WMido - Milano Eyewear Show - February 3-5 - 2024

Luxottica acquires the Institute of Research and Studies in Optics and Optometry in Vinci.

July 19 2021

IRSOO is a historic school of optics and optometry that is among the most prestigious in Italy.
The investment in Tuscany will allow the enhancement of an Italian excellence, preserving its quality and autonomy, and providing resources to support its future development, benefitting the entire sector. Together with IRSOO, Luxottica will be able to invest in further supporting and spreading the optician profession, one of the few positions in Italy to boast almost 100% employment.

Now more than ever, the role of professional training for both young individuals and professionals is central to the development of the optical market. These specialized trainings generate the skills, innovative thinking, and professional aptitude that can raise the quality and service level of the sector over time, benefitting both optical professionals and consumers.

Joining IRSOO is part of a series of training initiatives launched and strengthened in recent years by the company, not only for the benefit of employees, but also for optical customers worldwide. EssilorLuxottica has recently launched Leonardo, a new training platform inspired by the Italian scientist, inventor, and artist born in Anchiano, a hamlet of Vinci, establishing a further ideal link to the entire Florentine region.

The Institute’s management team, which has contributed to strengthening the prestige of IRSOO over several years, will work to ensure the path of continuity, competence, and development that the new ownership intends to undertake. Alessandro Fossetti will remain the Director and Head of Training of IRSOO, and the school will retain its headquarters in its current historic building in the town of Vinci. Lawyer of the Court of Florence and expert in administrative law, Gaetano Viciconte, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Board of Directors.

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