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 @ SELIMA SOHO
Save the date: Friday December 19th
Christian 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.
BE DAPPER @ ARTSEE MIAMI
Save the Date: Thursday December 18th
Christian 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, her brother and he styled our latest red mirrored sunglasses himself. Paul Dramard is our Paris based reporter and fits the description of dapper.
with our friends from around the world
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. the 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, 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-Domege, Christelle Bieuville, Christiane Arp, Christopher Makos, Cindy Weber Cleary, Claudia Beran, Clodagh Norton, Cristiana Silighini, Cristina Frasca, Dale Steiner Newberg, Daphne Guiness, Denis Colomb, Diana Ross, Diane von Fuerstenberg, Dick van der Niet, 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, Ines Stüben, Inga Griese, Inka Marnette, Isaac Mizrahi, Isabel + Ruben Toledo, Isabelle Roville, James Spina, James Watanabe, Jan-Henning Brockstedt, Jane Hsiang, Jannis Tsipoulanis, Jenny Capitän, Joe McKenna, Julio Santiago, Junji Horikawa, Kai Margrander, 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-Domege, 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, Pascal Laine, Patrick Cabasset, Patrick McMullan, Patti Wilson, Paul Cavaco, Paul Dramard, Paul Palmero, Paul Solberg, Peter Kea, Philip Roth, Philippa Clark, Rene 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, Stephanie 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 2014
Christian 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.
HYDE IN TAIWAN
Photo by Capa
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.
THE FORMENTOS RETURN
for Art Miami
Christian Roth 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.
SHOP CHRISTIAN ROTH
Photo by Kate Benson
Christian Roth 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.
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.