Blackfin Celebrates 50th Anniversary, Opens Black Shelter Headquarters

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:21 AM TAIBON AGORDINO, Italy—On October 13, Blackfin celebrated its 50th anniversary with the opening of its new Black Shelter headquarters, a building that nearly triples the space in its existing Taibon Agordino location, surrounded by the Belluno Dolomite mountains.

Randolph Announces Passing of Co-Founder Stanley Zaleski

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Monday, October 25, 2021 12:15 AM RANDOLPH, Mass.—Stanley Zaleski, co-founder of Randolph Engineering, passed away peacefully on Oct. 16, 2021 at the age of 82. Stanley immigrated to the U.S. from Poland at the age of 19. He attended Wentworth Institute of Technology where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Soon after graduating,  Zaleski was drafted to service for active duty in the U.S. Army from 1961 to 1963 and continued to serve in the Army Reserves until 1967.

ABB Optical Group Announces Three Updates to its Specialty Vision Product Consultation Team

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Thursday, October 21, 2021 12:30 AM CORAL SPRINGS, Fla.—ABB Optical Group (ABB), a leading independent eyecare distributor, announced Wednesday changes within the company’s specialty vision product division, effective immediately.

Serengeti Eyewear Will Be Exclusively Manufactured in Italy

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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 12:15 AM LYON, France—Serengeti Eyewear has announced it is moving all manufacturing to Italy. The U.S. eyewear brand currently manufactures some but not all of its collection in Italy, but will move all lens and frame production to Italy by Spring 2022. The move comes as Serengeti introduces more styles to the Creator Collection, its higher priced luxury collection. Serengeti has also made a commitment to using more sustainable materials, including a new bio-acetate material for its Mainline collection.

UPDATED: 1-800 Contacts Acquires Ditto

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:20 AM DRAPER, Utah and OAKLAND, Calif.—1-800 Contacts formally announced that it has acquired Ditto, a leader in virtual try-on and frame recommendation technologies for eyewear brands and retailers.

Mido Opens Registration to Feb. 12-14, 2022 Edition

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Thursday, October 7, 2021 12:18 AM MILAN—Organizers of Mido, the international eyewear and optics fair, have opened registration for the Feb. 12-14, 2022 exhibition to be held in Milan for the first time in person following its 2021 Digital Edition last summer.

Kenmark Eyewear and Lilly Pulitzer Renew License Agreement Through 2026

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Wednesday, October 6, 2021 12:21 AM LOUISVILLE, Ken.—Kenmark Eyewear has announced the renewal of the exclusive license agreement for the design, development, production and worldwide distribution of eyewear for the Lilly Pulitzer brand.

Bausch Health Releases Annual Environmental, Social and Governance Report

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Friday, October 1, 2021 12:24 AM LAVAL, Quebec—Bausch Health Companies Inc. (NYSE/TSX: BHC) has released its annual Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report (previously referred to as the Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR report), highlighting the company's ongoing commitment to drive a sustainable and equitable impact for its various stakeholders.

Kering Eyewear Completes Acquisition of Lindberg

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Friday, October 1, 2021 12:15 AM PARIS, France and AARHUS, Denmark—Kering Eyewear announced that is has completed the acquisition of Danish luxury eyewear brand Lindberg, in accordance with the terms announced on July 8, 2021, and after having received clearance from the antitrust authorities.  Lindberg will be consolidated in Kering accounts starting from Q4 2021 onward. Kering and the Lindberg family announced the signing of an agreement for Kering Eyewear to 100 percent of the share capital of Lindberg on July 8, 2021, as reported by VMAIL.

The McGee Group Opens Eyewear Manufacturing Operation in Marietta, Ga.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:27 AM MARIETTA, Ga.—The McGee Group, a family-owned, American eyewear company specializing in the design and manufacturing of eyewear, sunglasses, readers, and cases, announced that it has acquired Dom Vetro's U.S. manufacturing operations in order to introduce American-made products to its customers and to "on-shore a portion of its production for a more sustainable future," the company said.

Techifeye Network Seeks to Help Emerging Companies Connect With Private Practice Optometry

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Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:18 AM LAS VEGAS—When Brianna Rhue, OD, FAAO, and her drcontactlens.com business partner, Jennifer Tabiza, OD, were preparing for the presentations they’ll be making at their booth during Vision Expo West this week, an idea came to mind that they thought would help various entrepreneurial companies trying to make headway in the optical and eyecare sectors. They discussed how challenging it can be for smaller technology companies that deliver great services to get the attention of doctors and key decision-makers in a practice. Moving quickly, the two women worked over the course of a month to create a process to make it easier for companies like theirs to get attention at an event as large as Vision Expo West.

Marchon Eyewear and Zeiss Sign Exclusive Global Licensing Agreement for Eyewear

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Wednesday, September 22, 2021 12:21 AM NEW YORK and AALEN, Germany—Marchon Eyewear, Inc., and Zeiss Vision Care announced today that they have entered into an exclusive, long-term global licensing agreement for optical eyewear and sunglasses. The first eyewear collection under this licensing agreement will be released globally beginning in Spring 2022; in advance of that release, a capsule collection comprised of nine optical styles will be previewed in Fall 2021 under Marchon’s Altair portfolio, and will be available exclusively in the U.S. market.

Safilo Group Partners With Coventya to Introduce ‘Metal X’ to Eyewear Production

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced a strategic partnership with Coventya, a global company with more than 90 years of experience in the development of specialty chemicals for surface finishing treatments, on the use of “Metal X,” a new material for eyewear. Safilo will be the first in the eyewear sector to use Metal X, which is an innovative Coventya patent that allows the use of precious metals in galvanic treatments for the production of optical frames and sunglasses to be reduced by 90 percent.

Mondottica USA to Launch Quiksilver Optical Eyewear and Sunwear in Spring 2022

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Monday, September 20, 2021 12:18 AM WARREN, N.J.—Mondottica USA announced the launch of a multi-year license agreement with Boardriders for the design, production, and distribution of Quiksilver prescription frames and prescription sunglasses for the optical channel in the U.S., Latin America and the Caribbean.

J&J Vision Announces New Collaboration to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in Eyecare

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Thursday, September 16, 2021 12:27 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Johnson & Johnson Vision, part of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is announcing a collaboration with Black Eye Care Perspective, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to redefining the color of the eyecare industry.