Michael Kors Announces Eyewear License With Luxottica

Michael Kors Announces Eyewear License With Luxottica

Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS) and Luxottica Group (MTA: LUX) (NYSE: LUX) announced today that they have signed a new and exclusive eyewear license agreement for the Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors eyewear. The first collection produced with Luxottica will launch in January 2015. The partnership with Luxottica, a global leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear, will last 10 years. It will allow Michael Kors, celebrated for its luxury accessories and ready-to-wear, as well as its iconic jet set lifestyle, to continue the global expansion of the brand’s eyewear business. Luxottica will produce eyewear for both the Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors lines, beginning with Spring 2015. The brand’s two luxury eyewear collections will be carried around the world in Michael Kors stores, department stores, select travel retail locations, independent optical locations and Luxottica’s retail stores. “We have achieved great success in the eyewear business and believe that our new partnership will further enhance our luxury image in the optical and sunglass marketplace,” said John D. Idol, CEO of Michael Kors. “Luxottica is the industry leader in eyewear through their commitment to design and quality which makes them the perfect partner for our luxury brand. Our eyewear business is an important component of the overall growth strategy as we continue our expansion around the world.” “We are very excited and proud to be entering this new partnership with Michael Kors, one of the most powerful American luxury lifestyle brands in the world,” said Andrea Guerra, Chief Executive Officer of Luxottica Group. “Michael Kors has a major influence in fashion, with products that are exciting to luxury audiences globally. We believe that the Michael Kors’ brand proposition, its solid growth and strong performance across its segments, and its innovative fashion design fit perfectly within our portfolio. We are confident that this partnership will have great success.” About Michael Kors Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products through his Michael Kors and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels, including accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, and a full line of fragrance products. Michael Kors stores are operated, either directly or through licensing partners, in some of the most prestigious cities in the world, including New York, Beverly Hills, Chicago, London, Milan, Paris, Munich, Istanbul, Dubai, Seoul, Tokyo and Hong Kong. About Luxottica Group S.p.A. Luxottica Group is a leader in premium, luxury and sports eyewear with over 7,000 optical and sun retail stores in North America, Asia-Pacific, China, South Africa, Latin America and Europe, and a strong, well-balanced brand portfolio. House brands include Ray-Ban, the world’s most famous sun eyewear brand, Oakley, Vogue Eyewear, Persol, Oliver Peoples, Alain Mikli and Arnette, while licensed brands include Giorgio Armani, Bulgari, Burberry, Chanel, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Donna Karan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, Starck Eyes, Tiffany and Versace. In addition to a global wholesale network involving 130 different countries, the Group manages leading retail chains in major markets, including LensCrafters, Pearle Vision and ILORI in North America, OPSM and Laubman & Pank in Asia-Pacific, LensCrafters in China, GMO in Latin America and Sunglass Hut worldwide. The Group’s products are designed and manufactured at its MICHAEL KORS six manufacturing plants in Italy, three wholly owned plants in the People’s Republic of China, one plant in Brazil and one plant in the United States devoted to the production of sports eyewear. In 2013, Luxottica Group posted net sales of more than Euro 7.3 billion. Additional information on the Group is available at www.luxottica.com. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements about Michael Kors and Luxottica. You should not place undue reliance on such statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environment of each company, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond such company’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning each company’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often include words such as “may,”“will,”“should,”“believe,”“expect,”“anticipate,”“intend,”“plan,”“estimate”or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that each company has made in light of management’s experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although each company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect its actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in these forward-looking statements. Please refer to both companies respective annual filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for a complete list of risk factors. ...
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Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear Hosts Music Festival #Sunnystyle Pool Party At The Ace Hotel

Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear Hosts Music Festival #Sunnystyle Pool Party At The Ace Hotel

