December 2016 – Essilor® Sun Solution™, the Essilor Group division dedicated to sun plano lenses, has recently started a collaboration with IED – Istituto Europeo di Design in Turin. The objectives of this collaboration are to finance a study on the development by IED students of a concept frame, a communication campaign and marketing tools based on E-SUN™ KOLOR UP™, a brand and technology of sun lenses developed by the Essilor® Sun Solution™ division and which guarantees a refreshing perception of colors and improved vision.
The first phase of the project will involve students in their final year of studies at the Jewelry and Accessories Design BA (which also includes curriculum on eyewear design). During the second phase, the three best concept frames will become the subject of specific projects by BA students in Graphic Design and Advertising Communication.
E-SUN™ KOLOR UP™ lens technology was developed in cooperation with the Essilor Group R&D teams, applying the principles that have made Essilor successful throughout the last 50 years. Compared to traditional sun lenses which are designed to reduce light intensity and glare and to protect the eyes, ESUN ™ KOLOR UP™ lenses selectively modulate the light reaching the retina and the wavelengths of the primary colors received by the photoreceptors in the eyes. The result is more brightness and enhanced definition of colors, in addition to providing protection against the sun. E-SUN™ KOLOR UP™ lens technology offers a real visual experience with increased enjoyment and a more colorful vision. Better vision, modern sophisticated colors and treatments combine to offer the complete package for fashion.
Based on the experience of better and brighter vision, Essilor® Sun Solution™ has asked the IED students to translate the E-SUN™ KOLOR UP™ lens concept into a frame, a communication campaign and POP materials. "No ordinary sunwear reflects the new position of our brand. With this new collaboration with the IED on E-SUN™ KOLOR UP™, Essilor® Sun Solution™ division wants to explore new possibilities and show how a strong concept on sun lenses can be the source of inspiration for sunglasses" said Christophe Mayet, VP Marketing of Essilor® Sun Solution™ Division.
The results of the project will be unveiled in September 2017.