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First Lens with Benefits Available to Those in Need of Vision Correction

First Lens with Benefits Available to Those in Need of Vision Correction

SPY® (OTCBB: XSPY) is happy to announce the release of its groundbreaking proprietary Happy Lens™ technology in Rx form to eye care providers for 2014. The first-ever Rx lens with benefits, Happy Lens Rx will be available through www.spydigitalrx.com—SPY’s B2B online ordering system that enables accounts to order the SPY Happy Lens™ with a patient prescription directly. “We’re proud to announce that the innovative SPY Happy Lens™ is now available in prescription form,” says Jim Sepanek, SPY executive vice president. “The inclusion of our proprietary Happy Lens™ technology will allow those who need vision correction to not only see better, but also feel better and perform better. It’s another great technological advancement in eyewear that’s only available from SPY.” The biggest breakthrough in sun lens technology in decades, Happy Lens™ is the first and only lens technology specifically designed to maximize the transmission of the sun’s “good” rays. Developed in collaboration with leading eyewear industry veteran Jim Pritts, the Happy Lens™ patent-pending technology blocks the sun’s harmful UV rays and short-wave blue light (“bad” rays), while...
SPY® Brand Products Achieved Annual Growth of 8% in 2013 over 2012

SPY® Brand Products Achieved Annual Growth of 8% in 2013 over 2012

SPY Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) today announced financial results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2013. Annual sales of our SPY® brand products were $37.7 million in 2013, an increase of 8% or $2.6 million, compared to $35.1 million in 2012. SPY® brand annual sales included slightly higher closeout sales of $2.8 million in 2013, compared to $2.6 million in 2012. Sales from our discontinued licensed brand products, which are no longer a focus of the Company, were less than $0.1 million in 2013, compared $0.5 million in 2012. Total Company net sales increased by 6% or $2.2 million, to $37.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to $35.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, primarily as a result of increased sales of our snow goggle and optical products. Fourth quarter sales of our SPY® brand products were $8.6 million in 2013, an increase of 7% or $0.5 million over the fourth quarter of 2012. The fourth quarter SPY® brand sales included higher closeout sales of $0.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to $0.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, or a $0.1 million increase. Total Company net sales increased by 6% or $0.5 million, to $8.6...
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Spy’s Louie Vito In The Pipe And On The Mic At X Games

Spy’s Louie Vito In The Pipe And On The Mic At X Games

SPY® is Happy to announce two-time X Games medalist and Olympian Louie Vito will compete in and co-host the 2014 Winter X Games in his signature SPY + Louie Vito Marshall. Inking a three-year co-hosting deal, Vito will add broadcasting to his current bag of tricks for both summer and winter X Games. “I have always been a huge supporter of X Games since I was a kid, so I was stoked at the opportunity to join the ESPN/X Games family,” said Louie Vito. “Being a competitor in the event, I look forward to bringing insight to the fans watching worldwide.” Performing in-air and on-air for the duration of X Games 18, Vito will commentate on multiple disciplines in addition to competing in Men’s Superpipe Thursday, January 23. A must-have during competition, Louie Vito will don his signature SPY Marshall snow goggles during the Men’s Superpipe event. Combining performance-tested technology with graphic detailing that harkens back to his Ohio state roots, the SPY + Louie Vito Marshall marks SPY’s fourth collaboration piece with the X Games host. Vito’s signature goggle also includes a custom “LV” signature patch and a special edition goggle bag. Custom built from a flexible...
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Spy® Happily Partners With The J Fin Group

Spy® Happily Partners With The J Fin Group

SPY® Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY), a leading eyewear company known for its patent-pending Happy Lens™ technology, today announced a licensing partnership with The J Fin Group to design, manufacture and sell SPY products including, but not limited to, men’s and boy’s apparel, unisex accessories and consumer electronics. “The J Fin Group in partnership with Scope’s Business Services Platform is an exciting new partner for SPY,” says Michael Marckx, SPY CEO and president. “In addition to a number of other brands, they own and market the Split and Ambig brands and understand the unique market segments we serve: active, ‘happy to be outdoors’ surfers, snowboarders, skiers, motocross riders, cyclists, and beach goers. Our vision is to develop authentic and compelling product for each of these groups leveraging the SPY brand’s new found strength in the market and its unique and irreverent ‘happy’ point of view. We are confident that our combined experience will allow us to successfully open new channels of distribution, attract new customers, expand the product offerings and provide meaningful growth opportunities for the future.” Based in Irvine, Calif., The J Fin Group...
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SPY Joins Think About Your Eyes Public Awareness Initiative

