Upfront: Licenses, Liaisons & New Collections

Apr
2013

Licenses, Liaisons & New Collections

SÀFILO SIGNS WITH BOBBI BROWN
Sàfilo Group and Bobbi Brown, the iconic cosmetics company owned by Estée Lauder and founded by world-renowned makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown, announce their worldwide licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of optical frames and sunglass collections. The agreement will run until Dec. 31, 2018, with the first collection of optical frames and sunglasses launching in spring 2014.

LBI INTROS STACY ADAMS EYEWEAR
LBI launches Stacy Adams Eyewear. Founded in 1875, the Stacy Adams brand evolved from a footwear company to a complete collection of men’s clothing and accessories. The eyewear lines consist of eight ophthalmic styles geared to the urban consumer.

ALLISON LAUNCHES REPLAY
Allison presents its first Replay Eyewear collection, consisting of 21 optical and sunglass styles for men and women. The eyewear is inspired by denim and smart casual wear for which the brand is known.

HILCO ACQUIRES i-PROMOTIONS
Hilco has acquired i-Promotions, a St. Louis-based provider of eyecare supplies, eyewear accessories and promotional products. i-Promotions adds practice identity and logo creation services, expanding Hilco’s product range to printed materials (business cards, recall notices, etc.) and thousands of promotional products for in-office use or community outreach.

FUSION IN AGREEMENT WITH ISSON
Fusion Eyewear has signed an exclusive agreement with Australian-based Isson Eyewear to distribute Isson in North America and the Caribbean. Designed by Catherine Federici, the eyewear takes its direction from contemporary European architecture and design. The frames are quintessentially avant- garde, yet intelligent and functional. The launch includes the sunglass collection, which Isson has been offering for 10 years, and its first ophthalmic collection, introduced this year.

OPTIKA LUNETTERIE DISTRIBUTOR FOR ENGLISH LAUNDRY IN CANADA
Zimco Optics has appointed St. Laurent, Quebec-based Optika Lunetterie Eyewear as the exclusive distributor of English Laundry Eyewear throughout Canada. Optika also distributes Zimco’s other 10 collections in Canada.

NATURAL HORN COLLECTION FROM ALLISON BOWS
Based on notes, drawings and semi-finished glasses found in its archives, Allison introduces Hally&Son, a new eyewear collection made of natural horn. Included are eight, primarily unisex styles in sun and optical. All of the frames feature flex hinges and come with a special cream for the care of horn. The same frames are duplicated in replica horn, a type of acetate specially designed for this collection.
—Gloria Nicola

 

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