Montreal, March 09. COS has been the exclusive Canadian distributor of ZEN Barcelona for more than a year now. From the first presentation of their successful collection in 2005 at SILMO’s fair to today, ZEN has been increasing its presence in the optical market and is today sold in more than 40 countries.

Back in 2004, as Antonio Castañeda, the CEO of D & R Optical, was drawing the first sketches of what soon became ZEN Barcelona, his goal was to create art different from mass-production and conformity.

Antonio Castañeda’s vision is that eyewear is not only made to help people see: it is also made to be seen!

Each shape and colour of the collections is inspired from Barcelona, its historic buildings and avant-garde architecture, and its typical vitality. Furthermore, the design team of ZEN Barcelona relies on 4 pillars when developing new frames:
• Pure concept
All Zen designs are designed and created entirely in Barcelona by the team of designers in a process that typically takes about six months.
• A talent for production
The team works with different materials, either individually or combined, to create innovative models with stunning finishes that are, above all, comfortable.
• Discipline in the details
They improve, revise, and rethink each design from the first sketch to the final prototype. This is how they ensure excellent results.
• Ongoing innovation
The brand is constantly researching new materials, combinations, shapes and techniques to offer new solutions and finishes with each collection.
Its CEO, Antonio Castañeda, even collaborates with the Department of Innovation and Technology of the University of Barcelona (UAB), on researching new non-pollutant frame materials such as their coconut fibre and other organic material. Talk about true spirit of innovation!

ZEN focuses its R&D with a constant consciousness for ecology and being in harmony with the environment.
Distribution of ZEN Barcelona in Canada is limited. To become a ZEN retailer, talk to your sales representative.

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