The McGee Group Introduces the January 2016 XOXO Optical Collection

The McGee Group Introduces the January 2016 XOXO Optical Collection

  XOXO January Optical Collection offers a trendy mix of metal and acetate with bold patterns and colors! Barcelona is a full acetate frame packed with European style! Oversized rounded square eye shapes are double laminated with crystal acetate and paired with rounded temples in contrasting tones. Spring hinges create a customized fit. Delicate molded metal décor wraps the temple adding a touch of elegance. Barcelona is available in Jet and Sapphire. Milan features a combination frame with rounded rectangle eye shape with adjustable nose pads for a comfortable fit. Animal print on the brow edge compliments the temple acetate’s multidimensional colors. Milan is available in Wine and Teal. 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, Ducks Unlimited Eyewear and Sunwear, Totally Rimless Eyewear and Argyleculture Eyewear and Sunwear by Russell Simmons. ...
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Zyloware releases exciting new products for March 2016!

Zyloware releases exciting new products for March 2016!

The Sophia Loren M270 is a full rim metal frame brimming with elegance and sophistication. Offered in two flattering colors, the M270 features a crystal décor design on the open cut temples and decorative wrapping endpiece. Designed for the mature wearer, this frame incorporates comfort features including spring hinges, snap-in nosepads and the ability to accommodate progressives. Colors: Cognac (168) • Brown (183) Sizes: 56-17-135 Special Features: Full rim; Metal frame; Modified round shape; Crystal décor design on temples; Spring hinges; Snap-in nosepads; Accommodates progressives Part of the Beau Rivage Collection, the Sophia Loren BR 74 is a full rim metal frame in a classic rectangle shape. Delicate cutout patterns on the temples lead to a zyl temple tip, complete with eye catching crystal stone for a truly elegant look. Spring hinges, snap-in nosepads, and the ability to accommodate progressives provide the mature wearer with comfort. Colors: Champagne (007) • Brown (183) Sizes: 54-17-140 Special Features: Full rim; Metal frame; Rectangle shape; Cutout pattern on metal temples leading to a zyl temple tip; Stone trim; Spring hinges; Snap-in nosepads; Accommodates progressives The Stetson 324 is a sharp looking full rim metal frame in a masculine rectangular shape. Offered in two timeless colors, Gunmetal (058) and Gold (057), both feature a metal endpiece leading to a handsome zyl tortoise insert at the center of the zyl temples. This frame was made for comfort for the traditional, mature male with spring hinges, snap-in nosepads and the ability to accommodate progressives. Colors: Gunmetal (058) • Gold (057) Sizes: 56-18-145 Special Features: Full rim; Metal frame; Rectangle shape; Zyl temples; Spring hinges; Snap-in nosepads; Accommodates progressives The rectangular shaped Via Spiga Fabiana provides a touch of the wild with a bold animal print pattern on the temples for modern accessorizing. This full rim zyl frame comes in two stylish colors – Black (500) and Burgundy (900). The Via Spiga logo on the right temple tip provides subtle branding and on-trend appeal. Spring hinges provide exceptional comfort and easy adjustment. Colors: Black (500) • Burgundy (900) Sizes: 52-15-135 Special Features: Full rim; Zyl frame; Rectangle shape; Animal pattern on temples; Via Spiga logo on right temple tip; Spring hinges The Via Spiga Marcella is a full rim metal frame in a flattering oval shape. Rich, colorful, zyl temples and the Via Spiga logo laser engraved on a patterned metal insert make this frame a trendsetter must have. Spring hinges, snap-in nosepads and the ability to accommodate progressives enhance the comfort of this frame for the chic and fashion forward wearer. Colors: Shiny Black (500) • Shiny Beige (600) Sizes: 53-16-135 Special Features: Full rim; Metal frame; Oval shape; Via Spiga logo décor on temples; Zyl temples; Spring hinges; Snap-in nosepads; Accommodates progressives Looking for a real head turner? The Via Spiga Olga is an eye-catching full rim, double layered zyl frame with a metal rivet on each side of the front. Bubble textured zyl temples are inset with a Via Spiga logo. Stylish and comfortable, this frame also offers spring hinges and the ability to accommodate progressives. Colors: Tortoise/Light Blue Pearl (550) • Burgundy (900) Sizes: 52-17-135 Special Features: Full rim; Zyl frame; Textured temples; Spring hinges; Accommodates progressives The Leon Max 4029 is a chic, full rim zyl frame offered in four defining opaque colors. The metal Leon Max globe logo wraps from the endpiece to the temples creating a decorative branding effect. Featuring an iconic Leon Max sculpted temple tip, the LM 4029 also accommodates progressives. Colors: Natural (003) • Mint (089) • Sky Blue (212) • Coral (124) Sizes: 53-17-140 Special Features: Full rim; Zyl frame; Geometric shape; Leon Max sculpted temple tip; Leon Max logo on temples; Accommodates progressives List The Leon Max 4030 is a stylish full rim zyl frame that will capture your attention. The intriguing stripe pattern top fading to a pale opaque bottom on this upsweeping cat eye shape will appeal to the modern day fashionista. This frame features a Leon Max sculpted temple tip and globe logo design on the temples for added subtle branding. The LM 4030 also has the ability to accommodate progressives. Colors: Black Fade (189) • Cream Fade (142) • Slate Blue Fade (175) Sizes: 52-16-135 Special Features: Full rim; Zyl frame; Patterned fade zyl; Leon Max sculpted temple tip; Globe logo design on temples; Accommodates progressives Another bold addition to the Leon Max collection is the LM 4031. This square shaped, full rim zyl frame stays ahead of the fashion curve. Combination patterned and solid zyl fronts make a dramatic statement. The signature Leon Max sculpted temple tip and globe logo design on the temples finishes the look. Stylish and ahead of the game, the LM 4031 also accommodates progressives. Colors: Brown Multi (074) • Blue Frost (224) • Lilac Frost (125) Sizes: 51-15-135 Special Features: Full rim; Zyl frame; Square shape; Pattern and solid zyl treatment; Leon Max sculpted temple tip; Globe logo design on temples; Accommodates progressives For more information, retailers may contact Zyloware at 800-765-3700, via e-mail at sales@zyloware.com, or online at www.zyloware.com. About Zyloware: The We Are Zyloware campaign celebrates what makes Zyloware the success it is! We are family, history, quality and customer satisfaction. We are composed of many unique individuals; each with our own motivations and desires. But, as a part of the Zyloware team, we are one. We act together; we share common values and goals. We are innovators. We are change makers. ...
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The McGee Group Introduces the January 2016 Ducks Unlimited Sport Collection

