The founder of Bvlgari was not in fact an Italian, but a Greek: Stotirios Voulgaris. In Italian, his name is Sotirio Bulgari.
Bulgari started his first jewellery store in his hometown. In 1877, he left to travel to Corfu and then Naples, finally settling down in Rome in 1884.
This is where Bulgari opened his second store and founded the company. The current flagship store, which is also in Rome, was opened in 1905 by Bulgari and his two sons, Constantino and Giorgio. Many rich flocked to the store to buy the sumptuous jewels inlaid into the jewllery which had both Greek and Roman Italian art influence. During the 1970s, the company opened many new stores in some of the largest cities in the world. These included New York, Paris, Geneva and Monte Carlo. Now the company boasts over 290 boutiques today. In 1984, the grandsons of Sotirio; Paolo and Nicola Bulgari, became chairman and vice-chairman of the company, with nephew Francesco Trapani being named CEO.
Trapani was the brains behind the decision in the 90s to diversify and produce not just jewellery. The first item outside of their usual repertoire was the launch of the Bvlgari perfume line. With Trapani as CEO, Bvlgari became a brand known not just for its gems and jewels, but for everything a luxury brand is associated with, from clothing to accessories. This year, in March 2011, French group LVMH (whose name comes from their ownership of Louis Vuitton, Moet&Chandon and Hennessy) bought Bvlgari from the family in an all share deal to take complete control and ownership. Only time will tell what will happen to the company, though LVMH have announced they have big plans for the brand. One of the highest sellers in the Bvlgari range of eyewear is the Bvlgari BV2075B.
The front, thin and understated, and the arms have cut out and intricate detailing at the temples, which are a real focal point. The most popular colour in this model is pink, proving these glasses to be a real feminine option for those who want a soft look. Several different lenses can be fitted into the BV 2075B frames, with all these lenses able to be coated. The lenses can be ordered in four different thicknesses, with the thinner being the strongest. People with high prescriptions who care about how their glasses look are recommended to go for a thinner lens, as they can otherwise look obviously thick and bulky. Although available without, anti-glare and anti-scratch coatings are recommended for everyone who wears any prescription of glasses. Other options to suit different lifestyles include dust and water repellence, as well as smudge proofing.
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