Ellen Tracy Announces its Latest Eyewear Releases for Fall/Winter 2016

Ellen Tracy Announces its Latest Eyewear Releases for Fall/Winter 2016

ClearVision Optical introduces new styles for the Ellen Tracy fall/winter eyewear collection. The latest collection features three new styles: one acetate model and two metal combo models. A rich, jewel-toned color palette includes shades of green, wine, and blue. These polished designs feature sophisticated shapes and textured accents. Amsterdam: This sleek, metal combo frame features a wearable modified square eye shape. Multicolored acetate temples complement the metal front, which has a textured design. Available in black, green, and wine. Newcastle: This acetate frame has a modified square eye shape. The textured metal design along the front and temples takes inspiration from nature. Available in blue, brown, and wine. Singapore:  This semi-rimless design provides a modern yet classic look. The temples feature a lace-inspired print and oval-shaped accents for a touch of flair. Available in aubergine, blue, and brown.  To learn more about the Ellen Tracy collection, visit cvoptical.com, contact a ClearVision Sales Consultant or call 1.800.645.3733. Follow, like or visit ClearVision Optical on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. About ClearVision Optical Founded in 1949, ClearVision Optical is an award-winning leader in the optical industry, designing and distributing eyewear and sunwear for top brands such as Aspire Eyewear, BCBGMAXAZRIA, BluTech Eyewear, Ellen Tracy, IZOD, Jessica McClintock, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, Op, Revo, and Steve Madden. ClearVision’s house brands include ClearVision Collection, Dilli Dalli pediatric eyewear, DuraHinge, Junction City, PuriTi Titanium, and Red Raven. A privately held company, ClearVision is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and has more than 250 associates throughout the U.S. ClearVision’s collections are distributed throughout North America and 20 countries around the globe. ...
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Rudy Project Launches  “Best Helmet Warranty & Crash Replacement Program on the Planet”

Rudy Project Launches “Best Helmet Warranty & Crash Replacement Program on the Planet”

Rudy Project NA, exclusive distributors of Italian-made endurance sports gear, is shaking up the helmet industry by announcing the “Best Helmet Warranty and Crash Replacement Program on the Planet.” Following the brand’s historic win in Kona as LAVA Magazine’s “Most Worn Helmet” for a record breaking sixth consecutive year, Rudy Project NA is now turning heads with an unbeatable helmet warranty and expanded crash replacement program that nearly doubles all competitors’ programs. This announcement comes shortly after the company’s decision to offer all dealers any of Rudy Project’s award-winning road, MTB, and time trial/aero helmets at one-third of MSRP, resulting in an unprecedented everyday 3X markup. Under the new crash replacement program, every single Rudy Project helmet bought in North America is covered for up to 6 years as well as up to 3 years against manufacturer defects and workmanship. The combination of these policies, coupled with the 3X markup, is a win-win for the dealer and the consumer. Cyclists, mountain bikers, and triathletes everywhere now have access to the best helmet policies on the planet, in addition to Rudy Project’s advanced technologies, aerodynamic styling, and cutting-edge designs. “We believe we have the best technical helmets on the planet and some of the coolest Italian aerodynamic designs,” said Paul Craig, President and Co-Founder of Rudy Project North America. “Our engineers developed our helmet line with input from thousands of athletes over the last few decades – it’s no mystery that Rudy Project was the #1 helmet at Kona for 6 years in a row. Now, we are proud to announce we have the ‘Best Helmet Warranty and Crash Replacement Program on the Planet.’ Our new program is an industry milestone and sets Rudy apart from the competition in every way. So we’re thrilled, and are making it clear that we stand by our gear unequivocally and have the best warranty and policies in the business to prove it.” The 3-year warranty period, 6-year crash replacement policy, and everyday 3X markup serve as reminders of what makes the Rudy Project brand stand out in a crowded field. “We want to make it convenient and easy for people to get a replacement without hesitation, which is why we’ve expanded the crash policy,” said Craig. Rudy Project helmets offer advanced, lightweight in-mold construction technology, internal bug net padding, and cutting-edge retention/adjustment systems, all in a comfortable and well-ventilated design that meets CPSC requirements. The company has received countless awards for technological innovation and commitment to excellence, such as Triathlete Magazine’s ‘Best Aero Helmet’ and Gear Patrol’s ‘Best Triathlon Helmet.’ The ever- popular aero/TT line includes the classic Wingspan and Wing57 designed in collaboration with aerodynamics expert John Cobb, as well as the all new Boost 01 road aero helmet. Pros , amateurs, and weekend warriors alike can be seen in road helmet models such as the value-oriented Rush, the top-of-the-line carbon fiber Windmax, the sleek and stylish Airstorm, and the world-renowned Sterling, which was designed with the help of an Italian hat craftsman to ensure an incredible level of comfort and fit. In conjunction with the updated crash replacement policy and industry-leading helmet warranty, Rudy Project North America’s customer service has undergone significant restructuring under the new Director of Operations, Jason Ekinaka, to respond faster to warranty inquiries and dealer needs. For over 30 years, Rudy Project has been trusted by elite racers, amateur athletes, and consumers all over the world to keep them protected, stylish, and riding at the head of the pack. By offering one of the best helmet programs in the business, dealers can make their consumers feel secure in knowing that their gear is backed by a 3-year warranty and a 6-year crash replacement policy. These distinguished programs serve to solidify Rudy Project’s commitment to creating the world’s best products with amazing service, warranties, and replacement policies. About Rudy Project Italian Crafted Sunglasses, Helmets, Googles, + Rx/Prescription Eyewear Since 1985 • 6-Time #1 Most-Worn Aero / TT Helmet at IRONMAN® World Championships • Unbeatable Replacement Lens Guarantee • www.rudyprojectusa.com ...
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SAFILO GROUP AND THE NEW SCHOOL’S PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN  ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SAFILO X PARSONS  FASHION DESIGN THESIS COMPETITION