The McGee Group Introduces the January 2016 Ducks Unlimited Sport Collection

Ducks Unlimited is committed to conserving North America’s wetlands and waterfowl populations for future generations. The January Sport Collection incorporates classic inspiration, creating an authentic but modern style. Brant is a lightweight and durable stainless steel memory metal frame with a classic rounded rectangle eyeshape. Dual injected flexible rubber temple tips and adjustable nose pads customize the comfortable fit. Brant is available in Brown and Gunmetal. Pulsar features a sleek titanium semi-rimless frame with a rectangular eyeshape. Inlaid wooden temple ends lead to dual injected flexible temple tips and adjustable nose pads create a sure fit during any outdoor activity. Pulsar in available in Gunmetal and Navy. Slingshot features a semi-rimless frame with a lightweight titanium frame front and a rounded square eye shape. Dual injected temples and adjustable nose pads create a flexible and comfortable fit. Slingshot is available in Black, Navy and Gunmetal. For more information, visit our website at www.mcgeegroup.com or contact The McGee Group at 800-966-2020 or sales@mcgeegroup.com. Ducks Unlimited Eyewear is sold by The McGee Group under the license from Ducks Unlimited. A portion of proceeds benefit Ducks Unlimited conservation efforts. Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America’s continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. 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 & Sunwear, Vera Bradley Eyewear and Sunwear, Totally Rimless Eyewear, Ducks Unlimited Eyewear and Sunwear, XOXO Eyewear and Sunwear and Argyleculture Eyewear and Sunwear by Russell Simmons. ...
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REM Eyewear Debuts Spring 2016 Jonathan Adler Sun Collection

