Thanks for providing some background, and also acknowledging the global monopoly of Luxottia.
My post I can see how you inferred that meaning, but I was only referring to that one deal, and suggesting/asking the MassDrop focus more on non-Luxottica brands.
I went and looked up the last several brands of sunglasses sold via MassDrop, and believe you are right, there are a couple small/American brands (very niche, wood glasses, etc.) that MassDrop has run that appear to not yet be tainted by Luxottia. Did you know even ESS is a Luxottia company (via Oakley)?
In my quick research, I found that Luxottia has also purchases an insurance company for vision, so they are now representing the consumer side of the equation as well. That's some comprehensive monopoly. So oddly I find myself liking the Chinese company ZenniOptical, Costco, Walmart/Sams, they seem to be the only remaining legitimate (big box) alternatives to Luxottia.
According to Wiki, Luxottia owns:
Eye Safety Systems (ESS)
The company also makes eyewear under license for the following designer labels:
A|X - Armani Exchange
Dolce & Gabbana
Polo Ralph Lauren
Paul Smith Spectacles
Tiffany & Co.
The most recent deal was with Michael Kors. These brands are sold in the company's own shops, as well as to independent distributors such as department stores, duty-free shops, and opticians.
Luxottica Retail has more than 7,200 retail locations in the United States, South America, Canada, China, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and United Arab Emirates. The headquarters of the retail division is in Mason, Ohio (North America). Including:
Sunglass Hut International
EyeMed Vision Care
Optical Shop of Aspen
Laubman & Pank