To celebrate the Spring season, Marc by Marc Jacobs Eyewear presented the Spring Summer 2014 collection during the Coachella #MBMJSunnies pool party at the Ace Hotel yesterday. Notable celebrities, industry executives and society influencers enjoyed Marc by Marc Jacob’s unique brand experience. Mamie Grummer, Jesse Metcalfe, Scout Willis, Sofia Richie, Rumi Neely, Arcade Fire’s Richard Parry and Jeremy Gara, Andrew Bevan and Marc by Marc Jacobs designer Katie Hillier, swam and danced to live music. The Ace Hotel, one of Palm Springs most iconic locations, provided the perfect desert setting for this special installation. Marc by Marc Jacobs offered guests an opportunity to relax poolside in the #MBMJSunnies cabanas and view the new sunglass styles in a one-day-only pop-up shop filled with the eyewear collection, where they also had the chance to model favorite sunglasses in a photo booth and share images on their personal social channels. Following the huge success of this party, more Marc by Marc Jacobs Eyewear events will hit Europe this Spring, bringing the cool and edgy eyewear collection also to Italy, Spain and France. The first party will be in Rome on May 23rd, then in Barcelona in May 31st and the great celebration will take place in Calvi (Corsica) in July. The Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring Summer 2014 collection features sunglasses and optical frames with new interpretation of the brand’s iconic stripes, emboldened by a refined blend of novel materials, vintage inspirations, on-trend colors, and a glamorous shaded effect. The new collection is available at Solstice stores and solsticesunglasses.com. SAFILO GROUP Founded in 1934, the Safilo Group is a leading international brand in the premium eyewear sector for sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. With an international presence through 30 company-owned subsidiaries in primary markets – in Europe, the US, and Asia – and through exclusive distributors, Safilo produces and distributes its house brands – Safilo, Carrera, Polaroid, Smith Optics, Oxydo – and the licensed brands Alexander McQueen, Bobbi Brown, Banana Republic, Bottega Veneta, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Céline, Dior, Fendi, Fossil, Gucci, HUGO, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saint Laurent, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Tommy Hilfiger. For further information: www.safilo.com ...
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EyeCarePro Announces Sponsorship of CEIsrael Optometry

EyeCarePro Announces Sponsorship of CEIsrael Optometry

“Destination continuing education” can be found in almost every country in the world and now for the first time, a unique approach to continuing education will be available in 2014 and 2015 in Israel. Recognized for their online marketing services and virtual conferences (SiB and CEiB), EyeCarePro is now expanding their educational programs by sponsoring two upcoming, live continuing education programs that will be held in Israel and combined with once-in-a-lifetime cultural and historic tour activities. “Regardless of how we are working with optometrists, education is always front and center for us as an organization,” stated Daniel Rostenne, CEO of EyeCarePro. “Given our connection and knowledge of Israel, we saw a unique opportunity to sponsor a program to bring optometrists from the US and Canada to experience both the eye care innovation Israel provides along with history that is unlike anywhere else in the world.” EyeCarePro is a sponsor of CEIsrael Optometry. The program will feature lectures by optometrists practicing in Israel, researchers and entrepreneurs involved in cutting edge eye care technology advancements. Bar Ilan University professors will conduct many of the CE courses. Attendees will be able to tour manufacturing plants, clinics and research and development labs where many new inventions are being developed. “We are having a hard time squeezing in all of the amazing opportunities,” reported Michael Porat, CEO of Two Shekels LTD and organizer of the effort. “Most people have heard the phrase ‘Start-Up Nation’ applied to Israel but don’t necessarily realize that it applies to optometry as well. As a matter of fact, as part of the tour, attendees will be receiving the book, “Start Up Nation” as part of our tour.” There are two, ten-day programs available – November 2014 and June 2015 – at this time with additional dates to follow. “We have received a lot of interest from optometrists we have met with,” indicated Porat. “Our November trip will lean towards Christian sites for the historic aspects of the tour while our June program will lean more towards Jewish sites. However, many people will be surprised at just how much history we all have in common and Israel makes that abundantly clear.” “I toured Israel with a colleague last year with this tour guide and all I can say is that we are still talking about it,” reported Dr. Alan Schlussel, a practicing optometrist in New York. “I would highly recommend this program to all of my colleagues as it was well run and managed and our guide was extremely knowledgeable and brought the country to life for me and my family.” Interested optometrists and sponsors can view the itinerary, registration and cost structure at www.ce-israel-optometry.com. The company anticipates 30 to 35 registrations available for each of the two trips and will then expand based on demand for additional seats. About EyeCarePro EyeCarePro is a leader in digital innovations for Optometry employing a global team of Web Development, SEO, Marketing and Sales experts who are dedicated to helping Optometric Practices achieve growth by attracting new patients and building engaging relationships with existing patients. EyeCarePro offers value through results-driven marketing programs and employs proven, powerful and effective online marketing strategies in social media, search engine optimization, traditional offline marketing and sales growth initiatives. To date, EyeCarePro has built over 1200 optometric websites. ...
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Introducing Alexander McQueen SS14 Cat Eye Sunglasses

