– since 1984 –
CHRISTIAN ROTH AND ERIC DOMÈGE have created a visionary EYEWEAR BRAND that defines trends and sets fashion standardsLive. 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…)
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Instagram allows one to be a photographer, an art director, a stylist, a writer and an archivist. To connect globally, to share beautiful images, private moments, witty messages, and, of course, news and fun stories. We invite our Instagram followers to post images with relevance and hashtag them #christianroth. Our favorites might become a News Story, like the one posted by our follower @diegofresco. It feels like yesterday when we met the picture perfect blond with her blowing hair and ultra bright smile in our instant chic maker Series 6558 photographed by Perry Hagopian in 1993. Two words: Opposites attract!
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Christian Roth Woman …. The journey is the destination! The artists Richeille and BJ Formento continued their road trip to Mexico to create luscious images that explore the ideas and presence of voyeuristic mystery. Are we part of the crowd or are we the heroine? Rebecca Lawson in Christian Roth reflective mirrored sunglasses.Formento + Formento are presented by Michelle Edelman’s Traffic Creative Management NYC.
DIETRICH & RIEFENSTAHL“Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives” by Karin Wieland. German title: “Der Traum der neuen Frau.” When Marlene Dietrich’s name is mentioned anywhere, anytime, there is sparkle, admiration, fascination and respect for the world’s leading star of the 20th century, and not only that, Marlene Dietrich was an early and fierce advocate against the Third Reich. When Leni Riefenstahl’s name is mentioned, let’s say, at least, one could raise an eyebrow. No question, her name became the benchmark for pioneering modern photography and filmmaking which has inspired so many and will inspire many more. When we were offered the book ‘Dietrich & Riefenstahl’ written by the German author, Karin Wieland, first, we admit, we were confused, we found it hard to conceive of a greater contrast. Of course, Eric and myself couldn’t wait to start reading it. Both – Dietrich & Riefenstahl – are German women born in Berlin in ca. 1900. They were both very beautiful in their ways, femme fatale, very talented, intelligent, highly driven and fashion icons before this word existed. There were numerous lines of convergence and points of contact between the two. They both represented “the dream of the new woman” as Karin Wieland demonstrates brilliantly in her voluminous, meticulously researched, and gripping dual biography. The reader learns intriguing, private, sometimes almost explicit and interesting details of history and lifestyle of both artists and the zeitgeist. We don’t want to say much more, except, these historically proven details about Marlene Dietrich make us love her even more. She, herself, might not have liked so much some private parts of it. Never mind. “The Dietrich” would have loved this book because when Leni Riefenstahl’s memoirs were published in 1987, Marlene Dietrich made no bones about her antipathy to them, and she declared that “everything in these memoirs (by Riefenstahl) was a stinking pack of lies by a once-fervent devotee of Hitler.” Thank you Karin Wieland for writing history about this period and explaining in a fascinating and fair style the true facts about these two women – based on an enormous amount of historical research – for past, our and future generations. The only “downside” until now, the book is not (yet) available in the English language. Good news: we just learned, the translation has been done by Shelley Frisch! The English version is going through a 2nd recitation as we post this story, and will be released in October 2015 with an even more dramatic cover and will become the most exciting fall/winter reading of 2015/16 in the English speaking countries. An absolute Must Read. “Dietrich & Riefenstahl – Hollywood, Berlin, and a Century in Two Lives” by Karin Wieland published by Norton.
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from Isabel and Ruben ToledoChristian Roth
The Magical Illustrations of Ruben Toledo!
We love the watercolors
and their vision of sunglasses,
their words and their talent.
Isabel and Ruben a marriage
of love, passion, art and fashion.
Save the date: Friday December 19thChristian Roth
Looking forward to welcome you with our dear friend Selima Salaun and her fabulous team at Selima Optique Soho in New York. Preview Christian Roth spring/summer 2015 spectacles and sunnies.
