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Established and Emerging Panelists Announced for Independent Luxury Eyewear Panel

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Alexandria, VA – August 29, 2018 – Vision Expo continues to deliver high value content and create unique networking opportunities for attendees in the Exhibit Hall. Building on its past success, the Boutique Buyer Panel at Vision Expo West 2018 (Education: September 26–29; Exhibit Hall; September 27–29) will feature panelists from Article One, Europa Eyewear and STATE Optical Co., Eye Q Stylist and Peoples From Barbados, Gogosha Optique, Lafont, and Selima Optique, who will each bring their unique perspectives to the topic of independent eyewear.

Titled “Celebrating Three Decades of Focused Independents,” panelists will have the opportunity to discuss the foundation of their past, the purpose of their presence and their hope for a powerful and independent future.

In celebration of Vision Expo West’s 30th anniversary, the panel includes a mixture of retail and vendor panelists. Two of the companies represented as vendors, Lafont and Europa Eyewear, have exhibited at Vision Expo since its inception and are proudly included on Vision Expo’s Founding Exhibitors list. The panel will also feature Article One, a new independent eyewear company based in Flint, Michigan and a 2017 winner of Vision Expo West’s Best Booth Award for Most Creative Booth Design.

  • Moderator: James Spina, VP and Editor-in-Chief of 20/20 Magazine
  • Retail Panelists:
    • Selima Salaun, Owner of Selima Optique, New York City
    • Julia Gogosha, Owner of Gogosha Optique, Los Angeles
    • Alicia Hartman, Owner of Eye Q Stylist Opticians and Peoples From Barbados, Barbados
  • Vendor Panelists:
    • Scott Shapiro, COO, Europa Eyewear/CEO and Co-Founder, STATE Optical Co.
    • Kristin Calimlim, Director of Marketing, Lafont
    • Wes Stoody, Founder & CEO, Article One
    • Special guest appearance of an independent eyewear designer renowned for creativity and design

Retail panelist, Selima Salaun of Selima Optique, will discuss her experience creating a successful retail and wholesale business. Selima Optique will showcase her eyewear line in a new Exhibit Hall neighborhood, the BLOCK, a curated environment within the Galleria. Retail panelist, Julia Gogosha, recently celebrated the 10th year of Gogosha Optique and has opened a new location in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

In addition, Alicia Hartman will bring her unique perspective of creating a luxury independent retail location and eyewear line in Barbados. She was recently a finalist in Vision Expo’s first OPTImum Retail Award.

“Throughout the year, I have the exciting opportunity to travel from coast to coast building relationships with retail owners,” said Tarrence Lackran, Director of Industry Relations, Reed Exhibitions. “I am constantly inspired by their passion and am looking forward to bringing their stories directly to attendees of Vision Expo West.”

The panel will be followed by a cocktail party deejayed by Coco and Breezy Dotson of Coco and Breezy Eyewear.

Details on the Boutique Buyer Panel include:

  • Date: Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Time: Panel—5:00 PM–5:45 PM; Cocktails and Networking—5:45 PM–6:30 PM
  • Location: The Galleria Lounge, Vision Expo Exhibit Hall

The Boutique Buyer Panel is invitation-only. For questions about the panel or securing an invitation, contact
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About Vision Expo
Vision Expo East and West, the worldwide conferences and exhibitions for eyecare and eyewear, are trade-only events that draw more than 30,000 eyecare professionals each year. Co-owned by Reed Exhibitions and The Vision Council, Vision Expo gives back to the entire ophthalmic community. Proceeds are used by The Vision Council to educate consumers about the importance of vision care and the options in eyewear and other related products. In 2017, The Vision Council reached millions of consumers with its messages through marketing materials, public relations outreach and strategic partnerships. Vision Expo is a proud supporter of Think About Your Eyes, a national public awareness campaign, presented by The Vision Council and the American Optometric Association, designed to educate the public on the benefits and importance of getting an annual comprehensive eye exam. Keep this viral campaign going! Sign up at For more information, visit