REM Eyewear Debuts Spring 2016 Jonathan Adler Sun Collection

Globally renown designer Jonathan Adler and REM Eyewear announce the spring 2016 sun collection. Fueled by various sources of inspiration, the new styles draw influence from mid-century Americana, modern art and global pop culture to create the signature ‘Adler aesthetic.’ Produced to perfection, the spring 2016 Jonathan Adler sun collection carries a statement piece for every glamour girl. For the woman who wants to be admired for her style, the St. Tropez and Buenos Aires offers jaw-dropping elements with its oversized and modified cat-eye silhouettes respectively, in addition to a striking gold leaf pattern throughout. Classically beautiful, the Malibu is crafted from rich acetate and features a luxurious malachite design and oversized round shape, catering to the woman who loves simple, yet elegant styling. Women who gravitate towards retro panache will be intrigued with the Havana – a timelessly chic frame with a modified square eye silhouette. Guaranteed to please, this collection has the Midas touch. Available for purchasing now, this Jonathan Adler sun collection carries a book price of $64. For more information or to schedule a viewing with your REM sales representative, call 800-423-3023 or visit REMEyewear.com. Havana Just like its namesake, Havana, the colorful capital of Cuba known for the Spanish colonial architecture of the 16th century, the Jonathan Adler Havana sunglass frame suggests nothing less of subtly rich elements. Boasting a modified square silhouette, the acetate Havana frame also has custom acetate Jonathan Adler pattern on the inside of the temples and signature ‘JA’ initials on laser-engraved epoxy filled round temple tips, creating an infectiously freeing Caribbean aura for its wearer. Available in Black, Brown and Tokyo Tortoise in 51/21/145. St. Tropez The St. Tropez sunglass frame is just as breathtaking as the beaches and romantic scenery in St. Tropez along the French Riviera. Chic and full of life, the St. Tropez is crafted from rich acetate and boasts an oversized cat-eye silhouette, a striking gold leaf pattern throughout and a stunning Jonathan Adler logo plaque on the temples. Perfect for the woman who wants to make a statement, the St. Tropez is a head turner that’s sure to reap complements. Available in Black and Cream in 56/18/140.  Buenos Aires The Buenos Aires sunglass frame is alluring, lively and breeds confidence in its wearer. A combo frame with a modified cat-eye silhouette, the Buenos Aires features a luxurious gold leaf pattern throughout, a signature Jonathan Adler logo plaque on the temples and signature ‘JA’ initials on laser-engraved epoxy filled round temple tips, creating unique eyewear that evokes passion and vibrancy for its wearer. Available in Black and Cream in 56/17/145.   Malibu Inspired by the affluence of Malibu, California, the Malibu is a pristine sunglass frame that’s glamourous yet functional. Crafted from rich acetate with a malachite design, theMalibu features an oversized round shape and the iconic Jonathan Adler logo plaque on its temples, in addition to a laser-engraved epoxy fill of signature ‘JA’ initials on round temple tips. The Malibu frame will make you feel rich, luxurious and unstoppable. Available in Black, Brown and Bone in 57/20/140. Pictured above: St. Tropez frame About REM Eyewear REM Eyewear is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, manufacture and marketing of state-of-the-art eyewear, serving more than 80 nations across six continents, with headquarters in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and the UK. Lead by award-winning Creative Director, Nicolas Roseillier, REM’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes John Varvatos, Jonathan Adler, Converse, Tumi, SPINE, Jones New York, Cosmopolitan, Lucky Brand, Lucky Kid, Indie, Lipstick, Surface, and Visualites. Family owned-and-operated for more than sixty years, REM Eyewear is dedicated to upholding its core values of Quality, Imagination, Commitment, Collaboration, Wisdom, Trust and Respect. For more information on REM Eyewear, visit us at  www.REMEyewear.com. About Jonathan Adler Jonathan Adler is dedicated to bringing style, craft, and joy to your life.  There are more than 25 Jonathan Adler stores worldwide, a thriving e-commerce site, and a wholesale business boasting over 1,000 locations globally. His roots as an artist and sculptor continue to influence his brand of home accessories, which includes decorative objects, tabletop collections, bedding, bath accessories, candles, furniture, rugs, pillows, lighting and more. Adler is the author of the Happy Chic book series. He lives in New York City with his partner, Barneys Creative Ambassador at Large Simon Doonan, and their Norwich Terrier Liberace.  To learn more, please visit www.jonathanadler.com.   ...
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REM Eyewear Releases Spring 2016 Converse All Star Collection

