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Fun Fashion Fact

Did you know that even though there are countless independent opticians and a good number of specs retail chains all over the world, it used to be only two companies that dominated the world of eyeglasses:

The lenses in our glasses were mostly made by Essilor, a French multinational that controls almost half of the world’s prescription lens business. Your frames were probably made by Luxottica, an Italian company with an unparalleled combination of factories, designer labels and retail outlets.

The two companies joined forces in 2018 and became EssilorLuxottica, of which The Guardian said: “in seven centuries of spectacles, there has never been anything like it. The new entity will be worth around $50bn, sell close to a billion pairs of lenses and frames every year, and have a workforce of more than 140,000 people.”