Team

TEAM MEMBERS

With over 60 years of combined eyewear experience,Vitra Eyewear Group is a luxury optical company founded by three partnerswith a long history of innovation in luxury retailing.

MARVIN FREEMAN

PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER

Mr. Marvin Freeman has been an icon in the luxury eyewear retail industry for over 40 years. He is an innovative entrepreneur who has successfully launched close to one hundred luxury eyewear stores world-wide. Freeman is a firm believer that designer eyewear is a necessary accessory like fine jewelry. He has a rare talent for choosing the most unique eyewear for his stores. Freeman has always maintained that the lenses in a frame should be as beautiful as the eyewear that holds them. He implemented a custom lens designing method that is still used to this day.

COSMAS N. LYKOS

PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER

Cosmas Lykos graduated with Honors from Duke University School of Law. Lykos served as Vice President of Business Development and Chief Legal Officer of Oakley, Inc., a NYSE publicly-traded sports and technical eyewear, apparel, accessories and retail company.  Later, he became Co-owner and President of the Optical Shop International, a designer and distributor of licensed eyewear brands, including Chrome Hearts and Blinde. He was also a minority owner and member of the Board of Directors of Dragon Alliance, a global action sports inspired eyewear brand. Lykos has been a force in both the retail and wholesale eyewear fields for almost 20 years.

JOSHUA PIANKO

PARTNER/CO-FOUNDER

Joshua Pianko began his business relationship with Marvin Freeman in 2007. Planko’s analytical and financial acumen provided the foundation for their new partnership. Together they translated their shared vision to the Chinese marketplace and introduced customers to a heretofore-unknown eyewear experience. Pianko’s philosophies on success are based on implementing his core business values: hard work, flawless operations, and attention to detail.

MARIELA M. FUENTES

BUYER/MERCHANDISER

Mariela M. Fuentes comes to Vitra from fabulous South America.  She has been immersed in luxury eyewear for almost 30 years.  Having worked with a variety of companies, from store side to the management side, Mariela has amassed priceless knowledge of the industry.  As buyer and merchandiser for Vitra eyewear, Mariela exhibits a rare gift for searching out the most unique frames in the world.  Her talent for choosing the finest luxury brands, then hand selecting the perfect mix of styles, colors, materials and design elements is what truly defines Vitra’s diverse eyewear collection.

VITRA EYEWEAR SOUTH COAST PLAZA TEAM

The Vitra Eyewear boutique boasts four American Board Certified Opticians who are also tint specialists, masters in frame styling and adjustments, as well as highly skilled custom-tailored luxury eyewear professionals. Our sales team is trained in all facets of eyewear, fluent in multiple languages, and is passionate about customer service. Together, the Vitra Eyewear South Coast Plaza team has over 50 years of experience.

David Abernathy – Vitra Eyewear/South Coast Plaza

Plaza Manager

David Abernathy has been in the business of selling Luxury Eyewear since 2000, starting at Optika in South Coast Plaza. In 2005 he transitioned to Optical Shop of Aspen at Fashion Island in Newport Beach as the store manager.  While there, Abernathy took on the challenge of developing on site Service Laboratories, which included setting up equipment/machinery, training lab associates, and implementing the most efficient procedures to deliver outstanding lens quality. In 2013, he joined the Luxury Optical Holdings team as manager of the Davante South Coast Plaza location, where he continued to demonstrate his inherent ability to build customer trust and relationships. Vitra Eyewear is proud to call David Abernathy the Manager of its premier boutique.

Nestör Cordero

Assistant Manager / Optician

Karin Abernathy

Optician

Kianaz

Optician

Sonia Martinez

Optician

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