SAFILO GROUP AND THE NEW SCHOOL’S PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SAFILO X PARSONS FASHION DESIGN THESIS COMPETITION

Safilo Group and The New School’s Parsons School of Design announce the launch of their first installment of the Safilo x Parsons Design Thesis Competition, a partnership in celebration of the up-and- coming designers of the next generation. The competition underscores design and product excellence which echoes Safilo Group’s purpose as a design inspired and brand led eyewear manufacturer with product at the heart of its transformative 2020 corporate strategic plan. The Safilo x Parsons Design Thesis Competition builds not only on the value that Safilo places on eyewear and the company’s ongoing commitment to preserve eyewear craftsmanship, but also on Safilo’s commitment to educate younger generations by passing down the art of eyewear as the company has done with its Safilo Product School which was inaugurated in 2015 as an apprenticeship program. Safilo and Parsons will provide six thesis-level BFA students with the opportunity to design eyewear as a pivotal component of their final thesis work and see their prototyped designs come to fruition through the oversight of Safilo designers and Parson’s School of Fashion faculty. The six students were chosen from a number of senior candidates who submitted their designs through Parsons and went through a screening process coordinated by Alessandro Marcer, VP, Creative Director of Safilo USA who heads the company’s New York design studio and Vladimiro Baldin, Chief Design Product Officer of Safilo Group. The six finalists are: Samantha Sutton, Ji Hyun Myung, Olivia LeBlanc, Eun Byul Kim, Myung Eun Cha and Seh Yoon Lee. Marcer will coach the six students throughout the entire process. Each student finalist will work closely with Safilo CAD engineering to perfect all aesthetic functional and technical elements of their designs and will ultimately see their creations brought to life by Safilo atelier. The technical CAD phase will take place through early December before proceeding to the prototyping and coloring phases resulting in final prototypes delivered in March 2017 in time for their thesis submissions. The six student finalists will have the opportunity to win a cash prize of $5,000. The winning student will be selected by Safilo with the support of a panel of prominent fashion industry players. The winning prototype will be displayed during Parson’s end of year benefit in May. About Parsons The New School’s Parsons School of Design is a global leader in design education, with programs that span the disciplines of design and the fine arts. With the launch of its fashion design program in 1906, Parsons is credited with the rise of Seventh Avenue, the epicenter of American fashion. Parsons offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Fashion Design, Associate degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion Marketing, and a Master of Fine Arts Program in Fashion Design and Society initiated through the support of Parsons alumna Donna Karan. Parsons has educated generations of leading American fashion designers, including Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Isaac Mizrahi, Tracy Reese, Narciso Rodriguez, Anna Sui, Prabal Gurung, Derek Lam, Proenza Schouler, Vena Cava, Alexander Wang and Jason Wu. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsons. 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 sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. Design inspired and brand driven, Safilo translates extraordinary design into excellent products created thanks to a superior craftsmanship expertise dating back to 1878. With an extensive wholly owned global distribution network in 39 countries – in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific and China – Safilo is committed to quality distribution of its products all around the world. Safilo’s portfolio encompasses Carrera, Polaroid, Smith, Safilo, Oxydo, Dior, Dior Homme, Fendi, Gucci, Banana Republic, Bobbi Brown, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Céline, Elie Saab, Fossil, Givenchy, havaianas, Jack Spade, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Swatch, and Tommy Hilfiger. ...
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POLAROID KIDS OPHTHALMIC COLLECTION

