eyewear

Services to Be Held for H.W. Bennett, OD, "Dr. B," Luxury Eyewear Pioneer

Dr. H.W. Bennett.​ SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Word started to circulate last Friday about the passing of an industry visionary, Dr. H.W. Bennett, 91, who passed away here on Sept. 8 after a brief illness. Services are planned for today here for “Dr. B.” as he was fondly known by colleagues, suppliers, executives, sales reps and many friends throughout the U.S. and international eyewear business. Dr. Bennett founded Au Courant opticians, one of the first high-end luxury eyewear retailers and was a pioneer in the fashion sector of the industry. Luxury Optical Holdings (LOH) acquired Au Courant in 2008. At the time, Au…


Eastern States Eyewear Presents First Collection With Coco and Breezy

NEW YORK—Eastern States Eyewear and celebrity designers, Coco and Breezy are debuting their first sunglasses collection together. This first collection features functional pieces for the individual who loves geometric shapes and art deco stylings. The eight styles in this collection represent Coco and Breezy’s penchant for bold, head-turning designs. A variety of statement making shapes include round and upswept flairs as well as progressive, geometric cuts. Acetate cuts and bevels as well as strong metallic end piece accents create the ideal balance such as color contrasting nose pieces and rubber coated temple designs. Each frame comes packaged within a specialized…


Match Eyewear Debuts the Cosmopolitan Eyewear Collection

WESTBURY, N.Y.—Match Eyewear is launching the Cosmopolitan Eyewear collection at Vision Expo West 2017. Made for the fearless female, the collection features 17 optical styles and three sunwear styles. “Acquiring the Cosmopolitan brand was just the next step in our growth plan for Match Eyewear,” said Ethan Goodman, president of Match. “We are happy to be providing our accounts with a product line that is directly targeted to Millennials with a brand that influences this community.” The fun, flirty colors and shapes in this collection are named after today’s most sought after “IT” girls. The Cosmopolitan Eyewear collection features fashionable…


SEE Eyewear Expects to Open its First Canadian Location in Toronto Next Month

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—With its presence established in many key U.S. markets, SEE Eyewear is ready to enter Canada with its first location later this summer. It will mark the company’s third new-store opening this year, SEE chief executive officer Richard Golden told VMail in a telephone interview earlier this week. “We’re always looking at [real estate opportunities],” he said. SEE, a privately-held retailer, markets and sells a unique proprietary or private label assortment of frames and sunglasses. It currently operates 40 stores in 17 states after opening new locations in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Memphis, Tenn., earlier this year. The SEE boutique…


Karen Walker Debuts Men’s Eyewear Line, Monumental

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—Karen Walker steps into men’s eyewear with the Monumental collection—adding a modernist take on styles from the ‘30s and ‘50s. Ideal for the modern man, the inaugural collection is comprised of six styles. The Monumental eyewear line originates from the design studios of Karen Walker, carrying the same cult credibility and quality. “It was exciting this time to shift the focus entirely to men,” said Walker. She continued, “It just felt like the right time to reassess the concept of modern masculinity. When we talk about what it is to be a man now, it’s such a fluid…