Match Eyewear expands into Canada – Acquires Optiq

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Match Eyewear purchased Optiq Frames Ltd, based in Toronto Canada is expanding their international distribution. Optiq Frames distributes a portfolio of licensed and proprietary brands throughout Canada with a direct sales force. Under the leadership of Joe Nadler, Optiq Frames has established strong customer relationships in various channels of trade for 42 years. Match Eyewear will maintain and build upon the majority of the Optiq Frames’ collections. There will be a continued focus on high quality standards, trend-setting designs and merchandising support for each brand.

Optiq Frames’ management will report directly to Ethan Goodman and Phil Turnage of Match Eyewear. Building on the experience and reputation of the successful Optiq Frames’ sales force and keeping with their philosophy to “give customers the best product at the best price”, remains a priority of the acquisition.

Match Eyewear plans to introduce Optiq Frames’ brands into the US to expand its domestic market share. According to Match Eyewear’s CEO, Jonathan Pratt, “The Optiq Frames division of Match Eyewear represents immediate presence throughout Canada. We are excited about the opportunity to build on Optiq’s historical success with our expanded brand offering in North America. The Canada customer base will immediately benefit from Match’s resources in product development and marketing to bolster the Optiq collections. There were multiple synergies between our companies, including Optiq’s reputation for excellent order fulfillment and customer support which paralleled our standards. We intend to maintain the existing distribution facility in Toronto to continue providing that same level of customer service. “

“Based on the reputation and integrity that Match Eyewear embodies, we found them to be the perfect successor for Optiq Frames. It was important to us that their culture mirrors the philosophy and foundation our company has built for over 40 years” comments Joe Nadler, CEO of Optiq Frames Ltd.

The Optiq Frames division is the fourth international distribution facility, adding to Match Eyewear’s existing offices in New York, Brazil and Italy.

Established in 1970, Optiq Frames Ltd. is a Toronto based eyewear company with a brand portfolio that includes a.k.a., Image Café, Marilyn, Minimize, Monika Schnarre, Optiq, Respec, Seville, Sutton and Urban. Optiq Frames Ltd. currently distributes CAT and Animal brands only within Canada through a distribution agreement with INSPECS. These brands are distributed in the United States directly by INSPECS, USA. www.optiqframes.com

Match Eyewear is a New York based designer and manufacturer of quality Italian eyewear. Match Eyewear’s family of brands include: Adrienne Vittadini, Helium Paris, Danny Gokey Eyewear, Float Milan,
Float Kids, Aero by Float and Match Eyewear. www.matcheyewear.com

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