One of Japan’s most celebrated fashion designers, Kenzo Takada has cooperated with MASUNAGA, a leading Japanese eyewear manufacturer since 2014 to develop collaborative eyewear collection – MASUNAGA designed by Kenzo Takada collection, combining vintage inspired elements with fashion forward contemporary design.
A tribute to architecture with inspiration that stems from the study of forms and materials, the new Architecture Collection by GOOD’S, launched for 2020 comprises unique hand-finished frames styles rooted in the history of Naples, the Italian city where the company has its roots.
New optical styles at the German eyewear producer OWP Brillen are announced this month.
Barton Perreira has announced a new optical style created in collaboration with luxury menswear designer and founder of Fear of God, Jerry Lorenzo.
COVID-19, the coronavirus we’ve all had to deal with much of this year won’t be going away anytime soon. Yet, most of us are searching for some sense of normality amidst the worse pandemic in a century. Do we go here? May we go there? Is this safe? Why is this other activity not?
“The new collection draws its strength from silhouettes that exacerbate a free and subtly powerful femininity” says a brand spokesperson for the VOLTE FACE collection – produced in France.
The Ibiza collection, one of Etnia Barcelona’s first collections, was inspired by a creativity in neon that dazzled against the black lights of Ibiza’s legendary nightclubs.
Re-Master by Vanni is a collection which reinvents masterpieces of the past, created by Irene Chinaglia, chief of style department, at Vanni.
Lool Eyewear has launched a new frame design inspired by Casa Vicens, Gaudi’s first great architectural work.
From practical UV eyewear sterilizers to supportive credit terms and a generous promotion on their latest sunglass collection, independent British eyewear brand William Morris London say they are gearing up to proactively support opticians as they return to practice.
Launched in 2012, the Jean-François Rey collection dedicated to specially proportioned eyewear designs for smaller faces - PETITE - continues to add new easy-fitting shapes which capture the mood of the season.
Nathalie Blanc is a true ambassador for the French manufacturing and excellence in know-how, and her talent exudes in the refined and delicate frames she designs, the ones that combine the perfect harmony between the eye, the style, and material.
Since 2016, Sea2see has embarked on its own structured environmental program for collecting marine plastic waste across Europe and is now expanding into West Africa. It is the first eyewear company to champion a vertically integrated sustainable business model, using the marine plastic waste as a raw material to create high-quality frames, made exclusively in Italy.
ic! berlin has announced that Sylvia Jensch has taken over the position of Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at the Berlin eyewear manufacturer ic! berlin since 1st May 2020. She is responsible for the management of all marketing and sales activities worldwide.
Italia Independent announces its CR7 Eyewear collection dedicated to and inspired by Cristiano Ronaldo. In addition, the brand is releasing the new Italia Independent, Hublot Eyewear and Laps Collection.
Safilo and Ports (Ports Asia Holding) announce a new ten-year license agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of Ports branded sunglasses and optical frames.
Launched as a handcrafted sunglasses brand in 2015, Urban Owl works to the mantra: ‘Fashion should be celebrated and enjoyed throughout the day’.
Woodys Barcelona increased its Hotel collection this year with 17 new models which retain the pure essence of the brand: freshness, sophistication and colours.
It seems a lifetime ago I was making appointments for MIDO and then for Vision Expo West, expecting to travel to Milan and New York City to see my friends, my colleagues, and all the wonderful new and exciting eyewear, lenses, machines, and processes that make the optical industry such a joy and wonder to be a part of.
Kenmark announces four key styles in the Lilly Pulitzer eyewear collection for young girls.
Leading into summer, Belgian accessory brand KOMONO and Amsterdam-based fashion brand Daily Paper release a special eyewear capsule fusing Daily Paper’s mix of African heritage aesthetics and contemporary design, with KOMONO’s styling in modern eyewear.
LOOK has launched a new eyewear product designed to be worn under masks and protective eyewear.
Passau-based OWP Brillen GmbH has acquired Dr. Beck GmbH & Co KG and its subsidiary Bexx Brillenmode GmbH & Co KG, which is based in Oelde in Germany.
One exclusive pattern with a variety of colour combinations characterises the season’s inspiration at Vanni in the MACRO COLLECTION by Irene Chinaglia, chief of the style department.
The Austrian eyewear label neubau has released a Sustainability Guide for customers, designed to outline the brand’s philosophy and DNA.
An adorable eyeball with a distinctive view on the world, decided to move to a new city. Not just any old city, no, Darcel packed his bags and took off for New York. Life in The Big Apple turned out to be very different. Darcel was constantly flustered by the surprises his new surroundings kept exposing him to. Tired of feeling alone in his predicament, he decided to share his views. And much to his own surprise, the lonely eye in The Big Apple, soon found himself the new apple of their eye.
