The Bocca collection stems from the desire to create a frame that would be inspired by a work of art. Continue reading
Chrome Hearts showcases their new custom release frames – Stains IV. These classic full-rimmed aviator sunglasses are offered in five color ways: Brushed Silver, Chocolate Brown, Gold, Shiny Silver and Matte Black. The flexible beta-titanium temples on this unisex frame are accented with a .925 sterling silver wrapped-dagger motif at the hinge connection and a hollowed-out cross motif at the end. An additional décor element, a Chrome Hearts logo laser-engraved on the top bar, sits above the pure titanium rim wire.
The Stain IV will feature 6-base CR39 lenses with 3-layer antireflective coating and exterior hard coating for maximum lens protection.The limited-edition custom Stain IV will be in-store in Winter 2012/2013.
For 2012/2013, Bottega Veneta adds four sophisticated new styles to its coveted eyewear collection. The new styles—three sunglass models and an optical frame–exemplify the brand’s refined and timeless aesthetic. Bottega Veneta’s distinctive design motifs, including its signature intrecciato weave, are enhanced with such innovations as a closing-block hinge. Constructed from the finest quality materials and proudly “Made In Italy”, these new styles feature the superb craftsmanship, functionality, and versatility that defines the Bottega Veneta brand.
Feminine sophistication – These subtly seductive women’s sunglasses appeal with their soft lines and smooth, finely crafted profiles. The delicate butterfly shape is accented by refined details like intrecciato-motif metal cores on the temples and metal closing-block hinges inspired by the hardware on Bottega Veneta’s renowned handcrafted travel trunks. Gentle, transparent colors— champagne, brown, dark grey, and brown–underline the sense of weightlessness, as does the shaded intrecciato effect on the temples (mod. B.V. 219/S).
A new classic – Confident and timeless, these square-shaped men’s acetate sunglasses reflect Bottega Veneta’s classic flair. Distinctive details include a unique keyhole bridge that highlights the model’s harmonious design, a new closing-block hinge inspired by the brand’s iconic travel trunks, and metal cores bearing the intrecciato motif. Glass lenses, also available in polarized versions, provide superior optical clarity (mod. B.V. 220/S).
Unique lightness – Sporty-looking and supremely comfortable, these men’s sunglasses are made of titanium, a strong, ultra-lightweight, and hypoallergenic material. The frame’s slim, sleek profiles lend a contemporary sensibility to the retro-inspired square shape. The color palette features matte shades of bronze, ruthenium, brass, and silver. High-quality glass lenses, also available in polarized versions, provide superior optical clarity (mod. B.V. 221/S).
Refined glamour – A delicate intrecciato pattern and a timeless square shape characterize these chic women’s acetate optical frames. The details are signature Bottega Veneta: a closing-block hinge inspired by the hardware on the brand’s handcrafted travel trunks, and sleek rivets on the temple tips. The color palette includes rich, transparent brown and gray, as well as models in brown/champagne and burgundy/light green models that feature a shaded intrecciato pattern
The Inface design team has embraced the palettes of material, shape and colour. 12 new frame series plus the Sun Collection 2013 are being presented this january. The Collection reflects the future refractions, deeper thoughts and our close encounter with the strong need to take good and more care of our planet and each other. The design is even purer and simpler, the colours are carefully chosen, materials are a feeling and the shapes have been perfected.
IF 8345-48 An Inface signature model
An Inface signature model with 3 layered laminated temples. 3 layers of matching Italian acetate. Rich in colours and look. Transparency is important in the design, where light is invited in. Great fitting, beautiful colours and shapes. 2 models for women and 2 for men – in 4 colours each.
The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) has issued advice on swimming
with contact lenses in response to recent media interest. Continue reading
The Marc Jacobs 2013 eyewear collection features four new sunglasses with a vintage-chic spirit: bold geometric shapes and thick volumes give these models a contemporary personality with a lovely retro twist.
A large, flat silhouette and square shape with skilfully rounded edges is the predominant focus of these women’s sunglasses. Their stunning colour contrasts and translucent nuances on the front and pearled tones on the temples define the elegance of this model. Refined stylistic details, such as the unique hinge exclusively developed for the Marc Jacobs eyewear collection, denote quality and elegance. The temples feature clean, simple yet sophisticated profiles, highlighted by thin metal details.
