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Opchat Magazine New products and services pagesNew Products and Services, April to October 2021

23° EYEWEAR Presents rectangular one, The new model of foldable sunglasses
Two great non-mydriatic fundus cameras new to Grafton
Komono Optical Collection Fall/Winter 21
A Hand-held autorefractor Grafton...where else!
Join NIRVAN JAVAN on a Journey
SynergEyes hybrid contact lens has a new iD
New Frey inspired AP300 Visual fields Analyser
Blackfin introduces the new rimless AERO WIRE family
Miraflex children’s eyewear widen product offering
Skugga smart glasses tech platform designed for fashion and design brands
Profilo: the graphic make-up by LOOK
Materika Piuma by Look–made in Italia:
PEOPLES from Barbados (Pfb) In London
Blackfin One – New FW 2021-22 Optical Collection
SEA2SEE award-winning ‘seastainable’ eyewear
NIRVAN JAVAN presents the exclusive acetate collection
LARA D’ for Men: an Expanding Collection of Unique, Creative Designs
New icons line models by Hapter
Nanodropper could be a solution to better eyedrop installation.
The new Piccino by Lookkino
Contemporary Classic from Stepper
Eye Doctor Tea Tree Lid Wipes go Green
Nirvan Javan expands his stainless steel Chicago Collection with six new models
Ørgreen Optics announces 5 new additions to its evergrowing range of high-quality acetate styles
Look–made in Italia presents materika pure acetate
Huvitz launch new hi-tech dry eye analyser specialising in the ocular surface
Real people in EYE RESPECT designs from the TROIS III COLLECTION
New black edition models Blackfin style, more exclusive than ever
Essilor builds extra personalisation into Varilux entry range
The Eye Doctor Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress
LDNR by GLBL Eyewear Group: A strong tailored and versatile style since 2013
New At Home Vision Check now available
Come Into the Light
23° EYEWEAR _ A Natrural Inclination
iCare launch new Eidon Ultra-Widefield Module Lens
Optomed launch new E-Safe disposable eye cups for hygienic retinal imaging
Everyday Statement from Stepper
LOOK-MADE presents MATERIKA COMBI - Fresh Combinations
NIRVAN JAVAN launches exclusive Sunglass Series: SHADES OF ROME
Two new eyedrops from the Body Doctor
New ultra compact refraction station opens opportunities for ECPs
Everyday Elegance from Stepper
Ørgreen Optics Spring/Summer 2021
Komono Metamorphosis Campaign
It’s Not All About Beauty – But it Helps
Villa Eyewear announce distribution of uniquedesignmilano (UDM)
Lightbird's new Collection SP/Summer 2021
New MATERIKA COMBI – Avant-Garde Materials and Designs
NIRVAN JAVAN presents exclusive acetate collection inspired by Paris
Read the stories on new products and services in January to March 2021

23° EYEWEAR Presents rectangular one, The new model of foldable sunglasses

October 2021

A city eco-warrior chooses to face everyday life with the best gear, with the enterprising spirit of someone who is aware that we live on a planet that needs to be cared for and preserved. Just like 23° Eyewear sunglasses, made with a zero-impact circular design approach.

23 Degrees folding eyewear 23° Eyewear is not just a brand but a true philosophy of life that encourages people to slow down and reflect on the harmony of nature in relation to their own selves. This attitude can also be found in the details, such as in the new foldable RECTANGULAR ONE sunglasses, an urban style model that is ideal for any situation and perfect to be folded and tucked into a pocket.

RECTANGULAR ONE presents a geometric line of sunglasses made of NEOCLEUS, a state-of-the-art synthesis of a naturally derived biomaterial, a high-tech manufacturing process and an innovative and sustainable production process that allows it to be recycled indefinitely. The matte-coloured frame has the 23° logo on the tone-on-tone zip and is enclosed in a case made from recycled material.

The Barberini mineral glass sun lenses not only ensure superior vision but, depending on the type and colour, make these glasses ideal for both city use and extreme sporting activities in different weather conditions.

23° Eyewear is a brand born from the collaboration between Mirage, a historic Italian eyewear company and the conceptual design of Studio Russo with an "eco-thought" at its heart: that of creating eyewear that in turn gives life to other eyewear, eliminating waste. A circular flow that begins, ends and begins again without stopping, in perpetual motion like the Earth.

Two great non-mydriatic fundus cameras new to Grafton

October 2021

Fundus Vue from CrystalVue

FundusVue from Grafton Grafton Optical announce the launch of the FundusVue from CrystalVue, providing vivid color, high-definition retinal images as an essential diagnostic aid to clinicians.

The latest generation of non-mydriatic fundus camera is designed to capture and provide images of the eye as an aid to clinicians in the diagnosis of diabetic retinopathy*, AMD, glaucoma and other retinal diseases. This modern ophthalmic instrument combines a simple method of image capture with superior image quality in a fast and efficient manner. It is easy to operate, and is ultra compact and portable in terms of design.

Fast image capture

The dedicated FundusVue software speeds up image capture with live preview imaging. The entire process, from welcoming the patient to delivering high quality images, takes only a few minutes.

Easy to use

Multiple controls and settings are not necessary with the FundusVue. Internal fixation lights and self-guiding software assist the user in capturing high quality images. Simply align the pupil, optimise the focus in the live on screen preview and capture the image. Exposure and LED flash are automatically controlled for most patients.


Weighing only 2Kg, FundusVue's compact design saves on setup space and can be easily transported wherever needed. The simple USB connection allows flexibility as to where examinations take place. It also makes it easy for the user to review the images with their patient.

Retinal imaging software

The bundled software allows users to store, retrieve, archive, process and share the digital images instantly, with just a mouse click. Images can also be exported to the storage server and output to a printer. Features include: colour, digital red-free, RGB and cup-to-disc.

* FundusVue is not currently on the list of approved devices for the NHS National Diabetic Eye Screening Program.

NFC-600 from CrystalVue

NFC 600
NFC-600 from CrystalVue is a portable, fully automatic, all in one non-mydriatic retinal camera; providing high quality retinal images for remote screening areas and telehealth.

With automatic 3D tracking and focusing, retinal images can be captured with a single tap. The full-auto-shot function shortens examination times, which not only simplifies the examination process, but also reduces discomfort or strain for patients. The NFC600 is an essential diagnostic instrument for practitioners to evaluate and record a patient’s retina.

High quality retinal images

With high resolution of 12 million pixels, the NFC-600 captures and generates high quality retinal images. It provides retinal diagnostic staff and AI systems with more precise and helpful information, which increases diagnostic accuracy and efficiency. The image can be enlarged to see tiny details. Users can also change colours or apply photo effects to the image for different purposes. Ten internal fixation targets are selectable. The disc, fovea, macular, or other peripheral retina areas can be captured by selecting the specified fixation.

Enhanced portability

With its compact design, the NFC-600 can be easily moved around and set up for use in different locations. The simple USB interface offers flexible connectivity to operate the retinal camera. The head and body of the device are designed to be detachable for better portability and an optional customised wheeled moving case is also available for the NFC-600, which increases mobility.

Enhanced connectivity

NFC-600 can be easily connected to any Windows-based PC or laptop with simple USB connection. It is also DICOM compliant, making it easy to integrate with PACS program.

Built-in filters

NFC-600 provides red-free, negative film, RGB, grey scale filters for users to change or apply photo effects to the image for different purposes.

Komono Optical Collection Fall/Winter 21

October 2021

Komono FW21For the Fall/Winter 2021 optical collection, KOMONO revisits classic shapes and expands on well-established lines.

The brand is introducing new styles, continuing the path towards greater sustainability, these new introductions are made in recycled and eco acetate. These materials are almost fully biodegradable and allows us to reduce our production waste respectively.

Tracing back to the origins of KOMONO optical range, Fall-Winter 2021 revisits classic shapes and expands on well-established lines.

Cole offers a fresh introduction for those looking for an accessible, masculine style while Lola gives a feminine touch to the Bold series with its distinct cat eye.

The sharp, octagonal structure of Maggie celebrates the clean, geometrical aesthetics that have become synonymous with the brand.

A final introduction, Noah, adds onto the metal line and offers a softly flattened rounded shape, suitable for every face. The color palette is soft and autumnal with milk and fade schemes. Gradient and mélange colors are added and give depth to the collection.

The FW21 Optical Campaign has shot by Pierre Debusschere one of the most impactful fashion photographers.

A Hand-held autorefractor Grafton...where else!

October 2021

Grafton Optical announce the launch of QuickSee from PlenOptika; the world’s most accurate handheld auto refractor to add to their wide and exciting range of optometric and ophthalmic equipment.

QuickSee enables clinically accurate auto refraction, anywhere.

Quicksee from Grafton QuickSee is the world’s most accurate handheld auto refractor. Its combination of the open view binocular design, wavefront aberrometry, and dynamic measurements produce clinically accurate autorefraction measurements, in a durable handheld format suitable for use in clinics and in the field. QuickSee is as accurate as the high-end clinical desktop autorefractors and demonstrates excellent agreement with subjective refraction.

Binocular measurements in 10 seconds

• Accelerates subjective refraction with a more accurate starting point
• Enables high throughput autorefraction


Accessible for patients with mobility issues and/or physical challenges

• Easy to use anywhere
• Patient friendly

Strong agreement with subjective refraction

• <= 0.25 D: 60-70% of patients
• <= 0.5 D: 80-90% of patients

Field durable

• Calibration free
• Operates in humid and dusty environments
• Can be used indoors and outdoors, in most light settings
• Includes hardened carrying case
• Up to 8 hours continuous use on battery, operates while tethered for charging

Quicksee from Grafton


The open view binocular design reduces device-induced myopia and accommodation. Patients simply look though QuickSee like a pair of binoculars at a target at least 3-6 meters (~10-20 ft.) away, instead of at a virtual image in a traditional closed view system. By using wavefront aberrometry to measure refractive error, QuickSee captures information that is unavailable to traditional autorefractors.

This additional information enhances vision care professionals’ assessment of what refractive correction is needed, whether by eye surgery or eyeglass prescriptions.

Dynamic measurements enable QuickSee to provide highly confident measurements. Patients’ eyes are relaxed and allowed to function normally, and they don’t require cycloplegia, for precise measurements of refractive error in the eyes’ natural state.