REM Eyewear Releases Spring 2016 Converse All Star Collection

Today, legendary brand, Converse launches their spring 2016 Converse All Star optical and sun collection with REM Eyewear. Synonymous with the brand, the new Converse Eyewear collection is a one-of-a-kind celebration of your individuality and self-expression. Constructed from rich acetate and boasting high-powered color combinations, signature elements and standout design aesthetics, the new Converse All Star optical styles are perfect for young men and women with a revolutionary spirit. Sure to be a crowd pleaser, the Q103 optical frame for men is masculine and edgy and features a stainless steel frame front with laser-engraved three-layer acetate temples with a woodgrain texture that extends to the frame front. For women, the Q400 optical frame helps you make a grand entrance into any room with its modern and eccentric rectangle silhouette, and beautiful laser-engraved leopard pattern on its temples. Those who are rebellious and refuse to conform to average design and fashion standards will be drawn to the energetic color ways – such as grey stripe with a silver lens and a tortoise with a green lens – of the B021 sunglass. In addition to the sleek, round silhouette of the B019 sunglass that’s paired with a metal logo plaque on its temples and also features vibrant color ways like matte black with gold mirrored lenses and a salmon option with orange mirrored lenses. Infused with creativity, this optical and sun collection is crafted for you to make it your own. Both are available for purchasing today. For more information or to schedule a viewing with your REM sales representative, call 800-423-3023 or visit REMEyewear.com. OPTICAL  Men Q500 Perfect for the non-conformist, the Q500 is a standout frame with eye-catching elements. Crafted from acetate, the Q500 boasts a bold rectangle shape, vibrant color ways and the signature Converse logo on its temples which feature a Converse camo print, making it one-of-a-kind eyewear that’s sure to get you noticed. Available in Black, Blue and Green in 52/16/140 and 55/16/145.  Q300 The Q300 is a hip, fun frame that anyone can wear any day of the week. Constructed from rich acetate, the Q300 has a flattering modified square shape in addition to a laser engraved Converse logo on its temples and is offered in Crystal – a best-selling color – making it a frame any Converse aficionado would love. Available in Black/Tortoise, Crystal and Tortoise/Crystal in 53/15/135 and 56/15/140.  Q103 The Q103 features a mixture of masculine materials and edgy features to give the Converse man the unique look they desire.  Boasting a flattering modified square shape, the Q103 has a stainless steel frame front with three-layer acetate temples with a woodgrain texture that extends to the frame front. Your individuality would be unmatched with the Q103. Available in Black/Green, Brown/Green and Navy/Blue in 53/17/135 and 56/17/145.  Q101 Be your authentic self with the Q101 frame – you’ll thank us later. Stainless steel and boasting a semi-rimless, masculine rectangle silhouette, the Q101 features temples with a pressed pattern design and two-tone color blends, topped off with the iconic Converse logo, creating multi-dimensional eyewear that’s both functional and stylish. Available in Black/Grey, Brown and Navy/Grey in 52/17/135 and 55/14/140.  Women Q200 Youthful and full of character, the Q200 frame is perfect for the lifelong Converse fan.  Crafted from stainless steel, the Q200 features a modified square silhouette and a spectacular laser-engraved pattern on its temples with the iconic Converse logo discreetly placed, making you the main attraction anywhere you go. Available in Black/Purple, Blue/Tortoise and Purple/Pink in 52/16/135.  Q400 The Q400 lets your eyewear speak for you when you walk into a room. Featuring a modern rectangle silhouette, the Q400 acetate frame has a beautiful 3D printed leopard pattern on its temples in addition to the signature Converse logo, creating fun, lively eyewear that you’ll want to wear every single day. Available in Black/Blue, Brown/Purple and Purple/Pink in 52/17/145.  SUN  B016 Perfect for the person who loves eccentricity, the B016 is unlike any other sunglass. Boasting a modified square shape, rich acetate construction and a metal detail on its frame font accentuating its high-powered color ways, the B016 is made for the bold individual. Available in Matte Black, Matte Crystal and Tortoise in 55/18/140.  B017 Interesting without being flashy, the B017 is a cool and easy-to-wear sunglass. Featuring a bold square shape, a beveled nose bridge and the Converse logo on its temples, the B017 can be worn anywhere, at any time.  Available in Black, Grey Stripe and Tortoise in 56/18/145.  B018 The Converse All Star B018 sunglass is the perfect hybrid of style and rebellion. Boasting a feminine oversized cat-eye silhouette, the B018 frame features a silver detailing on its temples and youthful color blend options such as a brown frame with gold mirror tinted lenses. The B018 is made for the free spirited unique individual. Available in Black, Brown w/Gold Mirror and Purple w/Grey Gradient in 57/16/140.  B019 Where street and stage meet, the B019 sunglass is stylish without being trendy. Showing off a classic round shape, the sleek B019 is offered in high powered color ways and features an attractive silver Converse logo plaque on its temples, commanding attention for you everywhere you go. Available in Matte Black w/Gold Mirror, Salmon w/Orange Mirror and Turquoise w/Blue Mirror in 54-19-135.  B020 Next level in design aesthetics, the B020 is for the person who craves individualism. Crafted from acetate, the B020 boasts a stunning round shape with a beveled high nose bridge and the Converse logo on its temples, creating eyewear that’s unmatched. Available in Black, Matte Blue and Tortoise in 53/17/140.  B021 Made for the eccentric Converse fan, the B021 sunglass screams personality. Offered in a modern aviator silhouette with a double top bar, the strikingly fashionable B021 comes in energetic color ways such as grey stripe with a silver lens and a tortoise with a green lens, helping you to leave lasting impressions wherever you go. Available in Grey Strip w/Silver lens, Matte Black w/Grey lens and Tortoise w/Green lens in 54/19/135. Pictured above: Q400 and Q200 Pictured above: Q101 and Q500   About REM Eyewear REM Eyewear is a worldwide leader in the innovative design, manufacture and marketing of state-of-the-art eyewear, serving more than 80 nations across six continents, with headquarters in Los Angeles, Hong Kong and the UK. Lead by award-winning Creative Director, Nicolas Roseillier, REM’s portfolio of best-selling brands includes John Varvatos, Jonathan Adler, Converse, Tumi, SPINE, Jones New York, Cosmopolitan, Lucky Brand, Lucky Kid, Indie, Lipstick, Surface, and Visualites. Family owned-and-operated for more than sixty years, REM Eyewear is dedicated to upholding its core values of Quality, Imagination, Commitment, Collaboration, Wisdom, Trust and Respect. For more information on REM Eyewear, visit us at  www.REMEyewear.com.   About Converse Converse Inc., based in N. Andover, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company” ”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including lifestyle men’s, women’s and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 79 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, visit Media.Converse.com. ...
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5 Old Technologies that are Hurting Your Practice Website

5 Old Technologies that are Hurting Your Practice Website

You wouldn’t want your patients to walk into an old-fashioned office with out of date equipment, antiquated eyewear displays and ancient processes. Likewise, your virtual office – i.e. website – should be upgraded regularly. Having an outdated website can be more harmful than just the negative impression it leaves on visitors – it can actually be hurting your practice. Here are 5 outdated website technologies that could be causing damage to your practice website and reducing its’ effectiveness at bringing in patients: HTML:  If your site was built more than 15 months ago, it’s probably not using HTML 5… which is bad because code matters for web search and visibility. HTML 5 helps search engines better understand what your site is about and allows webmasters to instruct search engines how to read certain parts of your site. In short, HTML 5 is better for your SEO and helping potential patients find your practice online. Load Time (over 1.5 seconds):  If your site is on old technology, then it probably surpasses the ideal load times, and that’s bad for business. Visitors prefer sites that load faster, and so does Google. In fact, Googleexperiments show that a difference of a few milliseconds in slower load time can have a negative effect on user experience. On the other hand, faster web technology provides a better experience for visitors and gets your site preference in the search results. Responsive design with CSS:  I hate to get technical on you, but the rules of site design keep changing and when it comes to providing an optimal web experience across all devices (from desktop monitors to mobile phones) responsive design is the preferred model. Responsive design with CSS adjusts the layout of the page to accommodate the screen width and to provide optimal viewing, navigation and interaction on virtually any device. (Below you can see an example of a responsive design website as seen on three different size screens).  User Experience: Designs have changed so much in the last few years, that stacked designs are the norm EVERYWHERE (here are some examples: Bright Eyes Family Vision Care, Shuswap Optometric Centre, Berryessa Optometry ).  If your site doesn’t fit that bill, visitors can see it in seconds, and your average time on site and pages are in jeopardy. Screen Size:  Modern websites are designed to accommodate any screen width and with more and more people using high resolution screens this becomes even more important. Newer technologies like retina display mean people expect crisp, high resolution images and sites under 1200 pixels may not look good on many larger monitors. If your website is outdated it says a lot to visitors about your practice. Alternately, a modern, up-to-date website with advanced features, creates an impression that your practice is advanced and progressive when it comes to medical practice and eyewear as well. Ready to update your online image? EyeCarePro is offering a host of beautiful new website designs with leading technologies and advanced features. Contact me for more information at Daniel@eyecarepro.net or phone (412) 532-6542. ...
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Liberty Sport & Special Olympics announce continued partnership

