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Stefano Barizza named Head of Design at ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR

Katharina Schlager will be the new Creative Director of ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR

Hartberg, September 2018 – Stefano Barizza was named the new Head of Design at the eyewear brand ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR. The native Italian comes from the Michael Pachleitner Group and has been working for international eyewear companies for over 22 years. Barizza has many years of industry expertise and will lead the ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR design team in the future.

Stefano Barizza began his career in Italy working at Safilo Group as Senior Product Industrialization Manager, where he was in charge of eyewear brands like Gucci, YSL, Bottega Veneta and Boucheron. Following this, Barizza worked for the luxury eyewear brand Alain Mikli as Head of Product Development, before he worked most recently at Michael Pachleitner Group as Head of Design.

Starting September 2018, Barizza will be the new Head of Design at ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR and is in charge of the design department. Katharina Schlager, CEO and former Head of Design, will lead the company as Creative Director in the future. “We are excited to welcome Stefano Barizza to the ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR team. His exceptional vision for design and international experience are going to play an important part in developing our brand.” says Katharina Schlager. “ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR has rapidly grown over the last years and besides our factory in Hartberg, we acquired a second manufactory in St. Pierre,France. Additionally, we opened a new creative office in Berlin, started the subsidiary in New York and expanded the headquarter in Hartberg.”

Restructuring the human resources by adding Stefano Barizza is a strategically important step to guarantee future development. Katharina Schlager: “In Stefano Barizza we have found someone who understands the world of ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR and who will support us with his vision in the future.”

ANDY WOLF EYEWEAR with its headquarter in Austria’s Hartberg is available worldwide in 69 countries. The glasses and sunglasses are sold at selected optician and concept stores. Besides the headquarter in Hartberg with the close-by factory, another manufactory was acquired in the French Jura region in 2016. The subsidiary ANDY WOLF, North America was founded with its headquarter in New York in the same year. A creative office was opened in Berlin in 2017 and the expansion of the headquarter in Hartberg was completed in 2018.

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Katharina Schlager, CEO & Creative Director                                                                                                          Stefano Barizza, Head of Design