Announcing A ThinOPTICS Line Designed by ArtLifting Artists in Partnership with Quincy Jones
April 25, 2017 15:38
ThinOPTICS, the pioneering eyewear company that revolutionized reading glasses with its stemless lenses, is launching its second Curated Collection with ArtLifting, this time selected by Quincy Jones. The new line of six ThinOPTICS cases are all designed by artists living with homelessness or disabilities. Funds raised from the net sales of Quincy Jones’ exclusive collection benefit three organizations: ArtLifting, the Quincy Jones Foundation and Keep Memory Alive. You can shop the collection here.
The Quincy Jones Curated Collection will launch on April 27th, 2017 at the star-studded Power of Love® Gala in Las Vegas, benefiting Keep Memory Alive, featuring performances by Gwen Stefani and Jon Bon Jovi. Every guest attending the gala will be gifted one of the six ThinOPTICS selections in this exclusive line, which in turn will drive awareness to ArtLifting, the Quincy Jones Foundation and Keep Memory Alive, with the potential of increasing funds from additional purchases.
“We’re so pleased to be sharing our artists’ beautiful artwork that will adorn these sleek and innovative glasses and cases. The fact that they are primarily placed on mobile phones means our artists’ works will be shared with thousands of people,” said Liz Powers, Co-founder of ArtLifting. “We are excited to collaborate in sharing their stories and the wonderful work that we’re all doing together.”
The three artists bring a different and inspirational background story, expression and aesthetic to each of the cases on which their designs are now showcased. The Quincy Jones ThinOPTICS Curated Collection features two pieces of artwork from three ArtLifting artists Charles Blackwell, Douglas Pendleton, and Billy Megargel. “Quincy Jones is the quintessential icon of what is possible. So when we heard that he had chosen two of Billy's paintings to be part of the exclusive collection eyewear for ThinOPTICS, we were deeply honored and thrilled,” says Billy’s mother, Eve Megargel.
"Partnering with ThinOPTICS to make The Quincy Jones Curated Collection has absolutely made my soul smile!” says Quincy Jones. The collection features six beautiful designs created by 3 talented ArtLifting artists, and a portion of the sales will benefit not only my own personal foundation, but two other amazing causes: Keep Memory Alive and ArtLifting."
Each ThinOPTICS case can be proudly displayed on the back of mobile phones and tablets or tucked conveniently inside wallets, purses and pockets because of its ingenious glasses design that makes them as thin as two credit cards and lighter than a nickel.
“Beyond designing eyewear that enhances the lives of our customers, ThinOPTICS is a brand that is committed to making a difference. We are so glad to be able to benefit these three impactful philanthropic institutions that fully align with ThinOPTICS’ mission to serve the greater good,” says Darren Lancaster, ThinOPTICS Co-founder and VP of Marketing.
ThinOPTICS entered the market in 2014 and was launched by a passionate team who believes that reading glasses users should be able to access their glasses at any given time. After 200 prototypes and countless trials, the ThinOPTICS team created the “stick anywhere, go everywhere” reading glasses that are as thin as two credit cards, weigh less than a nickel and easily attach to phones or can be slipped into a wallet, purse or pockets. The reading glasses can be purchased in three strengths: Low Range (+1.50D), Mid Range (+2.00D) and High Range (+2.50D). ThinOPTICS has shipped over 1.5 million glasses to over 170 countries to date and currently offers cases for Apple and Samsung phones, as well as in a Universal Pod and Keychain case. They can be purchased on the company’s website and Amazon, but are also available in Walmart Optical, Target and Safeway stores, as well as over 1,000 Independent Specialty Retailers across the U.S. ThinOPTICS was named “Best in Class – Iconic Design” by Inc., “Best of CES 2015” by PCWorld and has been featured on CBS News Sunday Morning, Yahoo! Tech, FOX News, Real Simple, Refinery29 and more. Learn more: thinoptics.com.
About Quincy Jones
Named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century, Quincy Jones is an impresario in the broadest and most creative sense of the word. His career has encompassed the roles of composer, record producer, artist, film producer, arranger, conductor, instrumentalist, TV producer, record company executive, television station owner, magazine founder, multimedia entrepreneur, and humanitarian. Among the multitude of awards that he has received for his contributions are an Emmy Award, seven Academy Award nominations, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, 27 Grammy Awards, and is the all-time most nominated Grammy artist with a total of 79 nominations. A recipient of the Republic of France’s Commandeur de Legion d’Honneur, in 2001, Jones was named a Kennedy Center Honoree, for his contributions to the cultural fabric of the United States of America. He was recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master - the nation’s highest jazz honor, and in 2010 was bestowed the National Medal of Arts, our nation’s highest artistic honor. In 2016, Jones received a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for the Broadway production of The Color Purple. The award completed the rare EGOT set for Jones, an exclusive club of artists who have received an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award.
About The Quincy Jones Foundation
The Quincy Jones Foundation provides restoration support in the Gulf Coast (post-Katrina) and raises awareness and financial resources for initiatives that work to eradicate global children’s issues in areas of conflict, malaria, and clean water shortages. Learn more: qjfoundation.com
About Keep Memory Alive
Keep Memory Alive, whose mission is to provide enhanced treatment and ultimately cures for patients and their families suffering from neurocognitive disorders, raises awareness and funds in support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. By supporting Keep Memory Alive and its fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, Parkinson’s, frontotemporal dementia, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy, we can ensure progress towards better treatments and ultimately cures will occur in Las Vegas. For additional information call (702) 263-9797 or visit keepmemoryalive.org.