April 29, 2012 |
Judging from the plethora of eye-catching eyewear that's been getting face time over the last few years - be it on the European ready-to-wear runways or in the adjoining office cubicle - it's clear that glasses have gone from nerd necessity to chic accessory. It's a shift reflected in the current look-at-me trends - retro, vintage-inspired frames, chunky tortoise shells and geometric shapes that attract rather than deflect attention - and reinforced by the laundry list of fashion-focused brands with a presence in the eyewear arena.
October 10, 1988 |
Eye frame manufacturers are teaming up with celebrities and designers to sell consumers on a new notion: It's un fashionable to own only one pair of eyeglasses. Now, clothes designer Giorgio Armani is plunging into a field already crowded with celebrity name tags to sell more eyeglasses for an Italian frame maker. "They're looking for strategies to get consumers to buy more than one pair," said Marc Ferrara, editor of Optical Index, a trade publication.
April 19, 2001 |
Sunglass maker Oakley Inc. said Wednesday that strong global sales pushed earnings up 67% to a record, exceeding analysts' projections for the fifth consecutive quarter. The Foothill Ranch company's upbeat performance came despite the generally rocky retail environment and growing caution among consumers. "You have to start thinking that maybe this company is more recession-proof than we thought," said Eric Beder, an analyst with Ladenburg Thalmann & Co..
February 14, 2002 |
Trendy sunglasses maker Oakley Inc., feeling the effects of a sluggish economy and a feud with its biggest customer, said Wednesday that fourth-quarter profit fell 66% on lower sales. The Foothill Ranch company said earnings should climb this year, now that its dispute with Sunglass Hut's owner has been patched up, but will rise less than analysts were expecting because of sluggish sunglass sales.
March 17, 1995 |
U.S. Shoe Corp. on Thursday rejected a $1.1-billion takeover bid from Italy's Luxottica Group and said it will instead sell its footwear division to Nine West Group Inc. for about $600 million. The Cincinnati-based company, which also owns the Lenscrafters optical chain and women's clothing stores, said its directors rejected Luxottica's offer as inadequate and recommended that shareholders not sell their stock.
July 19, 2002 |
Sunglass maker Oakley Inc., regaining ground lost in a dispute with its largest customer, said Thursday that second-quarter earnings slightly beat analysts' expectations. With demand strong for its sunglasses and other products, Oakley also boosted its profit expectations for the year to 83 cents a share, which would be a 15.3% increase from 2001. Earnings in the quarter slipped to $22.3 million, or 32 cents a share, compared with $23.
September 5, 2001 |
Bausch & Lomb Inc.'s chief executive, William Carpenter, resigned Tuesday and was replaced by William Waltrip, the man he succeeded at the eye-care company's helm in 1997. Carpenter said he was leaving for personal reasons, but his departure comes as the company is seeing slowing demand for contact lenses and laser eye surgery equipment. "For myself, I'm looking forward to spending more time with my family and utilizing my talents in new directions," he said.
December 24, 2002 |
Basketball star Michael Jordan resigned Monday as a director of Oakley Inc., the maker of avant-garde sunglasses that's having its own troubles getting the ball through the hoop. Jordan, who endorses Oakley's eyewear, said he quit because of demands on his time and his desire to help Oakley increase the independence of its six-member board, as proposed by new government and market regulations.
December 13, 2001 |
Oakley Inc., ending a costly feud, said Wednesday that it had signed a deal to resume sales of its trendy sunglasses through the Sunglass Hut International chain owned by rival Luxottica Group. The Foothill Ranch company, which saw its sales evaporate at Sunglass Hut stores after Italy's Luxottica purchased the chain in April, said Sunglass Hut once again will become Oakley's biggest customer, boosting earnings and sales next year.
September 5, 1995 |
He doesn't own a soccer team or TV stations, hasn't been photographed yachting off Sardinia, and remains untouched by the corruption scandals that have rocked Italy the past three years. * Leonardo Del Vecchio certainly isn't your typical high-powered Italian industrialist. The man the Italian media calls "Mr. Nobody" for his low profile has built an empire in an out-of-the-way Alpine village, turning Luxottica Group S.p.A. into the world's leading manufacturer of eyeglass frames.