By Jillian Urcelay

1  KENMARK EYEWEAR has partnered with Eastman to create ISCC certified eyewear utilizing Acetate Renew in its Paradigm collection. Kenmark is the first independent eyewear company to achieve ISCC PLUS certification in the U.S.

2  MARCOLIN and Skechers USA Inc., The Comfort Technology Company, have renewed their licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Skechers sunglasses, eyeglasses and kids’ eyewear.

3  NEW LOOK VISION GROUP has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire New York-based Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH).

4  SAFILO GROUP and Special Olympics have renewed their partnership, which will see them united again for the next three years.

5  HILCO VISION has acquired Belgium and Netherlands-based Simovision BV.

6  MAUI JIM has continued to make financial donations to support local organizations in Maui, Hawaii, as part of a longstanding commitment to ‘Ohana. In 2021, Maui Jim has donated approximately $260,000 across a variety of local Maui charities.

7  KERING EYEWEAR has taken a step forward in its sustainability strategy by launching and staging the new V.I.R.T.U.S. project: a Verified, Integrated, Reliable, Trustworthy, Unique and Secure data exchange platform built upon the blockchain technology as a key enabler of assessment and traceability of all operations involved in the manufacturing system.

8  ETNIA BARCELONA has joined forces with nonprofit organization Open Arms on a special-edition pair of sunglasses, with all proceeds going directly to the Open Arms Foundation.

9  TOM DAVIES has been commissioned to produce and design new versions of frames for the new film “The Matrix Resurrections,” having supplied over 200 bespoke pairs for the upcoming feature.

10  BOLLE has partnered with the Croatian Ski Association and with Zrinka Ljutic, a rising star in Croatian alpine skiing.

11  MONDOTTICA has announced its membership into the United Nations Global Compact and the UN Global Compact Network UK—a voluntary leadership platform for the development, implementation and disclosure of responsible business practices.

12  ARTCRAFT OPTICAL, the U.S.-based eyewear and safety frame manufacturer, has acquired Hudson Optical, the safety frame company.