Versace, an iconic fashion company is looking to raise some private money. It has been reported that Versace that is currently fully controlled by Versace family - sister Donatella, niece Allegra and brother Santo, is looking to sell 20% of stake to raise necessary money to keep the brand in development.
Versace sunglasses are one of the major accessory products that Versace is manufacturing along with bags, shoes and belts to accompany fashionable clothing. Very elaborate sunglasses designs with rather big Versace meduza logo have made a name a decade ago. Versace brand was among the first to start designing eyeglasses. Just to give you an idea, Tiffany & Co just started 5 years ago and Tom Ford just 4 years ago.
When many companies are trying to compete in difficult market conditions by selling out the majority of stake via acquisitions or IPO, Versace prefers to keep private and control the company development.
Essilor, world leading manufacturer and researcher in ophthalmic optics, was named 23rd most innovative company in the world. A powerful research lab of 500 staff is dedicated to finding best products for corrective vision. Highest quality prescription glasses are equipped with Essilor lenses. Essilor has world highest satisfaction rate for progressive lenses and most durable coatings for progressive and single vision lenses.
Forbes rated Essilor, a famous corrective lenses manufacturer, as 2nd in France, 5th in Europe and 23rd most innovative in the world.
Essilor employs 48,700 people and reported close to $7 billon in revenues last year. Among other products are the manufacturing machinery for making glasses lenses, some range several millions in price. Main competitors are Nikon, Zeiss and other smaller optics researchers.
2013 New York Fashion week, that kick-started last week, has already given a chance to young and ambitious designers leaving the gurus to the end. Alexander Wang, Jason Wu, Peter Som have made their points dressing women in primarily pants and shorts, reserved colors and buttoned up designs. In the eyes of young designers women these days go to work, don't want to marry and have kids. They want to lead similar lifestyle men and have more control over their lives. Fashion is one great way to create that psychological picture.
Yohji Yamamoto, a seasoned Japanese designer, showed a woman in more heavy metal dark style as one that hangs out and does not need to work at all.
Seasoned designers Herve Leger and Carolina Herrera however, were more open to a traditional woman image - beautiful, sexy and feminine. Carolina Herrera has always stood by light flowy fabrics, light colors and long skirts - everything that emphasizes woman's feminine side. Even her perfumes are predominantly floral and sweet to go with this image.