These sunglasses reflect the new 2013 collection’s colour palette: blue, turquoise, red and green, as well as classic tones of black and brown.
The round-shaped models have an oversize silhouette with clean, slim profiles. The vintage-inspired allure stems from appealing colour contrasts between natural tones of striped Havana on the front and pearled nuances on the temples, illuminating the frame that comes in shades of black, brown, Havana, Havana red and Havana green
The round-shaped men’s models look to the past with their 40’s-inspired style which is emphasised by bold volumes and elegant details, such as the rivets that frame the front and the clearly visible metal core on the temples. The colour palette is vibrant and made up of red with tone-on-tone mirrored lenses, dark Havana with green lenses, transparent brown with blue lenses, dark gray with brown lenses, transparent light blue with mirrored shaded green lenses and transparent ochre with gray lenses.
The flat, geometric-shaped glasses are 80’s rock-inspired. The temples metal core and the rivets on the front are unique signature details of this model. The colour palette includes nuances of striped brown/horn with dark brown lenses, dark Havana with brown lenses, gray with brown lenses, mélange blue with Havana blue lenses, black with gray lenses and green Havana with green lenses.
The new B2B Webshop from Menrad is Online
Effective immediately, all MENRAD customers can order ophthalmic frames and sunglasses online. The company‘s new B2B webshop is clearly laid out, designed to “look & feel” good and allows 24/7 ordering. The quick-search modus by model number and comprehensive filter functions across all brands are helpful tools to find the right frame. The entire range of colours of each frame is on full display and red/green buttons immediately signal whether a frame is available or not. Navigation through the webshop is simple and easy to understand for everyone.
To enable the optician to show his customer further available colours directly on the monitor prices are displayed only once the purchase has been moved into the shopping basket. As an option, buyer and customer may also be named in the shopping basket. The shop is accessible through the “opticians” button on the MENRAD the vision website. Opticians may obtain their access code under http://www.menrad.de/en/for-opticians/
International Vision Expo & Conference has announced that Gary Gerber,
OD, Chief Dream Officer at The Power Practice and host of “The Power
Hour,” will broadcast live from International Vision Expo East (held March
14-17, 2013) on Saturday, March 16 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Medical &
Scientific Theater at the Javits Center in New York City. “The Power Hour”
radio shows are sponsored by Essilor of America, Inc. Continue reading
Since the early 1980s, POLICE, the leading house brand of the De Rigo Group, has passionately embodied a plucky, brazen urban look, for all fashion enthusiasts who love to stand out with originality and style. In thirty years of eyewear design, characterised by great strength and a powerful urban spirit, POLICE has left its mark on other categories as well, becoming a lifestyle brand of reference. Continue reading
Thursday 28th February 2013 – De Rigo Vision, one of the world’s leading producers and distributors of glasses, is celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of Police, the group’s leading house brand, with brilliant financial figures – in 2012 the Police brand (glasses and licences) generated a total retail revenue of €340 million, increasing by 6% compared to 2011 (an increase of over 60% compared to 2009).
At the same time, Police announced the licence agreement with Moda Fashion, marking the brand’s entry in the fashion apparel sector. Born in the mid 80s as an eyewear brand, Police is an excellence case history in the sector of eyewear, thanks to the perfumes produced with Mavive (from 1997), the watches (from 2003) and jewellery (from 2005) produced with PT Switzerland, as well as the leather items produced with Tavecchi (from 2011).
“Signing this new brand extension means the brand has reached a strategic target. Police has been able to evolve in sync with the trends, customs and habits of its public,” commented Michele Aracri, the CEO of the De Rigo Vision Spa. “When we began we were a small firm with 15 employees. Now 1,500 people work for Police and the brand represents more than 30% of the group’s wholesale revenue. With this licence, Police is once again fully expressing its versatility, proving it is a truly all-round brand. It also brings us even closer to our aim – to have all the products of the Police brand in a single, mono-brand concept store.”
The last great event that Police is presenting for the thirtieth anniversary occasion is the Look Beyond Project, a charity project centred on the creation of a photography book and a special edition of glasses to support the “Forgotten Crises” campaign of Doctors Without Borders. The Look Beyond book is made by a great master of Italian photography, Giovanni Gastel, who used a gallery of photographic portraits of stars from the world of performing arts and music, of athletes and artists, to speak of the meaning of ‘looking beyond’ (i.e. going beyond the limitations and filters that often do not allow us to fully understand the reality surrounding us and our inner being).
