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Hoya’s Confidence in the US Independent Eye Care Market Stimulates 3 Year Investment Strategy

Hoya’s Confidence in the US Independent Eye Care Market Stimulates 3 Year Investment Strategy

The plan for Hoya Vision Care to invest heavily in the area of lens production and manufacturing was set into motion early 2013 due to accelerated growth expectations experienced in the US market. Year 1 of the 5 year plan calls for a $15M Intercompany Manufacturing Center (IMC) incorporating revolutionary lens manufacturing and processing equipment. The IMC will process its first lens in January 2015. Mike Dougher, VP of Operations commented…. “Lead time required for delivery of next generation processing technology and robotic automation is at a minimum 16 months, not to mention the logistics designing the most efficient lab structure imaginable. The initial planning and orders for state‐of the‐art processing and AR equipment started in January, 2013” Increased efficiencies will have a positive impact and enhance the entire Hoya production model across the country. The 100,000 square foot facility will run 24/7….365 days per year. Barney Dougher, Hoya Vision Care North American President stated… “The reason for the investment is really very simple and boils down to the fact that we believe in the US Independent Eye Care market and have an unwavering degree of confidence...
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Revolution Eyewear Introduces Magnetic Clip-Ons Styles Rev763

Revolution Eyewear Introduces Magnetic Clip-Ons Styles Rev763

Revolution Eyewear continues to raise the bar on magnetic clip-on styles. This elegant, lightweight design, with a magnetic clip-on will surely fly off your boards. The Rev763 is available in Cocoa, Burgundy, Teal and featured in Plum. Size: 52-16-135. Remember, all Revolution Magnetic Clip-Ons are polarized polycarbonate lenses and may be special ordered for 3D Viewing and specialty lenses for specific sports as well. Also, our clip-ons are superior to Photo Chromatic lenses because Photo Chromatic lenses will not become fully dark inside your vehicle and not allow full protection from glare. Please call 800-986-0010 to speak to an area representative. www.revolutioneyewear.com
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Adidas and Silhouette International Extend License Agreement for “Performance”

Adidas and Silhouette International Extend License Agreement for “Performance”

The first license agreement was set up between adidas and Silhouette International some 22 years ago and it has now been extended for an additional five years for the sub-brand ‘Performance’ – until the end of 2019. The Austrian specialist in premium eyewear – still family-owned – will continue to set standards in sports eyewear under the adidas brand. The eyewear is currently produced at the company’s sites in Linz / Austria and Trhové Sviny / Czech Republic. Thanks to its intensive research work, knowledge and expertise going back decades and the desire to seek new solutions time and time again, Silhouette International has succeeded in establishing adidas as a leading brand in sports eyewear. Design, materials, but above all unique technical solutions for performance sports eyewear were crucial for this success. “We invest in our licensed brand and in the company we deliberately focus on only two brands to deliver top performance – Silhouette and adidas. In our future collaboration with adidas, we will therefore be focusing exclusively on the “Performance” segment and will no longer continue to offer the adidas Originals range,”...
Filed in: Eyewear
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Modern Optical International Introduces 7 New Styles to BMEC Collection

Modern Optical International Introduces 7 New Styles to BMEC Collection

Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International introduces seven new styles to its BMEC Collection for Fall 2014. BIG Men’s Eyewear Club (BMEC) is Modern Optical’s very popular collection for larger men. BMEC offers masculine styling, quality construction, and great value to a segment of the population that is significantly underserved. Designed to maximize comfort, sizes range from 52mm to 62mm and longer temples now measure up to 160mm. Materials include stainless steel, handmade zyl, metal trim, spring hinges and silicone nose pads. With over 50 styles to choose from, ECPs can offer the BIG guy great eyewear choices he’ll be proud to wear! Fit and fashion converge at the highest level with our seven new BMEC styles. These latest additions include three stainless steel models (BIG Block, BIG Play and BIG Show), each available in black, brown and navy, all with matte finishes. Spring hinges, silicone nose pads and larger sizing options all add to the comfort of these classic styles. The other four models (BIG Abe, BIG Al, BIG Cheese and BIG Jim) offer rectangular shapes and utilize handmade zyl accented with discreet metal trim. Black, navy, tortoise and gray dominate the...
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Marchon Eyewear Announces Regional Expansion With New Subsidiary In China

