A Tribute to Arnold Schmied

Silhouette Founder Bequeaths Eyewear Legacy

12th February 2014 The Board of Directors and Employees of Silhouette International Schmied AG in Linz, Austria, have announced the passing of visionary Silhouette founder, Arnold Schmied Sr., on 31st January 2014. Schmied was an eyewear pioneer. He and his wife Anneliese founded Silhouette in 1964, and the company celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.


Lightness, Style and Authenticity: Silhouette Eyewear
Lightness, Style and Authenticity: Silhouette Eyewear

Schmied was among the first to visualize eyewear as a fashion accessory; he had the desire to create frames that enabled people to look chic and smart, while improving their vision. He was an enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit, with courage and a passion for eyewear. He initiated many concepts that led the brand to be distributed worldwide, and now employs 1500 people internationally.

OGI Eyewear
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The Eyestylist team extends sincerest condolences to the Silhouette family, friends and employees. www.silhouette.com JG