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ECPs Share their Best-Selling Collections for February 2020

A diverse mix of independent brands did well.

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The Tom Ford Beau (FT0672) sunglasses in acetate with gold colored metal arms and gold signature T logos at the temples. A small gold colored Tom Ford embossed metal logo is featured on each black acetate earpiece.  MSRP: $430

The TOM FORD FT0672/S, it’s a nice Rx-able sun. — Sonja Franklin, OD, Modern Eyes, Austin, TX

Reinforcing the ever-evolving trend of thin styling, the Turtle is designed with a softer, slimmer profile in classic SALT. styling. Made in Japan in a 4-Base, the Turtle comes in five colors, Matte Ocean Dunes shown.  MSRP: $340

The SALT. Turtle. We love SALT. frames, unbelievably comfortable, classic styling and great for both men and women. We have a husband and wife who wear the same frame and both love it! Kenneth D. Boltz, OD, Dublin, OH

  • MODERN OPTICAL, KATE SPADE and HAGGAR in optical because of our billboard advertising. In sun, POLAROID. — Billy Isgett, Eyecare of Florence, Florence, SC
  • We’ve done really well with LULU GUINESS, RAY-BAN, women ophthalmics just love the colors and styles this season. — Julie Uram, Optical Oasis, Jupiter, FL
  • SCOTT HARRIS glasses, great quality and price. KATE SPADE suns because of name recognition and cute styles. — Heidi Hipsher, Northland Eye Care, Flagstaff, AZ
  • VERA BRADLEY, SCOTT HARRIS, and TED BAKER opticals and the fun shape and colors made LULU GUINNESS L145 a hot sun seller. — Barbara Bloom, OD, Weber Vision Care, Harrisburg, PA
  • OLIVER PEOPLES Riley R in Dark Mahogany. This simple little round looks great on so many faces, from teens to the elderly. TIFFANY & CO sunglasses. Everyone loves a little sparkle. — Jenna Gilbertson, McCulley Optix Gallery, Fargo, ND
  • 141 EYEWEAR’s St. Helens, a lightweight Ultem product in a beautiful contemporary shape. In sun, we brought in TRINA TURK and are having a lot of fun with it. Colorful, fun shapes and a great price point. — Nikki Griffin, EyeStyles Optical and Boutique, Oakdale, MN
  • ANN TAYLOR, all styles of women mostly, and Kenmark brands across the board. Our suns are only by prescription these days, nobody really buys them outside of online or the malls. — Ken Weiner, OD, Livingston, NJ
  • ANNE KLEIN and NAUTICA in optical. And if selling one sunglass makes it hottest seller, then NAUTICA. — Christine Howard, Attleboro Vision Care, Attleboro, MA
  • OAKLEY Socket 5.0 and Socket 5.5 did very well in optical; while the Flak 2.0 and Holbrook are very solid sellers in sun, mix in the Prizm lens and it’s an easy sale! — William Chancellor, Eye Can See Eyewear, McDonough, GA
  • ANNE ET VALENTIN glasses, great for petite faces and wonderful color combinations. THIERRY LASRY, RES/REI suns, beautiful acetates in ‘oh so wearable’ styles. — Paula Hornbeck, Eye Candy & Eye Candy Kids, Delafield, WI
  • LA EYEWORKS was very strong last month, especially Oslo in c. 923, which is the most amazing red zyl, truly beautiful! We also carry a wonderful collection of Petites from J.F.REY. The PM053 is the perfect little frame that lives large, in plum or dark green it is very nice on a smaller face that wants an oversized look. — Susan L. Spencer, Council Eye Care Inc, Williamsville, NY
  • We had so much fun with the new FACE A FACE Yayoi 1. We had it in two colors and it flew off the board. The bright pink was amazing. The way it made people smile when they tried it was so much fun. Cannot wait to get another frame like this one. — Nicole Leonard, Custom Eye Care, San Antonio, TX
  • The EXECES 3144, the ladies just loved it! — Pam Neagle, Austin Eyeworks, Austin, TX
  • Men’s OAKLEY ophthalmics. My rep came in and we bought 30 pieces to restock the board and had to call him one week later to reorder 30 pieces because we sold over 20 in one week. — Scott Keating, OD, Vision Trends, Dover, OH
