PRODUCT BUZZ – JANUARY 2017

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SEALED WITH SUPPORT

Starting this past holiday season, all 117 Solstice Sunglasses retail locations displayed the Special Olympics seal in their windows to support the Special Olympics Opening Eyes Program, which provides vision care and sports protective eyewear to those with intellectual disabilities. Since 2003, Safilo Group (parent company of Solstice) has been the global frames supplier to this vision care program. Safilo USA, 800.631.1188, Safilo.com.

THIS RX IS AUTOMATIC

Wiley X teamed up with Automeyes Optical Solutions to enable patients to receive frame measurements using Automeyes’ digital eyewear fitting tool. Starting last month, patients in select Harley Davidson retail locations were able to try out the new system to order single vision, bifocal or progressive eyewear. Look for a nationwide rollout of the service. Wiley X, 800.776.7842, WileyX.com; Automeyes Optical Solutions, sales@Automeyes.com; Automeyes.com.

ART IN UNUSUAL PLACES
British eyewear brand Kirk & Kirk commissioned artist Thomas Hedger to produce limited edition lens cloths, the first release in its “Artist Partnership Series.” Made of luxury microfiber, the 30 cm x 30 cm cloths feature bright, dynamic works from this London-based artist who has designed pieces for Urban Outfitters, The New York Times and The Telegraph. Kirk & Kirk, +44 1273 963129, KirkandKirk.com.

WILLKOMMEN TO AMERICA
German eyewear manufacturer Rodenstock GmbH entered the U.S. market this month with its own sales subsidiary. Based in Sheridan, WY, Rodenstock USA LLC will be headed by Chris Juergens, former president and CEO of Silhouette Optical Ltd. Rodenstock said it will address the U.S. market “gradually and pursue a selective distribution strategy” to serve independent ECPs. Rodenstock, 307.763.4945, Rodenstock.com.

 

GET SMART Look for new education programs at International Vision Expo East 2017 in New York City (Education: March 30-April 2; Exhibit: March 31 to April 3). Highlights will include an expanded Scleral Lens Track, Intrepid Talks by members of The Intrepid Eye Society, new Blue Light sessions, the Practice Owner & Management Essentials Program, the Manager’s ‘To-Do List’ mini-track and the all-new Vision Series, where attendees can learn over lunch from industry leaders as they discuss the latest clinical innovations. The Vision Council, VisionExpoEast.com.

NEWS
After eight years, Fabrizio Gamberini has left his post as CEO of Marcolin, and Giovanni Zoppas has stepped into the top spot in the interim.

Chris Millett has been named director of sales development at Modern Optical International.

Safilo Group renewed its licensing agreement with Christian Dior Couture through 2020 while the one for CĂ©line Eyewear will end Dec. 31, 2017.

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