12 January 2015 - De Rigo Vision S.p.A., a leading company in the high-end eyewear market, and Zadig&Voltaire, the pioneer of the "nouvelle vague" of French fashion, announce that they have signed a licensing agreement for the design, production and worldwide distribution of Zadig&Voltaire sunglasses and prescription frames.
The soul of Zadig&Voltaire is the result of the creative direction of Cecilia Bönström, who inspires its lively identity and "rock" feel. The Zadig&Voltaire eyewear collection will mirror this contemporary spirit with styles designed for a timeless look.
Michele Aracri, CEO of De Rigo Vision S.p.A., said: "We are very proud of this new partnership with Zadig&Voltaire. I really appreciate the non-conformist approach to creativity which the brand has established with the fashion world in all its expressions. I am confident that we will create original and high quality collections together".
Thierry Gillier, founder of Zadig&Voltaire, added: "I am very happy to embark on this new adventure with De Rigo Vision. It is a real alliance that combines strength, talent and energy".
The Zadig&Voltaire eyewear collections will be distributed through the sales network of De Rigo Vision, which includes the most prestigious eyewear stores and department stores in the world, as well as in Zadig&Voltaire boutiques. The new 2015 collections will be available in January.
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De Rigo Vision S.p.A. is a worldwide leader in the design, production and distribution of high-end eyeglasses and sunglasses.
The Group is also a leading player in the optical retail business, with its own chains General Optica (Spain), Mais Optica (Portugal), Opmar Optik (Turkey) and with its participation into Boots Opticians (UK) and Sewon (Korea).
Thanks to an extensive wholesale network managed by De Rigo Vision SpA, the Group's products are distributed in approximately 80 countries, mainly in Europe, Asia and the Americas, through 13 companies and over 100 independent distributors.
The Group is present in all the most important markets in the world with its own brands Lozza, Police and Sting and with the licenced brands Blumarine, Carolina Herrera, Chopard, Escada, Furla, Givenchy, Lanvin, Loewe and Tous.
Founded in 1997, Zadig & Voltaire is a French prêt-à-porter Maison with two brands: Zadig & Voltaire and Zadig & Voltaire Deluxe. Zadig & Voltaire has created and established a new idea of luxury and has been able to build up a solid consensus among customers all over the world, giving life to a real community of loyal supporters.
Thierry Gillier, founder of the brand, took inspiration for the brand's name from the modern, charismatic and brave protagonist of the novel Zadig or The Book of Fate by Voltaire.
Pure and precious materials, combined with a casual-chic and rock, unmistakable style, have rapidly become the brand's hallmarks.Extremely creative fabrics play a major role in the brand's collections, starting from cashmere, the cult fiber of the Maison, presented in different models and customized with printed messages or names like Elvis and Mick, the rock icons of the Maison just like skulls and angels.
Zadig&Voltaire creations, initially designed only for women, have included menswear since 2004 and also childrenswear since 2006.Zadig & Voltaire, which embodies a new type of French luxury and has about 300 points of sale in the world, can rely on a strategic distribution network.