Eyewear and Trends: New Frame Products


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Kenmark/B Robinson: Cynthia Rowley

Jointly designed and distributed

Lancer International Division of the Kenmark Group and B Robinson
Optical is launching a new Cynthia Rowley Eyewear collection—the first offering under the companies’ strategic alliance for collaborative design and distribution. Targeted to women 21 to 45, the initial launch consists of eight ophthalmic and four sunwear designs in such feminine shapes as cat eyes, butterflies and soft rectangles. Several frames are adorned with stone and jewel embellishments, while others offer laser-cut treatments in rich colors of raspberry, caramel and eggplant. Equipped with gradient sunlenses, the oversized sunglasses are accented with combinations of shiny cabochons, silver and gold studs, marbleized stones and pearls.

From left: Cynthia Rowley, 1065

Cynthia Rowley is an award-winning fashion designer who is known for her wit, originality and creativity. Over a decade ago, she launched her first line of women’s apparel. Today her collection has expanded to include fragrance and cosmetics, menswear, shoes, handbags, watches and hosiery.

Cynthia Rowley 0168 
PHILOSOPHY: “Drawing inspiration from Cynthia Rowley’s feminine and flirty runway collection, this exciting release incorporates trendsetting Cynthia Rowley shapes and colors that have become recognizable industry-wide,” says Joyce Pokoy-Kurtulus, B Robinson vice president of product development. “Cynthia Rowley is a welcome addition to the brands offered by Kenmark,” says Mary Sanders, Kenmark vice president of product and merchandising. “Cynthia Rowley adds a new venue of products for the eclectic customer with a whimsical spirit for design.”
MARKETING: The collection is supported by a comprehensive marketing plan that includes two- and four-place displays, two countercards, mirror, logo block, advertising and gift program. Each style comes with a handbag case.
PRICE POINT: $$. For additional information, contact Lancer International/Division of Kenmark Group (800) 627-2898; web site: www.kenmarkoptical.com


Zyloware: Invincilites Epsilon

Hanging lenses

Zyloware adds Epsilon to its highly successful Invincilites line introduced in 2004 and known for its
lightweight-streamlined construction and contemporary designs with a modern touch. The three-piece Epsilon collection brings a new dimension to this functional brand with its hanging lens design based on nylon cord semi-rimless construction. Epsilon 1 and 2 (brother and sister frames) each feature an angular browbar and lenses with the illusion of being suspended in air. The secret is a razor-thin eyewire that mounts near the bridge edge (like any standard semi-rimless frame, in the groove), resulting in an impactful, minimal look. Epsilon 3 completes the hanging lens effect by utilizing a one-piece, milled topbar. All three styles have stainless-steel fronts and micro-thin spring-hinge temples designed to keep the focus on the wearer’s eyes. Included are modified oval and rectangular shapes in beige, lavender, sand, shiny black, shiny brown and shiny mahogany.

Epsilon 3

Each Epsilon frame features Invincilites’ signature clear temple end caps.

Epsilon 1
PHILOSOPHY: “The Invincilites brand was created to address the industry’s desire for thin, functional, attractive eyewear for both men and women. The Epsilon collection delivers the benefits of lightweight, comfortable eyewear and proves that customers can have fashion and functionality in a frame,” says Zyloware president Christopher Shyer.
MARKETING: Merchandising materials include a six-place acrylic display and countercards. Each frame comes with a case.
PRICE POINT: $$. For additional information, contact Zyloware, (800) 765-3700; web site: www.zyloware.com


Avalon: Oleg Cassini Collections

From platinum to couture

The Oleg Cassini Eyewear line is tailor-made for those who seek the timeless elegance and consummate style the fashion icon himself represents. The collection consists of more than 70 ophthalmic and sun styles, including sub-collections that are represented in the designer’s apparel lines, such as the new Oleg Cassini Couture and Oleg Cassini Platinum collections. Oleg Cassini Platinum is a collection of six men’s frames constructed all or in part of titanium with natural wood and zyl temples with sophisticated metal accents. Included are retro and classic designs in gold, silver, black, brown and gunmetal. Eye sizes range from 52mm to 54mm. All styles are equipped with spring hinges. Oleg Cassini Couture contains six women’s frames with 18-karat gold plating, jeweled accents and color techniques reminiscent of cloisonné enamel. The line consists of various shapes including soft rectangles and semi rimless, modified cat eyes with two-tone temples and open temple work. Eye sizes are 53mm to 56mm.

Platinum 1245 & 1242

As a whole, the Oleg Cassini line shows the many facets of the designer and his ability to address and dress well the generations of people who have come to know and love his work.

Couture 1252 & 1253
PHILOSOPHY: “In keeping with the upscale collections of the Oleg Cassini apparel lines, Platinum and Couture eyewear offer an optimal choice for the fashion-minded and sophisticated customer,” says Avalon vice president
MARKETING: Frames in both collections come with a signature case and cleaning cloth.
PRICE POINT: $$. For additional information, contact Avalon Eyewear, (888) 767-0383.


California Accessories: speXshade


California Accessories has entered into an agreement with PROSHADE, a product development and marketing company and creator of the patented speXshade brand, to distribute speXshade, a multi-functional accessory. Combination eyeglass case, visor and lanyard, speXshade offers an effective sun shield for eyes and protection, storage convenience and floatation security for eyewear. speXshade transforms in seconds from a visor to a padded eyewear case. Easily worn attached directly to eyeglasses, speXshade is perfect for situations where eyewear is frequently taken on and off because it hangs around the neck with the built-in lanyard or clips to a purse or belt loop. As an added benefit, the speXshade case pocket holds small items. spexShade is available in assorted fashion colors.

Ideal for outdoor activities such as golf, tennis and especially water sports because it will float almost any pair of sunglasses, speXshade is
also excellent for outdoor-activity spectators because its
light-absorbing black underside provides superior sun protection for the eyes and minimizes reflected light for improved vision.

PHILOSOPHY: “We are pleased to partner with California Accessories. Our innovative product requires a company with a track record of delivering successful new products to the optical industry and one that understands quality accessories mean incremental profit to retailers,” says Richard Lawrence, president and co-founder of PROSHADE, manufacturer of speXshade. “speXshade allows us to bring a hot new item to the three Os. It’s the ideal accessory for active lifestyle consumers or those just wanting the convenience and value of a no-compromise three-in-one product,” adds California Accessories president and CEO Fredric Grethel.
MARKETING: A display highlighting all the features of speXshade is available.
PRICE POINT: $. For additional information, contact California Accessories, (800) 523-5567.