In addition, QuickSee is durable for field use. It can be used in humid and dusty environments and it requires no calibration. The dark eye cups isolate the patient’s eyes from ambient light, helping to control pupil dilation and allowing both indoor and outdoor use. The rubber grips and eye cups can be cleaned using simple alcohol swabs. QuickSee can be used in both binocular and monocular modes to accommodate for certain eye disease states and/or facial characteristics.

QuickSee is very easy to use and users can begin performing measurements after 30 minutes of training.

Grafton Optical is one of the UK's leading suppliers of ophthalmic instruments, equipping and servicing independent and larger chain opticians as well as Britain's hospitals and is a founding sponsor of your free Opchat News.

Join NIRVAN JAVAN on a Journey

October 2021

NIRVAN JAVAN invites you on a journey of 10 million steps, from the Mediterranean to the land of the rising sun

Nirvan Javan Tokyo With the summer having come to an end, NIRVAN JAVAN leaves Rome and sets its sails to new destinations. It is another chance to glance back at the eternal city of Rome and look forward to the wonders of a metropolis at the other end of the world: Tokyo. It is a chance to #SEETHEWORLD.

A symbiosis of distant cultures

The world is a gigantic place, full of various cultures interacting and influencing each other. Something new emerges as a result of this constant exchange – a new style. Nothing embodies this symbiosis of cultures quite like Italy and Japan. Despite 10 thousand kilometres of distance, the two nations didn’t leave each other’s cultures untouched. Italian art influenced Japanese artists ever since famous painters and sculptures travelled from Italy to the East-Asian Island during the Edo period. On the other hand, Japanese animated series have had such an impact on Italian audiences, that today Italy even hosts the world’s fourth largest anime convention*. This fascination of the symbiosis of different cultures, is what lies at the heart of the brand NIRVAN JAVAN.

Unique characters transformed into unique frames

This is also why the respective characters of the two destinations can be found in the two new, high-quality collections by NIRVAN JAVAN. The SHADES OF ROME embody the timelessness of the eternal city through the rich and dark colors of the Italian acetate. The titanium frames of the TOKYO COLLECTION on the other hand highlight the curious balance of tradition and technology, that is cherished in Japan. Experience the world through frames by NIRVAN JAVAN and discover both collections online.

SynergEyes hybrid contact lens has a new iD

September 2021

SynergEyes iD
Positive Impact has announced the UK launch of what is seen as the next generation of hybrid contact lenses, SynergEyes iD, which are viewed as a breakthrough in contact lens design for people with astigmatism, presbyopia, hyperopia or myopia.

The new contact lenses include a multifocal which is powered by a proprietary Extended Depth of Focus (EDOF) design from the Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI), with proven multifocal optics providing patients with a clear visual experience that transitions smoothly through all distances.

SynergEyes iD hybrid lenses are individually designed to each patient’s unique ocular measurements utilising keratometry and horizontal visible iris diameter (HVID) readings, plus refraction, to personalise precise lens parameters. A patient’s unique corneal diameter and curvature drive the specific lens design, with new skirts following the linear shape of the sclera so there is no need to choose between fixed skirt or base curve options.

The new lenses are empirically fitted, eliminating the need for multi-use diagnostic fitting sets and trial lens application, while also reducing chair and contact time. Positive Impact highlights that the streamlined fitting experience enables practitioners to prescribe contact lenses more efficiently, with the SynergEyes iD Patient Application and Removal Resources contributing to increased patient success.

Positive Impact’s professional services lead, Phil Thompson, said: “iD stands for individual design and builds on the successful Duette lens, enhancing this design by using a more custom-made approach to get the optimum fit. For example, there are now four times the number of skirt designs alone, yet at the same time, the lens is even easier to fit, with no need for fitting sets.

“Fitting is now completely empirical with the practitioner simply providing refraction, keratometry readings and HVID measurements. Most exciting of all though, is the incorporation of extended depth of focus into the multifocal, powered by the proprietary BHVI design.

“Our Early Access Programme for UK practitioners is already achieving great results, in line with our US colleagues,” he concluded.

SynergEyes iD’s base curve is available from 7.10 to 8.30mm in increments of 0.01mm. The skirt is available to accommodate a HVID range of 10.0 to 13.0mm.

The single vision lens power range is -15.00D to +10.00D. The multifocal ranges from -10.00D to +5.50D and this EDOF lens comes in three designs to accommodate low, medium and high add powers.

New Frey inspired AP300 Visual fields Analyser

September 2021

Grafton Optical are excited to announce the launch of the AP-300 Visual Fields Analyser from Frey; an advanced platform with patient-centred functionality, combining the latest in Kinetic and Static Perimetry.

Grafton's AP-300 by FreyThe AP-300 Visual Fields Analyser meets with global standards for excellence in the testing, diagnosis and management of eye and neurological disease. It is an essential part of the diagnostic toolbox in glaucoma, retina and neuro ophthalmic practice.

AP-300 is an advanced platform with patient-centred functionality offering a rich set of diagnostic techniques. This single platform combines the latest in Kinetic and Static Perimetry, including white perimetry, SWAP and Flicker perimetry for early glaucoma detection, plus real Goldman kinetic perimetry. This spectrum of functionality offers tailored personalised testing for the patient and the clinician.

Advanced application software provides unique function analysis of patient results, making diagnosis easier and faster. The standard presentation of patient results allows the user to print a single test and present clinical changes in the visual field over time.

Test fields

Tests can be performed within standard testing area covering various ranges of angular field of view (up to 80 degrees for one eye). There are fields with concentric arrangement stimuli
(i.e. Macula, 22 °, 30 °, 50 °, driving Wide, Glaucoma, Peripheral) or the rectangular system (i.e. 10-2, 24-2, 30-2). The built-in editor allows the user to define specific tests of the test field. It is also possible to test the central vision (optional Fovea).

Targeted perimetry

This unique technology allows the user to load previous fundus images and select the area requiring investigation, to focus the perimetry examination on the designated area. This technology allows for faster and more accurate examination of the area of interest.

Pattern calibration

Patients with large defects in the visual field, or fields significantly deviating from the standard perimeter examination, can experience fatigue due to length of the examination. Pattern calibration is designed to improve the comfort of these patients and significantly reduces examination time. Pattern calibration technique can reduce examination time significantly by more than five minutes.

Installation flexibility

The AP-300 can be used in both small practices and large clinics. With built-in networking capabilities, installation of the device is very easy with system expansion economical. The AP-300 can easily communicate with devices connected directly or network printers and servers. The perimeter software can be installed on any number of computers, allowing users to organise efficient and effective patient workflow.

Grafton Optical is one of the UK's leading suppliers of ophthalmic instruments, equipping and servicing independent and larger chain opticians as well as Britain's hospitals and is one of Opchat's founder headline sponsors providing our readers with a free independent news service.

Blackfin introduces the new rimless AERO WIRE family

September 2021

After the launch of the line last Spring, Blackfin now introduces the new Aero WIRE family of frames where design purity and functionality combine in an all-new way.

Aero by BlackfinEach Blackfin Aero style is made from a 0.7 mm thin sheet of beta titanium for the bridge and 0.5 mm for the temples, ensuring flexibility and comfort, as well as frame stability.

Aero Hayle and Aero Fishbourn are among the latest styles where the evolution of the classic three-piece gets a contemporary update. The titanium wire wraps around the edge of the lens, defining a slender double-bridge and then stops where it meets the nylon wire.

The palette of contrasting colors plays up the ultra-lightweight structure informed by a futuristic vibe that fashions frames with a bold architectural look. The effect is heightened by the new patented lens fastener, drawn directly from the end pieces, allowing the protrusion to become a distinctive, minimalist detail.

Blackfin Aero eyewear come with two different bridge concepts ‒ one geometric, with bolder, angular shapes and one retro, more refined and supple.

They are both fitted with a new version of the more streamlined TILT PAD nose pads, better suited to the aesthetics and weight of the frame, as well as the adjustable Swordfish temple tips.

Miraflex children’s eyewear widen product offering

September 2021

The highly commended Miraflex range of children’s frames has continued to succeed with the launch of four additional frames to the Flexible & Light collection unlike any other in the range.

Unlike the unique flexible material used in the Flexible & Safe frames, Dibble Optical also supply the Miraflex® Flexible & Light collection. Crafted from a lightweight TR90 material they have been anatomically designed to suit the contour of a child’s face, resulting in a stylish frame that is both comfortable and appealing for children to wear.

This collection has been developed to include the latest clip-on frame, consisting of 4 models in up to five fashionable colour options including a magnetic clip-on with polarised sun lens marked Miraflex. It is aimed at fashion-conscious children and teenagers in the age range 4 to 11 years.

Clip on eyewear is the perfect way to make the transition from indoor to the outdoors stylishly, practically in a cost-effective way. With the latest Miraflex clip-on frames you have an easy, inexpensive, and efficient option for anyone who wears prescription eyeglasses. Just clip them on and enjoy 100% UV protection, optimum comfort, clarity, and style.

Skugga smart glasses tech platform designed for fashion and design brands

September 2021


SKUGGA Technology AB, the Stockholm-based tech company, has created an industry leading smart miniaturised eyewear module, designed specifically for eyewear fashion brands as a perfect partner for their unique aesthetic.

For the end consumer, the integrated SKUGGA Technology means immediate access to Bluetooth motion and environmental sensor data, LEDs for notification and navigation, plus a whole world of potential connectivity with favourite apps to track health and external factors (air pollution, UV light etc) in a product that can be fashionable and cool in terms of style and design – a far cry from the clunky, bulky smart glasses of recent years.

“SKUGGA’s smart innovation brings a whole new untapped opportunity for eyewear designers and brands to implement smart functionality in glasses which are compatible with the consumers’ desire to put something interesting, flattering and exciting on their face …the potential for a new generation of advanced, design-focused, quality-driven smart glasses, integrated with SKUGGA technology, is huge.” Mikael Eriksson, CEO, SKUGGA

Luxury smart glasses: SKUGGA collaboration with McLaren Vision

Skugga Design


Today, the Swedish tech company is working on a further step forward in the world of smart glasses in a collaboration with McLaren Vision, part of L’Amy Luxe portfolio - to create a next-generation, high-end avantgarde edition of sunglasses – an absolute hybrid of truly stylish, high-quality eyewear featuring mind-blowing smart glasses tech.

The McLaren frames offer the design and signature aesthetics of McLaren, thanks to the design work done by Sébastien Brusset, Creative director of McLaren Vision – preserving the unique DNA of the brand and superior style and lightweight construction and further enhancing it with the technical wizardry of the SKUGGA integration. The new edition – which will preview at SILMO 2021 this weekend - will represent the ultimate synergy in design and tech in the smart glasses arena.

