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Paul Smith optical frames: Inspired by the ’20s and ’50s

Paul Smith optical frames: Inspired by the ’20s and ’50s

The new Paul Smith collection focuses on strong shapes from the ’20s and ’50s. Oversized, rounded black frames look to the elegant style of Audrey Hepburn, while vintage inspired brow-bar frames in tortoise shell and dark oak take inspiration from the Gatsby period of the late 1920s.

harlyn_bordeaux_aThe colours are warm and more neutral for this 2013 collection, thus helping to create a gentle, elegant aesthetic. This season, the signature quote is both optimistic and upbeat. ‘Good Day Sunshine’ is paired with a sun-shaped plaque inlaid on the inside temple of the frames, providing the hidden twist that Paul Smith always exudes.

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Safilo signs licensing agreement for eyewear with Bobbi Brown

Safilo signs licensing agreement for eyewear with Bobbi Brown

Safilo Group and Bobbi Brown announced their worldwide licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of optical frames and sunglass collections.

bobbi-brown-logoThe agreement between the eyewear major and the cosmetics company owned by Estee Lauder and founded by the makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, will run until December 31, 2018, with the first collection of optical frames and sunglasses launching in Spring 2014.

“I am excited to embark on this new journey with Safilo,” said Bobbi Brown, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics. “As a makeup artist, I believe that my beauty expertise will translate naturally into eyewear, identifying the best silhouettes and colours for a woman’s face shape, skin tone, and lifestyle. This is a new, innovative approach to interpreting eyewear.”

“We are very pleased to announce this new partnership with Bobbi Brown, a makeup industry maverick who believes that beauty isn’t about looking perfect, but about celebrating a woman’s individuality,” said Roberto Vedovotto, CEO of the Safilo Group. “We want to replicate the huge success Estee Lauder is
having with this brand by translating into her new eyewear collection a modern but classical feel designed to enhance a woman’s own innate beauty.”

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Sterling Group adds more brands to its portfolio

Sterling Group adds more brands to its portfolio

Mumbai-based Sterling Group, a leading eyewear distributor in India, will be introducing several new brands in the country.

sterlingThese include various Marchon brands like Valentino, Bebe, Diane von Furstenberg, Nine West, Chloe, Michael Kors and Nike. Of these, Nike is the first sports eyewear brand that Sterling is adding to its list.

Sterling is also strengthening its kids eyewear portfolio with the addition of Warner Bros eyewear, which include eyewear based on famous cartoon characters like Tweety, Tom and Jerry amongst others. Sterling’s portfolio already includes kids eyewear from Marvel and Disney.

“The next year is going to be a very exciting one for us, with the additional of such reputed new brands in our portfolio,” said Ketan Parikh, Managing Director of Sterling Group. “We are confident that the growing Indian market will accept these brands gladly and we hope to set new milestones for our company in 2013.”

The company will also held a four-day optician meet at The Lalit at Connaught Place in New Delhi, between 29th January to 1st February, 2013. The company had invited leading opticians from all over the country to this event where they were shown the latest Spring Summer 2013 collections from its various brands.

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Shailaja Optical Industries becomes exclusive distributor for Daniel Hechter eyewear

Shailaja Optical Industries becomes exclusive distributor for Daniel Hechter eyewear

Mumbai-based Shailaja Optical Industries has signed an exclusive agreement to distribute Daniel Hechter’s eyewear in India. Daniel Hechter is a fashion brand based in Paris. The brand blends French savoir faire with sporty elegance to create eyewear styles that convey urban chic.

shailajaIt was in 1962 that French designer Daniel Hechter made a foray into the fashion world and the brand celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012. The collection from the brand includes a mix of oversized sunglasses, half rim optical designs as well as colourful acetate frames in interesting shapes.

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SNDT University’s optometry students visit Mumbai’s MN Banajee Industrial Blind Home

SNDT University’s optometry students visit Mumbai’s MN Banajee Industrial Blind Home

Mumbai’s SNDT University’s students of Diploma in Ophthalmic Technology visited The Macherji Nowrojee (MN) Banajee Industrial Blind Home in the city on 20th October, 2012. The 14 students were accompanied by Yogita Rajgandhi, Principal of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry.

