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.
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.
By Formento + Formento
Christian Roth The second image to be unveiled starring beautiful Jennifer McManis in a sexy 1962 AMC Rambler Ambassador. “Having a moment!” The inspiration of the photographers Richeille and BJ Formento – known as Formento + Formento – behind this photograph from their New Campaign for Christian Roth Eyewear Sunglasses #30spectacularYears. Christian Roth V.I.P. shades.
Sexy, Edgy and Mysterious
By Formento + Formento
Christian Roth “The world is full of fictional characters looking for their stories”, a quote by Diane Arbus. The inspiration of the photographers Richeille and BJ Formento behind their New Campaign for Christian Roth Eyewear #30spectacularYears. This image – the first to be unveiled starring Jennifer McManis – is not only about eyewear, it is creative and inspiring, while telling an artful and unexpected story. Richeille and BJ known as Formento + Formento were the most talked about photographers during the last Art Basel in Miami. It is our pride to have an ongoing creative dialogue with the two.
Onward Christian …
By James Spina for 20/20 Magazine Christian Roth
Christian Roth “No one… let’s repeat that… NO ONE personifies Our Eyewear in creativity, concept and consideration with a strong sense of independence and class better than Christian Roth. This frame from Christian Roth and Eric Domège is eyewear heritage with a past, a present and a HUGE future.” quote by 20/20’s editor-in-chief James Spina narrating the New May Cover of 20/20 Magazine which is devoted to Christian Roth Fly Girl eyeglasses. A very special compliment. Thank you! Spotted on model Veronika Losyuk, photographed by Bleacher + Everard and styled by eyewear guru Gloria Nicola. The Must-have issue of the season. Boring is out. This is fun, creative eyewear fashion for fun. Bravo 20/20 Magazine! Totally Ours.
Eric Domège and Christian Roth
30 years later name:Christian Roth
Christian Roth A beautiful outtake of our Miami Magazine “Men of Style” photo shoot was caught in front of our treasured Christopher Makos twin canvases by lens-woman and expecting mother, Kate Benson. Thank you Kate, and congrats on the new baby! Many thanks to the amazing editors at Miami Magazine and publicist Edison Lozada for making this magical moment happen. #thirtyspectacularyears
THE PURSUIT OF STYLE
By the Council of Fashion Designers of America
Published by Abrams, ‘the Pursuit of Style’ is an all-new, original collection of clever, charming, and often hilarious musings from American fashion’s biggest designers. The book culls the best pieces of advice and insight from a survey conducted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) of its 400-plus members, including Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, Betsey Johnson, Narciso Rodriguez, Donna Karan, and Ralph Lauren, among many others, including Christian Roth and more eyewear designers. From tips and tricks for breaking into a fashion career, to essential wardrobe items, to favorite words of wisdom, this book provides a glimpse inside the fashion world’s most creative minds and offers readers an endless amount of inspiration. Illustrated by Bil Donovan, this stylish package is the must-have fashion gift book of the season which just hit shelves. Above, 3 advices from the book: “Every woman should own” ….