POLAROID KIDS OPHTHALMIC COLLECTION

Collection Summary: Polaroid’s accessible design approach is now available in kids optical frames!  The Polaroid Kids optical collection, for children ages 6-12, offers style and design balanced with functionality and emotion in a playful way.  Nine wearable shapes are offered in eye-catching colors in either handmade acetate or acetate/steel combinations are designed to appeal to both parent and child. Number of styles: The U.S. launch collection includes six styles, each offered in three colorways. Materials: PLD D800: acetate front and temples PLD D801: acetate front and temples PLD D802: acetate front and temples PLD D803: acetate front/steel temples PLD D804: acetate front/steel temples PLD D805: acetate front/steel temples Colors: PLD D800: red, black, azure PLD D801: red, black, blue PLD D802: violet, transparent cherry, brown Havana PLD D803: blue, red, black PLD D804: blue, red, black PLD D805: cyclamen, brown Havana, black Launch Timing: November 2016 ...
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THE FRAME KAO9 GETS EVERYONE OK

THE FRAME KAO9 GETS EVERYONE OK

  At OKO by OKO, new collections have been showing an exclusive design, a designer look always seeking for innovation in terms of shapes, materials and colors effects. Overall, the new optical releases get a strong temper and character as do the frame KAO9 with a unique and distinctive style. When injected material meets stainless steel… The double-material TR-90 injected (face) and stainless steel (side-pieces) registers this frame onto a special register of ultra-lightness, whereas its asserted design, thanks to its rounded shape remembering the Pantos style, classifies it in the repertoire of trendy frames.    KAO9 is a frame that will please all those who wish to give character and style to their choice of eyewear. Designer frame, yes, but affordable for all!  OKO by OKO – eyewear designer for all since 1999 – #gooddesignforgoodpeople ...
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LUXURY IS LEATHER

LUXURY IS LEATHER

Adrienne Vittadini explores new avenues in luxury with the introduction of the Luxury is Leather eyewear collection. The personification of haute-leisure lifestyle, Adrienne Vittadini continues to keep her finger on the pulse of today’s fashion trends that personify “a constant state of style”. Adrienne Vittadini eyewear collection continues to bridges the gap of European fashion with timeless appeal of American style with bold details and clean lines in eyewear styling. Fall Winter 2016 Adrienne Vittadini release highlights sophisticated and on trend styling with three new optical frames featuring leather embellishment in jewel tone Burgundy, Caramel Brown and lush Black. Style AV 1200 is a full size feminine square in Italian acetate featuring delicately woven leather trim on upper temple, flanked by metal castings on each end. Temple tips accented with the AV logo add the finishing touch to this timeless style. Metal styles AV 1196 and AV 1198, two statement making frames, feature woven leather trim inset along the metal top brow and extending throughout temple length. Representing two very classic style shapes, AV 1198 highlights soft rounded eye rims where the AV 1196 emphasizes a soft square line. All frames feature spring hinges for optimum comfort fit wear and will be accompanied by protective hard case and branded cleaning cloth. ...
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ESE’S ETE LUNETTES INTRODUCES NEW OPTICAL COLLECTION

