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Inspecs announce new addition to brand portfolio

September 2013

Inspecs are thrilled to announce a new long-term licence agreement with the original surf, snow and
youth lifestyle brand O’Neill.

The licence grants UK-based eyewear design house Inspecs the exclusive worldwide rights to design, manufacture and distribute ophthalmic, sunglass and snow-goggle collections under the O’Neill name.

Robin Totterman, Inspecs’ CEO comments; “Our collaboration with O’Neill is the culmination of many years of alignment between the two companies. We are very excited to work with such an iconic brand – from being the very first surf brand, to the strong water and snow action lifestyle name it is today.” Paddy Muldoon, O’Neill’s General Manager for Global Product added; “We are very excited about the launch of O’Neill Eyewear and are pleased to be working with a partner like Inspecs who bring an enormous amount of experience in both innovation and lifestyle trends to the table”.

The first collections, inspired by O’Neill’s proud California heritage, will be launched at international eyewear show Silmo this September. With styles for both men and women, the optical collection features styles in hand-finished acetates and metals. Colour-ways draw inspiration from O’Neill’s beachside origins and passion for the wilderness. The sunglass range includes both sporting and fashion-led styles for men and women, with lens options including polarised and mirror finishes.
The new collections will be in stock by the end of this year.

About O’Neill

O’Neill, the original California surf, snow and youth lifestyle brand, was founded in 1952 when a young man named Jack O’Neill took his unstoppable passion for surfing and used it to beat Mother Nature at her own game. Pioneering the world’s first neoprene wetsuit, Jack had successfully found a way to extend his surf sessions in the bone-chilling breaks of Northern California. He opened up the garage doors to his first surf shop in Santa Cruz soon after.

While many things have changed since those humble beginnings, Jack’s initial vision of producing functional and innovative board-riding and active lifestyle products continues to lie at the core of everything the company does. O’Neill’s core values - innovation in style and technology - have seen the brand devote itself wholeheartedly to the evolution of the action sports lifestyle. From the first ever neoprene wetsuit and surf leash, to a range of groundbreaking wearable electronics, O’Neill’s progressive spirit will always drive the company forward.

About Inspecs: Founded in 1988, Inspecs is a global eyewear design house based in Bath, UK. Inspecs maintains a portfolio of globally licensed brands, from Superdry to Cat, as well as the Kardashian Kollection for the USA. Alongside licensed brands, Inspecs undertakes numerous uniquely tailored private label projects such as Heston Blumenthal for Vision Express.

With a 16-strong product development team, and highly skilled in-house design and photography capabilities, Inspecs prides itself on the ability to exceed expectations and deliver exceptional award-winning product collections time and again.

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