Save the Date: Thursday December 18thChristian Roth
Artsee Miami’s Carlos Venegas will host a special Christian Roth Eyewear presentation on Thursday December 18th 5-8pm at 1648 Lenox Avenue @1111LincolnRoad, we will be there to wish everyone in Miami our season’s greetings and to present our latest designs! dap·per adjective (typically of a man) neat and trim in dress, appearance, or bearing. Synonyms: smart, spruce, trim, debonair, neat, well dressed, well groomed, well turned out, elegant, chic, dashing; informal snazzy, snappy, natty, sharp, spiffy, fly – think Dan Draper. This photograph was taken by Eric’s cousin Louise Dramard during Paris Fashion Week. The model is Paul, and he styled himself with our latest red mirrored sunglasses. Paul Dramard is our Paris based photo-reporter and fits perfectly the description of dapper.
with our friends from around the worldChristian Roth
An intimate dinner last Saturday at our winter residence to cloture Art Basel Miami 2014: To our delight, Erin Newberg’s date turned out to be the legendary social photographer Patrick McMullan whom we adore and know for three decades. Patrick could not resist to capture our guests and the mood of the evening – the famous lens man decided to post the pictures on his website. And www.mserinsita.com said on her blog “my philosophy: you know a dinner party is a success when not one person is on the phone the entire evening”. Two wonderful compliments.Clockwise from top left: Eric Domege & Christian Roth, Erin Newberg & Lauren Gnazzo, BJ Formento, Lauren Gnazzo, Eric Domege, Patrick McMullan, Richeille Formento, Britt & Fiona West, Lauren Gnazzo, Christian Roth, Marne Grainger, Richeille Formento, BJ Formento, Eric Domege & Erin Newberg, Erin Newberg & Michelle Edelman, Kristin Brockstedt-Kuhnle, Eric Domege & Erin Newberg. All pictures by Patrick McMullan.
30 years went by so fast. Never had we imagined to be celebrated for our work. Thank you for all the influential voices over three decades who made it possible!Adam Glassman, Adrienne Vittadini, Agyness Deyn, Al Berg, Alberto Zanoletti, Alessandra Albarello, Alex Reese, Alexander Geringer, Amy Larocca, Andreas Schulz, Andy Warhol, Anna Anderson, Anna de la Russo, Anna Wintour, Anne Slowey, Arnaud Mange, Ashley Brozic, Astrid Doil, Barbara Mahler, Bernat Buscato, Bettina Greiner, BJ Formento, Brigitte Nielsen, Bruce Weber, Bruno Klotz, Candy Pratts Price, Carol Schatz, Carla Bruni, Carlos Venegas, Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele, Caroline de Fayet Metayer, Caroline Tell, Catherine Martin-Domège, Christelle Bieuville, Christiane Arp, Christopher Makos, Cindy Weber Cleary, Claudia Beran, Clodagh Norton, Cristiana Silighini, Cristina Frasca, Dahlen, Dale Steiner Newberg, Daphne Guiness, Denis Colomb, Diana Ross, Diane von Fuerstenberg, Dick van der Niet, Dora Händel, Edgar Otte, Edward Beiner, Elissa Santisi, Ellyn Chestnut, Eric Wright, Erin Newberg, Erin Sumwalt, Fern Mallis, Filipa Fino, Freddie Leiba, Friquette Thevenet, Garth Condit, Ginger Harris, Gisela Humphreys, Giulia Foroni, Giulio Martinelli, Glenn O’Brien, Gloria Nicola, Gregory Wein, Hal Rubenstein, Harriet Mays Powell, Hedy Gold, Helmut Lang, Helmut Newton, Ines Stüben, Inga Griese, Inka Marnette, Isaac Mizrahi, Isabel + Ruben Toledo, Isabelle Rovillé, James Spina, James Watanabe, Jan-Henning Brockstedt, Jane Hsiang, Jannis Tsipoulanis, Jenny Capitän, Jessica Wolff, Joe McKenna, Joey Arias, Julio Santiago, Junji Horikawa, Kai Margrander, Kaoru Horikawa, Karen McCormack, Karl Lagerfeld, Karl Templer, Kate Moss, Kate Spade, Katharina Flohr, Kathrin Seidel, Kelly Talamas, Kenny Scharf, Kerstin Schneider, Kristin Brockstedt-Kuhnle, Kunio Ito, Larry Sands, Lauren Gnazzo, Leah Karp, Lee Radziwill, Lele Acquarone, Lenny Kravitz, Lily Keflay Gentil, Linda Wells, Lisa Smilor, Loren Laney, Luis R Rigual, Madeline Weeks, Manuela Amzallag, Marc Jacobs, Marc Karimzadeh, Marcus von Ackermann, Marge Axelrad, Marie Andy Tettamanti, Marie-Anne Faure, Marie Claire