ESE’S ETE LUNETTES INTRODUCES NEW OPTICAL COLLECTION

Eastern States Eyewear has introduced seven new optical styles in the Été Lunettes collection. Four are within the brand’s feather collection which obtain their unique coloration through the use of natural feathers. Each is cleaned and dyed to meticulously chosen pantone colors then inserted by hand in between two sheets of crystal acetate. A variety of techniques and cuts are utilized – for example, the model Aston’s acetate front is cut and layered to show an upper portion featuring detailed feather work and the lower level is a complimenting it with a lightly colored crystal tone. Another technique can be viewed in the model Murles – a progressive, geometric shape demonstrating the brand’s interpretation of a traditional color fade – however the use of the feathers provides for a brilliant touch of asymmetry that cannot be achieved through typical acetate colors. Not to be outdone are three new styles within the brand’s plexiglass collection. These models each feature engravings that are done one by one through the use of a handheld micro cutter with coloration (via syringe) applied thereafter. In addition to the flower and leaf imagery seen throughout these styles the introduction of colored plexiglass (such as violet and grey tones) has also been added to compliment these models’ crystalized effect. Every one of these styles is handmade with only a limited number of each produced worldwide. Each is numbered on its temple tip and is packaged in a case and box with an international guarantee card and cleaning cloth. For more information contact Eastern States Eyewear at (800) 645-3710 or on the web at www.eseyewear.com. ...
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ClearVision Optical Introduces New IZOD Styles for Fall/Winter 2016

ClearVision Optical Introduces New IZOD Styles for Fall/Winter 2016

Eyewear industry leader ClearVision Optical introduces the latest release from IZOD, featuring 11 new styles. Featuring active styles with a clean, classic look, these new releases are accented with a variety of materials, including carbon fiber, TR-90, and rubber. The color palette is subdued with subtle pops of green, ink, merlot, and brown. IZOD PerformX styles are designed with memory metal bridges and temples to provide durability and high performance. Styles include: IZOD 2018: This acetate frame features a stylish rectangular eye shape. The temples are made of TR-90 material and feature a rubber logo accent. The uniquely-shaped temple tips are inspired by the sea and resemble oars of a boat. Available in black and tortoise. IZOD 2022: IZOD 2022 is a youthful acetate style. This colorful frame features fade coloration on the front and contrasting pops of color on the temples. The carbon fiber accented on the temples feature a pattern reminiscent of IZOD's pique polo shirts. Available in black fade and brown fade. PFX 3013: This classically sporty style is constructed with a memory metal bridge and temples for added durability and comfort. Inspired by the texture of a golf ball, this frame features perforated temples and end pieces. Available in brown matte and ink matte. To learn more about the IZOD collection, visit cvoptical.com, contact a ClearVision Sales Consultant or call 1.800.645.3733. Follow, like or visit ClearVision Optical on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram. About ClearVision Optical Founded in 1949, ClearVision Optical is an award-winning leader in the optical industry, designing and distributing eyewear and sunwear for top brands such as Aspire Eyewear, BCBGMAXAZRIA, BluTech, Ellen Tracy, IZOD, Jessica McClintock, Marc Ecko Cut & Sew, Op, Revo, and Steve Madden. ClearVision’s house brands include ClearVision Collection, Dilli Dalli pediatric eyewear, DuraHinge, Junction City, PuriTi Titanium, and Red Raven. A privately held company, ClearVision is headquartered in Hauppauge, New York and has more than 250 associates throughout the U.S. ClearVision’s collections are distributed throughout North America and 20 countries around the globe. ...
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MODERN OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL  Supports Local University Food Pantry

MODERN OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL Supports Local University Food Pantry

Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International sponsored a food drive in early November to support Libby’s Place, an on-campus food bank at nearby Aurora University in Aurora, Illinois. This is the second consecutive year that Modern Optical employees and their families chose Libby’s Place as its “Modern Gives Back” Charity. Founded in August 2015, Libby’s Place was established following a homelessness initiative meeting on campus. Students, staff, and members of the community realized that homelessness and food insecurity are issues some students face every day. To help stock the shelves of Libby’s Place, Modern Optical employees donated over 800 items ranging from cereal, noodles, and canned goods to hygiene items such as toothpaste and soap. Several employees made gift card and monetary donations. Kris Johnson, Director of Student Leadership at Aurora University, expressed her gratitude in a recent letter, “I cannot begin to thank you for the generous donation of food and toiletry items… We have had a significant increase in the number of students using the food pantry this year and your donation came at an optimal time as we were getting low on supplies… Essentially, Modern Optical International has not only helped to feed their stomachs, but also their hearts and souls as well. For the students to be able to live in an environment where they know other people care for them is absolutely priceless. We will be forever grateful for your kindness.” “The culture at Modern Optical is one of giving back, and social justice is something we can all participate in,” said Ken Weissman, President of Modern Optical. “I am extremely proud that our employees want to support the local community in such a meaningful way.” A JPEG image of Modern Optical employees with their food bank donations is available in this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ram5f3cgjjiis6a/Libbys%20Place%20Donations%202016%201.jpg?dl=0 About Modern Optical International Modern Optical International, based in suburban Chicago, is a family-owned and operated business founded in 1974.  A provider of quality eyewear for men, women, and children, Modern is an industry leader in the value-oriented eyewear market. With 15 unique collections representing over 850 styles, Modern Optical frames are a perfect fit for managed care, price specials, second pair sales, and frame and lens programs. Our Summit Optical Supply Division provides cases, parts, cleaning cloths, and more. Please visit www.modernoptical.com or call 800.323.2409 for more information. ...
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Art-Craft Optical Since 1918

Art-Craft Optical Since 1918

Art-Craft Optical America’s oldest and last full line manufacture entered the Rx safety market in 1983 with USA Workforce. At the time, the collection consisted of 18-percent nickel silver frames with gold plating. Today, the materials range from Monel to titanium, polycarbonate, carbon fiber, TR90, stainless steel as the most popular metal. The company uses an E coat, or electrophoretic coat, a chemical bath that electronically transposes onto metal for a strong, anti-corrosive Military Spec finish. In 2012 Art-Craft Optical re-launched a new and the only American Made RX Safety collection. The “AM Collection” was designed to address a market need and demand for domestically produced RX safety frames. The initial collection was six styles of stainless steel then followed by a carbon fiber styles and TR90 frames. These three releases have been very successful in the safety market. The company offers four to six new safety styles a year. The number of new styles is kept to a minimum because Vice President Charlie Eagle says fulfillment is essential in this market. “The most critical thing for industrial is backorders. If you have a backorder on a safety frame, someone doesn’t go on the work floor. We try to keep our line fresh but not to the point where the distributors are overburdened by skus,” he said. Art-Craft sells through labs as well as chains with their own labs that can market and solicit in the safety category. The company also encourages ECPs to work with labs to service smaller companies in the manufacturing sector. “The labs can identify the business and do plant reviews and the ECPs can provide eye care and dispensing services. Then the ECP has the opportunity of selling to the family eyewear and contacts to the workers’ families,” Eagle pointed out. Art-Craft Optical Co., Inc. was founded in 1918 and has continued as a family business run by the Eagle Family in Rochester, NY. Call or email today for more information on how to get started with an American Made RX Safety Six Place Kit. 800-828- 8288 or aco@artcraftoptical.com www.artcraftoptical.com ...
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L’AMY’S CHAMPION INTRODUCES NEW POWER LITE SERIES

L’AMY’S CHAMPION INTRODUCES NEW POWER LITE SERIES

L’Amy America’s Champion Eyes, announces the worldwide launch of 5 new models for the Fall, constructed of Champion’s own PowerLite, injection-molded, TR90 material. The new offering compliments Champion’s existing collection of ophthalmics and sunglasses for men, tweens and extended sizes. Ultra-durability and featherweight comfort make PowerLite the ultimate frame choice for those with an active lifestyle. Extreme temperatures will not affect PowerLite’s supple elasticity making these frames a wise choice for long-term outdoor wear. Adjustable wire core temples allow for a customized fitting without the need for bulky spring hinge systems. Champion’s PowerLite selection offers exceptional value. “These new offerings exemplify Champion’s product philosophy, of creating products designed to help people ‘get their game on’ in style and comfort with zero distractions” according to Connie Reiss, Worldwide Brand Manager, of Champion Eyes. “Champion creates innovative sport apparel so that you can do more of what you love when you’re comfortable, and eyewear is no exception to this rule” Reiss explained. Each model is available in 3 color options and the collection is supported by an array of visual display materials. About Champion Founded in Rochester, NY in 1919, Champion has inspired and outfitted athletes and active people everywhere for generations. From USA Olympic teams to everyday athletes, on and off the field, in and out of the gym. Champion’s guiding principles are: A love of sport, a spirit of innovations, and uncompromised quality, with ultimate passion to help men and women reach for their full potential and find the Champion inside. Based in Winston-Salem, NC, Champion is a subsidiary of Hanes Brands, Inc (NYSE: HBI) For more information, please visit www.hanes.com/champion. L’AMY America a wholly-owned subsidiary of the L’Amy Group is part of ILG (International Luxury Group)–one of the world’s leading fashion accessories companies possessing a portfolio of internationally renowned licensed brands distributed. The group develops eyewear for brands such as ANN TAYLOR, BALLY of SWITZERLAND, BALMAIN, CERRUTI 1881, CHAMPION, KENZO, NICOLE MILLER, ROCHAS, SONIA RYKIEL, and SPERRY, as well as its own house brands. ILG-L’AMY Group brings together eyewear, watches, handbags and jewelry under one international accessories company. For more information visit www.lamyamerica.com. ...
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ZIG Eyewear Releases Fall collections by Eyewear Artist, Cendrine O.

