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Koali Introduces Discus II Concept to be Released Fall 2014

Koali Introduces Discus II Concept to be Released Fall 2014

Koali’s Discus II adds three stainless steel styles to the previously released all acetate Discus concept. New styles are available in both rimmed and semi-rimless models. Discus takes us to the Amazonian waters where this tropical fish with magnificent colors and patterns inspired our Koali designer to create the Discus concept. Stainless steel frame fronts are available in both neutral and rich tones. The openwork metal core evokes patterns of the Discus fish through vibrant transparent acetate temples which are beveled to accentuate finish and color. Three contemporary stainless steel shapes are offered in a palette of three colors per model. For more information visit www.morel-france.com
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Safilo Promotes Art With Intrapreseae Collezione Guggenheim

Safilo Promotes Art With Intrapreseae Collezione Guggenheim

The Safilo Group, in celebration of the brand’s 80th anniversary, and of its bond with the world of art and with the breathtaking city of Venice, has joined the Intrapresæ Collezione Guggenheim, a group of leading Italian and international companies that are bywords for excellence and that support the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, promoting the educational potential of art with the conviction that art can inspire business to embrace change and to face global challenges. Safilo, since its founding in 1934, has promoted and enhanced eyewear as an art, as an expression of aesthetic beauty and creativity as well as an emblem of skilled craftsmanship and savoir-faire. Safilo’s historic archive is the only corporate museum containing original artifacts, ancient optical instruments, eyeglasses, paintings and prints that testify to the long history of spectacles, spanning 700 years, and to their evolution through the centuries. The friendship between the Safilo Group and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection dates back to 1994, when Safilo launched an edition inspired by the iconic butterfly-shaped sunglasses created for Peggy Guggenheim by artist Edward Melcarth. The Peggy Guggenheim model,...
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Safilo Celebrates Its 80th Annivarsary With New Limited Edition Sunglasses Inspired By Those of “Peggy Guggenheim” And With An  Exclusive Event

Safilo Celebrates Its 80th Annivarsary With New Limited Edition Sunglasses Inspired By Those of “Peggy Guggenheim” And With An Exclusive Event

Safilo celebrates its 80th anniversary by launching a new limited edition inspired by the legendary glasses once worn by Peggy Guggenheim (1898-1979), renowned collector of 20th century European avant-garde art, who discovered some of the greatest American artists of her time. These Surrealist-inspired glasses are a new take on the celebrated model created for Peggy by American artist and friend Edward Melcarth. Safilo had already drawn inspiration from these eccentric sunglasses in 1994, when it first produced and distributed its Peggy Guggenheim model, which was on sale at the museum’s shops. For this special anniversary, Safilo is launching a unique, limited edition model, which will be on sale solely at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice. Moreover, an exclusive event, Safilo’s 80th anniversary celebration, will be held in the museum’s gardens on September 4, 2014. The revisited sunglasses stay close to the original design, giving them a more contemporary look, with their iconic blue butterfly-eye acetate frame comes with tone-on-tone mirrored lenses, with contrasting profiles in shades of brown, endowing them with romantic evocations of reflections on the Venetian lagoon. Many...
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Lightec Introduces Alpha 28 Women’s Concept to be Released Fall 2014

Lightec Introduces Alpha 28 Women’s Concept to be Released Fall 2014

Alpha 28: slim, light models in vibrant colors. Lightec offers three new women’s models where the focus is on slenderness and purity. Alpha 28 combines materials which are both light and hypoallergenic: stainless steel and TR90. Like all Lightec products, models are fitted with Morel’s patented springless and screwless “Alpha” flex-hinge. The stainless steel front seamlessly joins TR90 temples (3.5mm) for a visually pure design. A groove, positioned at the back, allows for traditional lens mounting. In terms of colors, she who dares wins! The slimness of both semi-rimless and rimmed models allows for a palette of vibrant tones ranging from peacock blue to fuchsia, as well as the more discreet shades of brown, aubergine and raspberry. This concept is offered in two semi-rimless models and one full rimmed model in sizes 52 and 53. Alpha 28 offers women a contemporary, ultra-light, brightly colored, pure and comfortable frame. Lightec: a collection where innovation is everywhere. For more information visit www.morel-france.com  
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SPY® Happily Names Charlie Ninegar Vice President of Sales

