CHRISTIAN ROTH AND ERIC DOMÈGE have created a visionary EYEWEAR BRAND that defines trends and sets fashion standards
Live. Love. Laugh. Thrive. Protect. Survive. Mantras for the 21st Century. Words that inspire the enduring nature of Christian Roth. More chic than cool, more fun than fad, more sexy than sassy, more design than “designer”. If eyes are the windows into our soul, then our choice of eyewear must surely reveal the truth that lies within. (Read more about us…)
In a perfect fusion of flawless design and craft, Christian Roth and Eric Domege have created eyewear featuring innovative silhouettes, techniques and colorations that have placed them on the forefront of fashion. Much admired, their storied success has ensured global reach and a distinguished international reputation. Christian, born in Germany, and Eric from France, met in New York City in 1983, where they were working in optical, fashion photography and marketing, respectively. In 1984 they founded Optical Affairs and were quickly hailed by the fashion community as fresh talents that would go on to change the course of luxury eyewear. As one of the world’s leading optical designers, Christian Roth went on to set trends in the market, not follow them. The pair’s view was that eyewear should make its own statement as a piece of fashion, stemming from a myriad of historical and cultural influences. In 1990, Roth was celebrated for his vision and was inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). His work in propelling the eyewear market forward, specifically in his innovative use of titanium and handmade acetate, set the brand apart. The induction was especially important to the eyewear industry overall, as this was the first time an eyewear designer had ever been awarded into this esteemed circle of designers. In 1998, Christian and Eric formed a partnership with the Charmant Group to produce and distribute Christian Roth eyewear worldwide. The Japanese manufacturer has a worldwide reputation for technical expertise and knowledge, especially in the use of titanium. The new millennium saw Christian Roth paving the path to fame within design circles. In 2002 the pair was honored by the art world with the inclusion of their designs from the 1980’s and 1990’s in the “Taking Eyeglasses Seriously” exhibition at the Triennale di Milano. From 2000 to 2004, Christian and Eric joined forces with Michael Kors on his eyewear collections. The duo also teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld on his fashion eyewear line from 2007 to 2011. In 2010 Christian Roth ended its partnership with Charmant and in the following year granted Korean-based eyewear firm BCD Korea, Co. Ltd (Beyond Cliché Design) the license to produce and distribute Christian Roth eyewear throughout Asia. In 2012 Christian Roth and Eric Domege founded the firm Optical Affairs Company and launched their crisp and modern e-commerce destination christian-roth.com during New York’s Fall/Winter 2013 Fashion Week. The Christian Roth name has become synonymous with luxury eyewear and iconic design. The frames are worn on such tastemakers as Kate Moss, Rihanna, Daphne Guinness and Lenny Kravitz and appear consistently in top international fashion publications.
CHRISTIAN ROTH SERIES 2800
For Optical Affairs NYC
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”
Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1852)
CELEBRATE 20/20 MAGAZINE
Photo by Vision Monday Christian Roth
The Accessories Council recently honored 20/20 Magazine with its annual Hall of Fame Award during a ceremony at Tao in Las Vegas. 40 years of publishing the latest eyewear fashions, style, trends, news and much more. Accepting the award were our friends James Spina, VP, editor-in-chief and Marc Ferrara, publisher/CEO. Congratulations! A special treat to be photographed with Gloria Nicola, 20/20’s iconic feature & fashion editor since 1987. For 27+ years, Gloria was infallibly tuned in on finding the newest trends; always traveling with her shoulder bag – like a skilled hunter – visiting the international eyewear tradeshows around the world. Dear Gloria, thank you for your kind words in your farewell letter, but as you write, you are only clicks away! We wish you all the best.
ISABEL TOLEDO 2015
styled by Bernat Buscato
Christian Roth Cuban born Isabel Toledo is one of our favorite designers. An avid seamstress from a young age, Toledo’s work reflects not only a distinct design sense but a keen understanding of garment construction and appreciation for the geometric intricacies of pattern shapes. We all remember the lemongrass yellow wool lace shift dress with matching overcoat which the First Lady selected to wear at the first inauguration of Barack Obama in 2008, it was a creation by Isabel Toledo. We were privileged to attend her first fashion show in 1985 in New York and to meet her husband Ruben Toledo, the Cuban-Amercian artist. A few years later, Isabel stopped presenting biannual collections, instead choosing to create on her own schedule. Therefore, we were very flattered when Bernart Buscato asked us recently if we like to collaborate on the sunglasses – along with the famed shoe designer Edmundo Castillo – for Isabel’s spring/summer 2015 fashion show Camuflash de Moda “Six O’Clock Tea – 20th Edition at La Rural”, a famous event created by Carminne Dodero in Buenos Aires. Congratulations! Notice Isabel herself hiding elegantly in the right hand photograph behind one of her beautiful #FashionNuns.
Photo by Patrick McMullan
Christian Roth Forever in fashion. This November marks 30 years since the restaurant Indochine, a favorite chiceteria of the art and fashion crowd, opened in New York – and more than 20 years since our friend Jean-Marc Houmard became co-owner. An amazing big beautiful bash last Friday – a night of red decadence with incredible performances by Company XIV – and a special, super-collectible red Indochine MAC lipstick mark the occasion. Happy Birthday Indochine and thank you for making us feel at home since 1984! #30spectacularYears
MSERINSITA.COM WENT LIVE!