Profilo: the graphic make-up by LOOK

September 2021

Another breakthrough in artisan craftsmanship by LOOK-made in Italia: PROFILO, the new series in the LOOK brand, distills functional design into absolute excellence.

LOOK Profilio -1 The registered design frames in this series are made of cellulose acetate, strictly made in Italy.

Consistently a core value of the company, experimentation begins with the face, then forges frames that are the expression of a new modern aesthetic. Every detail communicates style, craftsmanship and exclusivity.

A streak of color uplifts the acetate, the expression of a creative brush stroke that turns contrast and color harmony into a distinctive feature. This series includes 4 styles with feminine and unisex shapes for a total of 16 color versions.

These fresh styles visually narrate a new touch of minimalism that adds allure, cool factor and Italian creativity to the kind of elemental simplicity often characterized as sterile and impersonal. Taking their cue from the contemporary graphic make-up trend, the frames in the PROFILO series refresh the gaze with sharp, clean lines of color. This patented design innovation is reiterated inside the temples with the wording “EU Registered Design”.

All LOOK PROFILO frames are traceable because they’re completely designed and manufactured in Italy by LOOK-made in Italia.

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Materika Piuma by Look–made in Italia:

September 2021

Piuma Matrika The exceptional light weight of magnesium!

With its ongoing commitment to research, Look-made in Italia introduces MATERIKA PIUMA, two optical magnesium frames that combine extreme beauty and light weight. Magnesium is the lightest metal in the world and, thanks to its unrivalled performance features, is widely used in Formula 1 and aerospace applications. After a year of strict testing and trial runs, the company found the perfect mix for robust frames with soft lines and almost imperceptible weight.

Look-made in Italia has invested more than 40 years in eyewear industry research. That kind of experience paved the way to using magnesium, a completely non-toxic material commonly found in nature but extremely difficult to work with, except using the most advanced technologies.

Piuma Matrika Inspiration for the new PIUMA series mirrors that of the entire MATERIKA line, where beauty owes its DNA to the study of dynamism. Specifically, in the wind tunnel, where shapes seem to be molded by a wind current that caresses the surface while the sharp edges of the bridge and end pieces appear to dissolve into the rims, in a fluid-like flow.

The colors of the line play up the contrasts between matte and polished details that leave room for shimmering shades to highlight the dynamic aspect of the frames. The temples lend continuity to the coloring with bright colors or metallic finishes on the inner surfaces. Each style comes in six versions, including a pure gradation that evokes the color of magnesium in its elemental state.

All MATERIKA PIUMA frames are traceable because they are developed, designed and produced entirely in Italy by LOOK-made in Italia.

PEOPLES from Barbados (Pfb) In London

September 2021

Peoples from Barbados Seasonal colour palette presented in chic new imagery Bridgetown, Barbados – Peoples from Barbados Eyewear brings its unique artisan design and colour palette to London this season in a campaign shot on location in a secret corner of Hampstead Heath, North London.

Optometrist and optical entrepreneur, Alicia Hartman, has close ties and family in the UK and to extend the intimacy, nostalgia and feeling of the Bajan spirit in London, she selected
two models close to her heart: Bajan beauty, Jalicia Nightengale, who has appeared in previous PFB campaigns, and her young UK-based cousin – Lydia Marcy.

The campaign was shot by London-based street photographer David Nyanzi (@davidnyanzi) at an exquisite outdoor location that provided a sensational and natural photographic
backdrop – and a new twist for the Barbados based brand.

‘Peoples from Barbados’ stands for ‘joie de vivre’ and Bajan warmth, a celebration of a lifestyle that extends far beyond the confines of the Caribbean island. Its captivating
contemporary style and authenticity appeals to all ethnicities and ages thanks to the timeless design, carefully finished technical details and brilliant and joyful inspiration and ‘Bajan soul’
- expressed through every design.

“It is an honour to have the Peoples from Barbados collection presented in a campaign from London; I wanted to show off our designs and chic colourways in a place outisde Barbados
that I really love….….”

Alicia Hartman, Founder, PEOPLES FROM BARBADOS Produced exclusively in Japan, the PFB eyewear collection offers, style, elegance and technical precision – and a beautiful colour palette that includes classical tones of black and tortoise as well as lush hues inspired by the Caribbean, from “sugar and spice” nude and brown tones to tropical hues of purple and green and versatile black.

Blackfin One – New FW 2021-22 Optical Collection

September 2021

Fort Stevens
A masterful exercise in style that reinvents itself from one season to the next. Blackfin introduces the Fall/Winter 2021-22 optical collection styles, where titanium features strongly in unique shapes and processes that distinguish the various lines of the brand.

Design, light weight and exploration continue to be the trademark traits of the new optical frames, featuring uncommon construction details and color pairings typical of the brand’s DNA.

Eyewear in the Blackfin One line feature interplays between the top rim’s bold 2.5 mm thick sheet and 2.00 mm rims, to forge a 3-D structure with new proportions on the fronts that are accentuated by the contrasting bright and pastel colors with matte or polished finish.

Like Rose Hall, (headline page) a feminine frame with a sculpted butterfly shape; and Whitebrock for men, a classic slightly rectangular panto updated with eye-catching processing effects.

The large round rims of Simos and generous square shape of Paros express a more contemporary spirit. The thin titanium frames are enhanced with architectural cuts on the lenses that correspond to the point where the color on the front changes. A sophisticated and unexpected detail that aesthetically emphasizes the two-tone concept.

Fort Stevens,(above) an elegant thin panto shape for men with a brushed color effect plays up the material qualities of titanium.

Modern design frames made exceptional by bold color choices and innovative production processes. Accessories that reinvent the concept of eyewear through ongoing experimentation while staying true to the brand’s identity.

SEA2SEE award-winning ‘seastainable’ eyewear

September 2021

Arabica Collection

Changing habits for the better: ‘petite’ sustainable ophthalmic frames in 100% recycled marine plastic make perfect fit for ‘Generation Green’

Sea2see is expanding its glasses collection – by popular demand - for the youngest eco-conscious kids and teens.

This year the Made-in-Italy ‘petite’ collection by Sea2see has a wider choice of genderless and unisex styles with modern shapes in a mix of vibrant, upbeat colours for all tastes and style preferences in this age group.

“Young people are the future of the environmental movement….we have seen an incredible enthusiasm and support from them since we first launched our ‘seastainable’ products in this category and for this reason we are expanding the line.

Sea tp see

There is now a Sea2see frame for every member of the family so everyone can be part of the change.” Francois van den Abeele, Founder, Sea2see

Sea2see’s inspiring story founded on commitment to international environmental action and social purpose – led by Founder François van den Abeele, is engaging young people who have sustainability and social commitment at the top of their minds.

As with the entire Sea2see eyewear range, the ‘petite’ styles are made from 100% recycled marine plastic collected through an established program of waste collection in Europe and West Africa – which has an immediate and positive impact on the coastal environment.

The new images were shot on the Brittany coastline (France) on the beautiful beaches near Quiberon.

NIRVAN JAVAN presents the exclusive acetate collection

September 2021

Inspired by the arabica coffee bean!

Arabica Collection NIRVAN JAVAN is thrilled to present its newest collection, the ARABICA COLLECTION.

It was the unifying character of coffee that gave the inspiration to the designer together with Kochoptik, to transform the world's most popular beverage into eyewear.

The transformation of the Arabica bean

The Arabica bean is the noblest of all coffee beans. It is harvested in four, major destinations, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and India, which also act as the namesakes of the four models.

The special development process of the Arabica bean and its characteristics also determined the shape and color of the glasses. Thus, the maturation of the Arabica bean from a red fruit, to a green, then brown roasted bean, to the black beverage is reflected in the matte acetate frames of the collection.

Experiencing the world through taste as well

In addition to each pair of ARABICA COLLECTION glasses, the world can also be discovered through taste with special premium capsules. The exclusive coffee blend is composed of ground Arabica beans from Mexico, Colombia, India and Brazil.

The ARABICA COLLECTION including coffee capsules for men and women is available exclusively in all Kochoptik stores.

LARA D’ for Men: an Expanding Collection of Unique, Creative Designs

September 2021

Lara D Lenny

4 new handcrafted styles with a refined and distinctive masculine look from Belluno Italy – Made-in-Italy.

Handcrafted with expertise. Distinctive in its classically chic colour palette.

The new collection from Lara D’ introduces four original men’s optical designs which are bold and intriguing in beautiful acetate materials.

“Responding to a demand for exceptional design for men, I have expanded our men’s collection for the season.…we’ve gone for statement shapes and used our artisan techniques to create elegant surface finishes… a colour palette that was carefully researched to offer a new take on classics for men… ” Lara D’Alpaos, LARA D’

Known for her unique and joyful design style, rooted in Italy’s eyewear traditions, designer Lara D’Alpaos trained as an architect before returning to her family business in Belluno and developing a natural talent for creative eyewear design.

Her latest designs for men are a reminder of her ingenious architecture-inspired style and meticulous approach to colour, pattern, texture and charismatic design.

New icons line models by Hapter,

August 2021

The avant-garde designed in the retro style of the mountains

Hapter Icons To the most demanding mountaineers, those who love to explore by wandering every day in metropolitan environments. The Icons line by HAPTER is dedicated to them, the collection of optical frames and sunglasses that takes inspiration from the retro style of the mountain look. An intuition suspended between avant-garde and courage, which tells the origins of the brand, born at the foothills of the Dolomites from an intuition of Eric Balzan, capable of interpreting iconic styles and enriching them with cultural significance, with a strong evocative power.

The Icons Line models express the avant-garde and technological soul that unites all the HAPTER lines. Here, in particular, the design translates into small and geometric shapes, with sharp and angular cuts, alternating with sinuous and round curved lines.

As in all HAPTER collections, the company's experimental research is also revealed in the choice of materials for the new Icons models, with cold-surgical medical steel that is combined with warm-artisanal rubber, through a special production process. The chromatic choice that recalls the natural world is original: Lichen Green, Leaf Orange, Carbon Black, Musk Green, Sky Blue, Vintage Gray, Persian Red, Phoenician Purple. All Icons glasses are equipped with the patented 8-GON hinge, a stainless steel cam with a particular geometric shape: a combination of an octagon and a square which is embraced and locked by the metal teeth on the temple. Furthermore, comfort is guaranteed by the exclusive semi-curved temple tips, inspired by retro sports eyewear, fully adjustable.

