NEW YORK—Modo has announced the acquisition of Italia Independent, the eyewear brand founded by Lapo Elkann. This transaction is part of Modo Group’s strategic plan which aims to offer customers a product that can increasingly combine tradition and innovation with style and design. Modo Group has been assisted in the transaction by Jefferies as exclusive M&A advisor. The know-how of the Modo Group will be a key factor in the new direction of the Italia Independent brand, which will be able to count on a solid corporate organization and a more incisive presence in terms of international distribution. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

The first drop of the Italia Independent collection in the Modo Group's orbit is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2024 and will be entirely Made in Italy and distributed through an exclusive network of opticians worldwide.

Alessandro Lanaro, founder and CEO of Modo Group, said, “I have always admired the incredible success of Italia Independent from the very beginning, and we are proud to take charge of its future and to have the opportunity to make a significant contribution to the brand's development. Modo Group and Italia Independent have always shared the desire to stand out from the crowd; our aim is to reunite the great community that Italia Independent has created over the years, both in the optical sector and among end consumers.”

 Giovanni Lo Faro (l) and Alessandro Lanaro.
Lapo Elkann said, “I’m glad that Modo Group acquired the brand Italia Independent. I am sure that Alessandro and his team, strong of their track record, will be able to evolve the brand I founded to which I will always remain attached.”

Giovanni Lo Faro, CEO of Modo International, which distributes the Modo, Eco and, from next season, Italia Independent brands, said, “This acquisition combines two complimentary forces that blend well together. Reactivating the energy and the magic of the brand, and driving it into lasting growth is an exciting challenge for us.”