SPY® Happily Names Charlie Ninegar Vice President of Sales

SPY® Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY), a leading eyewear company known for its patent-pending Happy Lens™ technology, today announced that Charlie Ninegar has been promoted to Vice President of North American Sales at SPY, effective July 14, 2014. Having joined SPY in September of 2010, Charlie has led the direct sales effort in the western region—one of the most important territories for SPY in terms of sales and brand awareness—while also holding the position of category manager for the Crosstown Collection—a premium collection exclusive to select shops and boutiques worldwide. During his four years with the brand, Charlie has contributed to the 12 consecutive quarters of year over year growth that SPY has experienced. Moving forward, Charlie will manage SPY’s direct selling efforts to independent retailers and eye care providers as well as oversee SPY’s key account business in the United States. Additionally, Charlie will continue in his role as the category manager for the Crosstown Collection, which will feature updated styles and colorways this October. “Since joining SPY nearly four years ago, I have witnessed the reinvigoration of the brand thanks to the vision and leadership...
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New Sexy Smart Styles from the XOXO Optical Collection

New Sexy Smart Styles from the XOXO Optical Collection

With the best of the old and new, the latest XOXO Optical collection features four styles for the contemporary, fashionable woman. Charming, Enchant, Glamour and Knockout offer bold and edgy fashion for all styles with intense colors and modernized animal prints for four sexy, feminine looks. Charming offers a bold, sophisticated look for the in-the-mix girl. For a combination of retro and modern, Charming features Japanese acetate temples and brow bar with a colored metal eyerim create a rounded eyeshape with an uplift. Spring hinges and adjustable nose pads offer a comfortable fit. Charming is available in Black and Burgundy. Enchant is a semi-rimless metal frame with a cateye shape. The upswept eyeshape leads to temples featuring subtle animal prints in teal and black or brown and black. Enchant offers adjustable nose pads for a sure fit and is available in Brown and Turquoise. Glamour is an acetate frame with a modern butterfly eyeshape. The amber tortoise or black over pearl acetates offer a contemporary twist on a classic look, paired with a three-dimensional double stud temple décor. Glamour is available in Black and Tortoise. Knockout returns in a bold new color combination!...
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BONGO® Eyewear Presents New Optical Styles for Fall 2014

BONGO® Eyewear Presents New Optical Styles for Fall 2014

BONGO Eyewear adds some shimmer and shine to its Fall 2014 collection with two new styles that feature dazzling accents including stone embellishments and sparkling colorations for the youthful and expressive lifestyle of today’s BONGO girl. The new styles from BONGO Eyewear are the perfect accompaniment for the BONGO girl who wants to be bold and trendy in her apparel and accessories from head to toe. Splashes of glitter highlight the jewel-tone colorations of handcrafted acetate style B Nia in shades of red, brown or black. Raised triangular metal studs accent the frame’s modified rectangular front and temples for a vintage- inspired look that’s edgy, yet cool. An exotic cluster of stones decorates the metal temples of semi-rimless style B Talia, highlighted by three rhinestones. The metal frame’s modified rectangle silhouette is offered in deep shades of black, brown or purple and completed by the BONGO logo etched on each temple. Vanessa Hudgens continues as the BONGO girl and is featured on the new countercards available for BONGO Eyewear in a playful fall campaign. For more information please call 800-345-VIVA or visit vivagroup.com   About Iconix Brand Group, Inc. Iconix...
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SPY Unveils the LEO: A Lightweight Navigator That’s Heavy on Style and Built for the Outdoors

SPY Unveils the LEO: A Lightweight Navigator That’s Heavy on Style and Built for the Outdoors

SPY is Happy to introduce the Leo, an update on the classic navigator featuring the innovative SPY Happy Lens™, Hytrel™ temple tips, and small temple openings for leash attachment. A technical piece that will allow you to slip by undetected, the Leo is a midsized navigator built from lightweight, forged monel alloy and is new to SPY’s outdoor offering this season. FEATURES: • Built from lightweight, forged monel alloy with 8×4-base polycarbonate (PC) lenses and silicone nose pads • Available with the innovative SPY Happy Lens—a color contrast enhancing lens technology that studies suggest creates an uplift in mood and alertness • Available with SPY’s Trident™ polarized technology, which blocks 99% of the sun’s glare • Hytrel temples tips become tackier when wet to ensure a comfortable fit in all conditions • Small opening at end of each temple for easy leash attachment HAPPY LENS: SPY’s color and contrast enhancing Happy Lens is the first and only sunglass lens technology designed to allow in the sun’s “good” rays (long-wave blue light) that studies suggest create an uplift in mood and alertness, while still blocking the sun’s “bad” rays (short-wave...
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Blackfin Introduces their Summer, Featherweight Style Titanium Sunglasses

