While its client roster may prove diverse — from high-end Europeans to classic Americans, sports and technical styles to Mickey Mouse — Marchon gives every pot its cover. Here's a look at the company's stable of licensees.
Karl Lagerfeld Launched: 2007 Number of styles at time of launch: 22 Karl on eyewear: "Dark glasses are like portable eye shadow, and the world looks more beautiful through tinted glasses," Lagerfeld said. Color me happy: Lagerfeld's color scheme of red, black, tortoise and white is intended to fit everyone.
Pucci Launched: 2008 How the partnership came to fruition: "I met with Al Berg in 2006 in New York," said Laudomia Pucci. "He has a liking for Pucci and was charmed by this brand. We met with his team in the Pucci archives and they saw the strong potential." The look: Fun, flirty and very Italian. Pucci's signature prints are incorporated into temple designs and so on. Defining moment: When Pucci eyewear accompanied a runway look for spring 2007.
Coach Launched: 2003 How the partnership came to fruition: "The partnership was a result of mutual interest from both sides," said a spokeswoman for Coach. "It allowed Coach to further strengthen our positioning as a lifestyle brand." Number of styles produced each year: 26 The look: Under the tutelage of Coach president and executive creative director Reed Krakoff, the look is fun, pretty and optimistic. The classic Coach signatures such as the turn lock, monogram logo and the new Legacy stripe are incorporated into the frames. Bestsellers: The Samantha is a top seller. The Addison, Taryn and Marilyn styles aren't far behind.
Calvin Klein Launched: 1993 How the partnership came to fruition: While visiting his personal optician, Calvin Klein mentioned he was looking for an eyewear licensee and was considering several companies. His optician suggested Marchon. Why the relationship is unique: "From the beginning, Mr. Klein had a true appreciation for the eyewear category and the business has grown consistently since launch," said a spokeswoman for Calvin Klein. "Marchon is a terrific partner and works to ensure that the products, the marketing materials and the sales team are the best in the business. Today, the relationship between the companies continues to be very supportive." Extensions: Marchon creates eyewear for Calvin Klein Collection, ck and Calvin Klein white label.Disney Launched: 1988 The look: Similar to adult frames. As market research has shown, kids want to look like grown-ups. But pink and purple still sells for little girls. Frames don't include animated characters, but do reference them, as in the Disney Princess line, which has "fairly dust" sprinkled on the temples in a nod to Tinkerbell. Defining moment: Young celebrities like Bindi Irwin love the line.
Oscar de la Renta Launched: 2004, with Allure, Marchon's private label division. The look: Elegant, refined, what a quintessential Oscar lady would wear. Jeweled frames and feminine styles are prevalent in the collection. Amount of frames produced per year: About 100,000. Extensions: There is also an O Oscar eyewear line.
Sean John Launched: 2007 How the partnership came to fruition: In an unexpected brush with celebrity, Berg received a call from Sean Combs, personally. The look: The shades go from glam oversize white plastic frames with a drop temple and scripted logo to a modern, vintage-inspired aviator. Most frames are unisex, which was one of Combs' requirements. Defining moment: When Combs put away his huge stash of designer frames and started to wear his own brand — exclusively.
Michael Kors Launched: 2004 How the partnership came to fruition: Kors chief executive John Idol and Berg go way back. So when it came time to expand the Kors repertoire, Marchon was the go-to for eyewear. The look: Jet-set, high glamour — from the Jackie O oversize plastics to sleek, metallic aviators in a plethora of colors. Bestseller: MKS101 is the iconic aviator for men and women. Kors himself is rarely seen without them. Girls love Michael: Kors doles out personalized frames to his closest celebrity friends. Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba and Jennifer Garner all have the MKS526 frame with the inscription "XOXO Michael" in the designer's handwriting.Fendi Launched: 1990 in the Western hemisphere; global license signed in 2005. Frames produced per year: More than a million. The look: Artisanal, with limited edition hand-painted or hand-studded frames. The double-F logo is prominent throughout. Keeping busy: Fendi is a crowd-pleaser at international eyewear trade shows, such as Mido in Milan, Silmo in Paris, Vision Expo East in New York, Vision Expo West in Las Vegas and IOFT in Tokyo. Most influential fan: Oprah Winfrey wears a style from her enormous selection of Fendi sunglasses almost everywhere.