ZIG Eyewear Releases Fall collections by Eyewear Artist, Cendrine O.

ZIG Eyewear USA announced the release of the highly anticipated fall collections of ZIGGY® and Jean Reno Eyewear by designer Cendrine O. Each collection features 10 frame designs; all available in a range of colors. ZIGGY® and Jean Reno collections are the creations of Cendrine Obadia, a French-Canadian eyewear artist who has spent more than 20 years honing her craft. Cendrine O. is the designer behind some of the most innovative and inspirational pieces available on the market today. Her standout style sets her designs apart from the rest, with use of vibrant colors, intricate detail and bold design features. The new ZIGGY® fall collection is full of surprises, featuring design firsts and enhancements to best sellers that will delight fans of the designer. Beautiful details include laser engraving, sparking accents and contrasting colors that bring the individual frames to life. Be prepared to be WOWED with the new acetates in caramel, royal blue, shades of red and black – all with sparkles embedded in the acetate. Cendrine O.’s Jean Reno line is a cutting edge brand of eyewear inspired by famed French actor, Jean Reno. 1960s styles, glossy pop-art references, faux-wood detailing, mixed-material pairings and exciting color combinations are key elements that create its quality aesthetic. This fall’s Jean Reno collection comprises versatile frames that fit a variety of face shapes and sizes – there’s something for everyone. The range includes new and unique color combinations and introduces a collection of ‘woods’ – layered acetates that look and fee like wood. Rich, jewel-toned acetates, inlays and layered stainless steel notched to perfection add depth to the Jean Reno designs, making each pair a stand out piece. For further information, please contact: salesinfo@zig-eyewearusa.com 877.907.9076 www.zig-eyewear.com ...
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SAFILO REINFORCES ITS PRESENCE IN NORTHERN EUROPE  AND OPENS A NEW SHOWROOM IN STOCKHOLM