Blackfin Introduces their Summer, Featherweight Style Titanium Sunglasses

The keynote for this summer is lightness according to Blackfin, the all-Italian eyewear brand. The two frames in the ZERO Edge line in beta-titanium display all that brand’s powerful personality, a unique combination of technology, quality and style. Barely a year since it made its debut on the market, the ultra-lightweight Blackfin ZERO Edge collection is completed with two sunglasses, models that are the perfect synthesis of design, research, fashion and personality in which maximum style is complemented by featherweight appeal. Model BF714 JAVA has instant impact. A frame that almost disappears, its huge square lenses are the star of the show, imparting a bold yet understated feminine look. The colour variations recall the Blackfin identity, echoing the dominant opacity of black frames with silver mirrored lenses, or dark brown frames with toning lenses in shades of brown/beige. The only exception is the opaque midnight-blue version with the exciting purple mirrored multi-layer lenses, a truly original colour contrast.   Model BF713 PERRY for men is a smash hit with lovers of classic linear design. The squared-off lenses are set in a frame featuring dark, brushed colours such...
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Wiley X Offers New WX Moxy with Eye-Catching Olive Stripe Frame and Polarized Green Platinum Flash Lenses

Wiley X Offers New WX Moxy with Eye-Catching Olive Stripe Frame and Polarized Green Platinum Flash Lenses

New Street Series Model Delivers Distinctive Looks and Performance In the City,  On The Water and In the Great Outdoors With its striking Olive Stripe Frame and Polarized Green Platinum Flash lenses, the new WX Moxy (Model #SSMOX04) epitomizes Wiley X’s popular Street Series sunglass family – bold looks, even bolder protection and the ability to go from the concrete jungle to the open road to the great outdoors without missing a beat. The WX Moxy’s lightweight, nearly indestructible frame features a wraparound design for optimal coverage and excellent field of view – so you can stay focused on the action whether fishing, mountain biking or hanging out at the beach. Of course, you’ll want to look great whatever you’re doing, so the WX Moxy is designed with “edgy” styling and slightly narrower temples that fit great and look good on a range of face sizes and shapes. Wiley X’s advanced Filter 8™ polarized lenses combine 8 layers of technology to not only provide 100% protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays, but also to eliminate glare and reflected light. This performance improves eye comfort and ensures clear, distraction-free...
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F8 All Pro Frame & Goggle Amps Up Liberty Sport’s Top Selling F8 Sports Protective Collection

F8 All Pro Frame & Goggle Amps Up Liberty Sport’s Top Selling F8 Sports Protective Collection

Liberty Sport’s popular F8 frame series continues to inspire. The ALL-PRO &  ALL-PRO GOGGLE were created to bridge the gap between teen and adult sizing – with a look that plays for all ages. Available in three trend-conscious colors, both the frame and goggle compliment today’s busy lifestyle. “F8 All-Pro meets the needs of active teens and adults who no longer wear frames exclusively for sports,” says Linda Laube, EVP of Business Development. (All-Pro: Shiny Black)                                                             (All-Pro Goggle: Gunmetal) As with Liberty Sport’s entire F8 COLLECTION, the All-Pro meets or exceeds ASTM F803 impact resistance standards for a variety of sports. Its endurance tested design includes soft, color coordinated padding for a comfortably fitting bridge and endpiece. A wide range of prescription lens powers easily integrate with this patented 6-base design. Each All-Pro style comes with a semi-rigid case, cleaning cloth and strap. The All-Pro frame is available in eye sizes 60/19-133mm; the All-Pro Goggle comes in sizes 60/19mm. Both styles are available in 3 colors: shiny black, shiny gunmetal and...
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Fight for a Cure: Introducing the 2014 Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Awareness Collection from the McGee Group

Fight for a Cure: Introducing the 2014 Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Awareness Collection from the McGee Group

