history

From 1990 till today

The most significant milestones in the history of IMAGO

2016

The success story of IMAGO ULTRALIGHT and COLORLINE continues onwards.
i-spax — methodically and steadily nurtured over the years becomes the most reliable and important collection.
We successfully establish our business in Spain and Denmark.
EAN-Numbers are introduced for every collection.

2015

The collections IMAGO ULTRALIGHT and COLORLINE enabled us to acquire new distributors, which further extends our world-wide network of exclusive partners.

The i-spax collection distinguished itself through its consistent use of highest-qualitiy components and its wearable designs which practically sell themselves.

Starting in autumn, two-tone models were launched for COLORLINE.

At SILMO, IMAGO ULTRALIGHT was first presented in generation 3.0. This series is made completely from ultem – it´s thinner, lighter and constitutes a new highlight.

2014

As we had predicted, 2014 was the year of IMAGO.

In November 2014 IMAGO is presented with the EXPORTPREIS BAYERN 2014 (Bavarian Export Award) in the trade category.

COLORLINE – the cheerful, colorful click-and-go-system and IMAGO ULTRALIGHT has set another benchmark with the very cool new version of 2.0

2013

We were overwhelmed by the success of COLORLINE. The idea of changing – 3 differently coloured frames with only 1 pair of lenses turned out to be a hit – especially in Germany and the Netherland The collection has been expanded with 3 new models and a third generation of colours. We are planning a few smaller shapes for launch in 2014. In the summer we launched our new baby IMAGO ULTRALIGHT. Its lightness (9 grammes only) and its cool look were such an attraction that we were even sold out of stock at one time. At OPTI 2014 four new models were shown. We plan to introduce generation 2.0 in August.

2012

 

Increased focus on our own collections

Introduction of COLORLINE collection

2011

Expansion on Eastern European markets with the help of our sales agent.

More acetate modes and large lenses shapes

2010

IMAGO turns 20 – there is no reason to take it easy. For OPTI we completely redesigned our booth – large, colourful bright – consolidating all our collections.

2009

In May and June we initiated a very successful special sale during which we collected thousands of older frames, which were donated to India and Malawi in cooperation with Fachhochschule fur Augenoptik, a German school for opticians.

Together with our ne product manager Volker Grahm we defined new quality standards for all components. We only use screws, hinges, spring hinges, pads and colours of the best quality from German or European producers.

2008

Due to the overwhelming amount of inquiries i-plain was upgraded to i-plain TITANIUM.

IMAGO´s new collection PIX and I-PLAIN are introduced at OPTI in Munich.

 

2007

Construction of a new showroom and of a new exhibition booth.

The new collection MEMORY-CLAP is introduced.

2005

Memory develops MEMORY-TWIX

Introduction of PROJECT ONE, a smart-casual titanium collection for men

2003

MEMORY-FLEX continues the successful launch

MEMORY SPAX system is introduced, a sensational success

IMAGO-XS targeting especially teenagers is introduced

2001-2002

Cooperation with OGI, Minneapolis begins. IMAGO distributes the collection in Europe, Australia and Africa.

2000

Marco Finster, previously sales manager at Pro-Design joins IMAGO as a partner. In February the company moves to Valley/Oberlaindern – 30 Kilometers(20 miles) south of Munich – into a 880 square-eyer converted farm building.

1996-1999

The puristic design of IMAGO´s I-SPAX collection is introduced at MIDO.

IMAGO´s titanium collection TITAGO is introduced at MIDO.

IMAGO´s exclusiv ladies collection OGAMI is introduced at MIDO in Milan.

1995

Company is renamed into IMAGO THE GERMAN EYEWEAR CONNCETION GMBH and moves to a 360 square-meter ground floor office in Oberhaching, near Munich.

1992

Company is renamed into IMAGO THE ITALIAN EYEWEAR CONNECTION GMBH. IMAGO is Latin and means shape, idea, imagination, silhouette, vision, image.

1991

The Company moves into a 160-square-meter basement office and introduces the first three IMAGO models – UNO, DUE, TRE.

1990

Rainer Laepple takes over from optical distributor Alfred Gassner(distributor of the Italian brands Gambino and Divina) and starts out his business in an 80-square-meter basement office in Munich-Ramersdorf.