French Competition Authority Sanctions Luxottica, LVMH and Other Brands for Online Sales Restrictions; Luxottica Will Appeal the Decision

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:27 AM PARIS—The French Competition Authority (FCA) issued a statement yesterday stating that it sanctioned Luxottica, LVMH and other brands for having imposed retail prices on opticians and forbidding product sales online.

Bausch + Lomb to Invest €90 Million in Waterford, Ireland, Facility to Expand Capacity for Biotrue ONEday Lenses

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Friday, July 23, 2021 12:18 AM WATERFORD, Ireland—Bausch + Lomb this week announced plans to invest €90 million to expand manufacturing operations at its Waterford facility in Ireland. The investment is expected to generate 130 additional jobs when production commences in 2023 and will provide the Waterford facility with additional capacity to meet expected demand for its Biotrue ONEday range of contact lenses, B+L said in the announcement. The investment will further strengthen the Waterford plant’s position in supporting Bausch + Lomb’s efforts to increase market share in the contact lens market.

Safilo to Exhibit Ocean Cleanup Recycled Sunglasses at Casa Italia, Tokyo 2020

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:21 AM PADUA, Italy and TOKYO—On the occasion of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, due to take place from July 23 through Aug. 8, Safilo has announced it will exhibit its recycled plastic sunglasses made exclusively for The Ocean Cleanup at Casa Italia, the headquarters of the Italian National Olympic Committee.

SEE Eyewear Partners With Comedian and Actor Howie Mandel on New Collection

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021 12:18 AM SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—SEE Eyewear has partnered with comedian, actor and host Howie Mandel on a new capsule collection of handmade, Italian eyewear. The SEE x Howie Mandel collection officially launched in all 44 SEE stores and on the SEE website on July 20, with the tagline “This is Howie SEE.” This is SEE and Mandel’s second collaboration; the first collection launched in November 2020, as reported by VMAIL. Made up of both acetate, metal and combination styles, the collection features eight optical styles priced from $339 to $399.

NovaBay Pharmaceuticals Partners With Harrow Health's Imprimis Rx to Promote Prescription Avenova

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:24 AM EMERYVILLE, Calif. and NASHVILLE, Tenn.—NovaBay Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company focusing on commercializing Avenova for the eyecare market, has partnered with ImprimisRx, one of the nation’s leading ophthalmology-focused pharmaceutical businesses, to promote prescription Avenova. 

Charmant Group and Elle Renew License, Celebrate 25 Years Together

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:18 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant Group and French fashion and lifestyle brand Elle have announced the extension of their long-term collaboration by an additional five years.

Safilo and Carolina Herrera Announce Global Eyewear Licensing Agreement

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Friday, July 16, 2021 12:24 AM PADUA and NEW YORK—Safilo Group and Carolina Herrera have announced a five-year global licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and distribution of Carolina Herrera branded eyewear.

Luxexcel Launches Platform for Manufacturing of Prescription Lenses for Smart Glasses

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:24 AM EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands—Luxexcel announced its next generation manufacturing platform, Luxexcel VisionPlatform 7, which makes it possible for businesses to integrate prescription lenses into the production of smart glasses in their manufacturing facilities. The platform includes new features geared for manufacturing smart lenses that are  lightweight, thinner and can be used in commercial frames similar to traditional eyeglasses.

CooperVision Launches Campaign to Educate Consumers on the Sustainability of clariti 1 day Contact Lenses

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Thursday, July 15, 2021 12:18 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—As many eyecare practices look for more ways to connect with their sustainability-focused patients, CooperVision has launched a digital marketing campaign called “Do One Better.”

Johnson & Johnson Vision Appoints Dr. Chandra Mickles to Newly Created Myopia Education Position

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Wednesday, July 14, 2021 12:24 AM JACKSONVILLE, Fla. and SANTA ANA, Calif.—Johnson & Johnson Vision has named Dr. Chandra Mickles, OD, MS, FAAO, FSLS, to the newly created position of North America professional education lead, myopia, effective July 26.

EssilorLuxottica Creates Smart Eyewear Innovation Hub in France to Capture Rising Opportunities in Wearables

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:27 AM CHARENTON-LE-PONT, France—EssilorLuxottica said Monday that it has created a dedicated innovation center in France to reinforce its expertise and expand its capabilities in electrochromic and smart eyewear technologies.

Etnia Barcelona Acquires Lool Eyewear

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021 12:15 AM BARCELONA—Etnia Barcelona has announced its acquisition of Lool Eyewear, a Catalan eyewear brand focused on technology and lightness. The details of the acquisition were not disclosed; Etnia Barcleona anticipates closing 2021 with global billing of €80 million, a 20 percent growth with respect to 2019, and a 42 percent growth with respect to 2020. In an announcement, Etnia Barcelona said, "Through this acquisition, Etnia Barcelona reaffirms its growth strategy for the optical eyewear market, growing its portfolio with an eyewear brand that boasts a technological spirit and specializes in lightweight eyewear, while also offering potential in sustainability. Etnia Barcelona has consolidated its position as a company focused on the optical eyewear market, with the development of both its own brands and the integration of other independent brands."

Luxottica’s Oliver Peoples and Brunello Cucinelli Announce Partnership for Exclusive Collection

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Monday, July 12, 2021 12:21 AM MILAN—At a press conference held at the Brunello Cucinelli Showroom in Milan, Italy, Rocco Basilico, chief executive officer of Oliver Peoples, and Brunello Cucinelli, founder, executive president and creative director of Brunello Cucinelli, announced a new, exclusive partnership.

Fendi and Thélios Sign Exclusive Licensing Agreement

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Friday, July 2, 2021 12:21 AM ROME and LONGARONE, Italy—Italian luxury house Fendi and Thélios have announced the signing of an exclusive partnership for the design, development, production, and distribution of the Fendi's eyewear category. Both Fendi and Thélios are housed under LVMH.

National Sunglasses Day Garners Over 1 Million Impressions, Celebrity Involvement

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Thursday, July 1, 2021 12:18 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has announced that National Sunglasses Day 2021 garnered more than more than 1.1 million impressions and more than 70,000 engagements.