Like every HAPTER creation, Icons Line is created in Hapterìa, the brand's exclusive laboratory that combines creative manual work and functional technology. Here glasses are the result of the talent of a new figure: the post-industrial craftsman, who works in the atelier alongside the designer, with the aim of creating unique pieces together, the result of a process of micro-craftsmanship that makes each creation extremely precious and exclusive.

Nanodropper could be a solution to better eyedrop installation.

August 2021

Did you know eyedrops are five times too large for the eye to absorb? This means for every bottle of eyedrops you prescribe, 80 percent of it is wasted immediately — without even
accounting for the patient’s aim.

In a recently conducted a survey with hundreds of eyecare professionals we asked them about the state of patient eyedrop use.

Here are some of our notable findings of eyecare professionals

They said (99%) that at least some of their patients are concerned about the cost of their eye drops

95% of eyecare professionals said their patients would benefit from smaller drops

NANODROPPER is the solution!

The Nanodropper adaptor is an FDA listed class I medical device that makes current drops ~ 3 times smaller!

This adaptor will help your patients save money, keep them from running out of drops, and reduce side effects. It can also help you save money on in-clinic drops!

Visit our healthcare professionals page to learn more about Nanodropper, including whitepaper and benchtop data, clinical safety, and testimonials from prominent eyecare professionals.

Feel free to email us at with any questions about Nanodropper, or to schedule a meeting!

The new Piccino by Lookkino:

August 2021

First eyewear for the youth of tomorrow

Fun, color, light weight and quality: enter PICCINO, the 0-5 year-old optical frames from LOOKKINO, the LOOK-made in Italia brand dedicated to the world of KIDS.

LOOKKINO frames adapt to children’s faces thanks to exclusive technologies designed to improve their lives from the time they’re infants. Each frame is designed in collaboration with ophthalmologists, specialists and parents to deliver a superior product.

PICCINO is the first eyewear for newborns with unique stylistic and ergonomic features. The strong, durable XINOX core (a hi-tech thin steel that can be processed to minimal thicknesses while maintaining its mechanical properties intact) is 30% more flexible than generic steel.

Piccono Coated in soft touch EVO (EVOlution polymer) it ensures comfort, exceptional thinness and light weight.

The cheerful, vibrant range of colors creates the appearance of traditional frames and not that of a “medical” prosthesis. Thanks to the generous support surface and the thinner behind the ear adjustable temple tips (that can be shortened), the fit is ergonomic and comfortable. But the biggest PICCINO innovation is the ultra-new curly cable temples that can be switched out with the standard end pieces for even greater stability.

Conceived, designed and crafted 100% in Italy, LOOKKINO by LOOK–made in Italia eyewear adhere to specific technical and aesthetic guidelines in order to meet children’s needs in terms of quality, safety and image.

The materials are 100% non-toxic and hypoallergenic and the production cycle maintains excellent standards throughout its entire course. This translates to strict control of each production phase, in compliance with standards applicable to medical devices.

LOOKKINO frames adapt to children’s faces thanks to exclusive technologies developed to improve their lives from the time they’re infants.

All LOOKKINO frames are traceable because they’re developed, designed and produced in Italy by LOOK-made in Italia.


August 2021

Essilor Ltd has launched a new spectacle lens to give children the visual comfort and protection they need.

Eyezen for Kids by Essilor New Eyezen Kids is an optimised single lens specifically designed for six to 12-year-olds. Using DualOptim technology, it aligns target points for distance and near vision, and brings children a much wider clear vision area across the lenses.

The DualOptim Kids technology takes children’s parameters including morphology, object distance and gaze directions into account to optimise the lens design.

This provides +60% more optimal lens area than a standard SV lens with 60% less aberrations in the lower area of the lens.

Tim Precious, managing director at Essilor Ltd said: “The lens has been independently tested and will make the lives of children easier by providing greater visual performance.

“It considers two reference points to optimise the surface of the lens for all children’s gaze directions - not only for the centre of the lens - while maintaining their prescription.

“It takes into consideration that children have different facial features to adults and shorter arms so view objects at a closer distance.

“The lens is designed to support this age group as they undergo high visual demands including learning to read and write.

Furthermore, with lockdown leading to a surge in screen time and the use of digital devices at school and at home, it is becoming increasingly important to provide children with a solution suitable for any situation for their multiple daily activities.

“Extending our Eyezen range to include a design for children will help ECPs support the visual needs of the whole family and look after this younger age group by offering them the best visual solution.”

POS and marketing are available to support the launch in-store including patient leaflets and A2 posters.

The Eyezen range now covers all patients’ needs from the age of six to 50 years old:

• New Eyezen kids for six to 12-year-olds.
• Eyezen Start provides better visual performance and comfort for patients aged 12 to 39 years old who experience light to moderate visual fatigue.
• Eyezen Boost offers optimal support for 18 to 50-year-olds who contend with high visual fatigue.

A new patient guarantee launches on 1 September for patients who purchase any Eyezen lens.

They will benefit from a 12-month guarantee and if they are not 100% happy, they can bring them back and exchange them against another new pair of lenses free of charge.

Contemporary Classic from Stepper and one for those "steely looks"

August 2021

Stepper 20104
This is a textbook example of applying archetypal eyewear design elements with 21st Century manufacturing technology to create something that is both recognisable and exciting.

‘The SI-20104 is one of those frames that you are instantly familiar with,’ comments Peter Reeve, Managing Director, STEPPER UK. ‘The look isn’t challenging, instead it looks instantly right.’

This is a style for those confident in their wardrobe; understated yet fashion conscious. This frame isn’t retro, but it is ageless. The panto eye shape, the keyhole bridge, and combination of metal and plastic with minimal embellishment, allows for a piece that is quietly self-assured and undeniably elegant.

‘You’re also instantly comfortable with the SI-20104,’ adds Peter. ‘The bridge construction allows for an easy fit for most faces, the use of lightweight materials (TX5 and Titanium) brings day-long wearer comfort and, with both materials being hypoallergenic, the frame delivers skin-friendly benefits.’

Assured in style and comfort, the SI-20104 is a timeless piece that, with its durable materials, will give the wearer reliable eyewear that will look and feel good for a long time to come.
Available in a choice of colours (brown/antique bronze, grey/gold and black/rose gold) to suit most skin tones this ‘instant classic’ will quickly become a ‘go-to’ style that is repeatedly returned to.

and for those Steely Looks

Stepper 40208Applying Stainless Steel to ophthalmic eyewear has for some time produced popular and attractive pieces. STEPPERS metal frames employ the creative skills of the STEPPER EYEWEAR design team and the abilities of their production colleagues to work Stainless
Steel to deliver thoroughly modern looking frames.

Today, not only popular in modern jewellery design, this once industrial only metal, is skin friendly for those with a sensitivity to base metals, corrosion-resistant and strong.

‘Design comes to the front with STEPPERS frames,’ injects Peter Reeve, Managing Director, STEPPER UK. ‘Literally to the front - as you can see in the rim outline of this example.’

The first thing you notice about the STS-40208 is its combination of straight lines and curves that together make up its eye-shape.

Once encouraged to study its composition, you discover the temple detail with its clever hinge mechanism that fascinates upon opening and closing.

Add to this imaginative STEPPERS colouring and you have a stylish piece of ‘face art’ with the wearability and comfort the brand is renowned for,’ concludes Peter.

Choose your colour from four available options (Grey/Rose Gold, Green/Gun-Metal, Vanilla/Gold or Lilac/Silver) to match your personality and enjoy a fashionable frame you can wear day in, day out for as long as the mood takes you.

Eye Doctor Tea Tree Lid Wipes go Green

August 2021

Body Doctor WipesThe Body Doctor company has made its Eye Doctor Tea Tree Lid Wipes fully biodegradable, believing this to be a product first for the optical industry.

The change to biodegradable material for the wipes, with their packaging being recyclable, is part of a growing mission for the company to be more environmentally friendly.

The Body Doctor’s Managing Director, Sue Grant, explained: “As a company, we recognise that being sustainable is becoming a necessity due to ever-changing perceptions around the world and we are starting to bridge the gap between ‘knowing’ and ‘doing,’ by embracing sustainable products, packaging and practises.

“At significant financial cost, we have further invested in reducing our environmental impact by also making our regular Eye Doctor Lid Wipes biodegradable. Our Tea Tree Lid Wipes and our Lid Wipes are plastic-free and made from viscose fibres, so when in soil or compost, or fresh or marine water, they will fully convert back to nature and do not require recycling.”

Highlighting the background to the move, Sue added: “We conduct regular market research about what our customers want, which ultimately helps us evolve and advance with products that there is a clear demand for.

“We recently conducted a customer survey and it confirms that sustainability is very important for our shoppers, so much so that 80% of them would be willing to pay more for environmentally friendly products and packaging. This was also a big influencer when making this shift.

“The Body Doctor’s objective is to become more environmentally friendly therefore we are absorbing the costs involved without passing any price increases to both our customers and patients alike. Our aim is to continue this shift towards being more eco-friendly.”

The Body Doctor’s Head of Professional Services, Andrew Price, has also noticed a significant increase in patients questioning how environmentally friendly products are.

“As clinicians we are rightly focused on the clinical benefit to the user, however, a third factor has now entered the consumer evaluation of how they spend their money; benefit, cost and now how eco-friendly is the production and disposal of a product,” he said, adding: “I am happy that the Eye Doctor Lid Wipes score high marks on all three evaluations.”

The Eye Doctor range is distributed to the optical profession by Positive Impact.

Nirvan Javan expands his stainless steel Chicago Collection with six new models

August 2021

Nirvan Javan Chicago Collection
The unmistakable character of the Windy City once again served as a model and provided the inspiration for further elegant stainless steel eyewear. NIRVAN JAVAN continues its stylistic world tour and expands the Chicago collection with six more models in three colors each.

The urban beauty of Chicago

Once again inspired by the modern elegance of Chicago, designer Nirvan Javan transformed fresh impressions of the city into new models. The unique skyline, the endless rail system and the special understanding of art and music all flow into the shape of the CHICAGO models. Thus, the building facades shimmering in the sun, and unique works of art such as the Cloud Gate, can be rediscovered in the shapes, but also colors of the frames. In SILVER, BLACK and ROSÉ GOLD, the glasses embody the unmistakable, urban beauty of Chicago.

