THE NEW Neighborhoods


The River Logo

March 26-29, 2020


Opening one day earlier than the general exhibit hall, The River boldly plants a flag for what an exhibition can be - a celebration of an industry steeped in innovation, discovery, and deep relationships that will ensure its prosperous future. Committed to leading the vision industry into its next decade, Vision Expo is paving the way with our new home for the most innovative designers and retailers in the business. The River is your dominion, a beautiful laboratory for your unique community to explore and sculpt the future of vision.

Opening Times and Access

A Vision Expo badge is all you need to gain entrance to The River. Register for a badge now to save time onsite.

Enjoy our Thursday grand debut on March 26th at 9:30am and be the first to explore and shop this landmark neighborhood within the Vision Expo experience.



Thursday, March 26

9:30am – 6:00pm

Friday, March 27 

9:30am – 6:00pm

Saturday, March 28

9:30am – 6:00pm

Sunday, March 29 

9:30am – 5:00pm

As an attendee you will enjoy:

  • Opening day Thursday March 26th, one day prior to the general Vision Expo exhibit hall
  • The finest assortment of distinguished independent designers
  • A community of like-minded retailers
  • The River Lounge, powered by Thélios, featuring curated content and a gallery-style Thélios pop-up installation
  • An exclusive buyer-focused boutique shopping experience
  • An elevated environment tailored to the needs of leading independent retailers and designers
  • VIP opening breakfast reception for Thursday, March 26 from 9:30am – 10:30am
  • Complimentary barista espresso service
  • Complimentary enhanced WiFi

The River Event Schedule

For more information about events at The River, click here.

Thursday, March 26

9:30am – 10:30am

Opening Breakfast Reception

2:30pm – 3:30pm

Conversations at The River: The Art of the Collab

5:00pm – 7:00pm

Vision Expo 2020 Talent Search Reception, supported by the edCFDA, please RSVP here  

Friday, March 27

11:00am – 11:45am

Thélios presents “The Evolution of the Luxury Consumer”

5:00pm – 6:30pm

OWA Annual Star Award Cocktail Reception & Networking Event

Saturday, March 28

2:30pm – 3:30pm  

Conversations at The River: The Next Generation of Retailers Speed Dating (invitation required)


The River Floor Plan

March 27-29, 2020

An evolution of our dynamic Galleria, The Union is the ultimate shopping experience for the industry’s hottest collections, each with an unforgettable point-of-view. A discerning edit of eyewear from the exclusive, hip, and fashion-forward lifestyle brands we know and love comes to life in these aisles. Explore The Union to discover new launches, pop culture inspired collaborations, and “talk-of-the-show” trends in this energetic showcase. 

As an attendee you will enjoy

  • An eclectic assortment of iconic brands
  • Newly designed exhibit spaces that amplify the energy of this stylish neighborhood
  • Adjacency to The Bridge featuring notable speakers, seating, music and complimentary refreshments
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Home of the new Springs neighborhood


The Springs Floor Plan

The Union Booth

March 27-29, 2020

The Springs delivers a bold platform for the next generation of optical icons. A true discovery zone, this is Vision Expo’s incubator for emerging talent in eyewear design and vision innovation. Nestled amongst some of the industry’s most prestigious brands in the heart of The Union, The Springs is where top buyers dive into collections by the industry’s ones-to-watch and are privy to a first glimpse of these rising optical stars.

Committed to leading the vision industry into its next decade, Vision Expo is paving the way with our new home for the newest and most innovative designers in the business.

As an attendee you will enjoy

  • An exciting array of groundbreaking talent
  • A newly designed neighborhood that highlights the brightest and boldest in emerging designers
  • Adjacency to The Bridge featuring notable speakers, seating, music and complimentary refreshments
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • A space to explore 22 emerging designers including SpiltMilk and Tyche + Iset Eyewear, winners of the inaugural Vision Expo Talent Search competition, supported by the eyewear designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA). RSVP for a reception celebrating the winners on Thursday, March 26 at 5:00 PM in The River Lounge, powered by Thélios.


The Union Floor Plan

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