Few luxury sectors are in a greater stage of flux than eyewear, where luxury giants like Kering and LVMH have both radically redrawn the business model. Meet Rosario Toscano – who just launched Balmain eyewear.
In 2019, the eyewear group's revenue rose by 3.1%, as APAC’s increased by 23.1% and the wholesale channel grew in line with forecasts. But Q4 was weak, due to an expected slowdown in Europe after the Kering deal.
The company set up from scratch in 2014 by luxury group Kering, the industry’s first to internalise its eyewear business, is about to top the €500 million revenue mark, and says it isn’t interested in Safilo.
After losing the profitable Gucci licence in 2017, the Italian eyewear group has announced the end of the long-standing deal with Dior, whose licence will go to Thélios, the company set up by LVMH and Marcolin.