|Type||Società per azioni|
|Traded as||BIT: LUX, NYSE: LUX|
|Industry||Eyewear, fashion, luxury, manufacturing, retail, wholesale distribution|
|Founded||Agordo, Italy, in 1961|
|Key people||Leonardo Del Vecchio (Founder and Chairman), Andrea Guerra (CEO)|
|Products||Sunglasses, spectacle frames, prescription frames|
|Services||Opticians, optical retail, sun retail|
|Revenue||€6,222 million (2011)|
|Operating income||€807.0 million (2011)|
|Profit||€452.0 million (2011)|
|Total assets||€8,644 million (2011)|
|Total equity||€3,625 million (2011)|
Luxottica Group S.p.A. is the world's largest eyewear company. Its best known brand is Persol. It also makes sunglasses and prescription frames for a multitude of designer brands such as Chanel and Prada, whose designs and trademarks are used under license. Luxottica also makes sunglasses branded Giorgio Armani, Burberry, Stella McCartney,Versace, Vogue, Miu Miu, Tory Burch and Donna Karan. Its prime competitor is the Safilo Group S.p.A.
Del Vecchio began his career as the apprentice to a tool and die maker in Milan, but decided to turn his metalworking skills to making spectacle parts. So in 1961 he moved to Agordo in the province of Belluno, which is home to most of the Italian eyewear industry. The new company was Luxottica s.a.s., a limited partnership with Del Vecchio as one of the founding partners. In 1967 he started selling complete eyeglass frames under the Luxottica brand, which proved successful enough that by 1971 he ended the contract manufacturing business.
Convinced of the need for vertical integration, in 1974 he acquired Scarrone, a distribution company. In 1981 the company set up its first international subsidiary, in Germany, the first in a rapid period of international expansion. The first of many licensing deals with a designer was struck with Armani, in 1988.
The company listed in New York in 1990, and in Milan in December 2000, joining the MIB-30 (now S&P/MIB) index in September 2003. The listing raised money for the company and allowed it to use its shares to acquire other brands, starting with Italian brand Vogue in 1990, Persol and US Shoe Corporation (LensCrafters) in 1995, Ray-Ban in 1999 and Sunglass Hut, Inc. in 2001. Luxottica later increased its presence in the retail sector by acquiring Sydney-based OPSM in 2003, Pearle Vision and Cole National in 2004.
Luxottica's two main product offerings are sunglasses and prescription frames. The company operates in two sectors: manufacturing & wholesale distribution, and retail distribution.
Luxottica Retail has more than 7,000 retail locations in the United States, South America, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Israel, the United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates. The headquarters of the retail division is in Mason, Ohio. Their retail banners include:
Medical managed care 
A 2012 60 Minutes segment focused on the whether the company's extensive holdings in the industry was used to keep prices high. Luxottica, owns not only a large portfolio of brands such as Ray-Ban and Oakley but retailers like Sunglass Hut and Oliver Peoples, as well as the optical departments at Target and Sears. In addition, by owning the vision insurance company EyeMed, it controlled a portion of the buyers' side of the market as well. CEO Guerra claimed Luxottica did indeed have competitors at the retail level in the American market, such as Walmart, Costco and Warby Parker.
Financial performance* 
|Year||Net sales (K€)||Operative income (K€)||Net income (K€) - Net Income attributable to Luxottica Group Stockholders|
* data retrieved from Luxottica website
• Delfin S.a.r.l. 66.16%
• Giorgio Armani 4.85%
• Treasury Shares 1%
• Other shareholders < 2% 28%
In September 2012, Delfin S.a.r.l. reduced its share of Luxottica from 66% to 62.1%.
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