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Luxury Optical Holdings Names Chief Creative Officer

He will oversee design and creative for Robert Marc NYC and Morgenthal Frederics.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK – Luxury Optical Holdings announces the promotion of Jeff Press to the role of chief creative officer, overseeing product design and creative for Robert Marc NYC, Morgenthal Frederics, and its designer collaborations including Oscar de la Renta and Monse.

“Jeff is never happier than when he’s in a fantastic optical store; it is his primary source of energy. With his exhaustive knowledge of the category and insight as a licensed optician, Jeff brings with him a unique perspective and expertise to the role,” said Timothy Mayhew, CEO of LOH.

“Over the past 20 years, he has been instrumental in building Morgenthal Frederics into a world-class brand and demonstrated tremendous range in designing eyewear collections for brands as diverse as Monse and Oscar de la Renta. He has already begun to apply that same creative spirit to Robert Marc NYC.”

Press began his career at Robert Marc NYC in 1996 before training under Richard Morgenthal, eventually becoming an optician in 2001. As he continued to hone his talent over the years, Press touched nearly every aspect of the business, and saw an opportunity to experiment with natural materials, eventually creating the largest and most successful buffalo horn eyewear collection in the world. His innovative designs and techniques earned him membership to the CFDA in 2015 and have made him a sought-after collaboration partner, not only in the fashion space but with industry leaders in the optical world, including Mykita, Maybach, Matsuda and Chrome Hearts.

With the elevation of Press to chief creative officer, LOH takes another important step to cementing its position as the leading independent eyewear company competing on the basis of opticianry.

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With LOH’s commitment to invest in product and creative, Press has already begun to reshape his organization including the development of world-class design and marketing teams. In collaboration with top New York-based creative agencies Some Kinda Love and ForceMAJEURE, Press spearheaded the rebranding of Morgenthal Frederics and Robert Marc NYC respectively, with the former having relaunched last summer and the latter making its debut at Vision Expo East.

“I’m motivated by the opportunity to create products and craft stories that make people feel truly special,” said Press. “I strive to execute ideas that make them feel beautiful, confident and comfortable. Unique eyewear designs can transform a face like nothing else.”

The spring 2019 campaigns for both Morgenthal Frederics and Robert Marc NYC offer a first glimpse into Press’ direction for the brands. Robert Marc NYC’s “New Light” campaign celebrates the brand’s Gotham roots with photography by Arnaud Montagard that plays with the evocative shadows and light of New York City.

For Morgenthal Frederics, Press worked with photographer Chris Chieco to develop “The Expressionists” honoring the creative individuals for whom he designs. Featuring striking imagery of talents as diverse as American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside, photographer/filmmaker Warren Elgort, tattoo artist Friday Jones, and astrophysicist Christine Angel McLaren de Riordan, the campaign explores individuals’ very personal relationship with eyewear.

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2019 American Academy of Optometry Resident Travel Fellowship Recipients Announced

This will allow residents to attend Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry, October 23-27, 2019.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL – The American Academy of Optometry congratulates the recipients of the 2019 Resident Travel Fellowship Awards. These travel fellowships will allow residents to attend Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry, October 23-27, 2019.