Introducing Alexander McQueen SS14 Cat Eye Sunglasses

Alexander McQueen launches a new cat eye shaped eyewear range for Spring/Summer 2014. The new style features in the Alexander McQueen Spring/ Summer14 eyewear campaign shot by Steven Klein and featuring supermodel Kate Moss. The collection will feature two styles: one with an acetate frame and metallic inserts and one in full acetate.The distinguishing feature of the collection is the combination of different materials and textures: metal against acetate, transparency against colour and matte against glossy. Colour options available include black/gold, grey havana/silver, white/gold, red and blue. The SS14 Alexander McQueen Eyewear Collection Is Now In Stores The Alexander McQueen collection of sunglasses and optical frames are produced and distributed by the Safilo Group. ...
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Introducing Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2014 True To The Blue

Introducing Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2014 True To The Blue

The Tommy Hilfiger Group, which is wholly owned by PVH Corp. [NYSE: PVH], is pleased to announce the launch of the True to the Blue eyewear capsule collection complementing Tommy Hilfiger’s Spring 2014 True to the Blue sportswear collection. True to the Blue celebrates the everlasting impact of denim, chambray and indigo, and the role these materials and colors have played as part of Tommy Hilfiger’s heritage. With a history of individuality, freedom and youthful irreverence, these fabrics have become synonymous with the American lifestyle and are globally recognized as style essentials. The True to the Blue sportswear and eyewear collections will be available at Tommy Hilfiger stores in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America, and at tommy.com beginning April 14, 2014. The True to the Blue collections honor the enduring influence and evolution of denim, chambray and indigo in Tommy Hilfiger’s collections, from when he founded the brand in 1985 until today. Hilfiger’s design philosophy has always celebrated a re-imagination of the classics by reinventing wardrobe staples with a modern twist. Denim, chambray and indigo represent the ease of American style, inspiring a dedicated eyewear collection for Spring 2014. Subtle gradient blues combine with chambray-like textures, giving frames a defined identity that reflects Tommy Hilfiger’s passion for denim as a style essential. The collection is comprised of four sunglass styles and two optical frames, each of which is available in a unique combination of hues and materials. ABOUT THE TOMMY HILFIGER GROUP With a premium lifestyle brand portfolio that includes Tommy Hilfiger, Hilfiger Denim and Tommy Girl, the Tommy Hilfiger Group is one of the world’s most recognized designer apparel groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality menswear, womenswear, children’s apparel and denim collections. Through select licensees, the Group offers complementary lifestyle products such as sportswear for men, women, juniors and children; footwear; athletic apparel (golf, swim and sailing); bodywear (underwear, robes and sleepwear); eyewear; sunwear; watches; handbags; men’s tailored clothing; men’s dress furnishings; socks; small leather goods; fragrances; home and bedding products; bathroom accessories; and luggage. The Hilfiger Denim product line consists of jeanswear and footwear for men, women and children; bags; accessories; eyewear and fragrance. Merchandise under the Tommy Hilfiger brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of Tommy Hilfiger retail stores, leading specialty and department stores and other select retailers and retail channels. ABOUT PVH CORP. PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies, owns and markets the iconic Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands worldwide. It is the world’s largest shirt and neckwear company and markets a variety of goods under its own brands, Van Heusen, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, IZOD, ARROW, Warner’s and Olga, and its licensed brands including Speedo, Geoffrey Beene, Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, MICHAEL Michael Kors, Sean John, Chaps, Donald J. Trump Signature Collection, JOE Joseph Abboud, DKNY, Ike Behar and John Varvatos. ABOUT THE SAFILO GROUP The Safilo Group is a worldwide leader in the premium eyewear sector for sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. With an international presence through 30 owned subsidiaries in primary markets – in the U.S., Europe and Asia – and exclusive distributors, Safilo produces and distributes its house brands – Safilo, Carrera, Polaroid, Smith Optics, Oxydo – and the licensed brands Alexander McQueen, Banana Republic, Bobbi Brown (starting in 