Jeevan, the co-ordinator at the institution assisted the group and showed them to the various sections where the visually impaired students learn life-skills like weaving, making of objects made from canes and sewing. They were also given a tour of the computer coaching section too. The tour was wrapped up with some dance where the students of SNDT University and MN Bawajee Industrial Blind Home jointly participated in.

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Elizabeth Arden Eyewear debuts in India

Elizabeth Arden Eyewear debuts in India

Mumbai-based OptiVision has introduced Elizabeth Arden Eyewear in India, making the brand’s stylish eyewear available for the discerning and elegant woman.

elizabeth-arden-logo1Elizabeth Arden is reputed the world over for its beauty products since 1910. The brand’s eyewear styles go well with formal as well as casual attire and impart a sense of female indulgence.

Beginning as a skin care company over a century ago, Elizabeth Arden soon expanded into beauty products and eyewear. Its eyewear collections are designed and manufactured by Eyewear Designs.

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Students of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visit Essilor’s Mumbai facility

Students of Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visit Essilor’s Mumbai facility

9 second-year and third-year students from Aditya Jyot Institute of Optometry visited Essilor’s Mumbai facility on 7th September, 2012. They were accompanied by their principal, Yogita Rajgandhi.

dsc06320The students got an opportunity to understand how lenses are manufactured and how different types of surfacing treatments are applied on lenses. They interacted with the division heads of different processes at the facility, who informed them about the newer developments in different domains of lens technology.

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Allison signs license for Replay Eyewear

Allison signs license for Replay Eyewear

Allison SpA has signed a license with Italy-based Fashion Box SpA, owner of the brands Replay, Replay & Sons, We Are Replay and Red Seal, for the Replay branded production of sunglasses and optical frames for men and women.

-SingoleFW1213.inddThe license has an initial term of five years with a worldwide distribution structure based on different levels. The collection will be sold directly to opticians in all the major European countries. The sunglasses collection will also be carried in all the Replay stores. The first Replay collection from Allison is scheduled to launch in March 2013 at Mido.

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Luxottica renews Prada’s eyewear license

Luxottica renews Prada’s eyewear license

pradaLuxottica Group and Prada, a company of the Gruppo Prada have renewed their exclusive license agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of prescription frames and sunglasses under the Prada and Miu Miu brands, until 31st December, 2018, consistent with the commercial terms and conditions of the existing agreement.

“We are delighted to be able to confirm the collaboration between two icons of Italian excellence, continuing along the path of success and mutual satisfaction in all the markets in which we operate,” said Andrea Guerra, CEO of Luxottica.

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Safilo renews Max Mara and Max&Co licenses

Safilo renews Max Mara and Max&Co licenses

safilo_logoSafilo Group has announced the early renewal of the licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and worldwide distribution of the Max Mara and Max&Co. brand collections of optical frames and sunglasses. The new agreement will be effective until 31st December, 2019.

“We are extremely proud to announce the renewal of this agreement, which further validates the strength of our collaboration with the Max Mara Group,” said Roberto Vedovotto, CEO of Safilo.

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Marchon Eyewear wins 5 EyeVote Readers Choice Awards 2012

Marchon Eyewear wins 5 EyeVote Readers Choice Awards 2012

marchon-logoMarchon Eyewear won in the following categories in the optical frames section for the fourth annual EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards:

  • Best Optical Frame Company: Marchon
  • Best Men’s Optical Frame Brand: Nike
  • Best Teen Optical Frame Brand: Nike
  • Best Kid’s Optical Frame Brand: Nike & Disney
  • Best New Optical Brand Launch: Nine West

Hosted by Vision Monday and 20/20 Magazine, EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards is a US special survey aimed at identifying favourite products and companies of the year as determined by readers. They voted in eight categories: optical frames, spectacle lenses, sunglasses, contact lenses, optical equipment, diagnostic equipment, practice management software and online ordering. Nearly 550 voters took part in the survey, which was conducted from 28th September 2012 to 5th November 2012.

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