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CAMPBELL, Calif., October 6, 2020 — Thélios, the eyewear expert of the world’s leading luxury group LVMH (Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton SE), has successfully gone live with Centric Software’s Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solution. Centric Software provides the most innovative enterprise solutions for fashion, retail, footwear, outdoor, luxury and consumer goods companies to achieve strategic and operational digital transformation goals.
Thélios was founded in 2017 when LVMH entered the eyewear industry by joining forces with sector expert Marcolin. Thélios covers every stage of the eyewear production cycle — designing, manufacturing and distributing sunglasses and optical frames for a number of high-profile LVMH Maisons including Celine, Loewe and Kenzo.
Davide Priore, IT Director at Thélios, explains, “LVMH’s prestigious luxury Maisons are known for their outstanding level of quality and our goal was to ensure those same standards for eyewear. Thélios was created to bring eyewear production in-house, rather than outsourcing, for complete control over the final product.”
At the very beginning, all the product information was stored in Excel spreadsheets; a time-consuming and not very efficient way of working. Today, Thélios handles 14 collections across seven brands a year. Thélios chose to start their PLM journey with Centric Software in March 2018 to centralize product information so different teams could refer to one source of truth for creating, managing and developing collections.
“One of our biggest challenges is the sheer volume of information we have for each product, from the very beginning to the end of the product lifecycle. We faced a decision of either attempting to customize our ERP or finding an existing solution to streamline our end-to-end workflow, we found Centric Fashion PLM — which is, without a doubt the best tool on the market in terms of usability and flexibility.”
“An integration between our ERP and Centric PLM enables us to centralize all data and access it easily — our teams no longer have to manually extract information, which is a huge plus. Customizing the ERP alone would not have allowed us to centralize data from ideation to product launch, as we have successfully achieved with Centric.”
Davide Priore states that one of the key benefits is the harmonization of calendars and timelines for all departments, from supply chain and product to technical teams as well as production and quality control.
“The biggest advantage is that, as the master of all data and information, Centric Fashion PLM is incredibly easy to use. It’s great to have one unique platform with a simple, easy to use interface and communication that’s accessible for anyone, working anywhere, and at any time.”
Davide Priore was also impressed by the rapid implementation facilitated by Centric’s Agile Deployment methodology. He comments that, “the on-boarding was very simple, and we were even able to conduct training sessions remotely, which was especially crucial during the recent lockdown.”
“From one day to the next, we had to put quick win activities in place to enable our staff to continue working from home when confinement measures were imposed. Thankfully, Centric PLM was easily accessible even to those without any technical knowledge.”
“Our work with Centric is more than just a relationship between a vendor and customer, it’s a true partnership and all ideas are up for discussion. I’m really happy about this.”
Chris Groves, President and CEO of Centric Software says, “We are thrilled that the implementation of Centric PLM was so successful especially in the midst of the pandemic. We are look forward to continuing our partnership with Thélios as they continue to innovate and grow.”
The name “Thélios” is the synthesis of the names of the Greek gods Theia, goddess of light and sight, and Helios, god of the sun. Born from the will of LVMH Group, world leader in luxury, to establish itself in the eyewear sector, Thélios designs, produces and distributes sunglasses and optical frames for some of its most prestigious Maisons: Celine, Loewe, Kenzo, Fenty, Fred, Berluti and Rimowa. With its Manifattura, located in Longarone, Italy, Thélios blends the distinct identity of each Maison with Italian craftsmanship to create exceptional luxury eyewear. Thélios offers its own “enlightened look” on the sector, providing the highest level of quality and excellence both in its products and service.
Centric Software (www.centricsoftware.com)
From its headquarters in Silicon Valley, Centric Software provides a Digital Transformation Platform for the most prestigious names in fashion, retail, footwear, luxury, outdoor, consumer goods and home décor. Centric’s flagship Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platform, Centric 8, delivers enterprise-class merchandise planning, product development, sourcing, quality and collection management functionality tailored for fast-moving consumer industries. Centric SMB provides innovative PLM technology and key industry learnings for emerging brands. Centric Visual Innovation Platform (VIP) offers a new fully visual and digital experience for collaboration and decision-making and includes the Centric Buying Board to transform internal buying sessions and maximize retail value and the Centric Concept Board for driving creativity and evolving product concepts. All Centric innovations shorten time to market, boost product innovation and reduce costs.
Centric Software is majority-owned by Dassault Systèmes (Euronext Paris: #13065, DSY.PA), the world leader in 3D design software, 3D Digital Mock Up and PLM solutions.
Centric Software has received multiple industry awards and recognition, including being named by Red Herring to its Top 100 Global list in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Centric also received various excellence awards from Frost & Sullivan in 2012, 2016 and 2018.
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