NOW Pavilion Is Set to Return to Vision Expo East 2023

By Staff
Friday, January 27, 2023 12:24 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The NOW Pavilion is returning to Vision Expo East 2023. The pavilion will feature a curated selection of frames and lenses that embody the latest trends and innovations in eyewear, according to show organizers The Vision Council and RX Global. Participating exhibitors are invited to submit products as complimentary, value-added opportunities to gain additional exposure at the show. Final product selection will be chosen by an advisory review committee of esteemed media and retailers immediately following the February 1 product submission deadline.

Eyewear Market Is Expected to Soar in Next Decade

By Staff
Tuesday, January 10, 2023 11:26 AM The number of people requiring glasses is on the rise, leading to a surge in the eyewear market. A new study published by Research and Markets shows the eyewear industry is expected to grow from $90.75 billion in 2121 to nearly $99 billion in 2022. This reflects a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 9 percent. 

Long-term growth for the industry is expected to reach record values of $156 billion by 2026, holding steady at a CAGR of 8.9 percent. This figure is expected to double by 2030 reaching $323 billion as sales of contact lenses, eyeglasses and sunglasses skyrocket. 

The largest market region remains North America, with Asia Pacific close behind. According to figures from Statista, the U.S. eyewear industry was more than double the size of China in 2021, with Luxottica receiving the largest share of eyewear sales. Brands like Ray-Ban, Persol and Oakley are among the most popular with U.S. consumers. Vision Source, Walmart, National Vision Holdings and Eyecare Partners round out the top five retailers in the U.S., according to Statista. 

Smart glasses sales are also expected to rise as users see these technologies as less of a novelty. Bluetooth connectivity, open ear speakers and fitness trackers will be the main drivers for smart glasses sales as consumers look for functionality and modular design in their eyewear purchases.

Setting the Tone With Color

By Mary Kane
Friday, December 16, 2022 8:30 AM For anyone in the fashion or design industry, color can be a beautiful thing. But it can also be a very valuable tool on any designer’s palette. Color has the power to (pardon the pun) set the tone for just about everything—from sneakers to smartphones to packaging and the color of a room. The folks at the Pantone Color Institute know a thing or two about color and the effect it can have on creating just the right mood or atmosphere. Viva Magenta 18-1750, which Pantone describes as a color that “vibrates with vim and vigor” has been named the Pantone color of the year for 2023. Pantone describes the color as “brave and fearless … a pulsating color whose exuberance promotes a joyous and optimistic celebration, writing a new narrative.”

Inspecs Group Names Richard Peck Group CEO, Founder Robin Totterman Moves to Executive Chair Role; Two New Non-Executive Directors Join Board

By Staff
Friday, December 2, 2022 12:30 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group PLC, a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames and prescription lenses, announced  the appointment of two non-executive directors to its board as well as naming Richard Peck, who had served on the Inspecs board as a non-executive director since 2020, to the role of group CEO.

Royally Purple

By Gwendolyn Plummer
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 2:01 AM

VM and 20/20 Magazine Announce EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards for 2022

By Staff
Monday, November 21, 2022 12:27 AM NEW YORK—Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine are pleased to announce the selections in the 14th annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards, a special survey aimed at identifying readers’ favorite products and companies of the year. Optical retailers and ECP readers of the two Jobson Medical Information publications were asked to identify their “favorite” products in 20 distinct categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, Rx sun lenses, contact lenses, optical equipment for wholesale prescription labs, optical supplies/consumables/tools, ECP/retail in-office lab equipment, diagnostic instruments, practice management software, EHR software, dispensing/measuring fitting systems, patient engagement systems, online ordering website, social purpose missions, online and social media marketing services, PPE, telehealth solution, virtual/omnichannel sales tool and sustainable eyewear materials.

The Vision Council Releases Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022

By Staff
Friday, November 18, 2022 12:30 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Vision Council has released Focused inSights: Online vs. In-Person Buyers 2022.  The report provides information on the differences and similarities between online and in-person eyewear buyers, including demographic data, managed vision care use, eye exams, prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses, contact lenses, plano sunglasses and reading glasses. The report examines the results of two recent surveys, including The Vision Council’s monthly consumer survey and a survey focused on how consumers make decisions about their eyewear and eyecare.

Accessories Council Announces Winners for 2022 Design Excellence Awards

By Staff
Thursday, November 10, 2022 12:30 AM NEW YORK—The Accessories Council announced the winners for their 4th annual Design Excellence Awards at the Fashionphile offices late yesterday. Building on its history of honoring individuals and companies, the Accessories Council launched the Design Excellence Awards in 2019 to expand the recognition of outstanding products.

Marcolin Group Sales Rise 21 Percent for the First Nine Months of 2022 to €409.7 Million

By Staff
Monday, November 7, 2022 12:30 AM MILAN—The Board of Directors of Marcolin Group, one of the world's leading eyewear companies, approved on Nov. 3 the economic and financial results of the Group as of Sept. 30, 2022. The Group net sales in the first nine months of the year rose by 21.0 percent based on current exchange rates compared to the same period of 2021, an increase of 13.9 percent at constant exchange rates, amounting to €409.7 million.

Barton Perreira Expands Retail Presence With New Meatpacking District Store in NYC and Acquisition of Bozeman Optical in Montana

By Staff
Monday, October 31, 2022 12:27 AM LOS ANGELES—Barton Perreira has expanded their retail presence with two new locations—a second store in New York City and the acquisition of Bozeman Optical in Bozeman, Mont.

Safilo Group and Rag & Bone Announce Renewal of Their Eyewear Licensing Agreement

By Staff
Monday, October 24, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PADOVA, Italy—Safilo Group and rag & bone have announced the renewal of a multi-year global licensing agreement for men’s and women’s sunglasses and optical frames.

Kering Eyewear Sales Up 23 Percent in Q3, Within Overall Kering Group Sales Increase in the Period

By Staff
Friday, October 21, 2022 12:24 AM PARIS—Kering Group, which includes Kering Eyewear, reported a strong financial performance for the third quarter of 2022. Overall revenue of the global luxury group rose 23 percent to €5,137 million.

Safilo Appoints Roberto Genovese to the Role of Vice President, North America Licensed Brands

By Staff
Friday, October 21, 2022 12:21 AM SECAUCUS, N.J.—Safilo announces the appointment of Roberto Genovese to the role of vice president, North America licensed brands, reporting to Francesco Rinaldi Ceroni, president and chief commercial officer of North America, Safilo Group.

Time Is Running Out—Sunday, Oct. 23 Is Your Last Chance to Vote for Jobson's 2022 EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards

By Staff
Friday, October 21, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards. 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.

Voting Is Extended for Jobson’s 2022 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards

By Staff
Wednesday, October 19, 2022 12:15 AM NEW YORK—The final voting deadline has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 for the Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine's 14th annual EyeVote Readers' Choice Awards. 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.