  • Slight lead by Safilo, thanks to a team effort by KATE SPADE and SMITH … but honestly, it was almost a straight even spread. Very diverse buying. WILEY X suns. — Jen Heller, Pend Oreille Vision Care, Sandpoint, ID
  • HARLEY DAVIDSON women’s frames flew off the boards. — Angel Miller, Cynthiana Vision Center, Cynthiana, KY
  • IGREEN, super customizable, super lightweight and funky. SILHOUETTE, a classic that never goes out of style. ØRGREEN, elegant, yet very modern and functional. Z EYEWEAR, a local brand that delivers good quality at a very good price. KLIIK, funky and petite, as well as Prada and Tiffany. It’s been raining a lot over here, so sunglasses have been a little slow. — Pablo E. Mercado, Optima Eye Care, Alpharetta, GA
  • ETNIA BARCELONA, MINIMA frames, great style and price, and COSTA suns. — Diana Bishop, Eclectic Eyewear, Austin, TX
  • PARADIGM by Kenmark is flying off the shelves, their rose gold colored frames — every single style we get in stock — are always the first to go! — Tiffany Firer, Lifetime Eyecare, Jenison, MI
  • TOM DAVIES, bespoke/customizable and beautiful acetate. CELINE, great for my Gen X’ers. RAY-BAN, new styles really working with Millennials. SCOTT HARRIS VINTAGE, nice simple frames, working with all ages. MAUI JIM suns, unmatched quality on frame and lens. Polaroid, great price point and Ray-Ban suns, the standard go-to for many patients. — David Greening, Astorino Eye Center, Newport Beach, CA
  • MASUNAGA Chord collection, PIERO MASSARO, SALT. opticals, also the SALT. Reiner and RES/REI in suns. — Harris Decker, Eye Designs of Westchester, Scarsdale, NY
  • The big men plastic ENHANCE frames from New York Eye have been a huge hit. That was a need in our Value Package and they fill it perfectly. INVU suns, lightweight and durable, you can’t beat that duo. — Frances Ann Layton, Eye Associates of South Georgia, Valdosta, GA
  • Anything by BARTON PERREIRA, but especially the Norton, a classic shape available in a bunch of great colors. — Steve Geis, Metro Eye, Milwaukee, WI
  • LAFONT and L.A. EYEYWORKS any styles the new models for 2020 are awesome. LAFONT sunglasses too. The give a woman a rich distinguished, elegant look. — Ron Catterson, Clear View Optix, The Villages, FL
  • ETNIA BARCELONA and OVVO tied it up last month. Men love the durability and sleek style of Ovvo, and Etnia’s fun new shapes are rockin’ it! INVU suns, they are an easy sell being polarized at a decent price point. — Selena Jachens, Urban Eyecare & Eyewear, West Des Moines, IA
  • VERA BRADLEY sales continue to hold strong for women and girls. There are always so many new beautiful styles each time our rep comes into our office and they fly off the shelves. CARRERA for men’s were the hot seller for us this month. With the addition of all their new sleek titanium and carbon fiber styles they are just what men want. SMITH sunglasses continue to do well for both men and women. There are a lot of diverse styles and they are both sporty and sleek looking. — Ann-Marie Weaver, Optimal Eye Care, Lewis Center, OH
  • Always MODO! We love our rep Brian he is the best with customer service. MAUI JIM suns now that they are VSP. — Bethany Cassar, Complete Eye Health, Holland, MI
  • TITANFLEX. Good basic men’s style with light weight and durability. Ray-Ban suns, iconic styles with great name recognition. — John LaShorne, Brown County Eye Care, Nashville, IN
  • GUCCI 0135O, because it’s Gucci, TOM FORD’s new styles and classic designs, and REBECCA MINKOFF, new line and price point. In sun, TOM FORD, PRADA and GUCCI. — Melissa Tauriac, OD, Identity Eyecare, Las Colinas,TX
  • COSMOPOLITAN by Match sold a lot! They have really fun colors and well-fitting shapes. — Jade Kowalick, Ryczek Eye Associates, St. Petersburg, FL
  • CAPRI Peach Tree, people were looking for covered frames. — Richard Frankel, OD, Atlantic Cape Eyecare, Wildwood, NJ

