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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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Zyloware Eyewear Announces The Launch Of Leon Max Limited Edition This April 2015

Zyloware Eyewear Announces The Launch Of Leon Max Limited Edition This April 2015

Cutting-edge Leon Max Limited Edition Eyewear launched this April 2015. After the successful launch of the Leon Max eyewear collection in 2014, Zyloware Eyewear extends the collection to launch the Leon Max Limited Edition collection with 4 styles and 8 skus. Filling a niche in the market, this collection represents high-end luxury eyewear at an affordable price. The frames combine unique designs including rich materials and constructions creating more limited and exclusive styles. Styles include thick, sculptural zyl frames with intricate beveling and cutting features. Each frame in the collection incorporates the 7-barrel hinge, making the frames incredibly durable and strong while still embracing the on-trend vintage feel. All frames use the gold logo treatment inside the right zyl temple in a memorable way. In accordance with designer, Leon Max, the eyewear collection has been produced with a passionate dedication to quality. With attention to detail, unique beveling and architectural inspirations, Leon Max Limited Edition Eyewear is geared for the cutting-edge, trend-setting customer. The Leon Max Limited Edition 6001 is a full rim bold, zyl frame in an on-trend, oversized round...
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Crown Sports United Announces Partnership with Dragon Alliance for  U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Crown Sports United Announces Partnership with Dragon Alliance for U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

Crown Sports United (Crown Sports) announced a partnership agreement with Dragon Alliance for U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) events. As part of the deal, Dragon Alliance will serve as the official eyewear partner for the USSA and will have sponsorship sales rights to several USSA events, notably the Sprint U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain and Park City Mountain Resort and the USANA International Cross Cup at Squaw Valley. The agreement includes integration of signage, on-site marketing space, in-event promotion, video content both on broadcast and in-event and promotion on USSA social media channels. “We are pleased to partner with two market leaders and provide them exceptional and innovative sponsorship opportunities under Crown Sports,” said Kings Chief Revenue Officer Jeff David. “We believe this relationship will create significant opportunities to expand the reach of both brands regionally and nationwide.” Dragon Alliance, a subsidiary of Kings partner VSP Global®, develops diversified eyewear primarily in surfing and snow sports. As the industry leader in snow optics advancement, Dragon is rooted in innovation, technical design and producing a product that...
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Style Editor Bobbie Thomas To Emcee The Safilo USA Fashion Show At Vision Expo East

Style Editor Bobbie Thomas To Emcee The Safilo USA Fashion Show At Vision Expo East

Bobbie Thomas, author of the bestselling book, The Power of Style: Everything You Need to Know Before You get Dressed Tomorrow, and Style Editor for NBC’s TODAY show will serve as the celebrity guest emcee of Safilo USA’s Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show at Vision Expo East where the latest trends in eyewear and fashion will be showcased. (Safilo Booth # 3548) Thomas, who has shared fashion, beauty and lifestyle advice on nearly 500 Today show segments, including her weekly “Bobbie’s Buzz,” will announce the Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21st fashion shows at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. featuring runway looks from Safilo’s diverse portfolio of fashion brands, including Banana Republic, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Gucci, Jack Spade, kate spade new york, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Max Mara and Tommy Hilfiger. New this year, will be adult and and kids proprietary looks from SAFILO, Kids by Safilo (launching May 2015), Carrera and Polaroid. The fashion shows continue on Sunday, March 22nd with the same show times. About Safilo Group Safilo Group is the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, leader in the premium sector for...
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Essilor Creates The Vision For Life™ Program Dedicated To Eliminating Poor vision

Essilor Creates The Vision For Life™ Program Dedicated To Eliminating Poor vision

Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, 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 productivity1 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. “The launch of the Vision For Life program is a natural sequel to the creation of our Corporate Mission division in 2013 and...
Dragon Rider Wins X Games 15 Super Pipe With Flawless Last Run

Dragon Rider Wins X Games 15 Super Pipe With Flawless Last Run

Danny Davis took his 2nd consecutive gold medal last night in X Games 15 Super Pipe with a gripping display of style and last minute heroics. With his final run, and the final run of the entire competition, Danny put down a flawless combination of tricks and came from behind once again to take the gold. Danny had his work cut out for him against a who’s who line up of world class pipe riders including Olympic gold medalist Iouri Podladtchikov, young Japanese super star Ayumu Hiranao and Shaun White. But with his original laid back approach, he topped the field and proved his reputation as one of snowboarding’s most stylish riders. During his winning run at the X Games 15, Danny was riding in his new signature style of Dragon’s innovative new NFX2 snow goggle which is debuting this fall 2015. The NFX2 features a distinct cylindrical lens in multiple colorways and the new, game-changing Swiftlock Lens Technology that makes swapping lenses faster, easier, and more secure than ever before. The key to Swiftlock Technology’s groundbreaking design is a pair of integrated levers in the goggle frame that allow for instant on-and-off lens deployment. Look for the NFX2 goggle to make its...
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Essilor Independent Distributor Division Names 2014 Award Winners

Essilor Independent Distributor Division Names 2014 Award Winners

Essilor of America, the nation’s leading manufacturer of optical lenses, today announced the winners of its Independent Distribution Division (IDD) Annual Laboratory Awards. The awards recognize independent distributors who have achieved top sales performance in a combination of both sales and unit growth in specific Essilor product categories. Essilor’s IDD group is dedicated to growing the market by offering technologically-advanced products and services through its independent distributor partners. In addition, IDD is committed to providing industry-leading programs, initiatives and services that increase customer sales revenue and margins. The goal of IDD is to partner with independent labs to leverage their unique and individual strengths in order to elevate Essilor’s premium brands such as Varilux®, Crizal®, Transitions® and Xperio UV™ lenses. These coalitions thereby create continued growth in the premium lens categories in the marketplace. “Essilor IDD is proud to showcase the achievements of our independent laboratory partners and honor them at this year’s ceremony,” said Bob Colucci, president, IDD, Essilor of America. “We look forward to another successful...
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