This Stintino sunglass by Mad in Italy has a strong personality and is definitely one of a kind. The satin-finish steel frame is stylish and full of character, teamed with coloured lenses that further emphasise the personality, giving it a more serious or a more playful look.
Amidst the shutting down of virtually every major city around the world, businesses are scrambling to stay afloat. The optical business is an industry that has been hit particularly hard, as most cities and states consider eye exams non-essential medical.
In April, the independent Swiss company, Götti released two new styles in their titanium line, models Delon and Doga. Based on the classic aviator shape, the styles offer large proportions, with minimal, refined structures and narrow edges.
OKIA presents a new collection of eyewear made with a newly invented alloy called Suflexium™.
Italian producer FEDON reminds optical retailers of the importance of lens cleaning as part of the daily eyecare routine, highlighting its three spray types suited to both and optical and sun lenses.
Safilo has announced that the company has implemented multiple control and prevention measures in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. The company is following all safety procedures throughout the entire supply chain, from manufacturing sites to the distribution network.
tonysame is widely known for its outstanding design based on Japanese craftsmanship and expertise in ergonomics.
Perfect Comfort is CHARMANT’s value-added titanium eyewear line with a strong focus on ‘comfort’. Thanks to the scientifically engineered comfort components the frames are the ideal companion for all day wearing in any situation.
BRETT Eyewear announces the launch of a limited edition frame, created in collaboration with Marc le Bihan.
Sunglasses are the latest addition in the couture Diamond line by LARA D’. The accomplished Italian designer Lara D’Alpaos has taken her love of innovation to the next level in four sunglass models with a natural 24k diamond powder decoration on the dark UV protective sun lenses.
The ELLE eyewear range has been created to fit the elegance and lifestyle of every Paris-loving lady. The new frame styles have profiles which are slender and light with a premium finish at an accessible price.
Spanish label Nina Mûr are producing their next collection for release in May 2020, in a design collaboration with opticians and optical partners around the world.
British eyewear company Inspecs Group has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade for Outstanding Short-Term Growth in overseas sales over the last three years.
On a somewhat sunny day in downtown Boston, TEF Magazine model “Alissa Bourne” is wearing a frame that appears to be all wet. Meet “Mauerpark Jaspis” by ic! berlin, a Cat Eye-shaped frame from their Classic collection made of Stainless steel. We love this unique chipped terrazzo texture that gives the frame a look like drops of water are running of the metal, even on a sunny day.
KOMONO launches an arts project entitled ‘’A Moment With’’, featuring a digital curation of commissioned work by young artists.
For SS20, ECO Eyewear have added seven new biobased optical styles in seasonal colours.
This Spring, Einstoffen has launched what they describe as their biggest collection in the brand’s eleven-year-history: ‘Stand Tall. Run Free’.
Paradigm Eyewear by Kenmark is designed as a line with a modern perspective on everyday styles, with classic appeal in sync with current trends.
Austrian eyewear brand Silhouette presents the new Infinity View collection – a range of frames specifically designed to complement workwear, everyday and business style. Inspired by the timeless appeal of the pencil skirt and trouser suit, Infinity View features a range of classic but stylish shapes designed to add a stunning finishing touch to an everyday outfit.
Italian colored contact lenses brand Desio® is supporting the Lombardy Region of Italy in the fight against Coronavirus with a significant donation of €100.000,00.
The Lara D’ collection continues to explore creative excellence. For the forthcoming season, following extensive material research and studies in vibrant colour, the Italian designer works with contrasts and combinations to create new frame designs with unique style and artistic flair.
The new Blackfin SS20 sun collection features two bold personifications of the brand’s identity. The thicknesses of the material highlight the high-quality Japanese titanium while the beta titanium bridge underscores the company’s ongoing commitment to design research.
A material made from Eastman Acetate Renew, a cellulose diacetate composed of 60% biobased and 40% certified recycled content is soon to become available to eyewear designers through the Italian acetate company, Mazzucchelli 1849.
The MITA EYEWEAR collection “COLLEZIONE 1” is inspired by a mix of minimalist, retro, contemporary, elegant and diva styles that denote the DNA of the brand, expressing contemporary fashion trends whilst always keeping the environment in mind.
Each season makes for a new discovery of fashion and style codes. Morel interprets the latest trends with oversized, ample shapes featuring original textures, romantic pastel shades or, for contrast, prints for strong personalities.
The new WOOW collection, launched in early March 2020, is making noise with new playful shapes, cool colours, unique patterns and offbeat spirit. This season’s racy WOOW frame designs are created for those who “fight for their cause” says the company.
MYKITA and Leica announce a first collaboration collection born of a partnership defined by‘shared commitment to holistic product development, pioneering technology and precision craftsmanship’.