Liberty Sport & Special Olympics announce continued partnership

Liberty Sport, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sports protective eyewear, has committed to renewing a global partnership agreement with Special Olympics, providing key support to the Special Olympics- Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes® (Opening Eyes) global vision care program. Through this renewed commitment to the eye health and vision care of individuals with intellectual disabilities, Liberty Sport will provide thousands of sports protective eyewear to participating Special Olympics athletes in an effort to ensure full protection – both on and off the field of play. The Opening Eyes program is part of the Special Olympics global health platform made possible by support of the Golisano Foundation and key stakeholders such as Lions Clubs International Foundation. Opening Eyes provides Special Olympics athletes with vision examinations, prescription eyewear, and valuable referrals for follow-up care for all participating athletes. The global partnership renewal will allow more athletes with a chance to receive potentially sight-saving eyewear, while sensitizing the vision care professional community as to the importance of protecting the eyes of athletes during sports training and competition. “Liberty Sport is the very first global partner of our Healthy Athletes program and one of the longest-standing relationships in the history of our health program,” said Mary Davis, Acting Chief Executive Officer for Special Olympics. “Since 2000, Liberty Sport has consistently answered the call to action from our athletes to help them achieve their best as part of their sports participation – both safely and with style.” “Liberty Sport is proud to continue its support to the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes program,” said Linda Laube, Executive Vice President of Business Development for Liberty Sport. “Through this support, we are able to show the entire industry that eye and vision protection is not a benefit for some – but for all – especially those who face such difficult access issues as individuals with intellectual disabilities. We are excited to engage even more with Special Olympics throughout this next term to protect more eyes, educate more vision care professionals, and witness the transformation that the Special Olympics program provides to athletes throughout the world.” The renewed agreement took effect on 1 January 2016. Liberty Sport currently provides support to the Opening Eyes program in over 80 nations. Over the past 18 years Special Olympics has grown to become the largest global public health organization specifically focused on people with intellectual disabilities. Special Olympics, together with its partners, is making strides for ensuring inclusive health and working with corporations, organizations, universities, hospitals, and health care professionals to do more to ensure people with intellectual disabilities are not excluded from the health care systems within their communities. Since its inception in 1997, the Special Olympics Healthy Athletes® program has been providing free examinations and education for people with intellectual disabilities across the areas of audiology, dentistry, health promotion, optometry physical exams, physical therapy and podiatry. The award-winning Healthy Athletes program and the more than 135,000 health care professionals trained on the specific health care concerns of people with intellectual disabilities have provided more than 1.6 million free examinations to Special Olympics athletes worldwide in more than 130 countries. Special Olympics now maintains the largest dataset on the health of people with intellectual disabilities. About Special Olympics Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit through the transformative power and joy of sports, every day around the world. We empower people with intellectual disabilities to become accepted and valued members of their communities, which leads to a more respectful and inclusive society for all. Using sports as the catalyst and programming around health and education, Special Olympics is fighting inactivity, injustice and intolerance. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries. With the support of more than 1.4 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and more than 94,000 games and competitions throughout the year. Special Olympics is supported by individuals, foundations and partners, including the Christmas Records Trust, the Law Enforcement Torch Run® for Special Olympics, The Coca-Cola Company, The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Microsoft, Lions Clubs International, Toys”R”Us, Mattel, P&G, Bank of America, Essilor Vision Foundation, the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, Finish Line, The Safeway Foundation, and Safilo Group. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org. Engage with us on: Twitter @specialolympics, fb.com/specialolympics, youtube.com/specialolympicshq, instagram.com/specialolympics and specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com. About Liberty Sport, Inc. Liberty Sport is the leading manufacturer and distributor of sports protective and sun performance eyewear and functions as the Complete Rx Sport Vision Resource. Our dedication to research, engineering and technology places Liberty Sport on the cutting edge of Rx’able protective eyewear solutions for sports of all kinds and continues to expand its reach into motorcycling. With distribution through eye care professionals and leading optical chains worldwide, Liberty Sport has been proudly servicing the optical industry since 1929 and seeks to enhance your passions through clear vision. Committed to promoting awareness for sports eye injury prevention, Liberty Sport partners with Prevent Blindness, Special Olympics and Specs for Little Heroes and supports local sports organizations such as South Bronx United with educational materials and customized eyewear. To view the full range of eyewear solutions, visit www.libertysport.com and follow us on social: Facebook fb.com/LibertySport29; Twitter@LibertySport29; Pinterest – Liberty Sport ...
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Back to Black for bebe March 2016

