Kering Eyewear Completes Acquisition of Maui Jim

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PADOVA—Kering Eyewear announced that it has completed its acquisition of Maui Jim and now holds more than 90 percent of the brand, in accordance with the terms disclosed on March 14, 2022.

DaTE to Host Milano Eyewear Design Day on October 17

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022 12:18 AM MILAN—The organizers of DaTE have announced Milano Eyewear Design Day (MEDD), a special non-commercial event open to everyone, on Oct. 17, 2022.

My Eyelab and Stanton Optical Open Five Stores in Three States During September

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Monday, October 3, 2022 12:27 AM PALM SPRINGS, Fla.—My Eyelab and Stanton Optical, leading retail brands of Now Optics, opened five stores in three states during September.

ClearVision Launches Faceboo Contest for ECPs in Support of Pumpkin Patch Project

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Monday, October 3, 2022 12:15 AM HAUPPAUGE, New York—ClearVision Optical is launching its annual Faceboo contest for eyecare professionals. This year, the contest is in conjunction with the Pumpkin Patch Project. Through its proprietary brand Dilli Dalli pediatric eyewear, ClearVision is joining up with the Pumpkin Patch Project to spread awareness for amblyopia and vision impairment in children. ClearVision will make a monetary contribution in support of the Pumpkin Patch Project in addition to helping promote the project among ECPs and parents.

Safilo Group Signs New Financing Agreement, Early Repayment of Existing Bank Debt

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Friday, September 30, 2022 12:30 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group signed a new financing agreement for a total of €300,000,000, maturing in September 2027 and consisting of a term loan facility of €150,000,000, a revolving credit facility of €75,000,000 and a Capex line of €75,000,000. The utilization of this new term loan facility, set for Sept. 29, 2022, permits the simultaneous early repayment of the entire bank debt currently represented by the term loan credit facility signed in 2018 with maturity June 2023 (equal to €35,000,000 in June 2022), and by the SACE term loan credit facility signed in 2020, expiring in June 2026 (equal to €108,000,000 in June 2022).

Silmo Celebrates 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022 12:21 AM PARIS—Silmo announced its 2022 Silmo d’Or Award Winners on Saturday, September 24. The Silmo d’Or Award winners are chosen by a jury each year; this year, interior architect and designer Jun Gobron acted as jury president, as reported by VMAIL this August.

Safilo and Eastman Introduce Tritan Renew for Polarized Lenses

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced the introduction of Eastman Tritan Renew in its polarized lenses, making it the first player in the market to adopt Tritan Renew polarized lenses and have a bilateral collaboration with Eastman on technical innovation.

Mykita and Eastman Present Short Film Showcasing Acetate Renew

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Friday, September 23, 2022 12:18 AM BERLIN—Following the earlier announcement that Mykita would partner with Eastman to make a complete pivot to sustainable acetate, the two brands have released a short film showcasing molecular recycling and Eastman’s Acetate Renew.

Smith Promotes Rob Retzlaff to Global VP of Sales

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:15 AM PORTLAND—Smith has announced the promotion of Rob Retzlaff to the role of global vice president of sales. Retzlaff joined Smith in 1999 as Canadian marketing manager to work on increasing brand reach and awareness across North America. Over the past two decades at Smith, Retzlaff has held numerous positions at the company including national sales manager for Canada and, most recently and for the past 14 years, general manager for Canada. In that time, Retzlaff worked alongside Smith’s CFO to roll out an industry-leading, cross-border direct shipping platform and expanded the integration into Smith headquarters.

Mido 2023 Announces 'Frames' Communication Campaign

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:18 AM MILAN—Mido 2023 has announced its new communication campaign, “Frames.” Creative director Max Galli leads the campaign in partnership with Mixer Group.

Independent Italian Eyewear Brands to Star in Special Chicago and Dallas Showcases for U.S. ECPs and Retailers

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The Italian Trade Commission, in collaboration with ANFAO, Italy’s eyewear manufacturers association, is organizing a series of four evening workshops to bring independent Italian eyewear brands to ECPs here in the U.S. Following their first two events in New York and Boston this past June, the program has moved west to Chicago and Dallas. “An Evening at the Galleria” will feature 14 Italian brands, several new to the U.S. Market. The Chicago event will be on Tuesday October 11 at Morgan's on Fulton and the Dallas event is on Thursday, October 13 at The Vouv in North Dallas.

De Rigo and Roberto Cavalli Announce Agreement for Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli Branded Eyewear

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Friday, September 16, 2022 12:27 AM LONGARONE—The De Rigo Group and Roberto Cavalli have announced the signing of a licensing agreement for the design, production and global distribution of Roberto Cavalli and Just Cavalli eyewear collections.

Marchon and Paul Smith Sign Exclusive Licensing Agreement for Eyewear

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Friday, September 16, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and LONDON—Today, Marchon Eyewear and Paul Smith announce they have entered into an exclusive, long-term global licensing agreement. Marchon was previously responsible for the distribution of Paul Smith eyewear in North America.

The Holiday Shopping Season Is Starting Earlier Than Ever

By Staff
Wednesday, September 14, 2022 1:57 PM A large share of consumers aren’t planning to wait until they stash away their Halloween decorations before they begin shopping for the holidays. Amazon’s new Prime Fall Season Event, which is expected to take place next month, will likely spur many to kick off their holiday shopping earlier than in years past. 

Some consumers have already started. Twenty-five percent of shoppers either began their holiday shopping in August or plan to begin shopping in September, according to Bankrate. Another 25 percent expect to begin in October, while only 40 percent plan to start shopping in the final two months of the year.

Consumers’ desire to snag holiday gifts before prices rise is the top reason that 37 percent of U.S. shoppers (and 42 percent worldwide) plan to start buying gifts earlier this year, according to Salesforce. Click here to read the full story from eMarketer.

Marchon Eyewear and Eastman Introduce Eastman’s Tenite Renew in Eyewear

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Monday, September 12, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Today, Marchon Eyewear announces a new collaboration with Eastman, introducing Eastman’s Tenite Renew in Marchon’s proprietary and licensed brand frames beginning January 2023. Nautica will be the first Marchon licensed brand to produce sunglasses and ophthalmic frames using Eastman’s Titan Renew.