SAFILO REINFORCES ITS PRESENCE IN NORTHERN EUROPE AND OPENS A NEW SHOWROOM IN STOCKHOLM

Safilo Group, the fully integrated Italian Eyewear creator and worldwide distributor of quality and trust, reinforces its presence in Northern Europe with the creation of a new business region combining the UK and Ireland, with the Nordic countries of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, the Baltics and Iceland. The new Northern Region will be led by Fréderic Laffort, adding to his responsibility as Safilo UK Country Manager and Global Departments Store Channel Leader. The establishment of the Northern Region represents a further step in Safilo’s 2020 Strategic Plan, which aims to broaden its geographic coverage through consistent, high quality commercial capabilities to approach the market successfully with its growing multi-segment broad portfolio. “North becomes one of Safilo’s most important markets in Western Europe, enabling us to lead here with strong tailor-made and impactful customer and consumer plans, and drive market share growth,” comments Joanna Onland, recently appointed Chief Commercial Officer for Western Europe and Global Key Accounts and member of the Group’s Executive Committee. “Our special focus goes to Polaroid, Carrera and Smith. Polaroid in particular has historically seen Nordic as a global leadership market, and today takes further steps forward in product design, quality, and impactful communication programs, while preserving its core proposition as the trusted original inventor of polarisation and democratic expression.” Safilo designs, creates, manufactures and distributes the iconic eyewear collections of its unique portfolio, playing a key role in the different market segments with its prestigious and international brand portfolio: from “Atelier” with brands such as Elie Saab to “Mass Cool” with Polaroid, Havaianas and Swatch The Eyes. The opening of the Stockholm showroom – one of the more than twenty worldwide showrooms that follows the latest openings in London, Zurich, Hong Kong, Dubai and Mexico City – demonstrates the Group’s focus and commitment to the Nordic markets, and its investment in nurturing and further developing its long standing customer partnerships across the Nordic countries. During the past weeks, Safilo has announced further developments in its brand portfolio. Following the renewal of Jimmy Choo earlier this year, the global license agreement with Max Mara Group was renewed in advance to 2023. A new license agreement was signed with Moschino and Love Moschino from 2018 to 2025. Safilo Group also announced the acquisition of the full interest in Lenti, its fourth Plant in Italy in addition to Ormoz/Slovenia, Souzhou/China and Clearfield-Utah/USA. 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 sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. Design inspired and brand driven, Safilo translates extraordinary design into excellent products created thanks to a superior craftsmanship expertise dating back to 1878. With an extensive wholly owned global distribution network in 39 countries – in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific and China – Safilo is committed to quality distribution of its products all around the world. Safilo’s portfolio encompasses Carrera, Polaroid, Smith, Safilo, Oxydo, Dior, Dior Homme, Fendi, Gucci, Banana Republic, Bobbi Brown, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Céline, Elie Saab, Fossil, Givenchy, havaianas, Jack Spade, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Swatch, and Tommy Hilfiger. Listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (ISIN code IT0004604762, Bloomberg SFL.IM, Reuters SFLG.MI), in 2015 Safilo recorded net revenues for Euro 1,279 million. ...
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MODERN OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL  Introduces 6 New BMEC Styles

MODERN OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL Introduces 6 New BMEC Styles

Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International releases six new styles for its BMEC (Big Men’s Eyewear Club) Collection. Style has no size! That’s why, more than ever, men seek eyewear that delivers both comfort and fashion. As the demand for bigger-sized eyewear grows, BMEC, Modern Optical’s very popular collection for larger men, dominates this market niche. BMEC offers masculine styling, quality construction, and great value to this underserved demographic. Designed to maximize comfort, sizes range from 52mm to 62mm and longer temples now measure up to 160mm. Materials include TR90, stainless steel, handmade zyl, metal trim, spring hinges, and silicone nose pads. With over 60 BMEC styles to choose from, ECPs can offer today’s BIG guys eyewear choices they’ll be proud to wear! Modern Optical International debuts six new BMEC styles. Note the breadth of richly-toned color combinations that utilize varying shades of blues, tortoise, brick, and bone. Mixed materials, more size options, and upscale temple treatments further enhance the collection’s broad appeal. A classic shape with smartly placed metal details, BIG Curve will garner much attention. Complete with spring hinges, this handmade zyl frame is a sure winner. Colors: black matte, grey matte haze, tortoise/blue. Sizes: 56-19- 145 and 58-19- 150. Watch out for BIG Danger. This mixed material frame is fully loaded with masculine style and quality features including spring hinges, snap-in silicone nose pads and masculine color options. Colors: matte black/brick, matte gunmetal, matte navy. Sizes: 58-18- 145 and 60-18- 150. The brow receives well-earned emphasis with BIG Jake. Textured stainless steel fronts in dark hues contrast handsomely against the lighter tones on the handmade woodgrain zyl temples. Other features include spring hinges and silicone pads. Colors: matte black/grey, matte brown horn. Sizes: 57-18- 145 and 59-18- 150. BIG Note offers a two-toned design in triple laminate handmade zyl. Unique carve outs on temples create interest while revealing the secondary color. Includes spring hinges. Colors: black/bone matte, black/burgundy matte, black/navy matte. Sizes: 56-17- 145 and 58-17- 150. BIG Soul delivers heartfelt style. Using TR90 fronts in deep tones, accent colors on the stainless steel temples with rubber tips create a put together look. Colors: black matte/black/gunmetal, navy matte/grey/gunmetal, and tortoise matte/brown/gunmetal. Size: 56-18- 150. BIG Victory merits the attention its sure to receive. Handmade zyl rectangular fronts and stainless steel gunmetal temples combine to create an instant classic. Other features include spring hinges and metal trim. Colors: Black, navy, and tortoise. Sizes: 56-18- 145 and 58-18- 150. Hi and lo-res images of these 6 new releases and our BIG Note model shot may be accessed in this Dropbox link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k4lid6wba5c7jp9/AABxXID_cz-bRkw62DQdvXN7a?dl=0 All BMEC frames are covered by a two-year warranty. Merchandising materials include large-format imagery as well as six-place vertical display units. In addition, branded microfiber cleaning cloths and premium clamshell cases wrapped in leather-like material are available with qualifying purchases. About Modern Optical International Modern Optical International, based in suburban Chicago, is a family-owned and operated business founded in 1974.  A provider of quality eyewear for men, women, and children, Modern is an industry leader in the value-oriented eyewear market. With 15 unique collections representing over 800 styles, Modern Optical frames are a perfect fit for managed care, price specials, second pair sales, and frame and lens programs. Our Summit Optical Supply Division provides cases, parts, cleaning cloths and more. Please visit www.modernoptical.com or call 800.323.2409 for more information. ...
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SAFILO ANNOUNCES THE NEW LICENSE AGREEMENT  FOR THE RAG & BONE EYEWEAR COLLECTIONS UNTIL 2022