2014), BOSS, BOSS Orange, Bottega Veneta, Céline, Dior, Fossil, Gucci, HUGO, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saint Laurent, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tommy Hilfiger. SUNGLASSES WITH INTERCHANGEABLE TEMPLES These unisex sunglasses have interchangeable temples that are switched by clicking the metal logo flag on both sides. Color combinations include blue front with red or matte chambray temples and blue mirror lenses; dark Havana front with blue or matte chambray temples and brown mirror lenses; and crystal front with light azure or matte chambray temples and green mirror lenses (style TH 1112/I-T). UNISEX SUNGLASSES These unisex sunglasses have an acetate or steel front and are available in four color combinations: gray front with matte chambray temples and dark blue shaded lenses; black crystal front with matte gray/black striped temples and gray shaded lenses; Havana front with green/beige striped temples and dark gray lenses; and blue front with matte blue/red striped temples and gray shaded lenses. The style has a sleek steel front and is available with a semi-dark ruthenium front and matte chambray temples with matte gray lenses; a matte black front with matte gray/black striped temples and gray shaded lenses; and a blue semi-matte front with matte blue/red striped temples and matte blue lenses (styles TH 1266/S and TH 1267/S). WOMEN’S SUNGLASSES These women’s rounded sunglasses are available in a wide range of colors: black front with black/pink striped temples and gray shaded lenses; Havana front with orange and gray/ivory striped temples and green/gray shaded lenses; brown/orange shaded front with brown and cream/ivory temples and brown/violet shaded lenses (style TH 1265/S). UNISEX OPTICAL FRAMES These unisex optical models feature a steel front and a fresh color combination: black crystal front with matte gray/black striped temples; Havana front with green/beige striped temples; blue front with matte blue/red striped temples; gray front with matte chambray temples; matte black steel front with matte gray/black striped temples; blue semi-matte steel front with matte blue/red striped temples; semi dark ruthenium steel front with matte chambray temples; and matte brown steel front with green/beige striped temples (styles TH 1268 and TH 1269). TOMMY HILFIGER BIOGRAPHY For over 25 years, Tommy Hilfiger has brought classic, cool, American apparel to consumers around the world. Under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, The Tommy Hilfiger Group has become one of very few globally recognized designer brands offering a wide range of American-inspired apparel and accessories. Hilfiger introduced his first signature collection in 1985 by modernizing button-down shirts, chinos, and other time-honored classics with updated fits and details. The relaxed, youthful attitude of his first designs has remained a distinctive hallmark throughout all of Hilfiger’s subsequent collections. Today, the Tommy Hilfiger brand continues to bring preppy, all-American classics to consumers around the world. The business has grown from a single menswear collection in 1985 to a global lifestyle brand achieving over US $6 billion dollars in retail sales in 2012. There are over 1,200 Tommy Hilfiger stores in over 90 countries on five continents. COMPANY OVERVIEW As one of the world’s leading premium lifestyle brands, Tommy Hilfiger delivers superior styling, quality and value to consumers worldwide. The brand celebrates the essence of “classic American cool” and provides a refreshing twist to the preppy fashion genre. Since its debut in 1985, the Tommy Hilfiger Group has become a US $6 billion apparel and retail company by offering consumers a breadth of beautifully designed, high quality products including men’s, women’s and children’s apparel, sportswear, denim, and a range of licensed products such as accessories, fragrances and home furnishings. Under the leadership of Founder Tommy Hilfiger and Chief Executive Officer Fred Gehring, the brand can be found in leading department and specialty stores, as well as in its own expanding network of freestanding retail stores, worldwide. When PVH Corp. (NYSE: PVH) (then known as Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation) acquired the company in May 2010, Gehring also assumed the role of CEO of PVH’s international operations, while Hilfiger remains the company’s principal designer and provides leadership and direction for all aspects of the design process. Tommy Hilfiger today has become a global brand with strong recognition and a distribution network in over 90 countries and more than 1,200 retail stores throughout North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. ...
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New Style, Talval, From ÖGA

