By Jillian Urcelay

1  SAFILO and Carolina Herrera have announced their five year global licensing agreement for the design, manufacture and distribution of Carolina Herrera branded eyewear.

2  DE RIGO REM has announced the arrival of its new house brand Yalea, the all-female eyewear brand, with Cindy Crawford and Bianca Balti being named brand ambassadors.

3  ESSILORLUXOTTICA has named Fabrizio Uguzzoni as president of wholesale at EssilorLuxottica North America.

4  KERING EYEWEAR and ZEISS Sunlens’ partnership has reached a new milestone for sustainability through the adoption of new bio-nylon lenses in all Kering Eyewear sun collections.

5  RANDOLPH ENGINEERING has appointed footwear industry veteran Sunni Fleming as its new VP of product.

6  BLENDERS EYEWEAR, part of Safilo Group, takes a further step in its growth and development projects to fuel international expansion outside the U.S., by entering the United Kingdom and Ireland, targeting Europe’s largest e-commerce audiences.

7  HEALTHY EYES ADVANTAGE has acquired Professional Eye Care Associates of America, expanding its commitment to the independent eyecare channel and increasing the size of the community it serves to 12,000 independent eyecare professionals.

8  ESSILOR VISION FOUNDATION (EVF) and Vision Source have announced a partnership through EVF’s See Kids Soar program.

9  CARRERA from Safilo has launched a new U.S. e-commerce platform for its own brand,, in a new direct-to-consumer strategy.

10  SHOPKO OPTICAL has hired two new regional managers. Angelique Sims will oversee Shopko Optical centers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, and Eric Kohlbeck will oversee centers in central and northwest Wisconsin in addition to locations in Michigan’s upper peninsula.