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Modern Optical International Re-launches URock Collection with 7 New Styles

Modern Optical International Re-launches URock Collection with 7 New Styles

The stage is set for back-to-school 2015 as value eyewear leader Modern Optical International announces the launch of its newly revamped URock Collection. Geared exclusively for the male tween thru college crowd, the seven new URock styles offer minimalist designs that balance cool with edge. A masculine color palette along with subtle patterns and matte finishes invite broad appeal to this elusive, style-conscious demographic. Quality materials such as TR90 memory plastic, handmade zyl, and spring hinges support their active lifestyles. Value pricing plus a two-year warranty will earn parents’ stamp of approval. On-trend designs, teen-centric model names, a URock video and updated collection logo all embody the core of this essential eyewear collection. “Do What Rocks Your World!” View URock video here (58 seconds): https://youtu.be/HsaRMk3yX3Y Modern Optical re-launches URock with these seven new styles. No need for a VIP Pass with Backstage that channels the retro vibe with a wayfarer-inspired rectangular front, metal accents, and chunky temples. Colors: black matte, demi, maroon. Size: 49-19-140. Beyond impressive, Epic sets the standard for guys’ eyewear. This two-toned...
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Registration Opens for Vision Expo West 2015

Registration Opens for Vision Expo West 2015

International Vision Expo & Conference has opened attendee registration for Vision Expo West at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. (Education: Sept. 16 –19, 2015 Exhibition: Sept. 17 – 19, 2015.) Registration for education courses will open in June. Once again named to the Trade Show News Network’s list of top 250 trade shows in the United States, Vision Expo West hosts eyecare professionals from around the world for four days of learning, networking and exclusive buying activities. The conference showcases company and product innovation across 190,000 sq. feet of exhibit space and offers more than 320 hours of education where eyecare professionals will learn how to expand their level of patient care and enhance their business acumen. “To be included in such a prestigious list reinforces that the expansive offerings and popularity of International Vision Expo has made an impact on the eyecare profession while helping to solidify our reputation as a major trade event anywhere in the country,” says Tom Loughran, group vice president, Reed Exhibitions. “We are gearing up for Vision Expo West by engaging with the eyecare industry year-round, helping...
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New To Vera Bradley Girlfriends: Amber, Dakota & Kelly

New To Vera Bradley Girlfriends: Amber, Dakota & Kelly

Kelley, Amber and Dakota feature retro flair and the latest playful Vera Bradley prints. Vibrant hues combine with metal finishes to create the perfect look for Vera Bradley Girlfriends! For a trendy teen Kelley brings the perfect shape and color combination! Kelley offers an oversized rounded rectangle eye shape with an acetate front in black or tortoise for a bold look. Complimentary colored metal temples are finished off with Vera Bradley’s Pixie Blooms and Sierra on the inner temples. Kelley features spring hinges for a comfortable fit. Amber offers a vintage-inspired round rectangle eye shape for a trendy look. Each front color features a laminated interior, creating a softer look, giving her a choice between Emerald green triple laminated exterior with Emerald Paisley on inner temples, solid black acetate is paired with Cheery Blossoms, and a triple laminated tortoise with white and coral is perfectly complimented with Ziggy Zinnia on the interior temple tips. Spring hinges offer a comfortable fit. Dakota features an uplifted cat eye shape with lightweight matte metal frame front. Rounded end pieces lead to tapered metal temples and tips that boldly feature Vera Bradley print...
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US Ophthalmic Partners With C&E Vision

US Ophthalmic Partners With C&E Vision

US Ophthalmic is proud to announce a new partnership with the optical buying group C&E Vision. As a C&E Vision vendor, US Ophthalmic is able to provide the group’s members with outstanding value on top-of-the-line ophthalmic equipment and supplies, including the some of the most technologically advanced diagnostic tools available. Florida-based US Ophthalmic has more than 20 years of experience and is committed to offering maximum value and forming dependable relationships with customers and partners. Strategically located in Miami’s export district, US Ophthalmic is uniquely positioned to offer a huge variety of expertly selected, high-tech equipment for eye care practitioners. The company prides itself on having its items in stock and ready to ship. US Ophthalmic understands the challenges that eye care practitioners face and is constantly searching for new technology and equipment that can help practitioners provide outstanding care at an affordable price. The company offers everything from all-inclusive digital systems that optimize the refracting process to slit lamps, imaging equipment, perimeters, lens finishing equipment, and so much more. Best of all, US Ophthalmic...
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SPY Inc. Reports Net Sales of $9.1 million for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