Marchon Eyewear Announces Regional Expansion With New Subsidiary In China

As part of its continued strategic global expansion, Marchon Eyewear, Inc. announces the opening of a new regional office in Shanghai, China. Marchon has been present in the Chinese market since the early ‘90s through a distribution agreement with a local partner. Marchon has now opened a wholly owned subsidiary which will serve as a hub to develop the Company’s business in the Greater China region. The new investment is part of a strategic plan to strengthen the Company’s local integrated presence. The new office features a dedicated marketing, sales, and customer service staff. In addition, a design studio in Hong Kong specializing in the conception and development of frames for Asian consumers and a logistics center in Shenzhen further enhance Marchon’s capabilities in the region. The new structure will be led by Matt Zhang, Managing Director of Marchon China, with a team of 40+ seasoned professionals. Zhang will be reporting to Connie Lai, Managing Director Asia Pacific of Marchon Eyewear, who is based in Hong Kong, Marchon’s regional headquarters. Connie has extensive management experience with multinational companies in the Asia Pacific region. The new Chinese office...
Filed in: Eyewear, Industry Info
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The New Flexon Pivotal Force Series

The New Flexon Pivotal Force Series

The unique concept of the Flexon Pivotal Force Series is centered on the functionality and design of the hinge mechanism. The rubber coated temple mimics the movement of a lever as it pivots around the axis point and interlocks with the open end-piece construction. Inspired by fundamental, simple and compound machines in the design process, the integration of the end-piece and temple creates fluid movement and a sleek aesthetic which is portrayed in each frame. With modified rectangular silhouettes, the frames in this series offer sophisticated style along with superior durability. Feather light and flexible. Radically resistant. Titanium strong. Flexon: the memory metal eyewear that always returns to its original shape. BEND THE RULES WITH FLEXON. About Marchon Eyewear, Inc. Marchon Eyewear, Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear. The company markets its products under prestigious brand names including: Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin Klein, Calvin Klein Jeans, Chloé, Diane von Furstenberg, DVF | Made for Glass, Dragon, Flexon®, G-Star RAW, Jil Sander, Karl Lagerfeld, Lacoste, Liu Jo, MARCHONYC, Michael Kors, Nautica, Nike,...
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The New Flexon Kids Eyewear Collection

The New Flexon Kids Eyewear Collection

Perfect for children that are active and always on-the-move, the new Flexon Kids Collection features titanium alloy that returns to its original shape when twisted or bent and is remarkably resistant to scratches and dents, making it the ultimate accident-proof eyewear for children. Designed for the younger Flexon generation, the Kids Collection is colorful and playful, featuring the latest trends that will surely win their classmates’ approval. The collection offers a fresh, youthful approach with an assortment of color combinations that is accented with eye-catching details and designs. BOYS – OPTICAL Pluto. A fun mix of color palettes and patterns, this modified oval speaks to the diverse personal tastes of every boy. The temple tip colors perfectly match the temple design. Available in Black, Gunmetal, Hunter Green and Navy. Saturn. Both youthful and sophisticated, this timeless rectangular frame features a colorful linear detail on the end pieces and temples. Featuring spring hinges, these cool and durable glasses will keep up with his active lifestyle. Available in Black, Gunmetal, Hunter Green and Navy. GIRLS – OPTICAL Moonbeam. The simple, yet classic design of this rounded...
Filed in: Eyewear
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Five Important Things to Consider Before Creating Your Blog

Five Important Things to Consider Before Creating Your Blog

It seems like everyone today is starting a healthcare blog. Sounds easy and is easy on the surface, but blogging is a lot of work and needs a well thought out plan before getting started. Blogs can be a great addition to your website. They are an excellent means of delivering health information quickly to a broad audience in a more colloquial and comprehensible way. Once your blog is up and running, it is easy to add new content and cross-market your blog with social media such as Facebook and Twitter posts. Your blog can be well integrated into your website and with some forethought refer the reader back to your website for even greater information on the subjects you are writing about in your blog. This will keep your website content fresh and make a positive impact on your search engine results. It’s important to determine what you want to accomplish and what type of content you want to create to build engagement with your community. Before launching your eye care blog, review these five important considerations: Determine how much time you will need to invest to produce a quality blog. In addition to writing, you’ll want a separate pair of eyes to edit. Many optometrists choose...
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Marcolin Announces USA Operations’ Restructuring