Nautica Launched: 1998 How the partnership came to fruition: Harvey Sanders, former chairman and chief executive of Nautica Enterprises, introduced Marchon ceo Al Berg to Nautica and they decided to form a partnership. The look: Sport technology fused with fashion. Since the brand is all about the water, all lenses are polarized for maximum visibility on the water. Number of styles produced this year: There are 13 new sun styles and 20 new optical styles for 2008. Bestseller: The Auckland aviator.
Nike Launched: 2000 Point of difference: With Nike, Marchon entered the Sport Optics business, creating eyewear for athletes of all kinds — from runners to cyclists. Technological advantage: Developed Nike Max lens technology used in sunglasses and Flexon in Nike frames.
For its next men’s wear collection, @roberto_cavalli will show as a special guest at #PittiUomo, running from June 12-15. The brand, which has Florence in its roots, will relaunch its men’s wear collection, which will be presented separately from women’s wear for the first time since Paul Surridge was appointed creative director in May. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
“I was making the guacamole when my scout saw me,” says model @stuckinteenage on being discovered just six months ago while working at @chipotlemexicangrill. Since then Williams has signed with @dnamodels, walked in her first show at @calvinklein and landed on the cover of @vogueitalia – a high point of any model’s career. To read @lisajlockwood’s full interview with the model on her experiences thus far, head to WWD.com – link in bio. (📷: George Chinsee)
“I love the idea of dialogue, period. It’s where I’ve always gotten my inspiration from: hearing other women speak, their journeys and their paths,” said @hereisgina, who delivered the keynote speech during @sxsw for @createcultivate in partnership with @fossil. For her two panels, Rodriguez chose female empowering, female-led and female entrepreneurs to focus on. Head to WWD.com to read more about her thoughts on Time’s Up, growing up in a family of women and why we “need a girls’ club.” #wwdeye #sxsw (📷: @jgreenery)
Leading luxury brand are shaking things up to keep up with streetwear. Case in point: the arrival of @mrkimjones as artistic director of @diorhomme. Jones, who succeeds @Kris_Van_Assche, is seen as one of the handful of designers who can actually straddle the luxury and streetwear worlds — which could lead to even more changes at established brands. What could this mean for the rest of the menswear landscape? Head to WWD.com to find out what experts predict #wwdfashion (📷: @franckmura)
“It’s like buying groceries. You’re going to buy the best mango, the best mozzarella, the best things. You have to, or others are going to take it all,” said @gabrielahearst on why she uses only the finest fabrics. Last week, Hearst received her first @cfda nomination for Womenswear Designer of the Year, and earlier this month she opened a permanent showroom in Paris. To read @jessiredale’s interview with the designer and find out why this is shaping up to be a big year for her, head to WWD.com. #wwdfashion (📷: @francoisgoize)
“It’s an interesting thing, playing a younger version of your mother. It’s an interesting concept. I adore my mom and love her in every capacity, but it was just something that had never crossed my mind,” says @anniemstarke on playing a young Joan Castleman in “The Wife.” The same role will be played by her mother Glenn Close. Read more about her growing up in the film industry as the daughter of producer John H. Starke and Close and what she has planned for the future #wwdeye (📷: @nataliamantini)
@asics is launching a new streetwear sneaker inspired by its latest ambassador, @steveaoki. The Hyper-Kenzen x Aoki, which will launch at @footlocker stores exclusively tomorrow, is a slip-on style that incorporates the brand’s proprietary Gel technology through beads integrated into the midsole for comfort and endurance. Read the full story on WWD.com.