New Style, Talval, From ÖGA

Marrying high tech materials with color, Talval, the latest concept from ÖGA adopts an architectural approach to eyewear. Inspired directly by construction beams, the inside of Talval’s aluminum temples are hollowed out to house solid matte colors. Frame fronts feature a single sweep for an ultra-streamlined and fluid “mask” appearance. The four Talval models are offered in two rimmed and two semi-rimless shapes. The concept ranges from vibrant colors to more neutral tones. Talval is offered in a range of sizes from 52 to 57 and all models are progressive friendly. For more information visit www.morel-france.com ...
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The 9200 Series: Innovative Combination Frames

The 9200 Series: Innovative Combination Frames

Ogi Eyewear introduces the 9200 series, an innovative use of combination materials for a sleek and confident look. Available in 4 unique styles, the 9202, 9203, 9204 and 9205. Each frame features a flattering shape in stylish combinations of metal and acetate. The 9202 and 9203 exude rounded, feminine shapes in chic color combinations, while the 9204 and 9205 showcase more masculine color tones and rectangular lens shapes. Offered in a large array of colors spanning from vibrant cranberry reds and violets to nature-inspired browns and blues. By pairing acetate fronts in versatile shapes with matching colored metal temples, the new 9200 series provides a look for every personality. The 9202: Versatile, chic and flattering is the 9202 by Ogi Eyewear. Featuring a swooping brow, a soft angled oval shape gives this simple structure an appealing look. Tinted tortoise hues pair with matching colored metal temples, finished off by tortoise tips for the ultimate in comfort and style. The 9203: Make a bold statement with the 9203 by Ogi Eyewear. A deep swooping brow unites with a rounded large lens shape for a daring yet feminine look. Exciting striped color options of black, brown, cranberry and green coalesce with matching colored metal temples for a fresh and artsy look. The 9204: A classic rectangular shape with a versatile personality, the 9204 by Ogi Eyewear is equally suitable for the boardroom or the classroom. Metal temples accent the subtle colors in the acetate tortoise front for a cunning combination style that exudes confidence. The 9205: A flat-top brow and minimal features make the 9205 by Ogi Eyewear the contemporary choice. Its simple rectangular lens shape accentuates the sleek color combinations of brown, crystal, grey and blue with bronze, blue, silver and gunmetal temples for a modest yet strong look that any man could wear. Philosophy: “An instant classic, the 9202 is quintessential Ogi. Its pop-colored acetate fronts pair well with its curved, feminine silhouette to give each individual some extra eye catching flair.” Michael Rosen, Industrial Designer Marketing: Ogi Eyewear counter displays, logo blocks, and large window banners are available. Contact Info: For additional information contact Ogi Eyewear. 888.560.1060; www.ogieyewear.com ...
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Shareholders’ Meeting of Safilo Group S.p.A.

Shareholders’ Meeting of Safilo Group S.p.A.

The Shareholders’ Meeting of Safilo Group S.p.A., held today, has discussed and approved the Company’s 2013 financial statements and the Board of Directors’ report and, furthermore, viewed the consolidated financial statements. With reference to the report on remuneration submitted to the Shareholders’ Meeting in accordance with Art. 123-ter of the Consolidated Law on Finance, the same Meeting has favorably resolved upon the remuneration policy and procedures adopted by the Company. The Shareholders’ Meeting has approved in the ordinary session the new Stock Option Plan 2014-2016 proposed by the Board of Directors held on March 5, 2014 (the Directors’ report and Information memorandum have already been made available to the public in accordance with the law), and, in the extraordinary session, the consequent capital increase. The Shareholders’ Meeting has also appointed the Board of Statutory Auditors which remains composed of Paolo Nicolai, appointed from the minority list presented by Only 3T S.r.l. and accordingly appointed as Chairman of the Board of Auditors, Franco Corgnati and Bettina Solimando as standing statutory auditors from the majority list presented by the shareholder Multibrands Italy B.V., Marzia Reginato and Gianfranco Gaudioso as alternate statutory auditors, respectively from the majority and the minority list. The Board will hold office until the end of its term, that is until the approval of the financial statements at 31.12.2016. As proposed by the Board of Auditors, Deloitte & Touche S.p.A. has been awarded the new auditing mandate by the Company for the financial years from 2014 to 2022. Finally, the Shareholders’ Meeting has approved the proposal to maintain the composition of the Board of Directors of Safilo Group S.p.A. in the current eight members. All the documentation relating to the Shareholders’ Meeting is available on the Company’s website at www.safilo.com/en/investors.html. About Safilo Group The Safilo Group is worldwide leader in the premium eyewear sector for sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. With an international presence through 30 owned subsidiaries in primary markets – in America, Europe and Asia – and exclusive distributors, Safilo produces and distributes its house brands – Safilo, Carrera, Polaroid, Smith Optics, Oxydo – and the licensed brands Alexander McQueen, Banana Republic, Bobbi Brown, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Bottega Veneta, Céline, Dior, Fendi, Fossil, Gucci, HUGO, J.Lo by Jennifer Lopez, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saint Laurent, Saks Fifth Avenue and Tommy Hilfiger. For further information www.safilo.com ...
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New Esprit Releases For April 2014

