At the latest Hong Kong International Optical Fair, 10 French eyewear companies will present their innovations from November 6 - 8, 2019 at the French Pavilion organised by Business France, the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy. In this sector, which is associated with the image of fashion and technological prowess, France is recognised for its traditional know-how and the quality of its products.
The global eyeglass frames market is in the order of USD 6.1 billion and continues to expand rapidly: + 14% over the last 5 years, notably in Hong Kong, which represents the 2nd largest global import market (12% of global demand).
Despite strong competition, France is the world’s 6th exporter of eyeglass frames, and Hong Kong’s 9th supplier. French manufacturers are highly sought-after and supply more than 70 luxury brands and labels internationally. The optical sector in France represents a turnover of €3.14 billion. In so far as concerns jobs, the sector has 10,500 direct jobs spread over 170 companies, consisting mainly of SMEs and VSEs.
Today in France, the eyewear market remains dynamic thanks to its ability to innovate and assert its position as one of the main pioneering countries for new trends. The products on offer tend to change, particularly given the prolonged exposure to screens, with blue light directly affecting vision.
Industrialised for the first time in the 19th century, in the Haut-Jura region, spectacles are a part of French heritage. Several generations of eyewear manufacturers have followed each other in an activity that combines design with technology. Although spectacles have long been considered to be visual “crutches”, their shift towards fashion has given a new lease of life to this industry, where France, thanks to its strong reputation and its expertise in fashion, has succeeded in setting itself apart.
The eyeglass frames market in Hong Kong is very promising, which suggests major opportunities for the 10 French exhibitors. It is therefore in a favourable environment that they will be able to present their latest products to consumers who are very keen to see what products the French have to offer, consumers who are looking first and foremost for quality, new designs and safety, and who have no qualms about buying several pairs of glasses to match what they are wearing.
The companies grouped together by Business France are located in Hall 3 Brand Name Gallery of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre:
|Acep Trylive||Fitting solutions for tablets. These solutions allow opticians to advise their presbyopic patients on what type of progressive lenses are best suited to their requirements for close-up vision. They include the most efficient augmented reality simulations available on the market.|
|BLI DBP||The distinctive Jean-François Rey collection is innovative in design and unique in colour. Superimposed facets, graphic combinations with metal and acetate, fusional wood and carbon, bicoloured metal.|
|Julbo||Sunglasses specialist. By creating the RX Trem program, which has received a Gold Silmo award, Julbo has revolutionised the world of sunglasses. Now, everyone who wears sunglasses can experience their sport to the full, with the first Julbo sunglasses totally adapted to their vision.|
|L’amy||Specialist in licensed eyewear brands. .Portfolio of complementary brands spread over two segments: “Couture” and “Lifestyle”.|
|Modern’Optique||The Modern’Optique collections, which are handmade in the workshops of Oyonnax, appeal to both men and women who appreciate quality and comfort and care about their appearance. The collections are inspired by current trends in fashion and design, but also by the changes in the modern world in terms of technology, architecture, and lifestyle (cosmetics, well-being, ergonomics, etc.).|
|New International Vision||Collection of frames for glasses and sunglasses in leather.|
|Optique Philippe Lafont||Through their creative studio, the Lafont family has opted for total control of its universe. Every season, like the great couture houses, Lafont presents around thirty models for men, women and children, with a chic, smart or preppy feel that has made the brand famous worldwide.|
|Oxibis||With its roots in the birthplace of the French eyewear industry, Oxibis Group designs and manufactures creative frames. All the major trends in eyewear, fashion and other artistic worlds are skilfully reinterpreted in dynamically coloured frames.|
|Special’Eyes Distribution||Creation, development, manufacture and delivery of collections of optical frames and frames for sunglasses. Based on a set of specifications drawn up in consultation with our partner, the frame will be created, and will be incorporated into a complete range, based on the same concept.|
|Vuillet Vega||A family eyewear manufacturer for 5 generations. One of the oldest French eyewear manufacturers. It was the first to obtain the Label “Entreprise du Patrimoine Vivant” in 2006 and the label "Origine France Garantie" for its 4 collections in 2011.|
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Business France (www.businessfrance.fr) is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investment in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and runs the V.I.E international internship program.
Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merge between Ubifrance and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 personnel, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public and private-sector partners.