SAFILO ANNOUNCES THE NEW LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR THE RAG & BONE EYEWEAR COLLECTIONS UNTIL 2022

Safilo Group, the fully integrated Italian eyewear creator, manufacturer and distributor of quality and trust, announces a new license agreement for the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of the rag & bone collections of sunglasses and optical frames. The agreement will run for five years starting from January 2018 until December 31, 2022. “With rag & bone we add a directional brand to our growing designer portfolio that benefits from an interesting market shift towards new, trendy and experimental brands. The brand speaks to a very precise target through its distinguishing combination of British understated heritage and modern edgy New York inspired design, and commitment to impeccable craftsmanship from the finest materials. Thanks to our recently established New York based design studio, we are able to capture with precision such new directional design, and cross fertilize it across our worldwide design studio network,” comments Luisa Delgado, CEO of Safilo. “This license thus opens different new business growth opportunities, especially in the US and the UK. It is consistent with our strategy to diversify across segments capturing growth spaces, innovate through trend setting brands, and leverage our leading product and distribution capabilities accordingly.” “We’re incredibly proud to partner with Safilo to bring rag & bone eyewear to life. An emphasis on quality and an attention to detail have always been deeply ingrained in rag & bone’s DNA, and Safilo follows that same philosophy,” commented Marcus Wainwright, rag & bone’s CEO, Founder and Creative Director. “Both of us share a dedication to expert craftsmanship and a history of working with some of the most supremely skilled manufacturers.” Rag & bone collections will cover both men’s and women’s ranges and will be distributed in all rag & bone directly operated stores, e-commerce site at www.rag-bone.com, boutiques, department stores and the best optical stores worldwide. 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 sunglasses, optical frames and sports eyewear. Design inspired and brand driven, Safilo translates extraordinary design into excellent products created thanks to a superior craftsmanship expertise dating back to 1878. With an extensive wholly owned global distribution network in 39 countries – in North and Latin America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia Pacific and China – Safilo is committed to quality distribution of its products all around the world. Safilo’s portfolio encompasses Carrera, Polaroid, Smith, Safilo, Oxydo, Dior, Dior Homme, Fendi, Gucci, Banana Republic, Bobbi Brown, BOSS, BOSS Orange, Céline, Elie Saab, Fossil, Givenchy, havaianas, Jack Spade, Jimmy Choo, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade, Liz Claiborne, Marc Jacobs, Max Mara, Max&Co., Pierre Cardin, Saks Fifth Avenue, Swatch, and Tommy Hilfiger. Listed on the Italian Stock Exchange (ISIN code IT0004604762, Bloomberg SFL.IM, Reuters SFLG.MI), in 2015 Safilo recorded net revenues for Euro 1,279 million. About rag&bone Since its origins in New York in 2002, rag & bone instantaneously established itself as a critical and commercial success in the international fashion world. Combining English heritage with directional design, rag & bone has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing that has an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic. rag & bone offers a full range of men’s and women’s ready to wear, /JEAN, accessories and footwear collections. rag & bone operates 35 stores worldwide and is also available in boutiques and department stores in over 53 countries. ...
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