Marcolin Announces USA Operations’ Restructuring

Marcolin SpA today announced the next stage of the Marcolin USA/VIVA International Group integration execution, which includes the restructuring of its business to further enhance its consumer focus and drive the brand portfolio closer to market. This realignment will deliver greater efficiencies throughout the organization. As part of the integration process, it has been decided to merge by the end of the year, the current headquarters of Marcolin USA (Scottsdale) into the New Jersey operation, formerly VIVA International Group headquarters. Last December, Marcolin SpA acquired VIVA International Group. Today’s announcement is an evolution of the integration project strategy. The combined headquarters in New Jersey will bring the company closer to customers, reduce management layers and leverage efficiencies to increase speed-to-market advantages globally. “As part of this effort, Marcolin USA is also re-investing in the New Jersey Distribution Center (implementing automatized technologies), in SAP (rolling the software platform also in this facility) and working from the sourcing base to the retail footprint to ensure it is in the best position to bring elevated consumer experiences...
Filed in: Eyewear, Industry Info
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Support The Fight Against Breast Cancer In Style With MARCHONYC

Support The Fight Against Breast Cancer In Style With MARCHONYC

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness, Marchon Eyewear, Inc. is proud to announce its support of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. To help raise awareness and funds, Marchon has created a limited-edition optical frame from its proprietary brand, MARCHONYC. Together, Marchon and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center are taking steps to fight against breast cancer. For every MARCHONYC Sherry Pink Ribbon frame sold through December 31, 2014, Marchon will donate $5 to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to support innovative breast cancer research and patient treatment. Commenting on the Company’s commitment to fighting breast cancer, Marchon Eyewear President and CEO Claudio Gottardi stated, “Marchon is honored to support Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. The work of this organization is making a meaningful difference as their efforts continue to improve their understanding and treatment of breast cancer.” About Marchon Eyewear, Inc. Marchon Eyewear, Inc. is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear. The company markets its products under prestigious brand names including: Calvin Klein Collection, Calvin...
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Perfect Framework With Urban LITE

Perfect Framework With Urban LITE

Clever cosmopolitans have long known: lightness is beautiful and space is pure luxury. This particular esthetic is what characterizes the ultra-fine “Urban LITE”. As the thinnest full-rim plastic eyewear on the market, it sets new benchmarks while providing the greatest wearing comfort possible. Ideal for an refined lifestyle that chooses its own boundaries. Behind the freedom granted by the ultralight full-rim plastic eyewear lies intelligent know-how, plus many years of experience. One milestone is the extreme minimalism of the high-tech SPX+ plastic with its great resiliency and stability. The screwless designer hinge (snap hinge) appears to be transformed into a jeweled ornament on the SPX+ side part. That is especially true for the visible hinge part in the front of the center section: It looks like a metallic inlay. “The Urban LITE is a blend of technically unique solutions and harmonious design – full-rim eyewear that has been reduced to the max, thanks to the characteristics of SPX+,” is how designer Gerhard Fuchs succinctly describes it. The Silhouette “Urban LITE“ is available in men’s, women’s and unisex models in 8 fashionable colors. For further information: www.silhouette.com;...
Filed in: Eyewear
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Montblanc Celebrates 90 Years Of Its Iconic Meisterstück

