Independent ECPs in New York (June 7) and Boston (June 9) Are Invited to Special Venues to Preview Italian Eyewear Collections

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Tuesday, May 24, 2022 12:21 AM NEW YORK—Eyecare professionals in the Boston and New York areas are invited to special events being organized by the Italian Trade Commission in collaboration with ANFAO, Italy’s eyewear manufacturer association.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

National Sunglasses Day 2022 Is Coming Up on June 27

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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.

Kering Says All Maui Jim Functions Will Remain In-House and the Lab to Be Kept Intact With Possible Expansion

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Friday, March 18, 2022 12:24 AM NEW YORK and PADOVA—Following Kering Eyewear's announcement of the company's planned acquisition of Maui Jim, Inc., as VMAIL reported this past Monday, Kering executives replied to questions from VMAIL about its short and medium-term plans for Maui Jim. The transaction is subject to the clearance by the relevant competition authorities and is expected to be completed in the second half of 2022.

Kering Eyewear to Acquire Maui Jim

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Monday, March 14, 2022 8:55 AM PARIS—In an announcement issued earlier this week, Kering Eyewear said it will acquire Maui Jim, Inc. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Founded in 1987, Maui Jim is the world’s largest independently owned high-end eyewear brands with a leading position in North America. In its announcement, Kering said, "The acquisition of Maui Jim represents a major milestone in the successful expansion strategy of Kering Eyewear. Only a few months after the acquisition of Lindberg, Kering Eyewear will own a second proprietary brand, reinforce its status in the high-end eyewear segment and broaden its offer to cover the full scope from functional to timeless and fashion luxury products." Click here to see VM's follow-up story.

Silmo Announces First Student Optical Design Contest for 2022, Winner to be Honored at the Show in September

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Friday, March 4, 2022 12:15 AM PARIS—The organizers of Silmo, which is planned to be held in-person Sept. 22-26, 2022 at Paris-Nord Villepinte, are inviting eyewear creators to "Explore new horizons!" with the 2022 Optical Design Contest, and for them to take part in a "new area of expression to catalyze trends by stimulating and revealing the seeds that will blossom in tomorrow's optical world."

LOFT Eyewear Show Is Back in NYC, March 31-April 3 at Hudson Mercantile

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Tuesday, March 1, 2022 12:18 AM NEW YORK—LOFT NYC is coming back to New York City again this year, after the unexpected pandemic hiatus, to be held March 31-April 3 at the Hudson Mercantile here.

Show Organizers Announce Winner of the 2022 Vision Expo Global Talent Search

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Thursday, February 3, 2022 12:27 AM ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The organizers of Vision Expo, The Vision Council and RX, announced the winner of the 2022 Vision Expo Global Talent Search, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA).

Inspecs Acquires the Hardy Amies Brand, to Launch New Eyewear Collection in 2022

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Monday, November 29, 2021 12:15 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group (LSE: SPEC), a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of eyewear frames and lenses, announced last week the acquisition of the Hardy Amies brand together with all intellectual property rights around the globe. The iconic British brand was founded by Sir Hardy Amies in the 1940s and is focused on the design of ready-to-wear, occasion wear and bridalwear fashions. Robin Totterman, chief executive of Inspecs, said, "Adding to Inspecs Group's premium heritage eyewear offering, we're delighted with our acquisition of iconic Savile Row couturier brand Hardy Amies. Sir Hardy was official dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth ll for more than 40 years and one of the most innovative and influential British designers of all time. We look forward to working with existing licenses and exploring new opportunities, as well as launching an eyewear collection next year."

The McGee Group Opens Eyewear Manufacturing Operation in Marietta, Ga.

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Saturday, September 25, 2021 12:27 AM MARIETTA, Ga.—The McGee Group, a family-owned, American eyewear company specializing in the design and manufacturing of eyewear, sunglasses, readers, and cases, announced that it has acquired Dom Vetro's U.S. manufacturing operations in order to introduce American-made products to its customers and to "on-shore a portion of its production for a more sustainable future," the company said.

Marcolin Group Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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Thursday, September 23, 2021 12:21 AM MILAN—Marcolin Group, a global leader in the eyewear industry, celebrated its 60th anniversary here yesterday. The Salone d'Onore of Triennale Milano was the dramatic backdrop for "Look at Me Now," Marcolin's celebration event, where the company marked its years of growth and expansion and addressed the present day while looking to the future and its challenges as well. Fabrizio Curci, CEO and general manager spoke to the assembled guests and was joined via video by several longtime partners of the group who sent tributes to the expertise of the Italian company with a "history built on craftsmanship and a constant search for technological innovation."

Givenchy and Thélios Announce Strategic Partnership for Eyewear, to Launch in January, 2022

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021 12:24 AM PARIS and Longarone, Italy—Givenchy and Thélios, the expert eyewear manufacturer of the LVMH Group, have announced  their strategic partnership for the exclusive design, development, manufacturing, and global distribution of Givenchy Eyewear starting on Jan. 1, 2022.