Legault-Domège, Marie-José Jalou Susskind, Mark Connolly, Martin Graf, Marvin Freeman, Masaru Murai, Michael Carl, Michael Kors, Michaela Gattermayer, Michele Montagne, Michelle Edelman, Michelle Eichhorst, Michelle Kessler-Sanders, Mike Miyachi, Mimi Shin, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Picart, Olivia Palermo, Paige Powell, Pascal Lainé, Patrick Cabasset, Patrick McMullan, Patti Wilson, Paul Cavaco, Paul Dramard, Paul Palmero, Paul Solberg, Perry Hagopian, Peter Kea, Philip Roth, Philippa Clark, René Habermacher, Richard Sinnott, Richard Widmer, Richeille Formento, Rick Condon, Rickie De Sole, Rico Puhlmann, Rihanna, Robert Forest, Robert Morgenthal, Ronald Becker, Ronaldus Shamask, Rosie Mueller, Roxanne Robinson, Sabine Roth, Sabrina Schilcher, Salvatore Sampino, Samantha Marcus Yanks, Sara Maino, Sarah Christie, Selima Salaun, Sharon Stone, Shelagh D’Arcy-Hinds, Sibilla Patrizi, Stan Herman, Stella Tennant, Stellene Volandes, Stéphanie de Long, Steven Kolb, Suzanne Yalof Schwartz, Sven Niemeyer, Susan Kaufman, Tamara Taichman, Tiina Laakkonen, Tiffany Fraser-Steele, Timothy Reukauf, Vanessa Bellugeon, Veronique Tristram, Victoria Bartlett, Vincent Michel, Vivie Thonet and Yasmin Kayser.
published by Rizzoli in 2014Christian Roth
What a great surprise to discover three unseen photographs of Lenny Kravitz – rock’s most magnetic star – wearing Christian Roth shades in the new book “Lenny Kravitz”. This glamorous book is a pictorial tribute to one of the sexiest faces in rock and roll, it is easy to see why the camera loves him, and a testimonial of his passion for fashion, style and daring sunglasses. An absolute must-read for eyewear aficionados – Lenny Kravitz has done so much for our industry like no other celebrity. This picture – it was hard to choose among the three with our sunnies – was shot by David Hindley in London 1991.
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Hyde – a fashion icon of Asia – is the vocalist of Japan’s leading rock bands, L’Arc-en-Ciel and Vamps. Every release the bands have had to date reached the top ten on the Oricon music chart. Hyde was spotted last week at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with his favorite round Christian Roth sunglasses named V.I.P. Shades – this design and coloration became synonymous with his look.
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Art Miami 2014 – starting on December 2 – marks another exciting year for BJ and Richeille Formento, the dynamic husband/wife team, whose photographic expeditions have spanned the globe. As they continue to forge their success in 2014 with solo exhibits at Fahey Klein in Los Angeles and Robert Klein in Boston. Recently, the Formentos – represented by Traffic NYC’s Michelle Edelman – celebrated the release of their first art tome, Circumstance, published by YK Editions, accompanied by a short documentary on their work shown at the Pompidou Museum in Paris. Placing their impeccably styled models in the midst of the city, the fading, dreary shop fronts and classic cars, which are reminiscent of the 1950’s, always tell a new story. Using light to great effect, their subjects often appear to rise up out of the crumbling scenery. To greet them in the ‘city of the future’, we share today one of our favorite Formento + Formento images – never published before – Jennifer McManis in Christian Roth “Flash Back” handcrafted acetate Sunnies.
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Sharper Image – Seeing Clearly. The Cut-Outs. Christian Roth Limited Editions are handcrafted with LOVE in Italy and available now at some of our favorite exclusive & independent optical retail visionaries with “a point of difference”. From east to west: Brille 54 in Berlin, Selima Optique in Soho NYC, Carlos Venegas’ Artsee Miami in SoBe @1111Lincoln, I-On the District in Miami’s Design District, Edward Beiner in Palm Beach, Karen McCormack’s Robert Max Opticians in Omaha, Eyepieces of Vail and Dr. O’Connor’s Malibu Eyecare in Malibu.