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Erker's to launch Delmar Loop eyeglass factory, store in April

#ndn-video-player-1.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer { margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; }#ndn-video-player-2.ndn_embedded .ndn_floatContainer { margin-top: 10px; margin-bottom: 20px; }The Erker family’s eyewear business, founded in 1879, has a long legacy in St. Louis, predating the Gateway Arch and 45 city mayors. It was established just 19 years after the Anheuser-Busch brewery.Now, Tony and Jack III, the fifth generation of Erkers, are launching a new eyewear venture, Copper Hinge,...

This rugged AR eyewear is similar to Google Glass but won't break

While some people considered Google Glass eyewear simply cool or nosy, the devices were a gold mine of innovation for Pete Jameson.Jameson, the chief operating officer at Osterhout Design Group, believes Google Glass spread awareness and spawned innovation in eyewear. ODG is among a few companies bringing forward new ideas to make smartglasses practical.ODG's latest R-7HL is a pair of rugged augmented-reality smartglasses that protects eyes from projectiles. The glasses won't break easily and...

Eyewear Company State Optical Co. Brings Manufacturing Back Home

By Tracey Greenstein. Source: WWD.“Made in the U.S.A.” is a coveted label that seems to be craved by consumers across various product categories and retail segments. The epithet also seems to create an air of mystery around industries dependent on foreign manufacturing.At State Optical Co., the American eyewear company, staked claims on the moniker as the first to fully manufacture luxury eyewear in the U.S.State Optical employs 50 craftsmen in its Chicago-based manufacturing facility, which...