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Alain Afflelou

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Alain Afflelou (French pronunciation: ​[alɛ̃ afləlu]) is a French optician and businessman, born 1 January 1948 in Mascara, French Algeria,[1] to a father working in trade. He is the founder of his eponymous brand for optics. After having lived in Geneva and Paris, he was living between Paris and Biarritz before settling in London.[2]

Retail chain[edit]

Alain Afflelou
File:Alain Afflelou (retail chain) logo.png
Founded 📆1972; 48 years ago (1972) in Le Bouscat
Founder 👔
Number of locations
894 (2007)
Areas served 🗺️
France, Italy, Spain, Portugal
OwnerLion Capital LLP
Number of employees

Alain Afflelou is also the name of the French retail chain specializing in optical services and sales of the Alain Afflelou brand of eyewear. Created in 1972 in Le Bouscat by Alain Afflelou (the original shop still exists), as of 2007 the company had over 894 stores, 201 of which are in Spain.

In 2006, Bridgepoint Capital, a UK investment firm, acquired a majority stake in the company.

In 2010, Alain Afflelou Jr., opened his first boutique in Milan with Luigi J. Zubizarreta, the son of the wealthy businessman Giuseppe Zubizarreta. Alain Afflelou Jr., is the associate of Luigi J. Zubizarreta since 2005.

On 30 April 2012 Bridgepoint Capital announced a period of exclusivity has been offered to Lion Capital with the intention of reaching an agreement between Alain Afflelou and Bridgepoint for Lion to acquire the business.


  1. "Opticien très visible, Alain Afflelou, 48 ans, est aussi le président des Girondins qui jouent ce soir pour une place en finale de la Coupe de l'UEFA. Il reste malgré tout snobé par Bordeaux. Le hors-venu". Libération. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. « Afflelou dénonce une "guerre contre ceux qui réussissent" ».

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