A&A Optical = Affordable & Appealing Eyewear

Kelly Slater

If you have ever been to a show and seen these blinking red Jalapeno lights, you know somewhere on that trade show floor was AA Optical. I think Robert Liener (President) must have bought 10 million of those blinking Jalapeno’s because I swear if you were at a trade show, everyone was wearing one!

A&A Optical, established in 1971, is a family owned, independent eyewear company based out of Texas. I got to know them via blinking Jalapenos about 10 years ago,  but if you haven’t been to a trade show, you probably know them because they had the remarkable smarts to pick up PEZ Eyewear,  like in the candy, like the collectible PEZ containers. PEZ Eye Candy Eyewear for kids.

Over the years they have launched quite a few collections, but the current collection that stands out is Quiksilver Eyewear. When they signed the licensing agreement and we posted the press release, we had two consumers asking where to get the product- it wasn’t even out yet, so we know it was going to be a winner. Both Quiksilver Eyewear (Quiksilver won Surf Industry of the Year Awards) and Roxy are two of the top recognized sport and surf names in the world. Not only that Kelly Slater, Top surfer in the world is a Quiksilver spokesperson.

You know how hard it is to find stylish large men eyeglasses! They got it!  XXL, extra Large eyewear for men with style as you would expect this is one of their top selling collections. We all know how many big heads there are out there. (no pun intended!) Ron Jaworski, ESPN Monday Night Football analyst and former NFL star quarterback is the spokesperson for XXL collection.

Rounding out their eyewear collections, Jalapenos (Kids) and Cruz (Men) And the Alexander Collection.

For those who need budget eyewear, The New Globe collection can fullfil those needs.

PEZ Eyewear

As for PEZ Eyewear, They still got it, a very cute kids line. Just For PEZ Fun -Some Trivia:

  • The highest verifiable sale of Pez dispenser was a private sale of a Mickey Mouse softhead at $7000 between an Austrian dealer and a California collector. This dispenser was never available for sale to the public, and was a factory prototype.
  • The Pez candies are produced in Traun and Orange, Connecticut.
  • Early PEZ dispensers did not have heads on them. They were what is known now as “regulars”
  • In 2010, PEZ released a Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs set, featuring a story book. These are the first characters featured on the “Short Stem” body. Only 250,000 sets were made.
  • The annual PEZ Collection Show is called PeZaMania (Held this year in Cleveland, OH)

What Else!

  • AA Optical Supports Susan B Komen For Breast Cancer and Unite For Sight.
  • You can order online
  • Facebook Page
  • Linked In (A&A Optical)
  • CE is available on their website
  • They are really nice people.
  • They are now one of our sponsors! We thank them for their support!

If you are going to Vision Expo East, they will be there Booth 3274. We hope you visit them and check out their website aaopticalco.com or give them a call @ 800.492.4465.

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