The 26th edition of the Hong Kong Optical Fair will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 7-9 Nov. This year, the fair will welcome a record 810 exhibitors from 21 countries and regions to showcase the latest eyewear designs and related products.
Various thematic zones will showcase a wide variety of eyewear products to facilitate buyers’ sourcing. The Brand Name Gallery will house more than 220 well-known brands from around the world.
3D-printed customised nylon eyewear
The eyewear brand ITUM, created by young Hong Kong entrepreneurs, designed the MONO collection of 3D-printed customised nylon eyewear that fits the user’s face perfectly, making it much more comfortable to wear. Consumers can even change their lenses to match their clothing.
MONO collection of 3D-printed customised nylon eyewear
Spotlighting Innovative Technologies and Famous Brands
At the IT Solutions and Shop Fittings zone, which makes its debut this year, local company 3DNA Eyewear will showcase its self-developed interactive eyewear customisation platform that can scan and measure the customer's facial features through computer software and then produce a customised frame using a 3D printer.
Scan and measure the customer's facial features through computer software
Patented EX titanium
Another brand, Charmant from Japan, has been established for more than 60 years. Its patented EX titanium, which is extremely flexible, is used to make a shape-memory arm that fits the face and is resistant to deformation. The brand also employs its unique colouring technology to add colour or crystals on the tiny hinges, adding style and durability to their eyewear collection.
Movie Crossovers Highlight Design Trends
This year's fair features various designs related to popular movies, including a set of black round-frame glasses inspired by the Harry Potter films from British eyewear producer Savile Row, established in 1932. The glasses are made in the United Kingdom using traditional methods where a single professional craftsman completes more than 100 processes to make the glasses, creating a piece of art through and through.
Local brand BIG HORN is launching a Justice League sunglasses collection featuring six fashionable designs inspired by the film’s characters and equipped with flash mirror lenses.
Inspired by the classic film The Fifth Element, Italian brand HEX has created a set of hexagonal eyeglasses that combines the avant-garde with the finest Italian craftsmanship, showcasing the brand’s creativity and technology.
Other thematic zones at this year's fair include Sporting & Professional Eyewear, Kids Eyewear & Reading Glasses, Frames, Lenses & Parts, Eyewear Accessories, Diagnostic Instruments and Optometric Instruments & Machinery. The HKTDC is continuing its push to make the fair more environmentally friendly by providing electronic badges to visitors, helping to enhance the overall exhibition experience.