Nirvan Javan Chicago Collection
Elegant stainless steel glasses

In the same retro, purist spirit as the previous models, three optical and three sunglasses have been added to the Chicago collection.

Thanks to the shiny brush processing method, the frames shine as if the sun were reflected in the windows of the Chicago skyline.

Moreover, thanks to their back-mirrored photocromic lenses, the glasses give the wearer the serenity expected from the city of jazz and art.

The elegant character of the stainless steel frames is completed by high quality titanium nose pads and reflects once again the high quality and precision standard of NIRVAN JAVAN.

Ørgreen Optics announces 5 new additions to its evergrowing range of high-quality acetate styles.

July 2021

Orgreen Acetate range
A substantial part of Ørgreen Optics’ identity has always been to develop truly unique color combinations to set them apart from the rest of the pack. Characterized by its lightness, strength, and superb colour adaptability, acetate is the perfect material to explore new paths of color development.

These colour combinations have played a significant role in Ørgreen Optics’ rise to prominence in the eyewear industry, and the colours assigned to each style from this new collection have been carefully developed and selected to complement each frame and appeal to its potential wearer.

Candy, sweets, confectionery. The list goes on. Sweet treats are enjoyed across the globe and bring joy to countless consumers every day.

The irresistibility of all types of candy is widespread, and Ørgreen Optics’ new acetate frames’ designs, shapes, and colours make these new male and female styles hard to resist when searching for bold statement frames that can enhance all types of faces, expressions, and personalities.

Each new acetate frame comes in 6 uniquely developed colour combinations made specifically for these new additions to expand Ørgreen Optics’ exciting collection of acetate frames.

The gradual emergence of Ørgreen’s high-quality acetate styles has certainly not gone unnoticed amongst statement frame enthusiasts, and the brand’s repertoire of
acetate styles that contain both colourful and bombastic styles, but also sleek frames with subtle colour combinations

Look–made in Italia presents materika pure acetate

July 2021

Materika in Pure Acetate
A return to the past, the 1960s and 1970s in particular, is the inspiration behind the new MATERIKA PURE ACETATE models. A historic moment when young people, rebellious and aware of their right to take back their own style, were the protagonists of the massive cultural and social changes, a period during which it was fashionable to wear thick, dark, and well-defined frames.

And so the company, with more than 40 years' experience in the eyewear sector, looked through its archives of the period to find the right inspiration to guide the hand of its designers in revisiting some of these frames for the high-end segment. The result is encapsulated in the new MATERIKA PURE ACETATE series, four eyeglass models: one men's, two women's and one unisex.

The frames are made in Cello, the special cellulose acetate studied by LOOK-made In Italia, whose weightlessness, plasticity, and glossiness are far superior to a traditional acetate's. Despite their significant thickness, these glasses are actually light and comfortable to wear, thanks also to the careful balance of the weight over the supporting elements, with the exclusive saddle bridge and ridges on the rim interiors and bridge which add even more personality.

The technology of the material therefore combines with the craftsmanship of the artisan processes such as traditional wheel polishing and satin finishing leading to the creation of notable frames whose rounded and polished interior surfaces contrast with the rigidity of the angular, plain, and multifaceted external surfaces.

Huvitz launch new hi-tech dry eye analyser specialising in the ocular surface

July 2021

The Huvitz HDA-100 features 16 different measurements and tests to diagnose Dry Eye Disease.

Huvitz HDA-100
South Korean ophthalmic medical equipment manufacturer - Huvitz - have launched their newest product in the dry eye field– the “HDA-100”, which is available to order in the UK now.

Huvitz are well-known for their excellent diagnostic instruments, and are only available in the UK through Mainline Instruments.

Dry eye disease (DED) is chronic inflammation of the eyes caused by reduced tear production or excessive tear evaporation. It is more prevalent in women and older people and it is reported that 15 to 33% of people aged 65 years or over have some form of dry eye disease. This is likely to be an underestimate of the true prevalence as people may not realise the symptoms.

The HDA-100 gives quick and easy analysis of the tear film to help understand and investigate tear composition. All layers can be analysed (lipid, aqueous, mucin) as well as the upper and lower meibomian glands when identifying dry eye disease. This gives optometrists a much better view of how to treat the type of deficiency with specific dry eye treatments such as QMR or eye drops.

The device has 5Mp image resolution, single and multi-shot video capabilities as well as 2 cones (main and placid) for different tests, such as interferometry and tear meniscus.

As an exclusive supplier of Huvitz products for the UK, Mainline Instruments Managing Director, Simon Hawkins commented on the new product release;

“Huvitz products are always competitively priced within the market yet maintains the highest quality, and the HDA-100 is no exception. The level of detail and camera quality in unmatched and will be a massive help in the diagnosis of dry eye disease, which is becoming more prevalent as screen time and mask wearing increases.“

Real people in EYE RESPECT designs from the TROIS III COLLECTION:

July 2021

Eye Respect

The ophthalmic collection fuses vintage-inspired shapes, wearable colours and a supreme lightness and comfort

DC iii from eye respect
An optical line created according to principles of timeless, heritage design, EYE RESPECT pays homage to the essence of vintage spectacles in their ophthalmic glasses collection, designed for men and women.

Taking inspiration from a variety of expressive Anglo-Italian classics the latest styles have been photographed on friends and fans of the brand, illustrating versatility, colouring that flatters different skin tones and hair colours and a simple stylish design that suits – and pleases - many ages.

ALEX iii from eye respect The Eye Respect DC III (left) – part of the TROIS III collection for 2021 - is the ultimate heritage silhouette, conveying the spirit of Oxbridge Blues, Ivy League style and the learned academics of the University of Bologna. A classic panto shape handcrafted in Italy in fine acetate.

This style is offered in ink blue, black gloss, Havana tort, vintage tort and crystal.

In a culture where “sprezzatura” is universal, the Eye Respect Alex III (right and headline page) represents the style phenomenon that is the Italian man. Strong, bold and confident, this vintage wayfarer-inspired shape has strong, angular temples influenced by the 50s era and a fine handcrafted finish.

New black edition models Blackfin style, more exclusive than ever

July 2021

Sefto by BlackfinSophisticated polished fronts contrast with matt temple colors ‒ Blackfin introduces its new optical frames in the Blackfin Black Edition series, a collection that takes titanium eyewear to ever-greater heights.

These Blackfin One best-sellers are now debuting an exclusive look ‒ the bright colors characteristic of the brand’s DNA are now even more upscale, thanks to Blackfin Nano-Plating™ technology, a patented process through which metal particles are vacuum-deposited, atom by atom, by sublimation, onto the surface of the eyewear until the desired color effect is achieved.

Danzica and Hyden are the absolute first to wear the latest Amber Rose Gold finish. The former is paired with dark blue temples and the latter with burgundy purple temples.

The Blackfin Nano-Plating™ process allows the creation of frames with sensational aesthetic appeal and unexpected color combinations that are durable and resistant to wear.

Blackfin Black Edition: Blackfin style, with an exclusive extra touch.

Essilor builds extra personalisation into Varilux entry range

July 2021

Essilor Ltd has introduced frame personalisation f-360˚ into its varifocal lens, Varilux Comfort Max, to bring improved visual performance to more patients.

Varilux Max F360 lens
Varilux Comfort Max f-360˚ enables opticians to offer extra lens personalisation to their entry-range patients by incorporating frame fitting measurements.

Using optical dispensing equipment, Eye-Ruler 2 or Visioffice, allows the practitioner to offer patients a unique in-store experience, while at the same time ensuring the highest accuracy when taking the frame fitting parameters.

Tim Precious, managing director at Essilor Ltd said: “Personalisation is a major area of opportunity for opticians right now.

“The range extension widens our portfolio of personalised lenses available in the Varilux range to help offer a solution for more patients.

“It allows ECPs to dispense a lens optimised to a patient’s chosen frame and designed to adjust to the patient’s movements giving greater flexibility in the postures they can adopt while wearing spectacles.

“Users can adopt up to 495 different body postures when looking at a computer or desktop screen, providing more comfortable vision all day long.”

Varilux Comfort Max was developed using advanced avatar simulations to mathematically model the conditions of real-life vision tasks to refine the design before live testing.

Designed using Essilor’s Flex Optim technology, it increases the ‘useful vision zone’ of the lens by up to 46 per cent, enabling wearers to adopt a broader range of head movements which provides an increased level of comfort.

POS is available to support the range extension including patient leaflets and posters.

Varilux Comfort Max f-360˚ is available from 5 July 2021.

The Eye Doctor Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress

July 2021

The Eye Doctor CompressThe Body Doctor company has just launched The Eye Doctor Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress, a microwaveable eye patch for the treatment of styes and chalazions.

The single-eye compress features Sterileyes, a patented antibacterial shield which dramatically inhibits and eradicates potentially troublesome bacteria that may grow on other similar products.

The Sterileyes solution is clinically proven to reduce bacteria by 99.9% and is bound to the fibres of the fabrics in the compress thereby reducing the risk of eye and lid infection. Sterileyes also provides stain protection and eliminates the germs which create odour.

The moist heat generated by the Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress relieves the symptoms of swelling, redness, irritation, stinging and burning.

As well as treatment for styes, the compress is a clinically proven treatment for Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), the leading cause of dry eye disease and blepharitis, along with the associated symptoms such as grittiness, irritation and eye dryness.

The new Antibacterial Stye Relief Compress comes in a treatment pack which also contains a storage bag and two of The Eye Doctor Lid Wipes. It includes an information booklet on styes, chalazion and blepharitis, emphasising the importance of good eyelid hygiene.

The Eye Doctor range is distributed to the optical profession by Positive Impact.

LDNR by GLBL Eyewear Group: A strong tailored and versatile style since 2013

July 2021

Inspired by the modernist tribes, the heritage dwellers and the infinite detail of our surroundings. Like our city, accessible to all.
Like our city, living in the moment. Like us, proud to be LDNR.

LDNR by GLBL First launched in 2013 by Jonathan Van Blerk, LDNR evolved out of an idea to create an engaging street oriented sunglasses collection with a bold attitude, immersed in the UK music scene – and with particular links to The Isle of Wight Festival.

Forming longstanding ties with British sub culture, music festivals, and VIP events where no other eyewear brand had yet set foot, Van Blerk created a following of music lovers and festival fanatics who coveted a modern style in sunwear with an identity that was both a little bit underground and unique in design - as well as affordable.

