The Jones Group today announced that it has entered into an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with Marchon for the creation, production, marketing and global distribution of ophthalmic eyewear frames and prescription-ready sunglasses under the Nine West brand. Marchon is known worldwide as a premier manufacturer and marketer of ophthalmic eyewear and sunwear.
Under the agreement, the Nine West ophthalmic eyewear collection will be marketed and sold globally in upscale optical chains and optical specialty retailers and by individual eye care professionals beginning in earlyJanuary 2012.
Richard Dickson, The Jones Group President and Chief Executive Officer of Branded Businesses, stated: “We are pleased to enter into this agreement with Marchon for Nine West optical eyewear. Nine West’s origins as a premier global fashion brand allow us to extend it into relevant categories, particularly accessories such as eyewear; a perfect fit for Nine West. We believe this collaboration with Marchon will further enhance Nine West’s powerful brand message in the global optical arena.“
Claudio Gottardi, Marchon Eyewear President and Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We are very excited and proud to be embarking on this new license with Nine West. We recognize their commitment to providing women with on-trend, high-quality products, and we believe this will be a fantastic addition to our ever-expanding global portfolio. We are confident this partnership will be mutually beneficial.“