Accessories

Eyewear giants Luxottica and Essilor to merge

Two of the largest eyewear companies in the world have announced that they are merging, which will create a “global integrated player” of major proportions. Italy-based Luxottica and France’s Essilor announced the deal—worth approximately $16 billion according to published reports — on Monday. Essilor International today reported that it had reached a share exchange with […]

Japan’s Citizen Watch acquires Frederique Constant Group

Swiss watchmaker Frederique Constant has been acquired by Japan’s Citizen Watch Co. The price was not disclosed. The acquisition, announced on May 26, is implemented under Citizen’s mid-term “Citizen Global Plan 2018.” The purchase of Frederique Constant is part of Citizen’s multi-brand strategy to complete its portfolio through the acquisition of Swiss watch manufacturers.      […]

Desigual scoops Best New Retail Concept award at LaGuardia Airport

Barcelona fashion brand Desigual has been recognized by New York LaGuardia Airport Terminal B master retail developer Marketplace Development as Best New Concept 2015 during the 10th “Quest for the Best” annual awards brunch. The 74sqm LaGuardia store – opened in June 2015 –is the latest milestone in its drive to make Desigual’s colorful and […]

Porsche Design appoints Mimmo Mariottini VP Global Sales

German lifestyle brand Porsche Design has appointed well-known travel retail executive Mimmo Mariottini as VP Global Sales and US-CEO of Porsche Design of America, Inc. He will lead together with Karsten von Engeln, COO Porsche Design of America, Inc., the brand’s US subsidiary. In his previous position at Bally, Mariottini served as VP Global Sales […]

Safilo to launch Swatch branded eyewear this spring

Eyewear creator Safilo and Swatch Ltd have signed a five-year agreement to create a colorful, playful lifestyle collection of Swatch branded sunglasses. The Swatch eyewear–called Swatch The Eyes –will be launched in spring 2016 and will be sold through Safilo’s U.S. retail chain, Solstice, as well as select North American eyewear retailers and distributors around […]

Worldclassbrands adapts to meet changing market needs

Celebrating its 15th year as an exclusive agent for travel retail, duty free, and in-flight markets, Worldclassbrands has transformed its business over the past few years, shifting its portfolio to the “products that consumers want,” says Lenny Di Cristofano, Worldclassbrands president. “We are seeing double digit growth in large part because we shifted our product […]

Maui Jim see bright future in Travel Retail

Premium sunglasses supplier Maui Jim is going from strength to strength in travel retail, with double digit growth in the year to April 2015 and plans for further expansion in the coming months. The dynamic sunglasses brand has recently mounted high profile promotions in various airports, including Istanbul Atatürk, Cancun, and London Gatwick. The results […]

TUMI appoints new creative director

TUMI has appointed New York designer Michael Petry as its new Creative Director, effective July 1, 2015. Petry has been Sr Vice President and Creative Director at The Frye Company since 2007, chalking up a proven track record of commercial and creative success for the producer of footwear, handbag and accessories. Petry will report to […]

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