“Ever since 2015, LDNR has been a fantastic and key addition to The Isle of Wight Festival and is now part of its future and history having provided eyewear to iconic bands and artists, among others Pharrel, Queen, Richard Ashcroft, OCS, Blur and the Kaiser name a few!” John Giddings, owner and promoter of The Isle of Wight Festival

What does it mean to be a LDNR (LonDoNeR)?

“We’ve come a long way since 2013, and I am proud to see the brand growing beyond the UK,” said Jonathan Van Blerk. “LDNR has been an incredible personal journey for me. When we started out, the brand evolved by telling an engaging story of each area of London, with inspiration from its iconic streets. As I see it, London is truly one of the most international cities in the world, a place where we can all be ourselves all of the time, a place of inspiration, desire, excitement and energy.”

He continues: “But start-ups don’t always have it easy, and we have fought hard for our brand, its integrity and what it represents. In 2017, we won a legal battle against Nike who used “LDNR” as an abbreviation for Londoner in a multi-million campaign. This was an almighty step for the protection and notoriety of LDNR, and empowered us with determination, commitment, energy and drive!”

This year, LDNR looks forward to packing further punches with not one but three whole years of creativity built into a very new and innovative, fashion-fuelled collection soon to be introduced as LDNR SS22, to the rest of the world!

New At Home Vision Check now available

July 2021

My Vision Check app from Essilor
The new At Home Vision Check is said to be capable of driving consumers back to practices.

Essilor Ltd has launched My Vision Check, a new app to conduct simple eye screenings at home and signpost patients to their local independent optician for a full eye examination.

The easy-to-use tool is a great first step for consumers who may have neglected their eyes during this past year and are overdue an eye examination.

Using a smartphone and mirror, the app goes through a series of questions on the user’s vision and a test is proposed to check distance vision.

Tim Precious, managing director at Essilor Ltd, said: “Over the past year many people will have noticed evermore the importance of good vision with more time spent working from home and increased time spent on screens. My Vision Check will help drive these consumers back into practice for an eye examination.

“We believe that by offering a simple and free resource for the public to assess their vision at home, it will not only help educate consumers on the importance of looking after their eyes but also help ECPs attract the public into practice to start, or resume, their eyecare journey.”

The test takes less than ten minutes and checks if the user can detect Landolt ring optotypes corresponding to 20/20 visual acuity at a far distance, while wearing their usual optical correction if they have any.

The user is given a test score and summary on completion encouraging them to book an appointment via the app for a comprehensive eye examination at their local optician.

Edward Mallen, Professor of Physiological Optics at the University of Bradford, tested the app and commented: “This app is easy to use and will be a very useful additional tool to help the public seek essential eye care. It provides a useful screening test and helps to deliver the important message to the public to have their eyes examined regularly.

“The app states repeatedly that it is not performing a full eye examination and advises the user to consult their eye care practitioner.”

Come Into the Light

July 2021

The STEPPER EYEWEAR brand originates from its founder, Hans Stepper, understanding that comfortable frames were those that wearers valued most.

Stepper ST 20113 This knowledge has driven 50 years of innovation and technology to deliver comfort to millions of frame wearers across the world.

‘To achieve lightness, we select materials weighing less than their traditional counterparts. With the SI-20113 STEPPER eschew Nickel Silver, Monel and Acetate, preferring Titanium and TX5. This combination results in a frame of generous proportions at a fraction of the weight you would normally expect,’ informs Peter Reeve, Managing Director, STEPPER UK Limited.

The front is moulded in STEPPER’s own TX5 material which is 25% lighter than more common plastics. Not only is it light, but the precise anatomical curves are also ‘memorised’ during the injection moulding process (so the frame keeps its shape) and the material has a flexibility, strength and durability that belies its perceived delicacy.

The Titanium sides also bring strength and durability with an additional weight bonus, being approximately 50% lighter than comparable metals. Both the Titanium and TX5 parts are hypoallergenic, so far more unlikely to result in a skin reaction, unlike many other frame materials. The total frame weight is just 7.2g and this difference is most appreciated when you try it on.

‘The styling of the SI-20113 is contemporary-classic’ adds Peter. ‘This means almost anyone will suit the frame and it can be worn with any wardrobe. So, you can wear this STEPPER and get on with your life.’

Available in a choice of colours (brown, midnight and green) so finding one to suit you will be as easy as it is to live with one.

23° EYEWEAR _ A Natrural Inclination

June 2021

The new eyewear brand that (re)connects the man to the planet

23 Degrees Eyewear The number of the couple of chromosomes of the human genome, the angle between the median axes of the eyes and its orbits, the Earth inclination degrees: 23 is a number that links the man to his Planet in an endless natural cycle. An ideal code that identifies the new collection of 23° Eyewear, which has been recently launched in Italy and will be soon distributed in the European markets.

Born from the collaboration between Mirage manufacturing expertise, historical Italian eyewear producer, and the conceptual design of Studio Russo, 23° Eyewear tells a new ethical vision of the man in regards to the planet Earth.

Based on Lavoisier’s paradigm “In nature nothing is created and nothing is destroyed but everything is transformed”, 23° Eyewear finds its roots in a circular “eco-thinking”: create eyewear that will give life to other eyewear, setting the waste to zero.

Each frame is made of NEOCLEUS, an avant-garde synthesis between a bio-based material, a high tech manufacture and an innovative and sustainable production process that allows the endless recyclability.

A circular flow that starts, ends and starts again without a stop, in an eternal movement like the Earth, but with a perfectly imperfect balance like the human body.

The collection consists in genderless sunglasses with pure shapes that recall the geometries found in nature and the superior quality of Barberini mineral lenses, realized in 4 formulas that are especially studied for this line.

Awareness, will and action: to preserve and cure our Planet, choosing to act with consciousness. A symbiosis between the man and the environment, in a continuous flow of endless energy that transforming itself, evolves creating the new.

Because nature takes and gives back everything to the Earth, and the man has the duty to keep this continuous exchange alive in a universal and divine circle that connects all the elements.


June 2021

Four High Quality sunglasses exclusively for Kochoptik

A long-term collaboration writes the next chapter: Inspired by Rome the eternal city, NIRVAN JAVAN created – within their current SHADES OF ROME collection – four unique sun models exclusively for Kochoptik.

Reflection of a successful partnership

Kochoptik by Nirvan Jvan For several years now, NIRVAN JAVAN has been enjoying a thriving partnership with the leading Swiss optician Kochoptik. The two companies are united by a strong alignment of values: the foundation for the successful collaboration is always the common ambition to produce the highest quality in an elegant and timeless style. The individual expression of the wearer plays a central role.

Inspired by the eternity of Rome

With high-quality collections – inspired by the metropolises of this world – NIRVAN JAVAN expresses its cosmopolitan facet and invites everyone on a stylistic journey around the globe. For this year's collaboration with Kochoptik, designer Nirvan Javan was deeply inspired by the beauty of Rome: Influenced by the historically avant-garde elegance of the eternal city, the designer created four classy acetate models exclusively for Kochoptik.

Four noble acetate sun models

The new sunglasses meet the highest quality standards and are characterized by premium lenses with anti-reflective coating on the back. Through the graceful shapes of the models, NIRVAN JAVAN expresses its admiration for the city of Rome and creates a direct link to the magnificent Italian metropolis with elegant color compositions and exclusive gold hinges. The sunglasses are available for men and women in the classic colors BLACK, DARK HAVANA, DARK RED and TRANSPARENT in all Kochoptik stores in Switzerland.

iCare launch new Eidon Ultra-Widefield Module Lens

June 2021

Eidon Fundus Imaging

iCare’s new lens for the Eidon family fundus imaging devices gives an even wider view of the retina, with 200° now visible.

Finnish ophthalmological medical device manufacturer - iCare - have launched their newest accessory for their Eidon product range – the “Eidon Ultra-Widefield Lens”, which is available to order through Mainline Instruments.

iCare uses TrueColor confocal technology to give unsurpassed image quality and a superior increased field of view of the retina. A single image with the new lens can get 120° and takes less than a minute, and a mosaique style image can be quickly taken to show 200° in a panoramic view.

The ultra-widefield lens gives images in all different modalities available on the Eidon, including autofluorescence, infrared and fluorescein angiography. The new module lens can be screwed on to existing Eidon devices and is fully automated, allowing the clinician to focus on the patient, instead of the device, during the exam.

iCare provide ophthalmologists with the latest solutions for comprehensive screening, diagnostics and monitoring of glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration (AMD). Their product line includes automated TrueColor imaging devices, perimeters and handheld rebound tonometers.

As an exclusive supplier of iCare products for the UK, Mainline Instruments Managing Director, Simon Hawkins commented on the new product release;

“The new lens makes the Eidon cameras a step ahead of its competitors in a number of ways, it’s much less expensive than many other brands, much more comfortable and a clear and highly detailed image every time, whether at 120° or 200° in any modalities.“

For more information about the Eidon Ultra-Widefield Lens contact Mainline Instruments


June 2021

ZooBug New Collection
Children and their favourite canine companions star in latest imagery, shot in London

ZooBug presents a new series of images to celebrate its latest collections of eyewear and sunglasses for 2021, in true spontaneous and playful ZooBug style. With its bold and beautiful designs of 2021, the brand reconfirms its position as the leader in confident, colourful, inspiring eyewear – loved by kids.

The campaign images, which feature adorable kids and their fabulous fun dogs wearing the unique, multicolored frames, previewed in an exclusive editorial called ‘This Canine is Mine’ in the children’s fashion, art and design magazine Hooligans, shot in the UK by photographer Ian Boddy with art direction by Lucy Wetton.

Created in London, ZooBug is an international award-winning brand for kid’s eyewear, with an extensive collection that has an expressive, fresh and creative approach – fused with a precise and detailed focus on comfort and fit for all kids’ faces, a characteristic that has always been at the very heart of its design philosophy.

Both of ZooBug’s unique collections feature in the brand new images – ZooBug’s Main Line collection of ophthalmic frames and sunglasses and the more recently launched collaboration sunglasses line, Kate Hill x ZooBug.


Today ZooBug’s ophthalmic collection includes styles in acetate or rubber, materials selected for their durability and design versatility, that kids can enjoy and feel confident wearing, day after day.

MODELS FEATURED: ZB1301 (brown rubber frame) +Exago (optical)

The ZooBug sunglasses collection features 7 beautiful boy’s, girl’s and unsex designs in acetate, with trendy geometric oval and aviator shapes, designed for an edgy fresh vibe. MODELS IN SS21 collection: EXAGO, LIL’BOSS, SEE YA, FRIYAY, WHAT’S UP?, COOLIO and HIDE ‘N’ SEEK.


