By Jillian Urcelay

1  BLACKFIN TITANIUM EYEWEAR has announced a development in its distribution model in the U.S. As of March 1, 2024, Blackfin will be moving on from its partnership with Villa Eyewear to initiate direct distribution through its new subsidiary, Blackfin Eyewear Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas.

2  THE VISION COUNCIL has released a new set of comprehensive data estimating the size of the U.S. optical industry for 2023. Using modern research infrastructure, updated data sources, advanced analytics and a refined methodology, the Market inSights 2023 report estimates that the optical market is valued at $65.6 billion.

3  SAFILO GROUP and Aeffe have announced the early renewal of their global licensing agreement for the Moschino and Love Moschino eyewear collections until December 2033.

4  PREVENT BLINDNESS’ annual fundraising Person of Vision Award Gala will be giving special recognition to 20/20 in celebration of its 50th anniversary of publication during the event.

5  MARCOLIN and GCDS have announced the early renewal of the exclusive global licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and distribution of the brand’s sunglasses and optical frames until Dec. 31, 2028.

6  CLEARVISION OPTICAL is celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2024.

7  MAUI JIM has announced its support of VOSH/International (Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity) and their US VOSH and SVOSH (Student VOSH) chapters across 28 countries with a donation of over 200,000 pairs of frames intended to restore sight for impacted individuals in need of prescription glasses.

8  A&A OPTICAL has appointed Hector Lopez as its new strategic account director.

9  THE EYEWEAR DESIGNERS OF THE CFDA (edCFDA) have announced the collective donation of $53,600 to the TransLatin@ Coalition, bringing the 2023 Pride Eyewear Initiative to its conclusion. The edCFDA is expanding this charitable program from five to seven designers for 2024.

10  SAFILO GROUP and the Levi’s brand have renewed their global licensing agreement for Levi’s branded eyewear until the end of 2029.