The McGee Group’s annual Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Awareness collection makes a splash with five ophthalmic and four sun styles. Pink Swirls, the newest color to raise awareness for the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, features a pretty collection of powerful pinks accented by aqua, citron, violet, orange and green hues. Spinning paisleys and vibrant florals create an optimistic energy, symbolizing the fight that is so close to the hearts of the McGee Group family. The 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness collection features three Ladies optical frames perfect for any style. Tracy M. is a semi-rimless frame with a metal foil Pink Swirls pattern on the exterior temples. The two tone metal offers a pop of fuchsia paired with a cat eye shape for a fashionable look. Marcella S. is a triple laminate acetate frame with layers of black, white and pink crystal for a chic look. The rectangular eyeshape and Pink Swirls on the interior temples adds a modern flair to the collection. Finally, a classic favorite returns to support the fight against breast cancer! VB 3030 is a semi-rimless combination frame, with a rectangular eyeshape that combines the best of classic and modern fashion. The...
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MYMUSE® Releases for Man in the Line “First Names”. Dominique, Fabian and Jeremy

MYMUSE® Releases for Man in the Line “First Names”. Dominique, Fabian and Jeremy

From the start of its optical and sunglass adventure, the brand MYMUSE® has been dedicating its models and the names of its models to well-known or less-known men and women or simply friends of the brand – but who have all inspired the design studio of the brand. By their charisma, by their values, by their liking or by the friendly link they have with the brand. Once more, MYMUSE dedicates its universe of elegance and refinement to the male lines with these 3 new releases DOMINIQUE, FABIAN and JEREMY. This optical line for man – developed and created in the in-house design studios of the group – presents 3 half-circled models (larger and rounded with Dominique, rectangular with Fabian and smaller with Jeremy) with metal face and wooden effect side pieces – subtle compression of paper and aluminum for a great looking result refined, chic and elegant. Very light and very comfortable on all types of faces, these models remain sober but immediately recognizable at first sight. Followers and fans of show-off, abstain yourself. It’s all about elegance here. And the miracle of a new collection, of a new universe stands there : in the art of proposing frames that are always...
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Tommy Hilfiger Introduces the Fall/Winter 2014 Eyewear Collection

Tommy Hilfiger Introduces the Fall/Winter 2014 Eyewear Collection

The Tommy Hilfiger Group, which is wholly owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], is pleased to introduce the Fall/Winter 2014 eyewear collection, manufactured by Safilo Group S.p.A. The new collection of optical frames for men features eclectic details that fuse functionality, comfort, versatility and style. An innovative combination of acetates introduces new brushed effects, color contrasts, graphic outlines and chromatic color blocking. The collection, available in Fall 2014, reflects the relaxed vibe, youthful spirit and irreverent attitude at the core of Tommy Hilfiger’s brand identity.   EAST COAST PREP Models TH 1292 and TH 1290 These men’s optical frames are inspired by the classic preppy lifestyle. The temples are enhanced with a shaded color-block effect in gray/black/Havana blue; mud/orange/Havana; transparent blue/solid blue/Havana; gray/blue/Havana; Havana/green/transparent gray; and Havana red/fuchsia/lilac. An exclusive new five-barrel hinge on the temples ensures comfort while adding an innovative twist to the design. Tommy Hilfiger eyewear is manufactured by Safilo Group S.p.A and distributed by its wholly owned subsidiary through exclusive agreements with international...
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Blackfin and Bomboogie Together at Pitti

Blackfin and Bomboogie Together at Pitti

Blackfin design, technology and personality combine with Bomboogie energy and style in a limited edition capsule collection of sunglasses. Four of Blackfin’s most iconic models are embellished with Bomboogie detail and colour, creating a collection which was previewed at Pitti Immagine on the Bomboogie stand (Florence, 17-20 June 2014) alongside the new Spring/Summer 2015 fashion collection. Bomboogie is synonymous with vitality and dynamism, clothes for people whose take on life is full of enthusiasm and true grit. Boombogie people choose to face up to the world with courage, daily seeking out new directions and fresh challenges. Amazing synergy is the inevitable result of a philosophy that chimes so perfectly with the Blackfinethos. The sunglass collection, two models for men and two for women, blends the stylistic hallmarks of the two brands. Ultra-lightweight frames in titanium and beta titanium with taut, sculpted lines are now reinterpreted in Bomboogie style featuring that brand’s signature camouflage tones, military green, shades of black and fluorescent green flecked with yellow. All models have lenses with a mirror-finish or contrasting tints. These sunglasses are also...
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