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The Retro Touch Made Contemporary

The Retro Touch Made Contemporary

The Swing collection brings the exuberant popular rhythm of the Forties to some evergreen shapes, a constructional revival of vintage eyewear favorites given new life thanks to modern technology and unmistakable VANNI style. In the metal version VANNI reinterprets those memorable glasses with their colored brow line, highlighting the top edge of the front in a darker shade of color. To complete the range, there are some broad roundish shapes in bright colors, the rims picked out by the thinnest of Havana sheaths. In acetate, the women’s shapes are vaguely retro, the men’s broad and comfortable; a dappled based combines with solid transparent monotones, while the brow line is marked by tone-on-tone or contrasting material. For more information visit www.mydesigngallery.com
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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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Marchon Eyewear Announces Licensing Agreement With MCM

Marchon Eyewear Announces Licensing Agreement With MCM

Marchon Eyewear, Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear, and MCM (Modern Creation München), a global manufacturer of luxury leather goods, apparel and footwear, announced today an exclusive global licensing agreement that will grant Marchon the rights to manufacture and distribute the sun and ophthalmic collections under the MCM brand. The first deliveries will launch in March 2015 with a “Made in Italy” sunwear capsule collection, available exclusively across the MCMworldwide boutique network. The launch represents the beginning of a partnership between these two global players in the fashion business. 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. Claudio Gottardi, Marchon Eyewear President and CEO, commented: “This is an exciting partnership that perfectly fits with Marchon’s strategy to extend the range of young and dynamic luxury brands in our global portfolio, leveraging our Italy manufacturing, talent and logistics. Considering...
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Charmant USA Announces New Appointments To Executive Staff And Management

Charmant USA Announces New Appointments To Executive Staff And Management

CHARMANT, known for producing top-quality, comfortable and attractive eyewear, has announced changes to its executive staff and management. Promotions were awarded to several in management roles, creating a new executive staff to support the newly appointed president, Mr. Urayama. Promotions included Dee Berghuys, who moved from Director of Product and Marketing to become VP of Operations. Dee will now oversee Stock Control & Logistics and IT, as well as Product and Marketing. “I am very excited to take on this new role within CHARMANT,” states Dee Berghuys. “I’ve worked closely with the managers and directors in these departments for years, and I’m confident we will continue to work well together, while implementing any needed changes to increase workflow and productivity.” Promotions included Keith Andreotta, formerly Manager of Human Resources to Director of General Affairs; Wataru Iwasaki, formerly Manager of Corporate Planning to Director of Corporate Planning; Doug Fryer, formerly Manager of Inventory and Product Control to Director of Stock Control and Logistics; Michele Ziss, formerly Brand Manager to Director of Product and Marketing. About CHARMANT Based in...
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Essilor Launches “Change Your View” Sweepstakes

Essilor Launches “Change Your View” Sweepstakes

Essilor of America is giving eyecare professionals a chance to win exciting prizes, including an Alaskan sightseeing adventure and a variety of monthly and weekly giveaways, through the “Change Your View” sweepstakes going on now through April 30, 2015. To enter the sweepstakes, ECPs can simply register online at EssilorTransitions.com and complete a short training on how Transitions® lenses can benefit their patients and their practice. “We’re thrilled to offer this fun promotion to eyecare professionals across the country while at the same time educating them on the benefits of Transitions lenses,” said Howard Purcell, O.D., F.A.A.O., Dipl., and senior vice president of customer development, Essilor of America. “This training was developed as part of Essilor’s ongoing efforts to support ECPs as they work to offer their patients the best possible vision solutions. Essilor’s continued training opportunities aim to help ECPs increase patient satisfaction and thus accelerate business growth.” ECPs who register online and complete the training are eligible for the “Change Your View” sweepstakes grand prize which includes a sightseeing journey across Alaska from an...
Diortechnoloic, A Futuristic Reflect

Diortechnoloic, A Futuristic Reflect

For Dior summer 2015 ready-to-wear fashion show, Raf Simons brings haute couture traditions to ready-to-wear while taking it to a new dimension: “more modern, mode dynamic, more real”. Historical dresses and 18th century attires met fully embroidered pilot uniforms. In the same energy, the  diortechnologic sunglasses revealed during the show explore classic shapes and bring them forward, in a futuristic universe. The ultra-modern open-worked metal front is featuring surprisingly flat lenses for an avant-garde style. The tonal shiny metal and mirrored lenses contrast with black soft-touch acetate temples. A strong stylistic statement for a cutting-edge summer. Silver tone-on-tone: silver metal frame, silver mirrored flat lenses Gold tone-on-tone: gold metal frame, gold mirrored flat lenses Black tone-on-tone: black metal frame, dark grey flat lenses Graphic silver: silver metal frame, graphic blue shaded flat lenses Graphic gold: gold metal frame, graphic brown shaded flat lenses For more information visit www.safilo.com
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