SPY Inc. Reports Net Sales of $9.1 million for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2015

SPY Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2015. First quarter sales were $9.1 million in 2015, a decrease of 0.7% or $0.1 million less than in the first quarter of 2014. The decrease in our net sales was primarily driven by lower sales of our sunglasses, partially offset by higher sales in our goggles and prescription frame product lines. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales was 54.8% for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, compared to 52.0% for the same period in 2014. “I am quite happy with our results this first quarter, with only a slight dip in our sales trend despite the continued contraction of the action sports retail sector and the detrimental shift in global exchange rates,” said Michael Marckx, SPY president and CEO. “In fact, excluding those areas impacted by the very negative exchange rate changes, our business would have once again enjoyed substantial growth in the first quarter. Despite these challenges we achieved an improved operating profit margin driven by stronger gross margins, which were made possible by the success of our newer premium products across all categories. We are very excited about the increases...
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Zyloware Eyewear Welcomes Carlos Camargo To The Zyloware Family As The Director Of Sales For Latin America

Zyloware Eyewear Welcomes Carlos Camargo To The Zyloware Family As The Director Of Sales For Latin America

Zyloware Eyewear is excited to announce the addition of Carlos Camargo to our Zyloware Family! Carlos is joining as the Director of Sales for Zyloware Latin America with over 20 years of experience in International Sales. Over 17 of those years have been spent managing International Sales in the Optical Industry. Carlos has extensive experience managing key accounts in the Mexico, Central America and South America markets, and has attended numerous industry trade shows both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Zyloware, Carlos worked for Zimco Optics for 17 years as an Export Sales Manager. He was successful at developing the company’s export business in Latin America and Mexico, and also managed their North American sales with specialized focus to Mexican retail chain stores and distributors. Carlos is well known for his excellent communication, networking and negotiating skills, and is well respected throughout the entire optical community. Carlos earned his BA at PUC University in Porto Alegre, Brazil. He studied the Export Documentation Course at the World Trade Center Institute of New York. He is educated in Frame Materials and International Sales Management by...
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Dazzling New Styles From Adrienne Vittadini Studio

Dazzling New Styles From Adrienne Vittadini Studio

Insatiably curious, utterly genuine, and a bit audacious, Adrienne Vittadini Studio eyewear re-invents casual elegance for today’s’ young women with a chic and adventurous sense of style. This season focuses on two important Spring 2015 trends. AV 518S – COLOR POP Expressive with a bold approach to color, style AV 518S is in sync with the infusion of daring colored patterns that are the foundation of the Adrienne Vittadini Studio collection. Classic acetate front shape with multi-color mosaic pattern temples gives this traditional style new life. Available in 52-17-140 eye size and in the following color ways: Brown with Sky Blue and Coral pattern temples, Purple with turquoise and black pattern and Black with Blue and coral pattern. AV520S – LADYLIKE LACE Femininity Reigns. Right on the heel of the 2015 lace trend, the AV Studio 520 is the epitome of femininity. This full rim metal model features a classic two tone hooded front with metal open work lace temples. Romance is in the air. Available in 53-16-135 eye size and in the following color options: Black/Silver, Brown/Lt. Brown, and Black/Purple. Match Eyewear is a leading international manufacturer and distributor...
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New England College of Optometry Student Awarded Top Honors