Montblanc Celebrates 90 Years Of Its Iconic Meisterstück

On the occasion of the 90th Anniversary of the legendary Meisterstück, Montblanc’s iconic fountain pen, Marcolin has also created a two-piece limited edition eyewear collection. The timeless elegance and sophistication of the Meisterstück, present in the all the 90th Anniversary Collections of watches, jewellery, writing instruments and leather, is also highlighted in the two eyewear models. The frames pay homage to the finest craftsmanship for which the Maison is renowned and showcase the highest eyewear manufacturing standards. Both the eyeglass and the sunglass models take inspiration from the characteristics that have made the Meisterstück one of the world’s most famous luxury icons. The eyeglasses are defined by a sleek design and rounded contours with polished finishings. The plated rose gold frame features the iconic emblem and signature engravings that emphasize the purity of this classic silhouette. The geometric profiles and the iconic three-rings motif on the temples reveal an understated elegance inspired by the stylistic tradition of the world-famous Meisterstück. The aviator sunglasses feature gold-plated frames with grey, polarized lenses and have been created...
Filed in: Eyewear
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The New Dragon Rx Collection

The New Dragon Rx Collection

Southern California based eyewear innovator Dragon has done it again. Coming hot off the heels of last season’s Rx Collection debut, Dragon’s Rx Collection features new optical color additions as well as new sun styles. Inspired by athletes and designed for the sophisticated consumer with a passion for action sports, Dragon’s Rx line consists of five pre-existing optical styles in new rich, custom color palettes plus two new Rx sunglasses: Rx Optical Styles:  Andy – now available in Black Slate Mikey T – now available in Brown Slate Skitmore – now available in Brown Slate Kenny – now available in Black Slate Seaton – now available in Brown Slate Rx Sun Styles: Samuel – available in Matte Black, Matte Dark Tortoise and Navy Camo Robbs – available in Matte Black, Brown Camo and Matte Navy Featuring dimensionally carved acetate, a traditional fit, and stylish shapes, these fashion forward frames exude quality with attention paid to even the smallest details. The Rx optical frames feature custom-engineered cast metal hinges with a sly Dragon emblem stamped on the inside, while the new Rx sun styles offer the same look, but in darker gunmetal. Additionally, a classic...
Filed in: Eyewear
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Optometrist Perspective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

Optometrist Perspective by Harvey Yamamoto, OD

We are approaching the Holiday Seasons, perhaps, the happiest time of the year for most of my readers. HAPPY THANKSGIVING! This is the season to gather with friends & family to munch of goodies and share whatever we are grateful for. Don’t forget to reach out and lend a helping hand to someone less fortunate than us. CXL for KERATOCONUS: We are beginning to see more and more OMD’s offering this service to help curtail keratoconus. This procedure involves a simple procedure that can dramatically improve the quality of life for many keratoconus and ectasia patients. This procedure can halt the corneal shape change. This has in turn enabled the patients to achieve improved vision and avoid corneal transplantation. Most likely this procedure will be receiving FDA approval in the not too distant future. So what will be our role as O.D.’s to becoming involved with patient care? We refer the more advanced cones to local OMD’s that offer this service. We then provide contact lenses about 3 months after the procedure. It can be done on both eyes at the same time or one eye at a time. CXL utilizes Riboflavin (Vitamin B2) and UV-A radiation to improve the corneal rigidity by increasing...
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The Big Apple’s Most Iconic Feature….Its New York City Skyline

The Big Apple’s Most Iconic Feature….Its New York City Skyline

There is no doubt that New York City has one of the most beautiful, unique and famous skylines in the world. Some of humanity’s most impressive engineering achievements can be seen here, creating an effect that is artistically pleasing. And, much like the city itself, the skyline is always changing. That is why New York City’s skyline has been chosen to celebrate the trendy and strikingly diverse new eyewear collection from MarchoNYC. Always evolving and creating new designs, the latest MarchoNYC collection represents the diversity of the city and the individuals that inhabit it. Shot from the rooftop of the famed Starrett-Lehigh Building, enjoy a closer look at the collection and all of the beauty and history this city skyline has to offer. WE INVITE YOU TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MARCHONYC EYEWEAR. WITH FOUR DIFFERENT SUB-COLLECTION THAT COMPRISE THE LINE – EASTSIDE, WESTSIDE, UPTOWN and DOWNTOWN Each series is individually unique and speaks directly to its own audience, but ultimately are all joined together by one driving force. The MarchoNYC Eyewear Collection proudly embodies its New York City roots and reflects the style, attributes and history of its one-of-a-kind skyline. EASTSIDE:...
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