This year’s exclusive Boutique Buyer Panel, titled Freedom Sighters, will feature a highly-respected group of panelists to provide attendees a complete look at the realm of independent eyewear.

Taking place on Friday, Sept. 20, the panel will be held in the BRIDGE from 5 p.m.–5:45 p.m. with a cocktail networking party to follow deejayed by Coco and Breezy.

The Boutique Buyer Panel will explore the connection between independent optical retailers and vendors. James Spina, editor-in-chief of 20/20 Magazine, will moderate the conversation to provide each panelist the opportunity to share his or her views on the world of independent retail.

Vendor panelists include:
Cynthia Shapiro, founder at Europa/Cinzia Designs
Ashley Bezamat, founder at Dom Vetro
Tom Davies, founder at Tom Davies Bespoke

Eyewear Retailer panelists include:
Stephanie Haenes, owner of Art of Optiks
Ryan Horne, owner of Spex by Ryan

“Celebrating both independent vendors and retailers at the Boutique Buyer Panel is an unparalleled opportunity,” said Mitch Barkley, The Vision Council’s vice president of trade shows and meetings. “We’re eager to hear each panelist delve into their personal and professional experiences in the world of independent retail.”