Back to Black for bebe March 2016

New ophthalmic and sunwear styles exclusive to the bebe Black capsule collection This Spring 2016, bebe Eyewear releases an extension of the bebe Black capsule collection. Inspired by extraordinary jewelry design, this collection boasts uncompromising quality and brilliant attention to detail. An expression of elegance and refinement, the three optical and three sunglass styles highlight the most classic color scheme: black. Each style boasts an artful crystal-dense design for high-impact sparkle — sure to entice every bebe girl! OPHTHALMICS “Queen” (BB5115). Prepare to be appointed “Queen” in this modified rectangular frame. Opulent silver druzy stones inlaid in sleek square metal plaques accentuate the temples to create high-impact sparkle. “Quite the Lady”(BB5116). Elegant and extremely feminine, this oval frame is “Quite the Lady.”An artfully arranged crystal flower is delicately placed on the metal temple to add a touch of sweetness. “Quotable” (BB5117). Ultra-chic and wearable, this rectangle frame features a super sleek design. Temples are encrusted with shimmering hematite crystals encapsulated in metal plaques to create a rich, luxurious look. SUNWEAR “Queen Bee” (BB7168). Regal and alluring this acetate sunglass is fit for a “Queen Bee.” Opulent silver druzy stones inlaid in sleek square metal plaques accentuate the temples and create high-impact sparkle to this oversize, modified cat-eye shape. “Quirky” (BB7169). “Quirky” geek-chic frame fronts steal the show in this milled metal sunglass. Sparkling Swarovski crystal fabric top brow bar is accentuated with silver flash lens to complete this on-trend shape. “Quick Fix” (BB7170). Classic cat-eye frame fronts offer a “Quick Fix.” Temples shimmer with hematite crystals encapsulated in metal plaques to create a rich, luxurious look. About bebe bebe stores, inc. is a global specialty retailer, which designs, develops and produces a distinctive line of contemporary women’s apparel and accessories under the bebe, BEBE SPORT and bbsp brand names. bebe currently operates 170 bebe retail stores including the on-line store bebe.com, and 36 bebe outlet stores. These stores are located in the United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada. bebe also distributes and sells bebe branded product through its licensees in approximately 23 countries. About Altair Altair® supports independent eyecare professionals with advanced eyewear technologies and distinctive brands including Anne Klein®, bebe®, Cole Haan®, Tommy Bahama®, Joseph Abboud®, JOE Joseph Abboud® and Revlon®. Altair is sold through more than 10,000 independent optical retailers. Altair is a division of Marchon® Eyewear, one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of quality eyewear and sunwear, and a subsidiary of VSP Global®, a diverse group of leading companies within the world-wide optical industry. Visit altaireyewear.com for more information. ...
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A&A Optical New Releases: Alexander Collection

A&A Optical New Releases: Alexander Collection

A&A Optical announces the release of two new styles from the Alexander CollectionTM: Jolie and Uma. Reveal inner grace and sophistication in eyewear inspired by the woman who adorns herself with rich color and style, whether understated or dramatic. Alexander CollectionTM offers fine hand crafted details, such as Swarovski crystal accents, metal inlays and delicate laser etching in acetate, metal, semi‐rimless and combination frame styles. Alexander CollectionTM is designed to complement women of all face shapes. Petite and perfect fit (extended fit) styles are available in eye sizes 47 to 57 mm. Into the Wild. Leading the style pack, Perfect Fit Jolie prowls with animal prints in black, brown and purple. The deep‐eye, metal frame is available in size: 54‐17‐135. Glam Gator. Semi‐rimless Uma takes a bite of fashion trends with exotic crocodile print and bold gold accents. The metal frame features open cut temples and a modified cat eye shape. Perfect Fit Uma is available in black, brown, and wine. Size: 56‐14‐130. MARKETING: Alexander CollectionTM merchandising materials include a counter card and a NEW highlighter display. A hard eyewear case isshipped with each frame. A&A Optical Company brand portfolio includes house brands: Alexander CollectionTM, XXLTM, CruzTM, JalapenosTM, Seventy oneTM, and New GlobeTM. Licensed brands include: Jimmy Crystal New YorkTM, CrocsTM Eyewear, and Pez®.   ...
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The McGee Group Introduces the January 2016 Badgley Mischka Optical Collection

