Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now, Survey Closes on June 6

By Staff
Friday, May 20, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday will once again be highlighting The Most Influential Women in Optical in our July/August issue, marking the 20th anniversary of our signature Special Report saluting women in the eyewear/eyecare industry. We are currently seeking nominations via an electronic survey form. The deadline for submitting nominations is June 6. Women’s influence in optical is undeniable and today, there are more women than ever before are playing vital roles at all levels of our industry.

SD Eyes to Take on Exclusive Distribution of The C-Zone Collections in the U.S.

By Staff
Wednesday, May 18, 2022 12:21 AM ONEONTA, N.Y.—SD Eyes is the new distributor of The C-Zone Collections in the U.S., according to executives of both companies. Starting in June this year, eyecare professionals will be able to buy the contemporary Netherlands-based company's metal collections with unique color accents exclusively from SD Eyes.

Do You Know an Influential Woman in Optical? Nominate Her Now for Vision Monday's Special Report

By Staff
Tuesday, May 17, 2022 12:13 AM NEW YORK—This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical Report. The signature Special Report will salute women playing vital roles at all levels of the eyewear/eyecare industry and throughout the professions. Women continue to make significant contributions throughout retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, the eyecare professions, academia and managed care. Don't miss our very special July/August issue where we will celebrate 20 years of honoring women and their achievements.

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

By Staff
Monday, May 16, 2022 12:21 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 eyecare professionals here in the United States.

VM to Mark 20th Anniversary of VM’s Most Influential Women in Optical Report as Nominations Open for 2022

By Staff
Monday, May 9, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK—This year marks the 20th anniversary of Vision Monday's Most Influential Women in Optical Report. The signature Special Report will salute women playing vital roles at all levels of the eyewear/eyecare industry and throughout the professions. Women continue to make significant contributions throughout retailing, wholesaling, product design, manufacturing, distribution, the eyecare professions, academia and managed care. Don't miss our very special July/August issue where we will celebrate 20 years of honoring women and their achievements.

Charmant's Japanese Eyewear Brand Minamoto Wins iF Design Award 2022

By Staff
Friday, May 6, 2022 12:18 AM MORRIS PLAINS, N.J.—Charmant Group has won the prestigious iF Design Award 2022 in the Product category for its Minamoto eyewear collection. The Minamoto brand was launched at Silmo Paris in 2021, according to an announcement from the company.

Young Eyewear Designers Offer New Ideas for Spectacles to Compete for First opti BOX Award at the Upcoming May 13-15 opti 2022 Show

By Staff
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 12:15 AM MUNICH—At the upcoming opti show, to be held here May 13-15 at Fairgrounds Munich, a dozen young designers will be showing their new interpretation of spectacles and competing to win the first opti BOX Award. The criteria are design, sustainability, functionality, technology and marketing.

Marcolin Reports Growth and Return to Profit in 2021, With a Sharp Rise in Business to Pre-Pandemic Levels

By Staff
Monday, May 2, 2022 12:27 AM MILAN—The shareholders' meeting of Marcolin, one of the world's leading eyewear companies, last week approved the separate and Group consolidated financial statements for the year ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Inspecs Group Reports Rise in Q1 Revenues

By Staff
Friday, April 29, 2022 12:24 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group plc (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear (sunglasses, optical frames and lenses) announced this week the Group's trading update for the three months ending March 31, 2022.

Online Retailer Kits Reports First-Quarter Order Growth Continues With Double-Digit Increase Year-Over-Year

By Staff
Thursday, April 21, 2022 12:15 AM VANCOUVER—Kits Eyecare Ltd. (TSX: KITS) reported this week that in the first quarter it delivered over 46,000 eyeglasses orders to patients, and 148,000 total eyecare orders to patients “despite supply chain headwinds.” At the same time, Kits reported that its overall gross margin rate increased, quarter-over-quarter, between 150 and 200 basis points, sequentially. Kits, which is led by investor and chief executive officer Roger Hardy, completed its initial public offering in January 2021 and now reports quarterly financial results.

Eyemart Express and Cedar Springs Vision Report Results of ‘Recycling’ Partnership for Frames in North Texas

By Staff
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 12:15 AM DALLAS—Approximately 7,300 people from North Texas' underserved communities will be able to see more clearly this year at little to no cost through an ongoing glasses recycling partnership between Texas-based Eyemart Express and the nonprofit Cedar Springs Vision. The charity operates a need-based optical shop in Dallas in conjunction with Cedar Springs Eye Clinic, a satellite clinic of the University of Houston College of Optometry, that provides eye exams to more than 25,000 people from community organizations such as Dallas Housing Authority, Interfaith Family Services and Salvation Army.

Mido Organizers Put Final Touches on the 50th Edition Special Features, Celebrations for the April 30-May 2 Exhibit in Milan

By Staff
Tuesday, April 5, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—In anticipation of what will be the 50th edition of Mido, the international optics exhibition to be held at the end of this month, Mido president Giovanni Vitaloni met in New York, as part of Vision Expo East, with journalists, exhibitors, buyers and operators in the eyewear sector to present some of the plans on tap for the show, scheduled from April 30 to May 2 in Milan Fiera Rho. He was joined by Antonino Laspina, director of Italian Trade Agency (ITA) New York, the agency for the promotion and internationalization of Italian companies, to discuss the economic recovery of recent months.

Mykita, in Partnership With Eastman, Will Make Complete Pivot to Sustainable Acetate

By Staff
Wednesday, March 30, 2022 12:27 AM BERLIN—Mykita and Eastman (NYSE:EMN) will join forces to accelerate the transition to sustainable materials in the eyewear industry, the companies said. From today, leading independent eyewear brand Mykita will exclusively source the sustainable Acetate Renew, produced by Eastman’s innovative molecular recycling technology.

National Sunglasses Day 2022 Is Coming Up on June 27

By Staff
Friday, March 25, 2022 12:21 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—National Sunglasses Day 2022 is coming up on June 27 and The Vision Council, co-organizer of Vision Expo, is reminding its members and the industry at large to participate and help celebrate that day and to reinforce the importance of wearing ultraviolet (UV)-protective sunwear and eyewear.

100% Optical Reveals Love Eyewear Awards Short List

By Staff
Monday, March 21, 2022 12:15 AM LONDON—After a record-breaking number of submissions, 100% Optical has shared the short list for the 100% Optical Love Eyewear Awards 2022. The awards are made up of 11 categories, and are the climax of Love Eyewear Week, which runs from April 18 through 24, 2022 and will champion eyewear among independent and major designers, manufacturers and retailers, according to an announcement from 100% Optical.