By  on March 22, 2019

MILAN — Safilo SpA and Kate Spade New York announced the anticipated renewal of their global eyewear licensing agreement for both sunglasses and optical collections, which will now run until June 30, 2026.

The relationship with Safilo dates back to 2000 and, in a phone call from trade show Vision Expo, Safilo’s chief executive officer Angelo Trocchia underscored precisely the importance of building “close relations year after year” and having a design studio in New York and a dedicated team. “These are key elements to the success” of a licensing agreement, he observed. The Kate Spade New York eyewear collections “have consistently grown at a double-digit pace, confirmed last year, as well,” said the executive, who joined Safilo in April 2018. “It does not happen often to see such a constant growth in the eyewear sector,” he contended. The brand now accounts for between 6 and 7 percent of total Safilo revenues.

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