The McGee Group Introduces the January 2016 Badgley Mischka Optical Collection

Badgley Mischka’s exquisite attention to detail is directly translated through the latest eyewear. Crystal adornments and metallic embellishments mirror the handcrafted details of their garments, while featuring only the highest quality products and design elements. Antoinette is a combination frame with an uplifted teacup eyeshape. Hand Polished metal frame fronts lead to heavily detailed temple ends inspired by Bagley Mischka’s beaded gowns. Acetate temple tips in coordinating colors create a comfortable fit. Antoinette is available in Gold and Espresso. Marie’s retro inspired uplifted rectangular eyeshape is accentuated by polished acetates available in Toffee, Ebony and Capri Sea. Molded metal décor on the temple ends is adorned with baguettes of Swarovski crystals. Lianna features a full Mazzuchelli acetate frame with a flirty uplifted eyeshape. Cast Metal décor encrusted in Swarovski crystals wrap the temples for a subtle yet stylish look. Lianna is available in Ebony and Tortoise. Emanuelle is a combination frame that embodies the elegance of a gown on the runway. Italian Mazzuchelli acetate creates the uplifted rectangular eyeshape that is supported by a curved metal bridge. Hammered metal temples twist and curve into acetate temple tips. Emanuelle is available in Ebony and Tortoise. ABOUT BADGLEY MISCHKA Mark Badgley and James Mischka have been hailed by Vogue as one of the “Top 10 American Designers” and as the darlings of the Hollywood set. The design duo has made their mark over the past two decades with glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear and accessories. There is a unique synergy between the talented duo, who met while studying at Parsons School of Design in New York. They share a similar aesthetic about clothes and the way people dress. Both men spent time designing for leading names – Badgley for Donna Karan; Mischka, the men’s collection for WilliWear WilliSmith – before starting their own line. Mark and James joined forces to launch Badgley Mischka in 1988 and since the beginning Badgley Mischka has captivated the fashion press and prominent retailers around the world with their sophisticated style that caters to a younger, more modern couture customer, without forsaking women of any age. They have remained true to this design philosophy and the consistent integrity of their collections. Their timeless designs appeal to a range of fashionable women, including Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Sharon Stone, Jennifer Garner, Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Sarah Jessica Parker, Helen Mirren and Ashley Judd. Mark and James’ designs are constructed of the finest fabrics and superior craftsmanship. There is always an element of interest, either in the silhouette or with luxurious detail. They have remained true to this design philosophy and the consistent integrity of their collections have pushed them to the forefront of fashion. “Our style harks back to the glamorous Hollywood of the Forties” says Mischka. “The Badgley Mischka signature style is simple, streamlined and thoroughly elegant.” “One zip and you’re glamorous!” says Badgley. “We like to keep things effortless. It’s fabulous if you can spend hours getting ready, but a woman should also be able to bring a dress to work and change there for an evening out.” Badgley Mischka is sold in the most prestigious stores in the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue in addition to the Badgley Mischka flagship boutique in Beverly Hills. THE MCGEE GROUP 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, Ducks Unlimited Eyewear and Sunwear, XOXO Eyewear and Sunwear, Totally Rimless and Argyleculture Eyewear and Sunwear by Russell Simmons. For more information about the Badgley Mischka optical and sunwear collections, visit our website at www.mcgeegroup.com or contact The McGee Group at 800-966-2020 or sales@mcgeegroup.com ...
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A 4-Step Guide to Talking Blue Light with Patients

A 4-Step Guide to Talking Blue Light with Patients

If you watch the news, read industry publications, or are active on social media, you’ve undoubtedly seen the flood of attention given to blue light of late. Ongoing research connecting blue light exposure to various vision and health effects has placed it at the forefront of both medical and media conversations. But is the blue light concern real, and if so, what’s the best way to discuss it with your patients? The answer to the first question is a resounding yes! The answer to the second question can be addressed in four simple steps. 1. Start at the Source Blue light will be an unfamiliar subject to many of your patients. So they’ll need some background on how we go to where we are. Historically our exposure to blue light was limited to sunlight. However, the explosion of device usage, coupled with a switch to energy-efficient lighting has resulted in blue light exposure at unprecedented levels. You could ask your patients to put down their smartphones and tablets, but you’d probably have more luck asking for the keys to their home. So you’ll need to make them clearly aware of the potential impacts of blue light, which brings us to step number two. 2. Identify the Potential Effects Research has linked blue light exposure to three potential effects of which your patients should be made aware: I. Visual Strain and Fatigue According to the Vision Council’s 2016 Digital Eye Strain Report, more than 34% of adults experience eye strain from device use. But how does this relate to blue light? After passing through the lens, blue light is myopically defocused and scatters in front of the retina, resulting in chromatic aberration or glare. The eye constantly works harder to process this scattered light, contributing to visual strain and fatigue.   II. Visual Impairment Unlike UV light which is managed in the anterior segment, blue light reaches the retina. The photo-oxidative reaction between blue light and cells in the retina contributes to an accumulation of toxins in the area. If the reaction progresses, the accumulation of toxins increases and impairs central detail vision.   III. Sleep Disruption Prior to sleeping pills and alarm clocks, our sleep/wake cycle was organically regulated by light. Sunlight, which contains blue light, signals the brain to stop the secretion of melatonin, waking us up and making us more alert. When the sunlight disappears at night, the brain is triggered to produce melatonin, putting us into a restful state. Exposure to blue light from devices at night, tricks the brain into thinking it’s daytime. This tells the brain to turn off the melatonin tap, making it hard to fall asleep and reach deeper phases of our sleep cycle.   3. Recommend Appropriate Eyewear Once you’ve helped your patients understand the problem, they’ll look to you for a solution. Traditional blue light lenses work by either absorbing or deflecting a percentage of blue light. Lenses that absorb blue light appear more yellow. Lenses that work by deflection have a dark blue or purple appearance. Both of these options have been met with patient resistance due to the cosmetic drawbacks of colored lenses. Hybrid products like Sharper Image® TechShield are now available as a best-of-both worlds option. TechShield combines advanced blue light protection with premium AR properties in a cosmetically preferable near-clear coating that both absorbs and deflects as much as 80% of blue light associated with visual strain (400-430nm).   4. Equip Your Practice for the Blue Light Conversation Ensure your practice is ready to educate patients on blue light and blue light reduction. Visit the resource center at SharperImageVision.com to browse through a library of blue light research articles, download free promotional tools, and order your free TechShield office kit today. ...
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Morel releases Delta 1A from Lightec

