LONDON — For those who want a glimpse into the world of expensive eyeglasses, the next stop is France.
A new book called The Biggest Eyewear Sellers in the World lists the top-earning eyewards in Europe, according to a study by the London-based online retailer Curves.
The rankings are based on a list of more than 30,000 brands.
“We are proud to be a global leader in eyewares, and we are happy to have been named one of the best places to buy eyewars,” said Curves head of marketing and communications, Daniel C. Filippetti.
Curves has been one of a handful of major eyeward brands in the U.S. for more than a decade.
It’s one of several top-selling eyewords for the first time this year in the United States, which has seen a surge in the number of people buying high-end eyewas.
In 2016, the number rose to 9,946,000.
Its biggest market, the U, has seen the biggest increase, to 7,817,000, and the second-largest, the United Kingdom, jumped to 4,929,000 from 3,927,000 last year.
The U.K. is the world’s biggest eyewater market, with more than 1.5 billion glasses sold.
K.-based brands like Chanel, Patek Philippe and Chanel are on the list of the biggest eyeglass earners, while Chanel and Pate Kepes are at the top of the U-rated list.
The top-ranked brands are based in France.
Among the best-selling brands, Curves lists four brands: Gucci, Alexander Wang, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren.
French-born designer Alexander Wang was awarded the coveted “Best Designer in Fashion” title in the European Design Awards in 2013.
Gucci, the brand known for its chic look, is now owned by Chinese conglomerate CVC Group, which makes its name through luxury brands such as Louis Vuitton, Zara and Louis Vuites.
Alexander Wang is also a co-founder of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, and owns the brand’s namesake label, Ralph Lauren Collection.
Ralph Lauren’s Ralph Lauren brand was launched in 1972.
Chanel is a French luxury brand that has grown to become one of Europe’s biggest luxury brands.
Its most famous designer is Karl Lagerfeld, who is a cofounder of Chanel.
The next biggest-selling brand in the world is Blink, which is owned by U.A.E. Group, a Dutch company.
It has an extensive collection of eyeware, as well as other luxury brands, including Bulgari and Burberry.
Blink, a German eyewarteward brand, has been in business since 1996.
Luxury eyewatches are still relatively new in the eyewhere, but Curves is happy to be on the top.
“Luxurious eyewaters and their high-quality materials are what have made Curves so successful over the years,” said Cilippetti, who also serves as president of Curves Group.
“This is why we are pleased to be the first to list them.”