Exhibitions in Italy for Eyewear

Italy has left a substantial imprint on the global eyewear industry evidenced by its recognizable sense of style, a rich heritage and immaculate craftsmanship. The pandemic might have slowed things down for Italy’s eyewear industry with a 22.6% decrease in production value compared to the previous year, totaling 3,089 million euros, but you can’t stop a force of nature. The Italian eyewear market has historically contributed significantly to its economy. Italy maintains strong trade ties with major markets such as the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. The United States alone accounted for approximately 28% of Italian eyewear exports. Italy's dominance in the global eyewear market is underscored by its leading brands, which have achieved international acclaim for their craftsmanship and style. Luxottica, a cornerstone of Italian eyewear, originated from a small business in the 1960s and has grown into the world's largest eyewear company. In 2018, Luxottica merged with Essilor to form EssilorLuxottica, recording revenues exceeding 17 billion euros the following year. Luxottica remains pivotal within EssilorLuxottica, driving substantial revenue streams. Safilo, another prominent Italian player, traces its origins back to the 1930s in the United States and now operates from northern Italy. With annual revenues approaching one billion euros, Safilo continues to expand its global footprint with a diverse portfolio of eyewear brands. De Rigo, founded by two brothers in the 1970s, has carved a niche in the European market, achieving revenues close to 346 million euros in 2020. The company's commitment to innovation and design has solidified its presence in the competitive landscape of Italian eyewear. Italian eyewear brands are embracing innovation and sustainability to navigate evolving consumer preferences and global challenges. The integration of advanced technologies in eyewear production, coupled with a focus on eco-friendly materials and practices, reflects Italy’s new course of action by leaning into sustainability.

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