New England College of Optometry Student Awarded Top Honors

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today announces the recipients of the 2015 Varilux® Student Grant Awards, a competition among optometry students. This year, 16 students were awarded $1,000 each in grant money from Varilux, and from those winners, one national award was given. This year’s national honor was awarded to Luke Cyr, a fourth year student from New England College of Optometry in Boston, Mass. Cyr wrote the winning case study titled “PAL Failure Fit Successfully with Varilux Lenses.” Cyr’s written study was selected for the top prize due to his innovative thinking, analysis of the case and dispensing skills used to meet his patient’s needs. “As part of our ongoing commitment to the optometric profession, we are honored to support the future leaders of optometry through the Varilux Student Grant Award,” said Howard Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O., Dipl., and senior vice president of customer development, Essilor of America. “We look forward to this program each year and are proud to be a part of the advancement of these students’ careers and our industry.” Cyr will receive an additional $2,500 in prize money and will be...
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Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30th – May 1st

Essilor Vision Foundation And Kids Vision For Life Present Kids Vision Fest On April 30th – May 1st

Did you know that 80 percent of what a child learns is through his eyes and that almost 25 percent of school children may have vision issues that affect their ability to learn? (American Optometric Association) In an effort to eliminate poor vision and its lifelong consequences, Kids Vision for Life, a program in partnership with Essilor Vision Foundation and the Alcon Foundation will host Kids Vision Fest on Thursday and Friday, April 30th & May 1st, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will be held at Lincoln Elementary School, located at 425 S. Sullivan Street, Santa Ana, CA 92703. Kids Vision Fest will provide vision screenings, eye exams and new eyeglasses at no cost to children in need ages 5 to 12. Kids Vision Fest organizers estimate more than 300 students in need of vision services will receive eye exams and new glasses at no cost to the family. Optometrists will be on hand to provide the services, and, if an eye doctor determines a child needs glasses, the child will choose from a selection of designer eyeglass frames. The glasses will be delivered to the child’s school within 4 to 5 weeks from the event. Kids Vision Fest 2015 is providing a resource that is needed by...
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Proof Eyewear Announces Do Good Project in El Salvador

Proof Eyewear Announces Do Good Project in El Salvador

Proof Eyewear is eager to announce a Do Good Project that will serve the communities of El Salvador. Proof is partnering with HELP International in executing projects related to economic development, environmental conservation, education, and visual health. The limited edition El Salvador Project Sunglasses will release online April 7th , and 100% of proceeds will benefit the project expected to raise over $12,000. Proof’s founder and CEO, Brooks Dame, is excited to join forces with HELP International for the project, “We’ve worked with HELP in the past and admire their initiatives. The partnership will make it possible for volunteers to join us in executing the project in early June.” As a brand, Proof is designed to be able to give back on a multitude of levels. Last year, Proof was able to build two eye clinics in different areas of India. Both clinics have continued to provide sight giving surgeries to the Indian community where over ¼ of the world’s blind population resides. The two eye clinics have since restored sight to thousands proving that a little help can go a long way. Brooks believes that it all leads back to working together, “We know firsthand how important...
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Salvatore Ferragamo Extends Licensing Agreement With Marchon Eyewear Until 2021

Salvatore Ferragamo Extends Licensing Agreement With Marchon Eyewear Until 2021

Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A., the parent company of the Salvatore Ferragamo Group and one of the leading players in the global luxury industry, has announced that it has agreed to a five-year extension to its worldwide licensing agreement for the design, distribution, marketing and sale of “Salvatore Ferragamo” branded sunglasses and optical frames for men and women with Marchon Eyewear, Inc., one of the leading companies in the eyewear sector. The licensing agreement, which first went into effect on January 1, 2012, will now run until December 2021. Produced exclusively in Italy, the Salvatore Ferragamo eyewear collections are the perfect interpretation of the brand’s history, heritage and style. The collections are distributed all over the world in Salvatore Ferragamo mono-brand boutiques and in leading stores and specialist opticians. “Our partnership with Salvatore Ferragamo is a source of great pride and satisfaction for us. The task of interpreting the brand’s history, heritage and integrity is a constant challenge, one that spurs us on to create top-quality glasses capable of combining style with refinement,” remarked Claudio Gottardi, President and CEO of Marchon Eyewear. “The...
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Laying The Foundation For Safilo’s Long-Term Sustainable Growth

