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Since 1984 Christian Roth and Eric Domege have strived to create a visionary eyewear brand that defines trends and sets fashion standards. In a perfect fusion of flawless design and craft, they 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 high 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.