THE EYES HAVE IT: The Council of Fashion Designers of America has created a new group, the Eyewear Designers of the CFDA, which aims to boost the profile of the eyewear sector.

The Eyewear Designers of the CFDA are: Robert Marc, Selima Optique’s Selima Salaun, L.A. Eyeworks’ Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi, Focus Group West’s Blake Kuwahara, Optical Affairs’ Christian Roth, Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman, Leisure Society’s Shane Baum, Grey Ant’s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Oliver Peoples’ Larry Leight and Barton Perreira’s Patty Perreira.

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Roth, Gherardi, Salaun and Kuwahara will serve on the executive committee with Roth acting as the group’s spokesman.

The Eyewear Designers of the CFDA will focus on runway partnerships or ready-to-wear collaborations and a CFDA press day for eyewear designers that will make its debut next year. Steven Kolb, chief executive officer of the CFDA, said, “The formation of the Eyewear Designers of the CFDA gives credit to the important role that these designers play not only in the accessories space, but in the American fashion industry at large.”

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