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Sticker shock: Why are glasses so expensive?

One factor: the world's largest eyewear company, the Italian firm Luxottica, controls a big chunk of the business. Lesley Stahl reports.

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The Dubrovnik Times [10/13/18, via The Dubrovnik Times]
Femme fatales have been replaced by Instagram Barbies Women today are dressing like they wear uniforms, having make-up and hair like Kim Jong-un gave them a choice, behaving as if pre-programed and don't start me with the sunglasses. It's a mould that seems unbreakable. And a mould that is quite frankly [...]

W Magazine [10/03/18, via W Magazine]
The World Is Witnessing Nigeria's Creative Golden Age Oye wears a Vivendii shirt; Craig Green trousers; Ambush necklaces; Alexander McQueen boots; his own sunglasses. Badiru . Self-belief is no culture's monopoly—but talk to Nigerian creatives and you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. In [...]

The Week Magazine [07/16/18, via The Week Magazine]
The secretive mega-companies behind your glasses The new firm will not technically be a monopoly: Essilor currently has around 45 percent of the prescription lens market, and Luxottica 25 percent of the frames. But in seven centuries of spectacles, there has never been anything like it. The new [...]

W Magazine [10/03/18, via W Magazine]
Meet the Nigerian Creatives Taking Over the World Nigeria is already the most populous black nation in the world—and now, thanks to a formidable cast of creatives in art, fashion, music, and literature, Nigeria is on track to be one of the most influential. Just take stock of the expats who are [...]

RT @_cbams: if you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, look up luxottica monopoly

if you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, look up luxottica monopoly

@chris_yunker @GlassesUSA Shopping local means nothing with glasses. Did you know that a single company controls 80… t.co/I0FlzBAyym 

Review, Excerpt, Character Interview & Giveaway: WHEN ADAM FELL by Pat Henshaw

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Five years later Adam is battling the conservative leaders of Stone Acres, California, to open a new restaurant in historic Old Town when Jason turns up on his doorstep—a recovered Jason, now going by the name David and claiming he’s overcome his... He looked good. Hanging from his shirt collar, his sunglasses looked like those high-priced titanium ones. All in all, the guy standing in front of me could easily have fit into the young, hip app crowd now flooding the valley. Too much money and no idea where to spend it. He looked like a guy who’d eat at the Bistro and then f*cking strut up to me after dinner, put a wad of Franklins in my pocket, and whisper, “Quit this job and come cook for me. ” Standing there in my...

[via Making it Happen]

Exodus to Lemuria: The Land at the End of the Rainbow

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AND IT CAME TO PASS after 60 years of sitting on her fat ass while doing nothing of any real value with her life up until then, Jane Doe Smith Rogers, an uncommonly common person, finally heard the call. [PANEL: Old Jane is hunkered under the covers in bed at night with a white turban decorated with roses on her head and a tamped out cigar in the ashtray next to her glasses on the night stand. [PANEL: Gabriel, who looks like Louie Armstrong, is seen above Jane’s bed blowing his horn, and a music sheet emanates from the horn:. O when de saints go marchin’ in. When de saints go marchin’ in. O Lord, I wanna be in da number. When de saints go marchin’ in. ]. Suddenly Jane rose from the dead. [PANEL: Wide eyed and shocked, Jane spirals out of bed and lands on her feet with arms straight up and out in star position.

[via The Adventures of the Lemurian League]

[02/16/16, via Business Intelligence Middle East]
Innovative designer eyewear site launched in Dubai With market-first technology and a mission to revolutionise the designer eyewear space, specsaddict will act as a crusader for the consumer, by abolishing the current pricing monopoly that has customers paying over a 100% mark up to most retail stores. [...]

[02/16/16, via middleeastevents.com]
Innovative Designer Eyewear Site Takes UAE Market By Storm With market-first technology and a mission to revolutionise the designer eyewear space, specsaddict will act as a crusader for the consumer, by abolishing the current pricing monopoly that has customers paying over a 100% mark up to most retail stores. [...]

[01/26/16, via The Gloss]
J.Crew Launches Its First Line of Sunglasses, Continues on Its Quest for Fashion Industry Domination It’s a little hard to believe that this is J.Crew’s first foray into eyewear considering they almost monopoly-esque hold on the preppy fashion world, but you learn something new every day, right? All of the frames fall in the typical J.Crew territory ... [...]

[11/18/15, via MSN]
Sunglasses for dogs protect them from UV rays New goggles for dogs help protect their eyes from UV rays and damage while they're busy exploring! Rob Smith (@robsmithonline) has all the tech details about the Rex Specs. [...]

[11/13/15, via Macomb Daily]
COLUMN: Corporations playing a new monopoly game A company called Luxottica owns LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, Sunglass Hut, Sears Optical and Target Optical ... has always been a suspicion of bigness, a resistance to monopoly, a preference for David over Goliath. Leaders who can disenthrall themselves ... [...]

The Danger of Knowing You’re on the ‘Right Side of History’

I have to say I was deeply moved by the New York Timesop-ed yesterday by an evangelical law professor from Alabama. The piece, by the wonderfully named William S. Brewbaker III, moved me because it was the first genuinely Christian thing I’ve heard an evangelical say about the Roy Moore scandal. It did more than renounce the tribalism that has led so many alleged Christians to back Moore; it presented Christianity, properly understood, as the core alternative to tribalism, as one way out of...

Myrtle Beach merchants flock to Big Kahuna show to stock their shelves in off-season

MYRTLE BEACH — Every December, while most people are busy completing their holiday shopping, merchants along the Grand Strand come to the Big Kahuna to do their own buying. But the annual exposition at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center is more likely to offer up a writhing bin of hermit crabs than a typical Christmas present.The Grand Strand Gift & Resort Merchandise Show, known as the Big Kahuna to most in the Myrtle Beach area, is a one-stop shop for the innumerable beachwear...

Can This Startup Take On The Sunglasses Market Monopoly?

A new eyewear startup, L’appel, is trying to change the sunglasses biz and the monopolistic way it operates. And, like many trying to disrupt fill-in-the-blank market, the brand launched a Kickstarter last week, which serves as a forum for its elevator pitch — and, of course, to raise funds to make its dream of (relatively) egalitarian sunnies a reality. Warby Parker pioneered this direct-to-consumer eyewear concept back in 2010, and has been very successful doing so, though L'appel's focus...