November 16, 1999 |
Oakley Inc. investigators and police raided five sites in China and South Africa where counterfeit sunglasses were being made or distributed, the Foothill Ranch-based company said Monday. Seized in the raid were more than 200,000 pair of fake Oakley sunglasses in various stages of assembly, along with equipment and supplies, the company said. It was the largest number of counterfeit Oakley products ever confiscated in those countries. The raids were conducted between Oct. 8 and Nov.
August 17, 1999 |
Oakley Inc. officials and Thailand police have uncovered a major counterfeit operation in Bangkok, the sunglass maker's first successful raid on a manufacturing plant outside the U.S., Oakley officials said. Twenty police officers and 11 Oakley-hired investigators last week confiscated 24,000 sunglasses in various stages of assembly, along with manufacturing equipment, including machines that cut lenses and apply trademarks. The Foothill Ranch, Calif.
July 23, 1999 |
For 12 years Patty Glover of Glendale has been an avid contact lens wearer, never thinking about switching to eyeglasses. Then six months ago, she went crazy for Kata--specifically for frame No. 47. For nearly an hour, she admired the artfully designed handcrafted frame with spiral temples resembling coned seashells and itty-bitty ripples, like waves of water--a fusion of shape and form, the definition of Kata, a Japanese word.
July 7, 1999 |
The grand opening of the new O Store at the Irvine Spectrum Center was splashy, theatrical and noisy. In other words, it was pure Oakley. Music blared, videos played and founder Jim Jannard welcomed guests wearing a gas mask. (Don't ask.) Before the doors were opened to the public Friday, Foothill Ranch-based Oakley feted retailers, buyers and athletes, proudly showing off the store that Jannard said was pulled together in just a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 29, 1999
Eyewear maker California Design Studios, Westlake Village, has been acquired by Signature Eyewear in Inglewood for $9 million, including $1.1 million in cash, a promissory note and other deferred payments and the assumption of $6.15 million of the company's debt. Founded in 1992, California Design Studios is privately owned with total assets of approximately $4.6 million.
June 15, 1999 |
A federal judge has ruled that Nike Inc. infringed Oakley Inc. patents in an ongoing legal battle between the two companies, Foothill Ranch-based Oakley said. Oakley maintains that its XYZ Optics technology, used in all of its sunglasses, lessens lens distortion in glasses that are curved both horizontally and vertically to offer better eye protection. It claims Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike used the technology in its RV8 and RV12 sunglass models. U.S.
June 12, 1999 |
Oakley Inc. will open its first store next month, part of a broad push under a new chief executive to increase the company's visibility and expand each of its product lines. During Oakley's annual shareholder meeting Friday, new CEO William D. Schmidt outlined steps the Foothill Ranch-based company will take to boost its brand, including hiring an outside advertising agency for the first time.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 11, 1999 |
Piles of old eyeglasses that would otherwise wind up in the local landfill are being recycled for use by others in an emergency. A partnership between the city and Direct Relief International saves landfill space and helps aid the sight of disaster victims. "There really isn't a thrift store or service club that does this type of service," said Jay Duncan, recycling specialist for the city.
May 4, 1999 |
Don't throw away those old eyeglasses just yet. Your castoffs could give someone in a developing country the gift of sight, thanks to Recycle for Sight, a program sponsored each May by Lions Clubs International. The World Health Organization estimates that the eyesight of one-fourth of the world's population can be improved through the use of corrective lenses. Unfortunately, a pair of glasses is both unaffordable and inaccessible for many.
April 29, 1999 |
Bausch & Lomb Inc. said Wednesday it plans to sell its sunglass business that includes the Ray-Ban brand for $640 million to Italy's Luxottica Group. Luxottica makes eyeglass frames in the medium- and premium-priced categories with brand names such as Giorgio Armani, Brooks Brothers and Anne Klein, and it owns the LensCrafters retail chain. Bausch & Lomb controls about 40% of the global premium-sunglass business, which also includes brands such as Revo, Killer Loop and Arnette priced above $30.