SPY Joins Think About Your Eyes Public Awareness Initiative

Think About Your Eyes, a public eye health initiative sponsored by a non-profit organization under The Vision Council, announced SPY as the latest industry partner to join in support of the national campaign. SPY joins other vision community leaders and eyecare providers as supporters of the Think About Your Eyes campaign—a program designed to educate the public about the importance of vision health and the benefits of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. A leader in the design, marketing and distribution of premium products, SPY’s advancements in technology with the innovative Happy Lens™ help consumers not only see better, but feel better. “SPY strongly believes in the importance of taking care of our vision,” said Jim Sepanek, executive vice president of SPY. “The vision community needs campaigns like Think About Your Eyes to inform the public about the significance of annual, comprehensive eye exams and the impact they can have on overall health and disease prevention.” After a highly successful launch in 2013, national advertising resumes in February. Advertising will drive consumers to schedule an eye exam and direct them to www.thinkaboutyoureyes.com where...
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Spy’s Justin Barcia Is Happy To Hold It Wide Open At A1 Supercross

Spy’s Justin Barcia Is Happy To Hold It Wide Open At A1 Supercross

SPY® is happy to announce Justin Barcia and Kevin Windham are set to excite at the first stop of the Monster Energy AMA Season in Anaheim on January 4, 2014. Hunting for the holeshot in his signature SPY Omen MX goggle, Barcia will hold it wide open during his second season in the premier 450 class, while Windham ignites the crowd with his opening ceremony transfer jumps in his signature SPY + Kevin Windham Klutch. “Justin is on his game and we are excited to watch him race this year,” says Kyle Krause, SPY MX team manager. “SPY has a storied history in the Supercross arena with McGrath and Windham, and now Barcia. We’re happy to see Windham back on the transfer jumps, McGrath commentating at select races and Barcia in the main event for another great season of racing.” Fresh off back-to-back wins at two of Europe’s most prestigious Supercross events—Genova and Bercy—Barcia will merge innate talent with cultivated experience to better his overall fourth place finish from his rookie year. “This is my second year in the 450 class and I am here to win races,” says Justin Barcia. “I’ve learned a lot over the past few months and am excited to put it all together...
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Spy® VP Of Optical Happily Named Executive Vice President

Spy® VP Of Optical Happily Named Executive Vice President

SPY® Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY), a leading eyewear company known for its patent-pending Happy Lens™ technology, today announced that Jim Sepanek, SPY Vice President of Optical, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of SPY, effective December 26, 2013. Having joined SPY in May 2011, Sepanek has led business development and sales for SPY as it evolves its global presence. With nearly 20 years of experience in the optical industry, Sepanek has previously served as vice president of business development at Signature Eyewear and prior to that, held executive positions at Rem Eyewear and Revo, Inc. “It’s rare when a dream job gets better,” says Jim Sepanek. “I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity that we have to take the SPY brand to the next level. In my new role, we will bring a sense of urgency and discipline to the way we approach our business, providing a greater reason to exist for our customers and a better experience for our consumers.” Michael Marckx, SPY President and CEO added, “Having a new executive on the team to join Jim McGinty and me is very exciting, especially considering Jim Sepanek’s professionalism and love of the SPY brand. Jim has...
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Spy® President & CEO Appointed To Spy Inc. Board Of Directors

Spy® President & CEO Appointed To Spy Inc. Board Of Directors

SPY® Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY), a leading eyewear company known for its patent-pending Happy Lens™ technology, today announced that SPY President and CEO Michael Marckx will join the SPY Inc. Board of Directors, effective December 11, 2013. Having joined SPY in February 2011, Marckx has been instrumental in reinvigorating the SPY brand and developing innovative sales and marketing strategies as well as product extensions. Dedicated to spreading happiness, Marckx is a vital part of SPY’s mission to inspire people to see better and feel better with the Happy Lens™. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Marckx served briefly as SPY’s Vice President of Marketing before being named President and eventually taking on both President and CEO roles. Having served as Surfrider Foundation’s Chairman of the Board from 2010 to 2012, Marckx has been a part of Surfrider’s Board of Directors since 2000 and is currently a board member of the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association. A former USA Cycling amateur world champion and US National team member, Marckx enjoys several sports and continues to compete as a UCI Category 1 bike racer. “As the President and CEO of SPY Inc., I am very excited to be...
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Spy + Tucker Hibbert Set To Whip Up A Batch Of Victories

