// KEY NUMBERS 2019

13O
EMPLOYEES
10 500
CLIENTS
130
RETAILERS
3 000 000
GLASSES SOLD
35 000 000 €
PROFIT MARGIN
800
EXPEDITIONS / DAYS
3
FOREIGN SUBSIDIARIES
70
COUNTRIES

 

// KEY DATES

François fort opal

1995

Founded in 1995 by François Fort, Opal began its activity by positioning itself on the children’s eyewear market.

collection de lunettes Owlet

1999

The Ophthal company joins OPAL and becomes Opal Direct by bringing new expertise to the group: private label products at low prices, notably the Owlet collection n°1 on the 2nd pair market.

lunettes fillette opal

2002

Launch of new license collections that further accelerate the company’s development.

2005

OPAL launches its own brand of LAPO optical frames, then will launch its own brand of sunglasses in 2011: HENKO

siege social opal

2007

OPAL is setting up its head office in a new 1500 m2 building in the heart of the Vaise district (Lyon 9th district).

2009

Development through external growth with the acquisition of SIMOP’s frames department. This acquisition allows OPAL to become the European leader in optical frames for children and adolescents.

lunettes garcon cars

2010

Acquisition of Disney licensing rights and launch of the opal.fr e-commerce site for opticians.

lunettes demetz

2015

Acquisition of a majority stake in Demetz, the market leader in sports eyewear.

frozen lunettes

2016

Frozen and Avengers join the brand portfolio and a new collection against blue light (Oblue) is created.

Lancement de la collection Star-Wars

2017

Opening of the first foreign subsidiary: Opal Canada in Montreal, and launch of the Star Wars collection.

2018

Within Opal Direct: launch of the Oclip range, one frame for three clips. Opening of the 2nd Opal subsidiary abroad: Ivkopal in Germany.

2019

In 2019, Opal invested in French manufacturing through the launch of the Berenice collection and completed its offer with My Opal Lab, a new equipment service (frames + lenses) delivered assembled.