Silmo Releases First Categories of Silmo D’Or Nominations

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:39 AM PARIS—Silmo has released the first selections of nominations for the 27th Silmo D’Or awards. The awards ceremony gives prizes to recognize the creativity of the optical products for design, innovation and technology.

Novartis Names Whitney Hauser, OD, to Key Ophthalmics Post

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:30 AM BASEL, Switzerland—As part of its commitment to developing innovative resources and relevant educational opportunities for ECPS Novartis (NYSE: NVS) has announced that Dr. Whitney Hauser will join its eyecare team as director, peer education for U.S. Ophthalmics.

Kenmark and Kensie Announce Licensing Renewal Through 2024

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:24 AM LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Kenmark Eyewear and Kensie have announced the renewal of an exclusive licensing agreement for the design, development, production and worldwide distribution of eyewear for the Kensie brand. This agreement will extend through June 2024—Kenmark Eyewear has partnered with Kensie since 2009, launching the brand within the optical industry. The brand includes Kensie optical, Kensie sun and Kensie girl segments. Marissa Cundiff, Kenmark Eyewear marketing director, said, “We’re thrilled with the renewal of Kensie. It’s such a fun, colorful brand to work on and we love what we have created together over the years.

WestGroupe Appoints Alexis Nyiro Director of Product and Marketing

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:24 AM MONTREAL, Canada—WestGroupe has announced that Alexis Nyiro has been promoted to director of product and marketing. Nyiro joined WestGroupe 11 years ago, and “has been instrumental in the design and development of WestGroupe’s product portfolio and has been an integral part of marketing our brands over the years,” the company said.

I-deal Optics and Rafaella Renew Licensing Agreement

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:15 AM TROY, Michigan and NEW YORK—I-deal Optics and Rafaella, a division of Perry Ellis International, have announced a multi-year extension of their licensing agreement. The agreement grants I-deal Optics the rights to design, produce and distribute sun and prescription eyewear under the Rafaella brand through Dec. 31, 2023. I-deal Optics has held this license since 2018. Rafaella was initially launched in 1982, and is now a well-established lifestyle collection of on-trend and ready-to-wear styles that embrace women’s individual shapes. 

Materialise Makes ‘Strategic Investment’ in Virtual Eyewear Try-On Firm Ditto as Companies Begin Collaboration

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:27 AM LEUVEN, Belgium and OAKLAND, Calif.—Materialise NV  (Nasdaq:MTLS), a global leader in 3D printing solutions, has made a strategic investment in Ditto, an Oakland-based developer of virtual eyewear try-on platforms, according to an announcement earlier this week.

De Rigo Group and Tumi Announce New License Agreement, Collection

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—The De Rigo Group and Tumi have announced an exclusive license agreement for the design, production and distribution of Tumi-branded sunglasses and prescription frames for both men and women.

Bausch Health to Acquire Option to Purchase Assets of Allegro Ophthalmics

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:27 AM LAVAL, Quebec and SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.— Bausch Health Companies and Bausch + Lomb, its leading global eye health business, and Allegro Ophthalmics LLC,  a privately held biopharmaceutical company, announced Monday that Bausch Health (through its affiliate) has entered into an agreement to acquire an option to purchase all ophthalmology assets of Allegro.

Santen to Acquire Topical Ophthalmic Products Company Eyevance for $225 Million Under Terms of Share Purchase Agreement

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:24 AM OSAKA, Japan and FORT WORTH, Texas—Santen Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.and Eyevance Holdings have announced that Santen Holdings U.S. Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Santen, and Eyevance Holdings entered into a share purchase agreement where Santen Holdings acquires all of the outstanding shares of Eyevance Pharmaceuticals Holdings.

Bollé Brands Announces François Benaben as President of Sport and Luxury Division

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:21 AM LYON, France—Bollé Brands has named François Benaben as the president of its sport and luxury division. Benaben, formerly vice president of the Rossignol Group for Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, has spent 14 years in several sales and category management positions at various companies.

The Jobson Optical Research 2020 U.S. Optical Retailer Report & Directory Is Now Available

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Monday, September 21, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Optical Research’s 2020 Optical Retailer Report & Directory is now available. The directory contains a comprehensive list of the top optical retailers in the U.S., including contact information for the company headquarters, key executives, buyer names for all product categories, and trade names including DBAs. The list includes 72 headquarter locations. In addition, the report and directory includes Vision Monday’s annual “Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers” ranking and analysis, which includes 2019 estimated sales and business unity counts for each retailer.

Safilo Announces New Term Loan Facility of €108 Million

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:24 AM PADUA, Italy—Safilo Group has announced the signing of a new Term Loan Facility for €108 million (127,944,900 USD) to provide Safilo with additional liquidity in order to finance working capital and investment needs for its activities located in Italy.

Christopher Cloos Names Tom Brady Global Brand Ambassador, Launches Collection

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Danish eyewear brand Christopher Cloos has named NFL superstar Tom Brady as its newest global brand ambassador, kicking off a partnership that includes the launch of the exclusive Cloos x Brady eyewear collection. The collection features both blue light and sunglasses, and is made from biodegradable material. Brady worked closely with the Christopher Cloos team to create and design the collection. Brady said, “Christopher Cloos' commitment to health, wellness, and sustainability—without sacrificing style—really resonated with me. I love their commitment to excellence and discipline to make things happen. I'm proud of the partnership and what we have been able to create together with the Cloos x Brady collection. Not to mention I love wearing them and hope everyone will too!"

Marcolin Group Announces Licensing Agreement With Max Mara

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:24 AM LONGARONE, Italy—Marcolin Group has announced the signing of a new licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Max Mara sunglasses and eyeglasses.

Oakley Launches ‘We Shape the Future’ Campaign Featuring an Array of NFL’s Top Players

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Friday, September 11, 2020 12:24 AM FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif.—Oakley, a leader in sport performance and optical innovation, this week launched the brand’s 2020 NFL campaign, “We Shape the Future,” which honors “the dominant on-field performances of Team Oakley’s football athletes and their influential and steadfast leadership off the field,” according to the announcement. The campaign is headlined by the NFL players Patrick Mahomes II and Lamar Jackson and features JuJu Smith-Schuster, Derwin James Jr., Aaron Jones and Trevon Diggs. The latter two players are billed as “new young faces” in what Oakley says is an “already star-studded lineup of Oakley football athletes.” Jones is a running back with the Green Bay Packers and Diggs is a rookie cornerback with the Dallas Cowboys.