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IOT Lenses has signed a new agreement to support the International Opticians Association (IOA), an international body dedicated to the enhancement and development of the profession worldwide. IOT is an international company with offices in Spain and California (USA). It has more than 15 years of experience researching and developing digital ophthalmic lenses.
IOA president Fiona Anderson said that she was delighted to receive IOT’s assurance to support the IOA. “I have had personal knowledge of the company for many years and their research and innovation in digital lens design enables eyecare practitioners to offer tailored solutions to their patients, supported by a team of committed professionals with a proven track record of academic research and engagement with the sector as a whole. As face-to-face conferences and trade shows begin to resume, I look forward to reacquainting myself with colleagues from IOT,” she said.
Likewise, Carolina Gago, General Manager of IOT said, “At IOT, we are immensely proud to have established a collaboration with the International Opticians Association to contribute to the professional development of all those who love our profession with passion and want to execute it with excellence.”
“When I started my studies, I was fascinated by two fundamental aspects. One is the technical and clinical mixture that occurs in our profession. The other was the personal purpose I found in it –improving people’s quality of life by improving their vision. The complexity of our profession and the tremendous impact it has naturally leads us to create an interconnected community of opticians, where all professionals can support each other by creating synergies that allow us to progress and evolve quicker, elevating our profession,” she added.
Ducati and Carrera have entered into a global licensing agreement for a long-lasting four year partnership deal that will see the creation of a complete range of dual-brand sunglasses and optical frames, specially designed for all sports and two-wheel enthusiasts.
According to a press note, Carrera has also joined the Official Partners of Ducati Corse. And, to celebrate this partnership, a 2022 CARRERA/DUCATI limited edition collection has been created.
The range is inspired by the iconic design of the most sporty and high-performance Ducati motorbike, the Panigale V4. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered to reflect the creations from the Ducati design team. The temples of the frames will offer a clear reference to the profile of the bike, which will make the glasses immediately recognisable.
The collection offers a minimalist design with the brands both displaying their technological know-how with lightweight materials such as carbon fibre and titanium, and aerodynamic forms.
The subtle ergonomics and the glossy paint treatment on the inside of the temples are specially designed to make the frames practical for use under a helmet. All frames will have dual Ducati and Carrera logos.
Furthermore, for the 2022 season, the well-known riders Pecco Bagnaia and Jack Miller will be the stars of the advertising campaign for the promotion of the CARRERA|DUCATI collection.
De Rigo has formed a licensing agreement for the design, production and distribution of Gap branded prescription frames and sunglasses in Canada, the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
Gap is a leading casual lifestyle brand in the USA that was established in 1969 in San Francisco by Donald and Doris Fisher. The brand embodies modern American optimism, and its style is admired around the globe for transcending generations and ages, offering timeless, versatile essentials for every occasion.
The agreement with De Rigo marks a momentous step in the growth of Gap’s lifestyle concept through eyewear with a collection for men, women and children. The collection will reflect Gap’s values of producing elevated, well-made and responsibly produced products that define the brand and its seasonal offerings.
The first Gap eyewear collection is scheduled to be launched in 2022 and will be distributed through De Rigo’s sales network and in select Gap specialty stores.
Pioneer, visionary and inventor of the Varilux progressive lens, Bernard Maitenaz passed away at the age of 94 in Paris in the last week of February 2021.
To celebrate his numerous achievements, the International Opticians Association, awarded Bernard Maitenaz a posthumous award in a ceremony which took place in Paris. The ceremony was attended by a host of dignitaries from the world of optics, as well as Benoit and Alban Maitenaz, son and grandson of Bernard, respectively.
As per IOA, Bernard Maitenaz made a ground-breaking contribution to the development of the optical profession and left a lasting and permanent mark on the visual well-being of spectacle wearers around the world.
Speaking at the ceremony, Elaine Grisdale, director of development for the IOA, said: “Bernard was an innovator and his innovation was something that has revolutionised people’s lives along with the whole sector. I am proud to be able to hand over the IOA’s Special Recognition award in memory of a truly great man. Bernard never underestimated the work of the optician – they were the last piece of his Varilux jigsaw.
The IOA Special Recognition Award citation reads – “This certificate has been awarded to Bernard Maitenaz in recognition of his groundbreaking and enduring influence on the optical profession and to the visual well-being of spectacle wearers around the world.”
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