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U.S. to Hold Off Implementation of China 301 List 4 Duties

China and U.S. to resume negotiations toward resolving trade war.

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(PRESS RELEASE) As the Group of 20 Nations (“G20”) Summit concluded on June 29th, President Trump announced that the United States would hold off at this time from assessing additional customs duties on the remaining $300 billion in Chinese imports. Instead, the United States and China agreed to restart talks toward achieving a negotiated settlement to the ongoing trade war between the two countries. In addition, President Trump announced at the G20 that the ban imposed last month by the U.S. Department of Commerce on Chinese tech giant Huawei would be lifted so that U.S. companies can continue to sell to it, a significant concession to China.

The announced truce is important to most members of The Vision Council, who have been watching anxiously as the fourth tranche of tariff numbers scheduled to be subjected to additional customs duties under section 301 of the U.S. trade laws has worked its way through the administrative rulemaking process. Simply stated, the expected additional tariff, possibly up to 25 percent, that would be assessed on Chinese origin spectacle lenses, spectacle frames, sunglasses, reading glasses, eyeglasses, safety eyewear, goggles, and many low vision devices that were included on list 4 of the China 301 duties has been postponed indefinitely while the two countries resume talks.

This means, however, that President Trump can revisit list 4 at a time in the future if he believes that talks have broken down, a situation that happened this past March. It is likely that the ongoing rulemaking for list 4 will be completed and the final list published in the future, but not implemented. The Vision Council has participated in this rulemaking process, by submitting written comments opposing additional duties on Chinese origin optical products, testifying to this effect at the China 301 public hearings, and organizing an ad hoc group of trade associations consisting of The Vision Council, The American Academy of Ophthalmology; the National Association of Opticians and Optometrists, the Opticians Association of America; the National Association of Vision Care Plans; OneSight; and, Prevent Blindness to oppose any additional tariffs.

The president’s announcement does nothing to remove the China 301 tariffs currently in effect. Members of The Vision Council impacted by those tariffs, corresponding with China 301 lists 1, 2 and 3, will continue to be assessed an additional 25 percent tariff on goods originating in China.

Any questions about this issue can be directed to Rick Van Arnam, The Vision Council regulatory affairs counsel, at rvanarnam@barnesrichardson.com.

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Safilo Group and Marc Jacobs Announce Renewal of Licensing Agreement

The new agreement will now run until December 31st, 2026.

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(PRESS RELEASE) PADUA/NEW YORK — Safilo, a worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and distribution of eyewear, and world-renowned designer Marc Jacobs (Marc Jacobs International, LLC), announce the early renewal of their licensing agreement for Marc Jacobs branded optical frames and sunglasses collections. The new agreement will now run until December 31st, 2026.

The renewal of this partnership, that has reached its 15th year of collaboration, further strengthens Safilo’s portfolio in the contemporary segment, while extending the positioning of the brand in the luxury segment with the launch of the Marc Jacob’s Runway eyewear collection which will hit the market in January 2021.

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Marcolin Group Enters a Partnership with Positive Luxury

This is by sponsoring the inaugural Positive Luxury Awards 2020.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Marcolin Group, a worldwide leading company in the eyewear industry, announces its partnership with Positive Luxury for their first edition of the Positive Luxury Awards. The ceremony is taking place in London on the 25th of February 2020 and the Group will present the Innovation of the Year Award.

Founded in 2011, Positive Luxury is an award-winning sustainability platform that connects luxury brands with people working towards a better future through the unique Butterfly Mark, a symbol of trust earned by brands that have adopted sustainability as a key business principle.

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The Positive Luxury Awards 2020 is a global celebration of sustainability and innovation within the luxury industry, featuring a variety of categories recognizing companies or individuals affecting positive change in businesses and the global community.

Marcolin Group will sponsor the Innovation of the Year Award which identifies true innovators taking an entirely new approach to their service, product, technology or business model, improving their social or environmental performance while also offering large scale improvements internally and externally.

The evening’s winners will be selected by a special jury consisting of 12 global business leaders, including American-British model and activist, Arizona Muse, United Nations officer, Simone Cipriani, author of The New Green Consumer Guide, Julia Hailes, business writer and advisor, John Elkington, author and British Fashion Council’s Advisory Board member, Frances Corner, model, actress and activist, Amber Valletta, Parsons School of Design Dean of Fashion, Burak Cakmak, communications consultant and writer, Emma Young, journalist and author, Isabelle Lefort, Business for Social

Responsibility Managing Director, Elisa Niemtzow, and Imagine Co-founder and International Chamber of Commerce Chair, Paul Polman.

Massimo Renon, Marcolin Group CEO, affirmed: “Marcolin Group is the first international eyewear company collaborating with Positive Luxury. We will demonstrate to our partners and consumers that we are tracing a new path in the sustainability. Our relentless pursuit of innovation and experimentation has led Marcolin Group to become the first sponsor for The Positive Luxury Innovation of the Year Award”.

Diana Verde Nieto, Co-Founder and CEO of Positive Luxury, stated: “Marcolin Group’s commitment to craftsmanship and quality has helped them build an unparalleled reputation in the eyewear industry. We are proud to work with them and have their support for the Positive Luxury Awards 2020, more specifically, the Innovation of the Year Award”.

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Bollé Brands Adds to North American Marketing Team

Chris Abbruzzese has been appointed to the VP trade marketing role.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOSTON, MA — Chris Abbruzzese has been named vice president of trade marketing for Bollé Brands, North America.

Abbruzzese will be responsible for developing trade marketing strategies that align with Bollé’s global brand strategies. In this new role, Abbruzzese will act as the key bridge between global marketing and product teams and the North American sales team with an emphasis on in-store programs that promote retail success and drive sell-through.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Chris to the team and excited to have him help us take these great brands to the next level,” said Peter Smith, CEO of Bollé Brands

Abbruzzese brings 15 years of experience with Maui Jim Sunglasses, where he served as VP, Global Marketing. In that role, he developed and executed global marketing initiatives for the high-end sunglass line. As a member of the core team, he was instrumental in the early growth and expansion of the brand internationally.

Abbruzzese has also performed marketing and sales consulting services for clients in the outdoor, home automation, energy, optical, and digital fabrication industries.

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