This exclusive collab line with Kate Hill, a children’s fashion expert and stylist, offers a very fashionable look whilst always focusing on the highest standards of quality and comfort in materials, construction and UV protective sun lenses. The line is made up of three unique models - MARVIOSA, LOLA and GLO – each available in a choice of 3 or 4 colours.

The mainline ZOOBUG collections and the KATE HILL X ZOOBUG sunglasses collection are available from selected optical retailers worldwide

Optomed launch new E-Safe disposable eye cups for hygienic retinal imaging

June 2021

Aurora Eye Cup
Optomed E-Safe is a single patient use disposable eye cup that can be used with Optomed Aurora and Smartscope cameras offering safe and hygienic retinal imaging for the patients.

Finnish medical technology company - Optomed - have launched their newest accessory for their handheld fundus cameras – the “E-Safe Disposable Eye Cup”, which will be available to order from Mainline Instruments from 7th June 2021 in the UK.
The disposable eye cups can be fixed to the camera and changed between each use meaning no cross contamination between patients and no cleaning fluids need to be used near the lens.

Optimed Aurora Eye Cup 
Optomed specialises in retinal imaging devices and solutions and their handheld fundus camera, the Aurora, has revolutionised the handheld imaging space in ophthalmology.

Their products are easy to use, mobile and modern allowing clinics to screen for various eye diseases, such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma and AMD. Mainline Instrument’s partnered with Optomed to bring the UK market an innovative solution to mobile screening.

As an exclusive supplier for Optomed in the UK, Mainline Instruments Business Development Director, Jack Hawkins commented on the new product release;

“The new accessory is a welcome addition to an already incredible product. Patient safety and hygiene has been paramount during the pandemic and this is another way to get back to normal eye examinations in sanitary settings keeping both the clinician and patient safe.“

For more information about the Aurora and E-Safe disposable eye cup accessories, contact Mainline Instruments

Everyday Statement from Stepper

June 2021

What’s not to like about the STEPPERS STS-30063? If you’re looking for eyewear that you can enjoy wearing all-day, every day that is also in tune with your personality, this could well be it.

Many of us want to express ourselves in eyewear as we do with the rest of our wardrobe but are put off fashion eyewear by overbearing frames that try too hard to make a statement.
‘STEPPERS turns ‘fashion’ into ‘wearable fashion’, creating modern eyewear with the renowned ‘feel good’ the brand’s fit delivers. So, our frames work for you both emotionally and physically,’ explains Saskia Stepper, the creative force behind STEPPERS.

First, select a front colour that most connects with you. Sculptured from TX5, the front’s super-light plastic material will gently work with your facial contours to deliver outstanding comfort. The sheet cut stainless steel sides meet the front with a contemporary joint. ‘The design, colour and material combination make the STS-30063 a postmodernist delight,’ adds Saskia.

This is a frame for the fashionable majority who want to express their good taste in a frame that isn’t screaming ‘look at me’, whilst experiencing total wearer pleasure.

Find the colour that best suits you (from a choice of brown, crystal or blue), try it on, then delight in the realisation your new frame weighs only 8.3g.

LOOK-MADE presents MATERIKA COMBI - Fresh Combinations

June 2021

Materika metal combis 

Representing the passion and vocation that have always characterized the company LOOK-made in Italia is the new MATERIKA COMBI 70635 series, inspired by the classic shapes of the ‘50s and ‘60s, yet reinterpreted with the hallmarks of contemporary art and modern design.

Four eyeglass frames which triumph thanks to the sophisticated material and color contrasts between the satin-finish, slim and elegant structure in Xinox - special steel which is particularly robust, flexible, and hypoallergenic - and the rims in Alumix - an exclusive and incredibly light-weight aluminum and magnesium alloy - whose texture is reminiscent of the weave of a woven fabric, making the metal disappear and transform to seem an innovative yet familiar, reassuring and intimate material.

Style, research, and quality therefore combine in a series of frames - one men's, two women's and one unisex - in which the company's experience in producing eyewear highlights the appeal of an authentic Italian manufacturing and artisan tradition, bringing new allure to these glasses, which capture one's attention right at first glance.

All the MATERIKA COMBI frames have a transparent supply chain as they are conceived, designed, and produced entirely in Italy by LOOK-made in Italia.

NIRVAN JAVAN launches exclusive Sunglass Series: SHADES OF ROME

June 2021

As part of the current annual campaign #SEETHEWORLD - THE SHOW and the associated celebration of worldly facets, NIRVAN JAVAN launches the premium sunglasses series SHADES OF ROME. Inspired by the historical, cultural and architectural impact of the Italian capital, the brand presents seven expressive acetate models.

To celebrate the avant-garde elegance of the eternal city two limited-edition sunglasses complete the series.

Cultural diversity with SHADES OF ROME

Nirvan Javan Shades of Rome

True to the brands philosophy #SEETHEWORLD, NIRVAN JAVAN's current sunglasses series SHADES OF ROME once again focuses on cultural diversity - celebrating further cosmopolitan facets of #SEETHEWORLD - THE SHOW. This time, the stylistic journey leads to the Italian city of Rome: with its almost 3000-year-old art history, architecture and culture, the metropolis served as a great source of inspiration for the current premium line SHADES OF ROME. In a total of seven different models, the designer presents his personal interpretation of Rome and combines the diverse accents of the metropolis in a distinct design language.

Expressive elegance combined with simplistic modernity

NIRVAN JAVAN pays tribute to the cosmopolitan metropolis of Rome by combining fine, shiny acetate with an elegant, simple design. SHADES OF ROME are characterised by timelessly modern yet graceful shapes, anti-reflective lenses and first-class craftsmanship - reflecting NIRVAN JAVAN's high standards of design and quality. Four expressive, classically held colour compositions create a direct association with the magnificent Italian metropolis: BLACK, DARK HAVANA, DARK RED and TRANSPARENT. The seven different unisex models represent an elegant expressiveness and lend every wearer the unmistakable flair of Rome.

ROMULUS & REMUS: Two limited-edition sunglasses with a distinctive character

Nirvan Javan Shades of Rome

Inspired by the historically avant-garde elegance of Rome, NIRVAN JAVAN created two limited-edition sunglasses within the SHADES OF ROME collection: ROMULUS & REMUS. With a distinctive shape, high-quality acetate and intense dark colours, the exclusive designs refer to the founding myth of Rome and its epic founder-brothers.

The cubic acetate frame in BLACK (Romulus) and DARK HAVANNA (Remus) gifts these two sunglasses with a new kind of character and thus complete the SHADES OF ROME collection. ROMULUS & REMUS are limited to 100 numbered pieces each – available in selected partner opticians on request.

Two new eyedrops from the Body Doctor

May 2021

Daily Refresh Drop s
The Body Doctor company has launched two new eye drops to relieve dry eye and irritated eyes, the Eye Doctor Daily Refresh Eye Drops and the Eye Doctor Intensive Relief Eye Drops, which are to treat more severe and persistent cases of dry eye.

Both eye drops come in 10ml bottles and have an innovative dispensing pump which is easy to use and dispenses the right amount of solution required.

The eye drops can be used by contact lens wearers and are recommended by television’s Dr Hilary Jones.

The new drops are preservative-free and last for up to six months. The Eye Doctor Intensive Relief Eye Drops contain 0.3% sodium hyaluronate and relieve dryness and irritation caused by heating or air conditioning, smoke, dust, pollen and after surgery on the eye.

Eye Doctor Drops The Daily Refresh Eye Drops contain 0.1% sodium hyaluronate and can relive dry eyes caused by increased screen time, as well as central heating and air conditioning.

They also soothe dust allergies and irritations.

Practice owner and dispensing optician, Adam Rushton, said: “I’ve been using these new lubricants which are providing excellent results. The dispensing mechanism is proving incredibly effective for the delivery of one drop which improves patient compliance, much better than any other drop mechanism.

“The lubricants are very soothing and provide long lasting relief. The density of the 0.3% (Intensive Relief) is greater than what I’ve used in practice before which patients like. I recommend these drops to all dry eye sufferers, both moderate and severe.”

The new eye drops will be showcased to practitioners at the Independents Day business symposium, iDay21, a one-day event on Sunday 4th July at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

The Eye Doctor range is distributed to the optical profession by Positive Impact.

New ultra compact refraction station opens opportunities for ECPs

May 2021

Essilor S700 Refraction station
Essilor introduces the Vision-S 700 refraction station which combines an ultra-compact design, with a unique immersive patient experience and fast, accurate refraction to provide ECPs with new business boosting opportunities.

Designed to meet the world’s growing demand for refraction due to lifestyle changes, intensive screen use and ageing populations, the Vision Station’s value lies in generating extra refraction capacity without the need for additional space.

Paul Cumber, director at Essilor Instruments UK & Ireland said: “In a position where two thirds of the UK population is overdue an eye examination due to the covid situation, the Vision-S 700 refraction station will help to increase the productivity of eye care professionals and boost business.

“It incorporates all of Essilor’s advances in refraction technology and pushes the boundaries even further. It succeeds in concentrating a full refraction room into an immersive station thus gaining space while expanding traffic by offering patients a totally new experience. A revolution in the industry.”

A space saver and game changer

The Vision-S 700 eliminates the need for the traditional patient chart distance of 20 ft (six metres) thanks to patented display screen and exclusive distance simulation technology that allow it to test enhanced near capabilities through to infinity within the device itself.

The valuable freed-up floor space allows stores to reinvent the practice in imaginative new ways, whether creating extra refraction lanes or other business generating activities.

It also helps to promote social distancing as it can be operated by a keypad at a distance of seven metres away from the patient.

When refraction becomes an experience to remember

On top of its space-saving feature, the Vision-S 700 offers a totally unique, immersive patient experience that drives traffic, helps convert sales and transforms the overall business potential. Essilor exclusive immersive imaging places the patient in lifelike images and simulates real-life conditions.

Paul Cumber continued: “As well as obtaining the best refractive results, the Vision-S 700 gives the patient a unique refractive experience that generates traffic through word-of-mouth and differentiates the store.

“Designed to promote the sale of a complementary pair, the unique immersive module and SunRx converter show the prescription in action and drive incremental sales.”

Speed and accuracy built on exclusive innovation

Fast, accurate and easy to use, the new Vision-S 700 immersive refraction station ensures gold standard accuracy and rapid three-minute refraction with Essilor's Digital Infinite

Refraction method and exclusive Liquid Lens Optical Module.