Morel releases Delta 1A from Lightec

Delta 1A: pure and striking Lightec offers three striking men’s models where the focus is on purity. Frames are fitted with a new hinge known as Delta. Even more discreet than the Alpha hinge, Delta has no screws or center line and contains a blade which acts as a spring. The hinge is simply held in place by a hook which is visible on the temple in the form of a small contrasting line. In addition to its esthetic appearance, Delta improves wearer comfort and shape. The three striking, ultra-light eyeshapes are finely worked to produce these slim frames. Delta 1A offers three dual-material stainless steel/acetate models featuring innovative construction techniques. The 2.8mm acetate front is clipped onto a 0.8mm colored stainless steel structure, revealing a subtle line of color that continues onto the temple designed along the same principle. The result is pure and offers the consumer a striking frame with a clearly defined visual appearance and unprecedented slimness and lightness. Deep, rectangular and caravan shapes are all available, with a colored line to highlight the shape. A highly successful interplay of colors is used to create a distinctive, ultra-light and easy-to-wear product available in sizes 54 and 55. ...
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Mondottica intorduces BLOOM OPTICS, The Petite Collection

Mondottica intorduces BLOOM OPTICS, The Petite Collection

Now introducing BLOOM OPTICS, The Petite Collection. BLOOM Optics introduces an exciting new petite collection featuring easy to wear shapes combined with playful design sensibility. Colorful patterns can be found on inner and outer frame temples. Warm, satin finishes on metal frames compliment different skin tones and hair colors. Most importantly, all styles are PROGRESSIVE FRIENDLY eye shapes.BLOOM Optics – The Petite Collection offers everything the “petite” woman desires including color, size and style. This colorful collection consists of four metal styles and six plastic styles. Good things come in small packages! ...
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MODERN OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL  Appoints New VP of Summit Optical Supply

MODERN OPTICAL INTERNATIONAL Appoints New VP of Summit Optical Supply

Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International announces that McDonald Diquez has been named as Vice President of Sales for its Summit Optical Supply division. “I am thrilled to have McDonald on our team to enhance the brand recognition of this important sector,” said Ken Weissman, President of Modern Optical International. “As a trusted optical source for over forty years, we believe ECPs everywhere should benefit from real savings on these ancillary products.” Diquez is a bi-lingual industry veteran with over ten years of business development experience. In his new role, Diquez will drive sales efforts while overseeing market strategy initiatives. Summit Optical Supplies’ myriad products include cases, parts, repair kits, display trays, ModPod Readers, and cleaning cloths. “I welcome this opportunity to expand the Summit Optical Supply brand,” added Diquez. “ECPs will undoubtedly appreciate the extensive product offering combined with razor-sharp pricing for which Modern Optical is so well known in the industry.”   About Modern Optical International Modern Optical International, based in suburban Chicago, is a family-owned and operated business started 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 perfect 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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Modern Optical International: BMEC

Modern Optical International: BMEC

Value eyewear leader Modern Optical International introduces nine new styles to its Big Men’s Eyewear Collection (BMEC) for S/S2016. More than ever, men seek eyewear that delivers both comfort and style. 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 a segment of the population that is significantly underserved. 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 the BIG guy eyewear choices he’ll be proud to wear! Fit and fashion converge on a grand scale with our nine new BMEC styles. Masculine rectangular shapes in classic tones, accented with contemporary details, make these styles suitable for any setting. Black, brown, navy, tortoise, and gunmetal rule the color palette. Spring hinges, coupled with larger sizing, create the perfect fit. The new S/S2016 styles are: BIG Champ (handmade zyl, spring hinges), BIG Draft (stainless steel, matte finish, silicone pads), BIG Edge (stainless steel in matte finish fronts, handmade zyl temples, spring hinges, silicone pads), BIG Muscle (handmade zyl, wood grain pattern temples, spring hinges), BIG Rally (stainless steel fronts, handmade zyl temples, spring hinges, silicone pads), BIG Scene (stainless steel fronts in matte finish, TR90 memory plastic temples, spring hinges, silicone pads), BIG Tour (handmade zyl, wood grain pattern temples, metal trim, spring hinges), BIG Venture (stainless steel fronts, TR90 memory plastic temples, silicone pads), and BIG Win (nylon semi-rimless, snap-in silicone pads, stainless steel, spring hinges). 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, each frame includes a premium clamshell cases wrapped in leather-like material with qualifying purchases. About Modern Optical International Modern Optical International, based in suburban Chicago, is a family-owned and operated business started 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 perfect 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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