NEW YORK — The eyewear industry is coming off of a year filled with a plethora of new licensing deals, strong retail growth and enough celebrity coverage to establish the category as a true player in the luxury fashion market.
Those developments generated a positive atmosphere at the Vision Expo East trade show that ended a three-day run on April 13 at the Jacob K. Javits Center Convention here. Big-name manufacturers are growing their brand rosters and are indirectly helping smaller, independent firms gain traction in a competitive accessories market.
Steve Aoki held a presentation, a runway show and outdoor concert for his men's line Dim Mak. Here's a look from his spring 2018 collection, which was titled "Paradise Found." #wwdfashion #wwdmens (📷: George Chinsee)
"It's really hard sometimes. I think I have a reputation for being really tough and aggressive and pushy but I really am a very shy person who wants to be liked, and that's the conflict constantly. There's something that takes hold - I want people to like me, I don't want to be mean - but if I see something that just cries out to be answered, I go for it," says renowned NBC News correspondent Andrea Mitchell. (📷: @axeldupeux)