Our Story

The Fabris Lane story starts over 40 years ago


Rod Lane and Mario Fabris began their careers in sunglasses in 1971 when they joined the Mazzucchelli Group in Italy.

Mario became Commercial Director of the sunglasses division in Italy, whilst Rod became a Director of the sunglasses division in the UK subsidiary.

The Birth of Fabris Lane

In 1982 Rod and Mario started their own sunglasses consultancy business, transferring Mazzuchelli's trademarks and stocks to Addis with whom they went into partnership.

Addis provided finance, warehousing and distribution while Fabris Lane took care of design, manufacturing (Italy and the Far East), marketing and sales.

The partnership prospered and by the late eighties had become Britain's largest sunglasses business


In 1993 Fabris Lane formed their own complete sunglasses business, launching their own trademarks in 1994.

The headquarters were set up at Chessington in Surrey, where the marketing, design and sales teams were united with the testing laboratory, warehousing, distribution and finance teams.

Fabris Lane created branded licensed and private label collections for much of the British High Street.

The Future

In 2015 Fabris Lane became an affiliate of FGX International and Essilor marking a new beginning of the business and an increased focus on optical and reading glasses and international markets.