The eyewear market is crowded with licenses. Sunglasses have been the #1 prestige product for years and many brands jumped into the market. Manufacturers built large brand license portfolios or – like Rodenstock – are struggling.
Thus, recent news have been more about licenses changing hands rather then new licenses being placed. The latest is Salvatore Ferragamo, which has been with market leader Luxottica and as of 2012 will be with Marchon.