New Esprit Releases For April 2014

Esprit’s flair for fusing natural beauty with contemporary looks to create elegant, high-quality style has been the bedrock of its success since its founding days in 1960s California. This successful signature blend of timeless chic and fresh appeal has carved out Esprit’s name as a worldwide fashion favorite. Inspired by the essence of the brand, new Esprit eyewear for women combines the classic template with crisp catwalk nuances. Attractive, top quality, contemporary frame styles are infused with new season color and textural inspirations. Trendy hues are revealed in attractive solid and transparent shades, scintillating layered mixes or dual toning. Striking profiles are tastefully enhanced by decoratively studded or imaginatively colored temples. ET17434 Looking for smart eyewear that is both chic and contemporary? Try this striking Esprit look. The bold rectangular profile shows off a stylish color interplay of transparent and solid acetate tones. A cool black-rimmed look is married with caramel-toned temples with dark tips. Tangy red and tortoise profiles are lifted by a clear underlay made of colored acetate. Crowning this fetching fashion statement is the on-trend linear studding along the temples. ET17435 This playful frame is inspired by summertime and warm summery beaches. The monotone frame front is offset by the imaginatively patterned temples. The Esprit logo unassumingly adorns the temples, allowing the playful design to take center stage. About The Charmant Group: For over 50 years, Charmant Group has been renowned worldwide for its pioneering work in the research and development of new technologies in the optical industry. By striving for perfection and for the uncompromising high quality of its products, the Japanese company has developed into one of the most important producers and providers in the highly competitive international ophthalmic optics market. With its goal to unreservedly fulfill the wishes and demands of its customers, Charmant can always be depended on for the highest quality awareness and outstanding service. This engagement and this passion are clearly seen in Charmant Group house brands as well as licensed brands. Thanks to its expertise in the production of high-quality spectacle frames and its comprehensive global sales network in over 100 countries, Charmant Group is greatly respected as a reliable business partner. ...
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Two New Styles From Roxy

Two New Styles From Roxy

A&A Optical announces the release of two new styles from global surfing brand, Roxy. Roxy is boardshorts and bikinis, surfboards and sandals, styles and smiles – everything a girl needs. And now, the Roxy girl can finish off her look with Roxy Eyewear. Keeping the sun in their life, the salt in their veins, and the surf in their spirit, Roxy is the leading action sports fashion apparel brand that’s always the first to the line‐up, and the last out of the water. Roxy eyewear features graphic variations of the iconic Roxy signature, playful colors and contemporary details in trend setting shapes. Neon Bright. ERGEG03000 merges contrasting colors for a bold look. Each style embodies a different unique design. All colors feature the Roxy metal name plate and etched temples. The yellow frame features neon temples accented by a triple acetate front of brown, white and purple. The coral frame features a translucent tortoise front with bright coral temples. The pink frame is a mix of a translucent striped purple front with translucent neon pink temples. The modified oval frame is available in size 47‐15‐125. Fanciful Art. Two tone ERJEG00008 is embellished with engraved Roxy art. The metal frame is available in black (with green accent), grape (with lavender accent), and pink (with purple accent). Size: 51‐15‐140. MARKETING: Each Roxy frame ships with a collapsible eyewear logo case and microfiber logo bag. Merchandising materials include: logo plaque, display, and counter card. The A&A Optical brand portfolio includes house brands: XXL, Jalapeños, Cruz, Alexander Collection, and New Globe. Licensed brands include: Quiksilver, Roxy, Jimmy Crystal and Pez. For more information, contact A&A Optical at 800‐492‐4465 or visit www.aaopticalco.com. ...
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Eastern States Eyewear Premieres Six New Chantal Thomass Styles

Eastern States Eyewear Premieres Six New Chantal Thomass Styles

Eastern States Eyewear is proud to introduce six additional optical styles in Chantal Thomass. An esteemed French lingerie brand and designer noted for its feminine, risqué design, Chantal Thomass was first premiered at Vision Expo West of this past year. The current release mixes materials in several styles, with the five of the fronts composed of acetate and one of monel. Design features mimic the lingerie with lace and brocade prints, sleek curves representing the female silhouette, and even temples that resemble a corset. The upswept modified rectangle shapes are a nod to the brand’s vintage influences while still graced with a modern twist. Colors include the brand’s signature black and pink combination, animal prints, and glittery translucent patterns. “Great product has a certain positive energy that is hard to define but easy to spot once you witness people react to it,” explains Jason Shyer, ESE Managing Director. “We are thrilled that Chantal Thomass has so quickly attained this type of acceptance with our customers.” For additional information contact Eastern States Eyewear (800) 645-3710; web site www.eseyewear.com ...
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Two New Styles For Quiksilver