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A New Online Resource for Dry Eye Practitioners and Sufferers and More of What You Need to Know for April

Also Safilo snags a cool French brand and CooperVision has grant money up for grabs.

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Safilo Lands Isabel Marant

Safilo and Isabel Marant, the “It Girl”-favorite French brand, have signed a global 10-year license for the design, manufacture and distribution of Isabel Marant sunglasses and optical frames. The first collection will launch Spring/Summer 2021. Founded in ’94, Isabel Marant “design(s) clothes for women who want to have style while keeping their own personality. The kind of women who remain genuine but who are stamped with a hidden and remote sophistication.” Safilo will position the brand “between contemporary and traditional luxury … to captivate and engage Gen Z and Millennials,” says Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group. safilo.com

Online Resource for Dry Eye

Data shows that Google searches for “dry eye” have more than doubled over the last 10 years. With our ever-increasing reliance on mobile and computer screens, that trend ­— and the number of dry eye sufferers — is likely to continue to rise. Dry Eye Directory (dryeyedirectory.com) is a new online portal that allows dry eye sufferers to easily access information, support, and resources, as well as book practitioners and treatments in their area. The website is free for practitioners and patients to join and use with providers from Australia, New Zealand and the US already registered. dryeyedirectory.com

Science and Tech Awards

CooperVision is taking submissions for its 2020 Science and Technology Awards. Submissions will be considered for interventions to slow myopia and technologies to improve CLs for presbyopia. The awards are open to those with an OD, MD, PhD or equivalent. Proposals may span proof-of-concept through translational stages and are eligible for two awards: The CooperVision Seedling Award for investigation of early stage concepts for a one-year period and $100,000 maximum grant and The CooperVision Translational Research Award, a two-year grant for substantive projects with funding up to $400,000. Applicants must submit a letter of intent by May 31. coopervision.com

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Books, Masks and More Business Boosters for April

Including OTC allergy drops and a better use for saffron than risotto.

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His & Hers

Attention getting frame displays can be an expensive challenge but these Wooden Eyeglass Mustache & Lip Display Stands from WEBLYTECH made from Indian mango wood are as cute as can be … and for the price per pair cannot be beat.

$9.99

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Verbal Vision

When Sebastian Duesing is not narrating to himself, he has no perception of sight. When he was diagnosed as a teen with cerebral/cortical-visual impairment, the top cause of visual impairment in children in the developed world, his family learned that it is largely unacknowledged by the medical community. EYELESS MIND is the true story of their discovery of Sebastian’s verbal visual processing.

$18.99

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An animal study published in the  International Journal of Molecular Science suggests AffronEYE saffron could help prevent the onset of glaucoma. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory characteristics of this potent saffron extract, made by PHARMACTIVE BIOTECH PRODUCTS, demonstrated an ability to protect retinal cells and reduce intraocular hypertension. AffronEYE is all-natural, water-soluble, non-GMO, and non-irradiated. It is kosher, halal and organic certified.

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Allergies Away

Pataday Once Daily Relief and Twice Daily Relief eye allergy itch relief drops from ALCON are now available without a prescription, just in time for spring allergy season. Pataday is the first daily allergy itch relief drop available without a prescription for the 66 million Americans with eye allergies.

$19.99

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Warm Compress in 1-2-3

POPMASK’s self-heating eye mask takes the hassle out of applying warm compresses. When opened the iron powder inside reacts with oxygen causing it to heat up in 30 seconds to 100.4 F. It stays that temperature for at least 20 mins. Earloops provide a secure fit.

1 for $5 or 5 for $20

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These 9 Eyewear Brands Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is

Thanks to give back programs that help LGBTQ youth, teachers, animals, the environment and people in need.

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Peepers (ABOVE)

With Focus lenses filtering out high-energy-visible blue light, the Limelight minimizes digital eye strain. Peepers works with the Unity Foundation to aid La Porte County, Indiana schools.

800-348-2508, peepers.com

$25

Kuma

Inspired by an olive tree’s branches, the Olive features flat, mirrored lenses. For every pair of Kuma suns sold, a tree is planted by Trees for the Future.

866-241-6560, kumasunglasses.com

$35

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141 Eyewear

Made with lightweight, temperature-resistant plastic developed for the aerospace industry, the Ultem collection includes the St. Helens. For every 141 frame sold, a pair of glasses goes to a person in need.

141eyewear.com

$249

Fetch

Made from Mazzucchelli acetate, the Cameron features a soft striped effect. All profits support animal rescue.

(877) 274-0410, fetcheyewear.com

$145

Toms

A handmade acetate frame with five-barrel hinges, the Fitzpatrick is part of the Unity Collection. Every purchase helps to support the LGBTQ+ community.

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$149.95

Wojo

With real python skins on the outer temples, the RS4B is an acetate frame with a checkered pattern on the inner temples. Ten percent of sales go to the Florida Everglades to help manage invasive species.

(414) 379-9817, wojoeyewear.com

$99

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Proof

Hand-crafted from sustainably sourced wood, the Ontario is polished by hand. For every sale, $10 goes to the Do Good program.

(208) 794-5465, iwantproof.com

$114

Eyes of Faith

Created with radio personality Delilah, the Shelter is an acetate-metal combination frame with “…take refuge in the shelter of your wings” on the inside temple. With every purchase, $10 is donated to the non-profit Point Hope.

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$265

Alan J

The Alan J Collection from Europa includes the AJ-146, a handcrafted acetate frame. A portion of sales is donated to the nonprofit organization Rising Tide, which assists struggling individuals and communities in building strong businesses.

(800) 621-4108, europaeye.com

$267

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