Zoobug and Mondottica

1st July 2015 - ZOOBUG London and Mondottica announce a strategic partnership and the creation of a dedicated International Children’s Eyewear Division, under the guidance of eye surgeon and ZOOBUG Founder, Dr. Julie Diem Le, as Director. The partnership involves a long term license and services agreement and represents an opportunity to expand Mondottica’s fast-growing portfolio of children’s collections which currently includes Joules, Pepe Jeans, and Ted Baker Kids, and to demonstrate complete commitment to children’s eye healthand the future growth of this exciting eyewear segment. ZOOBUG’s premium sun and optical collection for boys and girls, will be distributed worldwide by Mondottica as part of the agreement, with immediate effect and stepping up the brand’s presence in the UK, Europe, USA, Asia, Australia and Latin America. Distribution to leading international fashion retailers, a long-standing, highly successful arm of current operations, through stores that include Harrods, Fenwicks, LVR (Italy), Kids 21(Singapore) and Harvey Nichols (Hong Kong) will continue to be overseen by ZOOBUG’s Founder, Julie Diem Le. ZOOBUG London, which launched in 2006, has pioneered the development of eyewear designed specifically for children over the last decade. Le introduced a range of innovations in frames designed for infants, at a time when the selection and quality of sunglasses and optical frames for 0-12 years was very limited. “ZOOBUG is delighted to join Mondottica as a strategic partner in the creation of a world-class Children’s Eyewear Division, the first of its kind at the forefront of children’s eyewear R&D”, said Dr. Julie Diem Le. “This is also a great opportunity to grow the ZOOBUG brand through Mondottica’s established global distribution network and strengthen its position as a key innovator in the children’s marketplace, alongside the fast-expanding portfolio of licensed fashion and lifestyle brands that Mondottica has built in recent years.” According to Founder of Mondottica, Michael Jardine: “We are extremely happy to welcome Zoobug and Dr. Julie Diem Le to the Mondottica family. Children’s sunglasses and ophthalmic eyewear is a growing segment for us and now we have this wonderful opportunity for synergy. Mondottica will provide Zoobug with our global infrastructure, manufacturing resources and distribution and in turn we have the medical expertise of Dr. Le in developing infant and children’s eyewear. In addition we have the opportunity to see key Mondottica brands accompany Zoobug into what has been until now unexplored territory for us, which is the global children’s industry.” ZOOBUG logo ZOOBUG Founded in 2006, Zoobug is a dynamic, award-winning British brand with a unique approach to eyewear for children, and a strong message about eye protection for kids and safety in the sun. Set up by eye surgeon Dr. Julie Diem Le, the company now produces a wide selection of sunglasses and ophthalmic frames for 0 to 12 year olds, sold through optical retailers and fashion stores worldwide. ZOOBUG London won the Silmo d’Or in 2008 and has since gone on to win other awards and recognition in the children’s market internationally. www.zoobug.com   Logo_Mondottica MONDOTTICA Arguably the most successful eyewear company to appear on the world stage in the past decade, Mondottica is a true world citizen. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the group was founded by a Canadian who runs the company with working shareholders from Germany, Britain, France, India and Australia. From humble beginnings, the company now has offices and operations in Hong Kong, London, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels, Venice, Moscow, New York and Sydney with distribution reach that spans all continents. www.mondottica.com

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