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Italian Sunwear Exports to U.S. Rise 35%

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Milan–Italian sunwear not only looks great, but it’s driving the country’s eyewear export business as well–particularly to the United States. “After the year of the challenge, here comes the year of validation,” says Vittorio Tabacchi, President of Mido (International Exhibition for Optics, Optometry and Ophtalmology) and Anfao (Italian Association of …

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Safilo Renews YSL License

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Padua, Italy–Yves Saint Laurent and eyewear powerhouse Safilo Group have announced the renewal of their eyewear license, effective through December 31, 2015. The agreement stipulates that Safilo will design, produce and distribute worldwide Yves Saint Laurent’s eyeglass frames and sunglass collections. “We are extremely satisfied to continue with Safilo our …

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We feel like we’re the next Christopher Columbus after discovering these amazing shades. Well, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch, but designer Tim Van Steenbergen certainly had “explorer” in mind when designing the collection for Belgium eyewear brand Theo. The coke bottle green color adds a bit of retro …

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Juicy Couture’s ‘Two-in-One’ Sunglass Concept

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Parsippany, NJ—Suffering from an identity crisis? Well, a new Juicy Couture sunglass collection might be just the antidote. The collection—called  Create—features an interchangeable temple concept that allows the wearer to change colors by switching the temples. The vintage, oversized plastic frames with a “key hole” bridge design come in a …

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De Rigo Vision and MARR Int’l Sign Venture for N. American Market

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Longarone, Italy–Italian eyewear company De Rigo Vision S.p.A, will expand into the U.S. and Canadian market through a joint venture with Marr International Group. The agreement will initially distribute De Rigo brands Celine, Chopard, Givenchy and Furla, followed by Police, Escada, Ermenegildo Zegna and Blumarine, from January 2011 onwards. The …