Its unique set of Smart Programs and Algorithms simplify the exam and make it highly accessible and user friendly.

By simply recording the patient's answers, the smart programs and algorithms together with the optical module properties enable automatic calculation of the refraction result. The continuous and smaller increment possibilities combined with the secured automatic protocol contributes to greater accuracy.

Approved by experts and validated by patients (three out of four prefer it to a traditional phoropter), the Vision-S 700 is a smart component in any ambitious practice.

Everyday Elegance from Stepper

May 2021

Elegance from Stepper Frames

There is something undeniably luxurious about rimless eyewear. When done well, these (often) minimalist styles become real statement pieces as well as practical day-to-day companions.

The STEPPER SI-93683 is a beautiful example of this iconic style. On this model, the feminine eye shape is complimented by the thinnest of metalwork,’ notes Peter Reeve, Managing Director, STEPPER UK Limited, ‘Hi-tech Beta-Titanium is perfect for purpose here; allowing wafer-thin design with a strength and durability that belies the ultra-fine look.’

Weighing a remarkable featherlight 3.4g, the SI-93683 promises day-long comfort. With the added benefit of hypoallergenic properties, your face will love this frame no matter how long you wear it.

Looking at the wearer, the frameless design all but disappears, then oozes sophistication on closer inspection with its contemporary preciseness. From the wearer’s perspective they benefit from almost unobstructed and natural vision.

‘Undeniable aesthetics, great functionality and brilliant optical properties make this frame an informed and wise choice for those who want great looks and practicality,’ adds Peter.
The SI-93683 is available in a choice of three stunning colourways (Ruby, Ocean and Aubergine) to compliment a wide range of skin tones.

Ørgreen Optics Spring/Summer 2021

May 2021

Orgreen Optics sp/su 21

Ørgreen Optics is delighted to present you with four new additions to its series of acetate sunglass frames for spring/summer 2021.

The new styles have been named after four of Copenhagen’s most popular neighborhoods, where vibrancy and manifoldness unite and become the heartbeat of Denmark’s capital city.

Characterized by its strength and superb color adaptability, acetate is the perfect material to explore new avenues of design and color combinations which Ørgreen’s four new sun frames are stunning examples of.

These new styles consist of two male, one female, and one unisex, but don’t feel constrained to adhering to traditional gender roles with this collection.

Komono Metamorphosis Campaign

May 2021

Komono Metamorphosis Campaign
This season is all about creative transformation. Befitting these turbulent times, KOMONO renews its creative vision and explores radical new design propositions.

We are leaving behind ubiquitous notions of identity and are re-imagining our future.

KOMONO believes that change represents progress and development. It causes us to improve and helps us to transform our current environment.

The ever-progressing integration of sustainable practices, both in the design as in the broader culture, is reflected within this season’s novelty and reworking of timeless classics.

In a brand-new campaign by Pierre Debusschere, we are propelling us towards the future and breaking free of convention.

His creativity and stylistic inspiration coincide with KOMONO's attitude which is expressed in The Metamorphosis campaign where the eyewear brand renews its creative vision and explores radical new design shades able to break the conventions.

The collection introduces a range of forward-looking styles which represent KOMONO’s attitude: changes represent progress and development and they can help us to transform our current environment.

It’s Not All About Beauty – But it Helps

April 2021

At first glance the STEPPER SI-30161 is a thing of beauty.

Stepper 30161A combination of colour, pattern, shape, texture and materials expertly crafted to the highest precision. It looks simply great.

‘The aesthetics of a frame, which for so many is the priority, is the least important factor in creating a STEPPER frame,’ explains Peter Reeve, Managing Director STEPPER (UK) Limited. ‘But our frames still delight with their elegance and sense of fashion.’

Priority ‘one’ is to create eyewear that holds lenses correctly before the eye, delivering this doesn’t depend on the relationship between the frame and the lens. Any frame can hold lenses in place; critical to succeeding is the relationship between the frame and the wearer. This requires the highest levels of fit. It is a good fit that guarantees the lenses are held correctly.

To achieve this the SI-30161 benefits from decades of eyewear experience and the skills of a German Master Optician (Hans Stepper) to understand how a frame works with the contours of the face.

Then the choice of materials that are best suited to purpose must be selected. This is to ensure the lenses are not only held correctly when the wearer leaves their optician , but also months later after extended daily use. STEPPER selects stable materials that resist changing shape over time either naturally or through continued use.

At the same time, these materials must also offer comfort, so choice is filtered down further. For example; lightness, flexibility/rigidity, durability and hypoallergenic benefits are characteristics required by STEPPER. Hence, the choice of (STEPPER developed) TX5 plastic and High-Tec Titanium are used for the SI-30161.

‘Only once STEPPER has these basics right do we consider how the frame looks,’ adds Peter. ‘Fortunately, the design team are particularly good at this too.’

‘Looking good on the display and looking good on the face are two different things. STEPPER’s extensive knowledge of face shapes and colours that work with a variety of skin tones allow us to create designs that look great on’ concludes Peter.

The SI-30161 is available in a choice of three colours (Apricot, Aquamarine and Cerise) and, remarkably, weighs only 5.8g (or less than six jellybeans).

Villa Eyewear announce distribution of uniquedesignmilano (UDM)

April 2021

UDM Style form Villa Eyewear from Italy
UDM is a brand that is based on a completely handmade product in Italy and that, through great attention to detail, conveys the values of uniqueness, freedom and the desire to escape from an idea of normality.

UDM represents our growth path, our desire to mature and improve, our strengths and weaknesses, try to arrive in a direct, clean, transparent way, it is the mirror of what we are.

UDM Style form Villa Eyewear from Italy
The UDM collection is produced in Valdobbiadene, Italy, by esteemed manufacturing partners who have developed proprietary methods that enable the design of unique combinations of materials and workmanship.

Their inspiration comes from faces, places, sounds, music, buildings, travel, fashion, lines, sharing, emotions. UDM has been the choice of eyewear for many celebrities including; Sofia Richie, Jessica Alba, Lais Ribeiro, Veronica Ferraro, Xenia Adonts, Jamie Chung, Eva Chen.

Each collection is developed following a theme, a sort of common thread between product and communication. That being said, we would like to introduce to you UDM SS21, the Summer Nights Collection.

The summer nights collection is inspired by the poetry of an anonymous poet who perfectly embodies what UDM wanted to convey through their glasses.

UDM Style form Villa Eyewear from Italy

The collection features four models; Sogno, Danza, Libertà, and Magia which translates in Italian to (Dream, Dance, Free, and Magic) respectively. The stars on the outside of the hinge, hold together the hinge to the temple structure as well as the temple to guarantee solidity to the entire frame.

UDM is equally committed to the principle of their craft and craftsmen, the products are created using fair and ethical production methods to create eyewear that ultimately presents a forward-looking take on visual empowerment.

The collection is now available through Villa Eyewear.

Lightbird's new Collection SP/Summer 2021

April 2021


Lightbird New Collection

The new Light_SOCIAL collection features a special feeling guaranteed by the tested structure and marked design, resulting from a technological interweaving of facets created with a diamond cutter.

The shapes, very contemporary and dynamic, are inspired to a classic design and addressed to young and youthful people who want to wear the style and elegance of LIGHTBIRD’s Made in Italy.

Colour details and precious cellulose acetate complete each model.

New MATERIKA COMBI – Avant-Garde Materials and Designs

April 2021

Materika by LOOK LOOK–made in Italia launches the new COMBI by MATERIKA. These innovative high-end optical frames are the ideal combination of modern design and avant-garde materials, for eyewear with a discretely understated vibe, interpreted in a sophisticated, timeless style.

The series comprises three optical frames – a women’s panto, a square unisex and a men’s double-bridge – featuring the blend of two ultra-modern materials crafted through the company’s ongoing research.

Most of the frame is in Xinox hypoallergenic steel, while the top rim is in Alumix an exclusive, totally recyclable, high-tech, latest-generation alloy of magnesium and aluminum. The color options highlight the difference between the two materials, lending a unique touch of personality to the frames.

Materika by LOOK Materika encompasses the LOOK–made in Italia high-end products that cater to a discriminating, sophisticated audience, connoisseurs of a style that seeks individuality even in cutting-edge details.

Each Materika frame is crafted based on the most innovative production standards but with an artisanal approach, in accordance with the values of authentic quality and Italian style deeply ingrained in the LOOK–made in Italia DNA.

All of the COMBI by MATERIKA frames are ultra-lightweight, hypoallergenic, elastic and durable; they are also traceable because they’re made entirely in Italy by LOOK-made in Italia.

NIRVAN JAVAN presents exclusive acetate collection inspired by Paris

April 2021

Inspired by the unmistakable charm and artistic bohemian spirit of the metropolis by the Seine, NIRVAN JAVAN presents the new PARIS collection. With this collection, the brand once again celebrates its stylistic journey around the globe and expands its design cosmos with six delicate and unique acetate models in five different colours.

Nirvan Javan in Paris

Inspired by the French savoir-vivre

The unique nonchalance of the cosmopolitan city of Paris served as inspiration for this collection, consisting of six different acetate frames. The city by the Seine impresses with its pulsating yet casual atmosphere and combines artistic nonchalance with timeless, simple straightforwardness. By incorporating these expressive attributes of the cosmopolitan metropolis into its design, NIRVAN JAVAN shows another cosmopolitan facet and strengthens the brand's approach of a philosophy of diversity and freedom that knows no boundaries.

Nirvan Javan in Paris

Glossy acetate with filigree design

Exquisite acetate as well as filigree design are the main stylistic elements of the PARIS collection. Glossy acetate provides the PARIS collection with a timelessly modern and luxurious flair and underlines the individual expression of its wearer.

Not only lies the focus on the graceful and simple shapes of the six models, but also on their colours BLACK, HAVANNA, BROWN, GRAY, DARK PINK, ROSE and TRANSPARENT.

Nirvan Javan in Paris

Designed and manufactured with the utmost diligence, the premium models for men and women once again underline the high-quality standards of NIRVAN JAVAN.


April 2021

Komono Adrian Mirage


A collection that requires a second reading with subtle details blurring the boundaries between the real and the imaginary.

Shapes are distorted and deformed, materials manipulated, and colors reconstructed.

An air of illusion is created with opaque and translucent substances while reflecting finishes create a sense of distortion.


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