Two New Styles For Quiksilver

A&A Optical announces the release of two new styles from global surfing brand, Quiksilver. Quiksilver is recognized world‐wide for stylish surf wear and board sport‐related equipment, connecting with young, athletic and young‐minded people everywhere. Quiksilver eyewear exemplifies the perfect combination of modern aesthetic design and functionality. The collection offers sporty, contemporary and retro looks infused with Quiksilver’s adventurous, board riding heritage. Color Tag. An acetate style for the younger set, EQBEG03000 features colorful laser tags on the temples. The modified rectangle frame is available in three colors, each with a unique color scheme. The black frame features sky blue and lime green tags. The matte black frame features translucent inside coloring and a mix of shades of blue and black temples. The smoke frame with translucent front, mixes red and shades of black and grey. The Quiksilver name is imprinted in metal on the upper temples. Size: 46‐15‐125. Color Backed. Clean cut with a trace of color, EQYEG000006 features a metal front and acetate temples. Available in black (red accent color), blue (orange accent color), and gun (green accent color). Size: 48‐17‐135. MARKETING: Each Quiksilver frame ships with a collapsible eyewear logo case and microfiber logo bag. Merchandising materials include: logo plaque, display, and counter card. The A&A Optical brand portfolio includes house brands: XXL, Jalapeños, Cruz, Alexander Collection, and New Globe. Licensed brands include: Quiksilver, Roxy, Jimmy Crystal and Pez. For more information, contact A&A Optical at 800‐492‐4465 or visit www.aaopticalco.com. ...
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Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2014 Eyewear Collection

Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2014 Eyewear Collection

The Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2014 Eyewear collection blends minimalism with complexity through the use of architectural detailing, sophisticated colorations and discrete embellishments. This season’s collection features two-toned color blocking, new metal details, and mixed materials. MALE – OPTICAL CK7914. This boldly proportioned frame features a luxurious zyl layered with metal trim design detailing. Rich materials are color-blocked from fronts to temples with an elegant metal trim plaque logo located discretely on the top of the temples. Available in Black, Brown Horn, Olive Horn, Blue Horn. CK7915. A more compact version of CK7914, this frame features a slimmer silhouette as well as metal trim detail. Luxurious zyl is color-blocked from fronts to temples with a proprietary hinge. Available in Black, Soft Tortoise, Khaki Tortoise, Tokyo Tortoise. CK7916. This classic shape with soft rectangular lenses is transformed by using rich, matted, horn and tortoise zyls. Available in Black, Brown Horn, Tokyo Tortoise, Blue Horn. CK7917. This handsome, round frame features a keyhole bridge and is color-blocked from fronts to temples. Available in Black, Havana, Amber Tortoise. MALE – SUNS CK7909S. This rectangular all-zyl frame continues to adopt the Metal Trim design detail into the 2014 Sunglass collection. Dual tone crystal colors coupled with the elegant new Metal Trim design demonstrates layering on these sleek frames. Available in Black, Havana, Slate Horn, Red Grey Horn. CK7362S. This classic aviator shape is inspired by Calvin Klein Collection’s past and modernized in design. Layering is evident, as this pilot-inspired design features leather-wrapped sweat bars and temples in a back mounted front design. Available in Black, Graphite, Bone, Brown. CK7905SP. This style introduces a fresh, new color-blocking technique by layering solid and tortoise zyls in an unexpected way. The frame front’s top bar reveals a “pop” of color. Available in Black, Amber Tortoise, Tokyo Tortoise. For more information visit www.marchon.com ...
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James Franco Star And Director In Techno Color Sunglasses Video

