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.
On October 6, 2014, The Council of Fashion Designers of America has created a new group, The Eyewear Designers of the CFDA, which aims to boost the profile of the eyewear sector. Christian Roth is acting as the group’s spokesman.
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 AT LAX
Photo by Formento+Formento
Christian Roth Sunglasses Architecture is a great source of inspiration for our work as eyewear designers. When we edited the pictures from Formento+Formento, and realized that they shot part of the new campaign in front of one of our favorite buildings, we were ecstatic! The Theme Building is an iconic landmark structure at the Los Angeles International Airport. It opened in 1961, and it is an example of the Mid-Century modern influenced design school known as “Googie” or “Populuxe.” The distinctive white building resembles a flying saucer that has landed on its four legs. The initial design of the building was created by James Langenheim, of Pereira & Luckman. “Fly Girl” sunglasses were named prior to Formento+Formento taking this photograph, it all made so much sense – “Fly Girl” was predestinated to be associate with the Theme Building! Model: Jennifer McManis
Barton Perreira X Christian Roth
Christian Roth The iconic Optical Affairs “Series A” is coming back in Spring/Summer of 2015 with a capsule collaboration between Barton Perreira and Christian Roth. “Creating The Affair with Christian and Eric has been a dream, their work has always inspired me. I wanted to combine my own DNA with their iconic design and re-present it in a new distinct spirit.” – Patty Perreira. The design is both retro and futuristic, a dichotomy designer Patty Perreira is famous for integrating into her collections. Taking cues from Christian Roth’s original design, Perreira designed a rimless frame emboldened by a gold brow-bar that stretches from temple to temple. Each frame in the limited edition is numbered to ensure that this is an Affair to remember. Slated to be released at MIDO 2015 Eyewear Show in Milano.
Hair Play by Sam McKnight
Your spectacles are not always supposed to be the ‘focus’ of your visage. Even if they are vintage “Marc Jacobs for Christian Roth”. Best visualized by the famed lens man Raymond Meier and super model Jaime Rishar for Harper’s Bazaar. “Mystery, a sexy attitude, in disguise, being incognito, true beauty & glamour, spontaneous & chic will never go out of style” says #ChristianRoth. Make-up by François Nars. Reposted from our Instagram follower beauty expert Rob Orbitz @robcutnblow – thank you!
CHRISTIAN ROTH @ EDWARD BEINER
Save the date: Thursday February 12th
Christian Roth “Resist the usual, defy those who accept the status quo. In a world overflowing with imitations and me-too brands, we remain passionately committed to original, authentic and innovative eyewear of exceptional quality, design and technical superiority.” says Edward Beiner who has become the curator & purveyor of beautiful and fine eyewear in Florida. We feel privileged to have our first appearance at Edward Beiner in his famed Palm Beach – 150 Worth Avenue – retail location. Photo by Formento+Formento.
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
Photo by Kate Benson
Nothing reflects fashion’s laid-back new narrative like the ocean of bruised and battered denim. Even ladylike designs – re-imagined in frayed and faded blues – discover a rugged, street-smart swagger. Executed in patchwork, the genuine rough brown reptile skin juxtaposed with denim, meticulously handcrafted and applied on Christian Roth’s glam shades. One of the up-coming season’s stunners!
our favorite hashtag Christian Roth
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!
Photo Formento + Formento
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.
OUR FIRST BOOK REVIEW
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.
The New Year
Peace, Love, Health, Happiness and Joy!
Christian & Eric
A CHERISHED HOLIDAY GIFT
from Isabel and Ruben Toledo
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.
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, 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 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.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.