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Opti-Shopper: Appealing to today’s modern and functional male, Flexon introduces the new I-Squared Series from Marchon. With a flat-metal half eye front construction, these half-eye, modified rectangle frames feature a direct soldered flat-metal bridge and flexible TR-90 temple. For the full story on the new grouping, click through. more >>

J.F. Rey Konami Metal Gear Solid V Eyewear
Game designer Hideo Kojima (Konami) and Jean-­François Rey join to create an optical and sunglasses capsule collection. Hideo Kojima  and Jean-François Rey have partnered to produce an eyewear collection from J.F. Rey that ties into Konami’s video game, METAL GEAR SOLID V: The Phantom Pain. For a rundown of their game plan, click through.more >>
New Costa lifestyle sunglasses
Costa introduces two new lifestyle sunglasses to its collection, Playa and Pawleys. A classic retro style, Playa moves easily from sunrise to sunset. Pawleys, named after the iconic South Carolina coastal beach town, features a combination frame comprised of high quality Monel metal and sturdy nylon. For more details, click through.more >>
Float Kids Back to School from Match
With summer in full swing, Back to School planning can’t be far behind. Just in time to send them back in style, Match Eyewear introduces a new ophthalmic collection from Float Kids, including 2 styles for girls and 2 for boys. Click through for the full reportmore >>


Essilor Acquires Vision Source
Vision Source, North America’s largest independent optometric service alliance, has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by Essilor.

Vision Institute Leader Dies
Brien Holden OAM, CEO of Brien Holden Vision Institute, a professor at the School of Optometry and Vision Science at UNSW Australia, died July 27 in Australia.

Bono Teams with Revo to Save Sight
U2 lead singer Bono has partnered with Revo to raise $10 million in funds for Brien Holden Vision Institute by 2020.

Zeiss Re-Organizes North American Management
Carl Zeiss Vision Inc. is intensifying its focus on the North American market with two executive appointments—Jens Boy to president and Greg DiPasquale as SVP,  independent ECP.

Executive Changes at Luneau
Luneau Technology has announced changes in its executive team. Among them: Matt Cevasco transitions to a consultancy role and David Avila takes over Visionix and LPO.

IDOC Partners with CT Physician Group
IDOC has partnered with Connecticut’s ProHealth Physicians—the state’s largest Accountable Care Organization (ACO)— as a preferred provider of eyecare and related services.

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STATE Optical launches
STATE Optical Co. is launching with an American-made collection designed for the doers, for the fiercely independent thinkers, for the tireless innovators that embody the true American spirit. Marc Franchi and Jason Stanley (formerly of Frieze Frames) built and head the IEM factory manufacturing STATE in Chicago. Independent thinkers like the Europa leadership brought frame manufacturing back to the U.S. STATE is designed by Blake Kuwahara, whose designs elevate eyewear to art. For the full story, click through

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