De Rigo, the Italian family owned eyewear company, is celebrating 40 years in the industry. Established as ‘Charme Lunettes’ back in 1978 by brothers Ennio and Walter, De Rigo is today managed by the second generation of the De Rigo family, Ennio and Emiliana De Rigo, assisted by their children Massimo (Executive Vice President) and Barbara (Marketing Director of House Brands), with her husband Maurizio Dessolis (Executive Vice President).
De Rigo employs 3,000 people, has created its own eyewear brand with products designed for specific regional markets and a portfolio of prestigious brands such as Police, Sting and Lozza. Additionally, it partners with important players in the world of fashion and luxury goods, from international designer brands such as Chopard, Céline, Fendi, and Givenchy to prestigious Italian fashion brands like Blumarine, Furla, Prada and Trussardi.
The company has 16 international branches worldwide and collaborates with over 100 distributors to reach an international network of 50,000 optical practices in 80 countries. Dr Rigo also owns its own chain stores including General Optica in Spain, Mais Optica in Portugal and Opmar Optik in Turkey. It also owns a share in Boots Opticians in UK.
To celebrate its 40th anniversary, De Rigo has established the De Rigo HEART Foundation (Health, Education and Art for Youth), which will support programmes for children and young people, designed to promote personal and intellectual development, and art in the forms of creativity and self-expression.