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VSP Global Program Helps 1 Million People Receive No-Cost Eye Exams, Glasses

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RANCHO CORDOVA, CA – VSP Global has announced that 1 million adults and children in need have received no-cost eye exams and glasses through Eyes of Hope, the company’s initiative to increase access to eyecare and eyewear where it’s needed most. Since 1997, VSP Global businesses have invested nearly $175 million in products and services for people disadvantaged by income, natural disaster or distance to care.

To increase access to eyecare for those in need, Eyes of Hope initiatives include gift certificates that provide no-cost eye care in a VSP doctor’s office, mobile eyecare clinics, and eyewear donations. The earliest – and still active – Eyes of Hope program distributes gift certificates to ensure school-aged children have access to quality vision care. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, VSP developed mobile eyecare clinics to provide eyecare and replace lost or damaged eyewear for community members and first responders while supporting vision care providers who lost their practices.

“Eyes of Hope has consistently continued to grow in sophistication and innovation, providing both immediate and sustainable solutions for vision care globally,” says Jim McGrann, president and CEO of VSP Global. “We’re tremendously proud to be celebrating this milestone and look forward to increasing access to quality vision care in even more communities in the future.”

In celebration of the milestone, VSP will host a two-day mobile eyecare clinic event at Monarch School in San Diego to provide eye exams and glasses to both students and their family members. The Monarch School is operated by a public-private educational partnership and serves more than 300 students impacted by homelessness. VSP provides services to Monarch on a semi-annual basis dating back to 2014.

More than 12 percent of residents in the San Diego metro area lack health insurance of any kind (including vision care), a figure that accounts for more than 400,000 individuals. Many more are underinsured. Across the United States, one in four children have an undetected vision problem.

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“By bringing eye care directly to Monarch students and their families at our school, VSP is helping to meet a need that’s often overlooked,” says Erin Spiewak, CEO of Monarch School. “Even if they do have vision coverage, many members of the Monarch community – like so many others across the country – are simply unable to travel significant distances to receive care. That’s why a flexible, mobile program like Eyes of Hope is so important.”

Aside from eye-specific issues, through a comprehensive eye exam, optometrists can also detect early signs of chronic diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol and even spot tumors.

As a result of reaching 1 million people, VSP Global has committed to helping another million. This initiative, Eyes of Hope: a Million More, will provide access to eyecare to 1 million more people by 2020. The initiative launches in May with a 2016 partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, where immediate and sustainable access to no-cost eyecare and eyewear will be provided in 10 cities.

VSP partners and members are invited to check out the conversation using the hashtag #MillionPossibilities. Post a picture with the hashtag and a short personal definition of how seeing clearly enables you to do something you love.

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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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