Spy + Tucker Hibbert Set To Whip Up A Batch Of Victories

SPY® is Happy to roll out the latest collaboration with SPY athlete and Snocross World Champion Tucker “T-Train” Hibbert—the signature SPY + Tucker Hibbert Whip SnowX goggle. Fusing SPY’s highly advanced MX and snow goggle technologies; the signature Tucker Hibbert Whip is a tough and technical goggle ready to wreak havoc in any winter wonderland or MX track. Boasting an anti-fog dual lens for snow conditions and a bonus single-pane lens for MX riding, the Tucker Hibbert Whip is the ultimate crossover star, just like the man himself. The Whip also features SPY’s patented Scoop® ventilation system, Triple Layer Isotron™ face foam, dual-injected nose guard and a flexible polyurethane frame for comfort. “I’ve been with SPY for over ten years, and this year’s goggle is my favorite yet,” says Tucker Hibbert. “I’m proud to be a part of the team and work with the SPY crew to develop goggles specifically for snowmobiling. With my feedback, I know we’re making a goggle that can handle the extreme conditions snowmobilers face on the track, trail or back country.” Kicking off the season with a pair of wins in Duluth, Minn. over the weekend, Tucker has...
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Wake Team Rider, Bob Soven, Recognized as Dope On A Rope

Wake Team Rider, Bob Soven, Recognized as Dope On A Rope

SPY® is happy to announce Bob Soven—self-proclaimed world’s tannest redhead—has been named the 2013 Rider of the Year (ROTY) by Alliance Wakeboard Magazine. The award tops off a year littered with gold, where Bob earned top podium finishes at the Red Bull Wake Open and Wake Park Triple Crown. “For Bob, it’s not just about riding his board and getting on the podium,” says Aaron Grace, SPY wake team manager. “He’s about spreading the love of the sport and enjoys every minute of it. Bob is truly a happy person, which is why he’s a perfect fit for SPY. He wants everyone to experience the stoke he has and spread Happy vibes.” Bob’s impressive contest results in 2013—along with his riding style and technical ingenuity—only further cemented him as the Alliance ROTY. Soven is the fifth SPY wake team rider to win the award, joining the likes of Parks Bonifay (2002), Chad Sharpe (2004), Danny Harf (2006), and Tom Fooshee (2010). “SPY has the same view as I do: live life to the fullest and be sure that you are happy and having fun,” says Soven. “It’s a privilege to ride for a company that not only supports me, but also supports the entire sport of wakeboarding....
Spy® Is Happy To Help The Philippines After Super Typhoon Haiyan

Spy® Is Happy To Help The Philippines After Super Typhoon Haiyan

SPY® was Happy to Help raise funds over the past week for the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines by donating $30 from every sunglass sale on www.spyoptic.com to Waves For Water. The funds will support their efforts to provide access to clean water for the victims and families of those affected by the devastating natural disaster. One of the strongest storms recorded on the planet, Super Typhoon Haiyan plowed across the Philippines with powerful winds hitting the province of Eastern Visayas first. With sustained winds of 195 mph and gusts as strong as 235 mph, Haiyan was the second-deadliest typhoon to hit the Philippines in recorded history. Although they do not know the extent of the damage, the storm is estimated to have killed as many as 4,000 people with over 550,000 left homeless. Please join SPY in providing a helping hand to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan by donating to Waves For Water during this critical time. For additional information on how to support the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan, go to www.wavesforwater.org/project/typhoon-haiyan. For more information about SPY, log-on at www.spyoptic.com, www.facebook.com/spyoptic, Twitter @spyoptic and @spyoptic...
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Check The Rime: Spy + The Seventh Letter “Get Up” On The Slopes

