Heard this was the case. Is there any independents out there? I thought Oliver's people fell into this camp, but obviously wrong
There are thousands of independent eyewear brands out there.
Who makes Serengeti? They made some great glasses 10 years ago. Not sure now - disappointed to see they've gone mainstream.
Serengeti is owned by Bushnell now (who also own Bollé).
I think Barton Perreira is (think it's ex OP people who founded it), but I'm sure Andy can name a bunch more
Bill Barton was the president of Oliver Peoples and set up Barton Perreira with the designer Patty Perreira.
Garrett Leight is independent but Larry works with him in some capacity.
whats with the eyevan7285 brand from japan ? I´ve been wondering if they belong to any big corporation too or still small business from japan. Quit steep their pricing, but quality seems excellent.
The quality is excellent. I'm not 100% sure but I think it's a relaunch of an old brand. Whether or not that was by the original company or a new one, and who's behind it I'm not sure either.
That's a clichéd typically American list.
To take one example Monogool from Belgium is actually Monoqool
from Denmark (one of my clients).
Don't confuse manufacturers with companies and brands. Most eyewear companies and brands don't have their own factories, they outsource manufacturing to independent factories.
Mondottica are like a mini-Luxottica, they produce under licence for a number of brands.