James Franco Star And Director In Techno Color Sunglasses Video

Gucci is pleased to present the Techno Color Sunglasses video directed by actor and writer James Franco, who also stars in the short film. The video, launching worldwide in April 2014, conveys a sophisticated aesthetic, true to Gucci’s luxury codes, capturing the glamorous allure of the new eyewear collection. Shot at the legendary Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, the film features a charming game of seduction between James Franco and a beautiful woman, the model Natalia Bonifacci, with their eyes subtly intensified by the vivid shades of Gucci Techno Color sunglasses. The Gucci Techno Color eyewear capsule collection is a blend of sensuality and lightness, with a glam twist. Its linear and pure design is the result of a technology patented in the Eighties by Safilo Group and reinterpreted today in a new, lighter-than-ever version, enhanced by vibrant exotic colors: the utmost expression of the House’s fashion authority and technical expertise. Saturated lights underline the magic atmosphere of the Hollywood Hills, and the sunset hues are mirrored with magnificent reflection on the colourful lenses, elegantly highlighting the magnetic gazes between the protagonists. The Gucci Techno Color sunglasses collection is available at Gucci boutiques and select high-end opticians worldwide. CREDITS Directed by: James Franco Production Company: Rabbit Bandini Productions Model: Natalia Bonifacci Make-Up: Sweet Pea Vaughn Director of Photography: Bruce Thierry Cheung Music: “This Charming Man” by Daddy featuring Andy Rourke As part of a worldwide eco-friendly program designed to progressively reduce the company’s impact on the environment, Gucci sunglasses feature 100% recyclable packaging with FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified paper, while the unique foldable cases minimize stock space, limiting both the weight and amount of shipments and in turn helping to reduce 60% of CO2 emissions. Following the House’s environmental commitment, Gucci eyewear collections include sunglasses and optical frames in bio-based acetate, a special material that contains a higher than usual proportion of natural components, as well as sunglasses made in Liquid Wood, a bio-based and eco-friendly material that represents an alternative to the plastic generally used in the production of eyewear. Liquid Wood is made from bio-based materials: wood fiber from sustainably managed forests, lignin from paper manufacturing processes and natural wax. Founded in Florence in 1921, Gucci is one of the world’s leading luxury fashion brands. With a renowned reputation for quality and Italian craftsmanship, Gucci designs, manufactures and distributes highly desirable products such as leather goods (handbags, small leather goods, and luggage), shoes, ready-to-wear, silks, timepieces and fine jewellery. Eyewear and fragrances are manufactured and distributed under license by global industry leaders in these two sectors. Gucci products are sold exclusively through a network of directly operated boutiques (474 DOS as of January 2014) and through e-commerce, as a valuable complementary business channel. Gucci products are also distributed through a small number of franchisees, and selected department and specialty stores. Gucci is part of the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories which develops an ensemble of powerful Luxury and Sport & Lifestyle brands. For more information about Gucci, please visit www.gucci.com. ...
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Live Like A Rock Star With The Latest Xoxo Eyewear Collection

Live Like A Rock Star With The Latest Xoxo Eyewear Collection

To truly live like a rock star you have to have the perfect wardrobe. The latest XOXO Eyewear collection features the latest in trendy shapes and design details for the perfect combination of smart and sexy. Mesmerize, Thrill and Trendsetter are bold and fashion-forward looks for the woman who works hard and plays hard. Mesmerize features contrasting acetates for a look that is all the rage. The solid Black or Tortoise fronts offer a rounded rectangle eyeshape, paired with translucent acetate temples in contrasting colors. Geometric stud detailing for style and spring hinges for comfort means she can wear these frames all day and into the night. Thrill is a full rim combination frame with a flat metal front and acetate temples. The rounded rectangle eyeshape is traditional with a twist, with stud detailing on the endpiece and temples. The black frame features bright blue exterior temples, while the purple offers a colorful front with black temples featuring a purple marbled interior. With spring hinges and adjustable nose pads for a comfortable fit, Thrill is sure to please. Trendsetter offers an updated, modern take on boyfriend style. Between the oversized eyeshape and keyhole bridge, Trendsetter will fit any style. The double laminate acetate features Black on clear crystal and Tortoise on blue crystal for added interest. The finishing touch is solid temples that fade to animal prints in non-traditional colors on the interior temple tips. Visit our website, mcgeegroup.com, to view the entire collection. For more information, contact The McGee Group at 800-966-2020 or sales@mcgeegroup.com. The McGee Group markets ophthalmic frames, sunwear, reading glasses and cases to all customer groups throughout North America and many international markets including eye care professionals, distributors, large optical chains, mass merchants, and department stores. Since its inception in 1976, The McGee Group has gained recognition as a forward thinking company by merging innovative technology with fashion, offering high quality products, superior marketing support and value-added customer service. The McGee Group currently manufactures and distributes Badgley Mischka Eyewear and Sunwear, Vera Bradley Eyewear and Sunwear, XOXO Eyewear and Sunwear, Orvis Eyewear, Totally Rimless and Argyleculture Eyewear by Russell Simmons ...
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