NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bluefly, Inc.(NASDAQ Capital Market: BFLY), a leading online retailer of designer fashion and accessories, and A + D Labs, a premier designer and manufacturer of fashion eyewear, announced today plans to launch Eyefly, a new online eyewear company to be owned 52% by Bluefly and 48% by A + D Labs, in Spring 2011. Eyefly is a unique concept in fashion eyewear offering consumers on-trend frames and prescription lenses for a fraction of the price of eyewear boutiques, in an engaging and interactive online shopping experience.
“We are so excited to be joining with A + D Labs, to introduce Eyefly this Spring. Our goal is to create a site that treats eyewear like any other fashion accessory. The message to our customer is simple and strong: you have multiple handbags and dozens of shoes--- why limit yourself to a single pair of glasses?” said Melissa Payner, CEO at Bluefly. “Alessandro Lanaro of A + D Labs brings 20 years of experience to this partnership and we’re thrilled to be able to leverage his expertise to deliver designer eyewear at such a competitive price point.”
Eyefly will feature men’s and women’s frames and lenses for just $99 as well as a limited assortment of sunglasses and readers. A virtual try-on feature will enable consumers to upload their photos, and then “try on frames” to see how they look in each pair. Shoppers can then share these photos with friends via Facebook and email to get opinions, comments and feedback to help in their decision making, adding engagement and a fun social component to the Eyefly site.
“We are thrilled to be working with the talented team at Bluefly to launch the Eyefly boutique,” said Alessandro Lanaro. “As leaders in online fashion, Bluefly has developed one of the most dynamic and social shopping experiences on the web, and we know that Eyefly will follow the same pattern. We believe that the availability of fashionable frames and the fun online experience of Eyefly will really appeal to today’s consumers, and encourage them to see eyewear as an important accessory in their wardrobe.”
About Bluefly, Inc.
Founded in 1998, Bluefly, Inc. (NASDAQ Capital Market: BFLY) is a leading online retailer of designer brands, fashion trends and superior value. Bluefly is headquartered at 42 West 39th Street in New York City, in the heart of the Fashion District. For more information, please call 212-944-8000 or visit www.bluefly.com
About A + D Labs
A + D Labs is a designer and manufacturer of premier fashion eyewear owned by Alessandro Lanaro who boasts over 20 years in the eyewear business.
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