The project’s debut will be in Milan during a great event scheduled for 28th February, with the participation of many of the VIPs who joined the project and important brand testimonials from abroad. The event will take place a few days before MIDO, a major international eyewear exhibition.
This news is a frame for the global data of the Group, which ended 2012 with €217 million revenue generated by the wholesale division, recording a 1.4% growth compared to the previous financial year and confirming the positive trend of the past years. The increase in turnover is partly the result of the Group’s internationalisation strategies in which Europe, Asia and the Middle East are rapidly expanding markets, especially for brands in the luxury segment of the company portfolio.
The licensing brands in the portfolio of De Rigo Vision – which account for about 60% of wholesale revenue – are Blumarine, Carolina Herrera, Chopard, Ermenegildo Zegna, Escada, Fila, Furla, Givenchy, Guess, Lanvin, Loewe, Orla Kiely Tous, Victor Hugo, which add to the brands that are property of the Group (Police, Lozza and Sting). Thanks to an extensive wholesale network managed by De Rigo Vision SpA, the Group’s products are distributed in about 80 countries, especially in Europe, Asia and North and South America, through 13 companies with 18 marketing divisions and more than 100 independent distributors.
De Rigo Group also has a retail division, a sector in which the company rates as one of the most important actors in distribution in the eyewear channel, thanks to the chains it owns, i.e. General Optica (Spain), Mais Optica (Portugal), Opmar Optik (Turkey), and two subsidiary companies, Boots Opticians (UK) and Sewon (Korea).
The Spring 2013 eyewear collection from Marks & Spencer has sunglasses in elegant designs and subtle colours with interesting nuances like animal prints and interesting patterns. Round, square, cat eye frames and oval in a myriad of colours those who demand style and elegance in their sunwear. Continue reading
Shanghai, China, 1 March 2013: Myopia (or short-sightedness) affects the vision of around 1.5 billion people globally and by conservative estimates at least 300 million Chinese people. The prevalence among adolescents in China is extremely alarming, with studies in southern China suggesting it could be as high as 78% in 15 year-olds living in urban areas and 54% of 17 year-olds living in rural areas. Continue reading
Lahaina, HI, February 28, 2013 – Maui Jim has hit the ground running with a new sunglass style that sets the pace for the company’s next level of eyewear for athletic performance. The new aerodynamic design of Hot Sands embeds the company’s patented PolarizedPlus2® lens technology into a sleek, flexible model that is ideal for a wide range of fast-paced, active sports demanding eyewear with superior fit, durability and anti-slip features. Continue reading
The British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) will be giving visitors to Optrafair, at the NEC Birmingham from 13-15 April, the chance to win a fantastic prize and benefit from six free months of BCLA membership. Continue reading
Melville, (February 25, 2013) – G-Star RAW today announced a licensing deal with Marchon Eyewear, Inc. The license will grant Marchon the rights to manufacture and distribute eyewear collections under the G-Star brand. The first deliveries will be effective from October 2013.
G-Star is the modern denim brand. Its philosophy has always been “Just the Product” with a focus on denim craftsmanship and innovation. G-Star originated the concept of 3D denim and established a dedication to raw, untreated denim. The brand’s singular point of view on construction and design also stretches beyond denim, including other wardrobe essentials, footwear, and accessories.
With the expertise of these two specialists coming together, this partnership will bring a new perspective to the eyewear industry, bringing innovative sun and ophthalmic products that represent the raw, industrial G-Star design signature.
Jos van Tilburg, CEO of G-Star, said, “This is a significant day for G-Star. We are excited to start this partnership with Marchon. We are proud that with their expertise and experience we are able to expand the G-Star design philosophy and innovation strategy to eyewear.”
Claudio Gottardi, Marchon President and CEO, said, “The licensing agreement with G-Star marks another proud moment in Marchon’s continuous portfolio expansion. G-Star has a rich heritage and a formidable history. The combination of distinctive construction and quality, high-level craftsmanship aligns with Marchon’s core values. We look forward to continuing and expanding G-Star’s brand equities and presence worldwide.”