SMITHFIELD, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FGX International Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of non-prescription reading glasses, announced today the launch of a collection of non-prescription reading glasses designed specifically for the independent gift and specialty retail channels. FGX will market the collections under the Corinne McCormack® and Optique™ by Foster Grant® brands, providing retailers with options for a wide range of fashionable reading glasses at various price points. The new collection of Corinne McCormack and Optique by Foster Grant product will launch at The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market on January 14, 2011.
Entry into this important category is a logical extension of FGX’s commitment to the over-the-counter reading glass category. FGX is the market leader in both non-prescription reading glasses and non-prescription sunglasses, with full-service sales and customer service departments and a field service organization of over 2,300 people. The Company will provide the independent gift and stationery retailer reading glasses with fashion-forward styling, affordable retail pricing, and attractive, functional displays and has engaged The Werner Frank Group in Atlanta, GA and J. Brandes, Inc. in Dallas, TX to service this channel of trade.
Corinne McCormack, Inc. was founded in 1993 and designs and markets a collection of eyewear and accessories under the Corinne McCormack brand name. CMI products are currently sold to better specialty and department stores and are found in over 2,000 locations. Leading CMI retailer partners include Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor. CMI’s founder, Corinne McCormack, was recently named one of the Most Influential Women in Optical for 2010 by Vision Monday, and serves as a fashion director at FGX.
Foster Grant’s rich, storied history dates to 1929, when Sam Foster introduced sunglasses to America by selling the first pair on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Today, Foster Grant remains the leader in the popular-priced sunglasses market and is one of the most widely recognized brand names in over-the-counter reading glasses.
About FGX International
FGX International Inc. is a leading designer and marketer of non-prescription reading glasses and sunglasses with a portfolio of established, highly recognized eyewear brands including Foster Grant®, Magnivision®, Gargoyles®, Anarchy®, Corinne McCormack®, SolarShield® and PolarEyes®. FGXI also holds licenses for brands such as Ironman, Body Glove, Field & Stream and C9 by Champion. Based in Smithfield, Rhode Island, FGXI has approximately 350 full time employees. Additional offices are located in New York City, New York; San Luis Obispo, CA; Toronto, Canada; Stoke-on-Trent, England; Mexico City, Mexico; and Shenzhen, China.
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