EssilorLuxottica, a fully integrated player, is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of ophthalmic lenses, frames and sunglasses.
The company brings together the complementary expertise of two industry pioneers, one in advanced lens technologies and the other in the craftsmanship of iconic eyewear, to create a vertically-integrated business that is uniquely positioned to address the world’s evolving vision needs and the global demand of a growing eyewear industry.
A unique global footprint
With a worldwide presence across all stages of the value chain, EssilorLuxottica has approximately 150,000 employees committed to providing vision care and eyewear products that meet the individual needs and aspirations of each consumer. Our unique business model and relentless pursuit of operational excellence ensures that consumers everywhere have access to products that have been rigorously tested to meet internationally recognized standards, from the simplest pair of glasses to the most sophisticated custom-made lenses and branded eyewear.
A deeply rooted commitment to vision and innovative eyewear
By investing heavily in R&D for cutting edge lens and frame technology, as well as reimagining the design, form and function of eyewear, EssilorLuxottica constantly sets new industry standards for vision care and eyewear and the consumer experience around it. Beyond the products we make, our company and our people are deeply committed to elevating the importance of vision as both a basic human right and a key lever for global development.
EssilorLuxottica, a vision two centuries in the making
EssilorLuxottica has a combined two centuries of innovation and human endeavor behind it. Created in 2018, we are a culmination of two very complementary and inspiring business stories, equally rich in their successes, which have revolutionized an entire industry more than once, changing the very nature of eyewear and how we care for our eyes.
Founded in 1849, Essilor’s long history is bound to its mission of improving lives by improving sight. This mission has borne major technological advances such as the invention of the organic lens and the progressive lens. The company has built a strong culture of employee shareholding combined with a unique governance model that associates employees with the company’s decision-making process. This model is at the heart of Essilor's ambition to eradicate poor vision worldwide within one generation.
Starting its journey in 1961, Luxottica transformed eyeglasses from a necessary device into a desirable fashion accessory and vehicle for self-expression by building a unique vertically integrated business model which covers the entire value chain from design to final consumers and makes it possible to verify the quality of both products and processes. This revolution has created a growing appetite and demand for premium branded frames with a positive impact on the eyewear industry globally.
Where the stories overlap is in vision and values, including an entrepreneurial spirit and a shared desire to create the very best products for all consumers around the world and to do so responsibly. Yesterday Essilor and Luxottica were two companies using their individual strengths to unlock the potential of eye care and eyewear around the world; today we look forward to combining those strengths as EssilorLuxottica.