By Jillian Urcelay

1  MARCHON EYEWEAR has announced an industry-first partnership with Eastman, a global specialty materials company. Marchon will be the first eyewear company to produce and sell frames using Eastman Acetate Renew, a fully sustainable material that will be used in Marchon’s proprietary and licensed brands’ frames.

2  SAFILO and Pierre Cardin have announced the renewal of the licensing agreement to design, manufacture and distribute prescription frames and sunglasses under the Pierre Cardin brand.

3  MAUI JIM has won a 2020 Travel Retail Award in the Sunglasses/Eyewear category for its sunwear style Hikina.

4  MARCOLIN GROUP is further expanding its global presence through the opening of a new branch in Sydney, Australia.

5  CHARMANT USA and Isaac Mizrahi NY have partnered to raise money for breast cancer research by donating a portion of every optical frame sold in the month of October to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation in early November.

6  KENMARK EYEWEAR has announced the promotion of Jason Wehlage to vice president of product and design. He has been at the company for the last 19 years and has held previous roles as product designer and director of product and design.

7  MODO has announced that Eco’s Recycled collection has been selected as a 2021 German Design Award winner with the distinction of Special Mention in Excellent Product Design, which recognizes consistent design conception and implementation.

8  NATHALIE BLANC PARIS has won the “SILMO D’OR” award at SILMO Paris 2020 for style Chupa 363 in the category Sunglasses “Eyewear Designer.”

9  OPTI, which was planned to take place from Jan. 8 to 10, 2021, has been cancelled due to the current volatile developments from COVID-19.

10  MIDO 2021 has been rescheduled for June 5 to 7, 2021 after a shift from previously announced dates in February 2021.

11  AEG VISION has announced that it is among the 2020 CIO 100 Award recipients for innovation in technology.

12  SHOPKO OPTICAL as donated over 1,000 designer frames to Optometry Giving Sight for those in need in honor of World Sight Day.