Check The Rime: Spy + The Seventh Letter “Get Up” On The Slopes

Three is the magic number when it comes to SPY + The Seventh Letter collaborations, and the third features a burner on SPY’s most recognizable oversized snow goggle—the Platoon—by graffiti artist Jersey Joe, aka RIME. “Providing the largest surface area of all of our goggles, the Platoon is the perfect canvas for Rime’s distinctive characters,” says Juliette Koh, SPY product director. “The Platoon not only features the biggest view possible, but our patented Scoop® venting ensures it will be the clearest.” RIME’s complex characters—inspired by Garbage Pail Kids trading cards, Looney Tunes, and comic strips—are intended to live in the grittiness of the outdoors rather than a sterile gallery, making the Platoon the perfect open air canvas for his lines. With classic graffiti style and an irreverent approach to everything he does, the SPY + RIME Platoon is part of the ever-evolving curation between the world-renowned Seventh Letter Crew and SPY. Adorned with RIME’s trademark characters, the SPY + TSL + RIME Platoon bleeds his trademark graffiti style on both the inside and outside of the goggle strap, is accented with unique loop labeling and carries the RIME...
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SPY Inc. Reports Results For The Third Quarter 2013

SPY Inc. Reports Results For The Third Quarter 2013

SPY Inc. (OTCBB: XSPY) today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2013. SPY® brand products were $29.1 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, an increase of 8% or $2.0 million greater than in of the same period in 2012. Total Company net sales increased by 6% or $1.7 million, to $29.2 million during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared to $27.5 million in the same period in 2012. The difference between our SPY® brand sales and total Company sales in 2012 was due to our discontinued licensed brand products, which will have no sales in the future. Discontinued licensed brand sales were less than $50,000 during the nine months ended September 30, 2013, compared with sales of $0.4 million in the same period of 2012. Third quarter sales of SPY® brand products were $10.2 million in 2013, an increase of 3% or $0.3 million greater than in the third quarter of 2012. Total Company net sales increased by 3% or $0.3 million, to $10.2 million compared to $9.9 million in the third quarter of 2012. There were no licensed brand sales in the third quarter of 2013, compared with $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2012. “We...
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Spy + Airhole Raider Goggle Collab Happily Fluffs Your Face

Spy + Airhole Raider Goggle Collab Happily Fluffs Your Face

Always a fan of powder plundering, SPY® has HAPPILY teamed up with Airhole, the original facemask company, to launch the Raider—an oversized cylindrical goggle featuring massive Scoop® vents and a bonus lens to provide pure pleasure to your dome without messy face shots slowing you down. “The Raider was created for those who enjoy vintage design mixed with modern-day oversized technology,” says Juliette Koh, SPY product director. “Simply put, the Raider’s minimalistic design has every technical feature you need in a goggle with a bonus balaclava supplied by our friends at Airhole for extra stealthy style and functionality.” Founded by professional snowboarders Kale Stephens and Chris Brown, Airhole Facemasks provide the protection you need from Mother Nature while bringing fashion to your face. Knitted by hand using antibacterial fabrics and featuring their patent-pending breathing hole, Airhole Facemasks are not only practical and fashionable; they’re fun and functional too. “SPY and Airhole share the most important principals of shredding, so our collaboration was a no-brainer,” says Airhole Joel, Airhole Facemasks sales manager. “The new Raider snow goggle...
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SPY® Is Happy To Help Colorado

SPY® Is Happy To Help Colorado

SPY® was Happy to Help raise funds over the past week for the victims of the Colorado flooding by donating $30 from every sunglass sale on www.spyoptic.com. The funds went directly to the Foothills Flood Relief Fund in their efforts to provide aid and shelter for the victims and families of those affected by the devastating natural disaster. During the span of nine days in September, heavy rains drenched the entire state of Colorado with a record 9.08 inches falling in Boulder County within a 24-hour period. County rainfall totals for central Colorado reached over 20 inches—the yearly average—over the 10-day weather event causing some rivers to exceed flood stage for 60 hours. With over 12,000 people under mandatory evacuation, an additional 1000 residents were rescued in dangerous flash flood conditions in the biggest airlift operation since Hurricane Katrina. As the flood waters continue to recede and damages are assessed statewide, the residents of Colorado look to rebuild their lives and communities with the winter season approaching. Please join SPY in providing a helping hand to support our brothers and sisters in Colorado by donating to Foothills Flood Relief Fund during...
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