Allergan Resident Travel Fellowships
Sponsored by Allergan

  • Dana Rhea, OD, Northeastern State University
  • Corinne Wong, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Mary Chivetta, OD, University of Missouri at St. Louis
  • Luke Lirones, OD, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
  • Nicole Harris, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
  • Elizabeth Davis, OD, Southern College of Optometry
  • Allison Choi, OD, Pacific University
  • Vincent Chan, OD, Pacific University
  • Jesal Haribhakti, OD, Indiana University
  • Sara Moses, OD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Amrit Bilkhu, OD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Courtney Cape, OD, University of Houston
  • Abigail Gonsalves, OD, Indiana University
  • Courtney Hongo, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Dennis Giang, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Allegra Burgher, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Skylar Williams, OD, University of Houston
  • Lucinda Kauffman, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Abigail Strauss, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
  • Carissa Hintz, OD, Pacific University
  • Jessica Jankiewicz, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
  • Madison Goodfellow, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
  • Kelly Morgan, OD, MS, The Ohio State University
  • Sydney Cooper, OD, Southern College of Optometry
  • Maria Adriaansen, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Elizabeth Brooks, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Vikarma Brooks, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Andrew Henderson, OD, Northeastern State University
  • Daisy Berisha, OD, State University of New York
  • Branden Shaffer, OD, Indiana University
  • Sohail Sakkari, OD, State University of New York
  • Rachel Choi, OD, University of Houston
  • Kimber Kenzli, OD, Pacific University
  • Lauren Fernandez, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Reid Gardner, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Sarah Quan, OD, PhD, State University of New York
  • Larissa Krenk, OD, Indiana University
  • Jaana Ashtiani-Zarandi, OD, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
  • Jimmy Nguyen, OD, Nova Southeastern University
  • Taylor Phillips, OD, MBA, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anterior Segment Resident Travel Fellowships
Sponsored by the Anterior Segment Section of the American Academy of Optometry

Brittany Hoyle, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
Paige Sorrentino, OD, Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry

Arizona Chapter Resident Travel Fellowship
Sponsored by the Arizona Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry

Jacqueline Yi, OD, Sierra Vista VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Resident Travel Fellowships
Sponsored by CooperVision

  • Nicole Poon, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Christopher Albright, OD, Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
  • Thanhan Nguyen, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
  • Audrey Janelle-Brousseau, OD, University of Montreal
  • Baljinder Momrath, OD, Pennsylvania College of Optometry
  • Vanessa Wang, OD, State University of New York
  • Chelsea Bradley, OD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ryan Rutschilling, OD, The Ohio State University
  • Mari Fujimoto, OD, Pacific University
  • Pooja Mahadev, OD, Nova Southeastern University
  • Valerie Lim, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Christina Wenn, OD, University of Houston
  • Duc Tran, OD, University of the Incarnate Word
  • Ghazal Naseri, OD, University of California, Berkeley
  • Joseph Isik, OD, Illinois College of Optometry
  • Amrit Jawanda, OD, New England College of Optometry
  • Jacqueline Benoit, OD, The Ohio State University
  • Kimberly Weisenberger, OD, The Ohio State University
  • Haley Italia, OD, New England College of Optometry
  • Kendra Phillis, OD, New England College of Optometry
  • Rosa (Yawen) Yang, OD, University of Waterloo
  • Kevan Smith, OD, Southern College of Optometry
  • Jessica Sun, OD, Southern California College of Optometry
  • Matthew Lee, OD, University of Missouri at St. Louis

Florida Chapter Resident Travel Fellowships
Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the American Academy of Optometry

  • Alexandria Rawls, OD, Bay Pines VA Medical Center
  • Mickinzee Combs, OD, Nova Southeastern University
  • Lauren Nicholas, OD, Nova Southeastern University
  • Esther Park, OD, Nova Southeastern University

IKA Resident Travel Fellowships
Sponsored by the International Keratoconus Academy

Sophia Leung, OD, Northeastern State University
Yue Yu, OD, PhD, New England College of Optometry

Travel fellowship recipients will be recognized at the Student and Resident Awards Lunch on Thursday, October 24 from Noon to 1 PM in Valencia W415 CD in the Orange County Convention Center. CooperVision Resident Travel Fellowships will be presented at the CooperVision booth #809 on Thursday, October 24 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM in the exhibit hall. The IKA Resident Travel Fellowship will be presented at the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, October 26 from 11:00 to 1:30 PM.

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Registration Open for International Sports Vision Association Annual Conference

It’s on February 6-8, 2020 at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, California.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORTH ROYALTON, OH — Registration is now open for Beyond 20/20, the Fourth Annual International Sports Vision Association (ISVA) conference, Feb. 6-8, 2020, at the Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego, CA.