Photo by Rainer Hoesch
Christian Roth Referred to as a Socialite, an ‘It Girl,’ and a Taste Maker, this Journalist and Philanthropist turned Blogger (and street-style star) Erin Newberg a.k.a. MsErinsita travels the globe, documenting her outfits and capturing the style scene with her Samsung Galaxy camera. You also may catch her being photographed by international and renowned photographers when they are visiting her native Miami Beach. In this picture, Erin is photographed in Vintage Valentino for her feature in Germany’s H.O.M.E. Magazine at the Standard Hotel on Miami Beach, by the Austrian born and L.A. based lens man Rainer Hoesch. Visit and follow our dear friend and muse on Instagram @mserinsita or at www.MsErinsita.com
THE CFDA FOCUSES ON … EYEWEAR!
Greetings from Las Vegas
from left to right: Christian Roth, Selima Salaun, Larry Leight, Robert Marc, Shane Baum, Gai Gherardi and Blake Kuwahara
13 Eyewear Designers of the CFDA #edCFDA representing 10 true eyewear brands have formalized this new group under the umbrella of the CFDA: L.A. Eyeworks’ Barbara McReynolds and Gai Gherardi, Blake Kuwahara’s Blake Kuwahara, Christian Roth’s Christian Roth, Illesteva’s Daniel Silberman and Justin Salguero, Oliver Peoples’ Larry Leight, Grey Ant’s Natalie Levy and Grant Krajecki, Barton Perreira’s Patty Perreira, Robert Marc’s Robert Marc, Selima Optique’s Selima Salaun and Leisure Society’s Shane Baum. Gherardi, Kuwahara, Roth and Salaun serve on the 4 executive members committee with Roth acting as the group’s spokesman.
C for Carlos by Christian Roth
Photo by Kate Benson
Christian Roth The Christian Roth 2015 new unisex releases designed by Roth & Domege – handcrafted in the Italian Dolomites out of environmental friendly acetate – are inspired by 20th century art which turns into exquisitely elaborate collages and cut-outs, their fascination for clashing strong colors, a flurry of contrast, and unpredictable pairings, practical needs for an easy-to-wear-optical frame without looking at a sea of optical sameness … and by Carlos Venegas, the young, talented, independent and stylish optician born in Columbia. He is the owner of Artsee Miami at 1111 Lincoln. His overwhelming enthusiasm about our latest releases made us name our newest design “C for Carlos”. All together primary cool!
Summer is over
Time to go shopping
Snakes bite! Poisonous, but you will be seduced by these unique Christian Roth for Optical Affairs 1985 vintage sunglasses entirely wrapped with genuine lizard skin. A true wonder of craftsmanship! Aren’t you looking forward for fall?
“The 50 Most Iconic Sunglasses Of All Time” What a wonderful compliment to be included with two of our designs in New York Magazine. Thank you!
2/50 Kurt Cobain’s Christian Roths Immortalized on the face of the Nirvana front man and Grunge God, these pale oval shades helped cement Cobain’s grubby, androgynous cool. 5/50 The Fashion Pope of Chanel is never seen without the following: a low silver pony, a billowing ascot, and a pair of black shades. They could be Wayfarers, aviators, black-as-night opaque, or north-south gradient, but they all guarantee complete pupil obscurity for King Karl. We designed these shades with Marchon’s Giancarla Agnoli.
Photo by Anthony Turano
Ford Model Tea Moir makes her first cover in mirrored Christian Roth Fly Girl sunglasses. See the new summer 2014 issue of Remark Magazine. Vices of Miami: just in time for Mercedes-Benz fashion week swim!
Styled by Jeile Marie, hair and makeup by Melanie Viger, available at Artsee Miami and thank you to the editors of Remark Magazine.
Image from the New Campaign for Christian Roth Eyewear Sunglasses #30spectacularYears
SAVE THE DATE!
Meet Christian & Eric at Optometrix in Beverly Hills
Celebrate Christian Roth eyewear #30SpectacularYears and preview of the 2015 collection in the famed 90210 zip code
P.S.: Dr. Myles Zakheim made sure that the event is taking place on a day when the world’s soccer players are taking a rest in Rio De Janeiro!
CHRISTIAN ROTH POP-UP SHOP
at Optometrix Beverly Hills during summer 2014
Christian Roth “There is always plenty of sunshine in Los Angeles to wear our sunglasses, and it is the capital of fabulous sunnies, everyone is a star, I Iove L.A. ” says Christian Roth. Celebrate Christian Roth Eyewear #30spectacularyears in the famed 90210 zip code. Dr. Myles Zakheim – eyewear visionary and owner of the luxury L.A. based Optometrix optical stores – is hosting a Christian Roth Pop-up shop at his Beverly Hills location 375 N Beverly Drive during summer 2014. Optometrix presents exclusively the work of the design duo Christian Roth and Eric Domege, highlighting the latest optical and sunglasses releases as well as the signature pieces of Christian Roth Eyewear from the past decades. Accompanying the Pop-up shop is the newest image of the fall/winter campaign photographed by the artists Formento+Formento, starring Jennifer McManis, this photograph is devoted to Optometrix.