Nominations for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards Are Open

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Thursday, September 29, 2022 12:33 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are hosting the 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards to identify the optical industry’s favorite products and companies this year. These two Jobson Medical Information publications are teaming up once again this fall to get readers’ opinions by asking optical retailers’ and ECPs to identify their favorite products in 22 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, sustainable materials for frames, sustainable materials for sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, online ordering website, patient engagement systems, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, online and social media marketing services, PPE, contactless dispensing devices, virtual try-on tools, telehealth solution and Social Purpose missions.

Blenders Eyewear Revs Up Official Sunglasses Partnership With Oracle Red Bull Racing Team, Through 2025

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 12:15 AM SAN DIEGO—Blenders Eyewear, which has been a part of the Safilo Group since 2020 and is one of the eyewear industry’s key players, announced a new partnership with Oracle Red Bull Racing. Officially kicking off at the Pirelli Gran Premio D’Italia in Monza, Italy earlier this month and running through 2025, the partnership will include Red Bull Technology esports, and gives the brand the opportunity to sell Oracle Red Bull Racing licensed eyewear. As an official sponsor of the Oracle Red Bull Racing team, Blenders Eyewear will provide sunglasses to the team, including drivers Max Verstappen and Sergio "Checo" Pérez, pit crew, and support staff.

Silmo d’Or Announces 2022 Nominations

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Tuesday, September 13, 2022 12:30 AM PARIS—The organizers of Silmo Paris, the eyewear and eyecare exhibition coming up at the end of this month, Sept. 23-26 at the Paris Nord Villepinte, have announced the nominees for the 29th Silmo d’Or.

Safilo's Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni: At Work to 'Redefine Partnership' With Accounts Through N.A.

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Monday, September 12, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—With a unique resume and business experience that spans optical, sun and sport performance markets, Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni is applying his knowledge and skills to reinforce Safilo's competitive position in North America. In an exclusive interview with VMAIL marking 90 days since his appointment as president and chief commercial officer of North America, Safilo Group last June, Rinaldi Ceroni shared his perspectives on the work now underway for the company to build on the sales achievements and momentum of Safilo in North America over the past several years, and some of the newer initiatives coming onstream for its independent ECP customers this fall and into 2023.

The Accessories Council Announces Design Excellence Awards' Eyewear Finalists, Voting Starts Today

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Monday, September 12, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has announced the finalists for their 4th annual Design Excellence Awards. Eyewear, both optical and sunwear, are among the categories being recognized along with jewelry, handbags, soft accessories, footwear, technology innovations, social impact products and sustainable products. Anyone can vote for their choices here by October 30, 2022.

SD Eyes to Distribute Pepe Jeans London Collection Exclusively to Independent ECPs in the U.S.

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Thursday, September 8, 2022 12:21 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—SD Eyes is taking on exclusive distribution of the Pepe Jeans London collection of eyewear to independent eyecare professionals in the U.S., effective with Vision Expo West next week. Stated Dan Bliss, president of SD Eyes, "We are very excited to add this iconic brand to our growing list of collections that SD Eyes can offer to its customers across the United States. Pepe Jeans will blend very nicely with our current collections which will each reach different target customer audiences allowing us to meet the needs of independent optical shops."

Deadline Is Aug. 26 for Accessories Council Design Excellence Awards

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Entries from eyewear and sunwear companies are being accepted through this Friday, Aug. 26, for the fourth annual Design Excellence awards of the Accessories Council which spans all categories of fashion and technology accessories.

Inspecs Group Reports First-Half Sales Gain and Progress Toward Increasing 'Distribution Reach' Worldwide

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Friday, August 19, 2022 12:21 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear, said this week that its revenue increased to $138.4 million in the six months ended June 30, from $125.7 million in the year-ago period.

Warby Parker Reports Double-Digit Sales Increase in Q2, But Notes Weakness in Eyeglass Demand ‘Industry Wide’

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Friday, August 12, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—Warby Parker Inc. (NYSE: WRBY) reported Thursday that its sales in the second quarter increased 13.7 percent (or $18.1 million) to $149.6 million. The increase was 19.1 percent on a three-year compound annual growth basis compared with the second quarter of 2019. In addition, Warby Parker said it increased active customers 8.7 percent to 2.26 million year over year. Average revenue per customer in the quarter ended June 30 increased 8.2 percent year over year to $254, even as the company noted an “industry-wide” decline in demand for eyeglasses.

Online Retailer Kits Reports 70 Percent Increase in Delivery of Eyeglasses in Second Quarter

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Tuesday, July 26, 2022 12:21 AM VANCOUVER—Online retailer Kits Eyecare Ltd. (KITS) (TSX: KITS) said that in the second quarter it delivered more than 74,000 pairs of eyeglasses, which represented a 70 percent year-over-year increase.

Eyemart Express Kicks Off Seventh Annual Cancer Research Fundraiser in Stores

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022 12:24 AM DALLAS—According to the American Cancer Society, one in three people in the U.S. will develop cancer during their lifetime, and many companies have undertaken efforts to fund research into the disease. One of these is Eyemart Express, which once again this year is supporting cancer research with its support of the Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) program.

Jobson Research’s 2022 Children's Eyewear MarketPulse Is Now Available

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Monday, July 11, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Jobson Research’s 2022 Children’s Eyewear MarketPulse is now available. The report explores the children’s optical industry and outlines consumer buying patterns for distinct age categories within the 18-under segment.

Accessories Council Launches Entries Process for 4th Annual Design Excellence Awards

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Thursday, July 7, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council has launched its 4th annual Design Excellence Awards (DEW), which celebrate outstanding new and innovative products offering finalists and winners an exciting platform to celebrate their products.

The Vision Council Concludes Successful 2022 National Sunglasses Day Campaign

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Friday, July 1, 2022 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On June 27, The Vision Council brought the importance of ultraviolet (UV)-protective eyewear to life through a successful National Sunglasses Day campaign. The Vision Council encouraged members and the industry at large to participate by posting on their social media channels using the official hashtags, #NationalSunglassesDay and #SunglassSelfie, and tagging @TheVisionCouncil, @opticalindustry and @VisionOptionsbyTVC. The social media campaign, including the #NationalSunglassesDay hashtag, garnered more than 137 million impressions and more than 146,900 engagements, including posts from Pitbull, Iris Apfel, Paris Hilton, Green Bay Packers, NASA, the US Secret Service, and more.

Barton Perreira Opens Fifth Store in NYC's Meatpacking District

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Thursday, June 30, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Barton Perreira is opening its fifth storefront in the Meatpacking District in Manhattan. The area is home to multiple designer clothing and accessories stores and stylish restaurants.