Laying The Foundation For Safilo’s Long-Term Sustainable Growth

The Board of Directors of Safilo Group S.p.A. – the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, listed on the Milan Stock Exchange – has today approved the Company’s consolidated financial statements for the year ended 31 December 20141 and examined the separate financial statements for the year ended 31 December 20141, which will be submitted for approval by the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting to be held in a single call on 27 April 2014. Safilo net sales in 2014 grew by 5.1% (+5.9% at constant exchange rates), continuing a sustained path of improvement compared to the previous year. The key enabler for sales and market share growth has been the step-change in Safilo’s global commercial strategy and operations, with clear focus on quality of sales and sustainable distribution. Consistent with previous quarters, Q4 showed a continuation of improved top line momentum, up 11.2% with foreign exchanges leveraging a tailwind (+7.2% at constant exchange rates) with broad based growth across all key geographies, including healthy sales and market share growth in Western Europe. 2014 operating performance, with an adjusted2 EBITDA...
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OCuSOFT® Announces Positive Results from Dry Eye Study with Retaine®

OCuSOFT® Announces Positive Results from Dry Eye Study with Retaine®

OCuSOFT, Inc. is pleased to announce Clinical Ophthalmology has published the positive results from a clinical investigation of their flagship dry eye product, Retaine®. The study1 confirmed previous study results and demonstrated significant effects on both signs and symptoms of dry eye disease following two weeks of dosing. “Achieving statistically significant improvements in both signs and symptoms is extremely challenging, as evidenced by the high number of clinical trials involving therapy for Dry Eye,” said Dr. Marguerite McDonald of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island and Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, NYU School of Medicine, New York, US. “The significant improvements in both signs and symptoms with Retaine® indicate that it is an effective therapy for dry eye patients. The reduction in central corneal staining is especially important from a clinical perspective, as the central cornea is critical to visual function.” Retaine® ophthalmic emulsion (marketed outside the United States as Cationorm® from Santen Pharmaceutical Co LTD [4536:JP]) is a cationic emulsion that contains mineral oil and targets all three layers of the tear film. In this forty-two patient...
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Safilo At Mido Welcomes 2015 Applications To Its New Product School

Safilo At Mido Welcomes 2015 Applications To Its New Product School

Safilo reignites its tradition of craftsmanship, evoking the spirit of the ancient Schools of Arts and Crafts once active in Venice. With the creation of the first Eyewear Product School, Safilo recognizes its great responsibility to pass on to future generations this precious heritage, while modernizing it for future sustainability. The school will start in mid-September for the school year 2015/2016 with a three-year theory and practice program, covering all aspects of the eyewear world that offers various interpretative codes and multiple points of reference. The goal is to give young apprentices, who are just beginning their professional career, the opportunity and the necessary support to acquire systemically fundamental experience in all Eyewear Product areas, from design to development, from prototyping to production, the accurate knowledge of materials, quality control, up to pricing and concept selling. Safilo’s worldwide organisations will welcome the apprentices during their training years, this will enable young apprentices to then continue their career path growing within the company. The School’s three-year program is based on the best practices of international apprenticeship...
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Marcolin Strengthens Its Presence In The Nordic Market Opening A Branch In Sweden

Marcolin Strengthens Its Presence In The Nordic Market Opening A Branch In Sweden

Marcolin SpA, a worldwide leading eyewear company, as part of its international development process with direct access to the control of individual markets, announces the opening of a branch in Sweden, based in Frösundaviks (Stockholm). This branch, named Marcolin Nordic operating from the end of February 2015, has been established in order to oversee the market of Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland and Sweden) in a more controlled and focused way and distribute all the brands in the portfolio. Valerio Giacobbi, General Manager of Sales, Marketing and Business Strategies of Marcolin, declared: “The decision to establish a branch in Sweden comes from the potentials of the Nordic market and the relevance that the optical segment has for us and for this area. The wide range coverage of our offer and the direct control will allow us to respond optimally to the needs of the market and strengthen our partnerships with local customers”.   About Marcolin Marcolin is among the leading companies for eyewear and stands out in the luxury sector for high quality of products, focus on details and a prestigious distribution network. In December 2013, Marcolin finalized the...
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