of myopia and the risk of permanent vision impairment associated with high levels of myopia later in life," said Professor Brien Holden, CEO, Brien Holden Vision Institute. "Myopic macular degeneration is now the leading cause of new blindness in some locations in Asia, and with the number of myopes estimated to reach 2.2 billion by 2020 and the number of high myopes increasing rapidly, there is an urgent need for better interventions. The Brien Holden Vision Institute believes that licensing its Background Intellectual Property to companies who are interested in myopia control is an excellent way to see these products in action for the benefit of myopes throughout the world. Contamac is the first specialist company to take up such a license and develop their own designs. We expect there will be many more in the different contact lens fields."

Under the license, Contamac Ltd. will begin to commercialize specialized contact lenses designed to reduce the rate of myopia progression in children by sub-licensing the Contamac designs to key strategic partners within its existing customer base throughout the world, commencing in May 2015. The technology licensed by Brien Holden Vision Institute includes numerous U.S. and foreign patents.

Currently, a myopia control indication for use submission to the U.S. FDA is to be completed in early 2017 as part of Contamac Ltd's commercialization plan.

 
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