“Sports Vision, the science of helping athletes reach peak levels of performance through the enhancement of visual skills, is becoming more and more important in training individuals of many sports,” says ISVA president Alex Andrich, OD, FCOVD. “With this growth, more practitioners are recognizing that Sports Vision is an excellent specialty service that can become a valuable addition to their primary care practice.”

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This year’s meeting kicks off with two separate day-long Pre-Conference Workshops (Feb. 6). Each will each offer up to six hours of continuing education (COPE approval pending) through a combination of lecture and hands-on style, with various evaluation and training techniques and equipment under the guidance of experienced sports vision professionals.

“One workshop is geared towards those interested in establishing a sports vision practice to demonstrate techniques and practices that add unique value to athlete clients,” explains conference education co-chair Greg Appelbaum, Ph.D. “The other workshop is designed for Sports Vision professionals who are already conducting specific vision skill testing and actively engaged in working with athletes and/or teams and looking to provide added services and value to their clients.” Each workshop will be limited to 40 participants.

The ISVA General Conference (Feb. 7-8) will provide an additional 13 hours of continuing education (COPE approval pending). Scheduled speakers include some of the leading authorities in sports vision assessment and training including Paul Harris, OD, FCOVD, FACBO, FAAO, FNAP, Robert Sanet, OD, FCOVD, Kristine Dalton, OD, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO, FBCLA, and Todd Daniels, MS, ATC, LMT, CSCS. A complete list of speakers and scheduled presentation can be found on the ISVA website.

Register by Dec. 5, 2019 to receive an early bird conference discount for the General Conference. Current and new ISVA members receive reduced pricing. Any student in a professional degree program or resident in a post-graduate program is eligible for a complementary membership and there is a minimal registration fee for attending the conference. To register for the conference, see a full list of scheduled speakers and presentations, and receive a special discount rate at the conference hotel, visit www.sportsvision.pro. For further information, email info@sportsvision.pro.

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L’Amy America Announces Multi-Year Agreement with Marquee

The Ben Sherman eyewear collection will be available in June 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – L’Amy America, part of International Luxury Group,  announces it has entered into a multi-year license agreement with Marquee Brands to design, market, and distribute a collection of eco-green sunglasses and ophthalmic frames for the Ben Sherman brand.

Ben Sherman forever changed clothing history in 1963 by taking the classic American Ivy-League shirt and revitalizing it with unique color and candy stripe designs, transforming a typical shirt into a statement. Since then, Ben Sherman has grown into a global brand adopted by almost every youth culture and style movement for the last 50 years, and is still worn today by the bands and style leaders of the current decade.

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Ben Sherman was appointed the official supporter to Team Great Britain for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and the athletes will wear exclusive Ben Sherman looks during the official Opening Ceremony.

“We are delighted to partner with Ben Sherman to create an eco-green sunglass and ophthalmic collection for one of Britain’s most iconic brands,” said Stephen Rappoport, CEO of L’ Amy America. “Ben Sherman perfectly complements our diverse and ever-growing portfolio as our first British lifestyle brand, and will include quintessential British heritage detailing and styling. We are committed to using eco materials in this collection from both a product and packaging standpoint,” says Rappoport.

“We are excited to partner with L’ Amy America. Combining L’ Amy America’s expertise in the industry with Ben Sherman’s rich British heritage and reputation for innovative artistry, our goal is to create eco-friendly eyewear to service the needs of our broad and constantly evolving consumer base. We are passionate about bringing products to market that uphold the quality and craftsmanship standards that Ben Sherman has celebrated for over 50 years. The Ben Sherman eyewear story will reflect the legacy and philosophy it has adopted since its inception—the freedom of expression in a modern world, with an eco-friendly push,” says Talbot Logan, SVP Brand Management at Marquee Brands.

The new eco-green Ben Sherman collection will preview at Vision Expo East in 2020, and will include 18 ophthalmic styles and 6 sunglass styles composed of environmentally responsible materials. The collection will be fully supported by lifestyle imagery, product packaging, and a host of point-of-purchase materials.

The Ben Sherman eyewear collection will be made available in optical stores, Ben Sherman stores, Dutyfree, and sun specialty stores around the globe beginning June 2020.

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