Christian Roth eyewear and sunglasses designed for Optical Affairs in New York

Christian Roth

Since its inception in 1983, Christian Roth has reveled in its hard-earned reputation for subverting the conventions of luxury fashion.

Christian Roth for Optical Affairs sunglasses first appeared on the runway in 1984; soon, the designers and co-founders Christian Roth & Eric Domège were tapped to create custom frames for the fashion shows of industry heavyweights and launched the Jean Paul Gaultier Eyewear collection in the Americas. These and other early successes earned Christian Roth an invitation to join the CFDA in 1990 – a first for an eyewear designer.

From 1998 to 2012, Roth and Domege went into partnership with Charmant Group to produce and distribute Christian Roth eyewear worldwide. Japan’s leading manufacturer helped the Christian Roth brand expand internationally, throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia.

In 2002 the brand was honored by the art world with the inclusion of their designs from the 1980s and 1990s in the "Taking Eyeglasses Seriously" exhibition at the Triennale di Milano.

From 2000 to 2005, Roth and Domege collaborated with designer Michael Kors on his eyewear collections. The pair has also worked with Karl Lagerfeld on his line of fashion eyewear from 2007 to 2011.

In 2013 Christian Roth revamps website, launches E-commerce, featuring a pop-up shop containing exclusive items and curated collections.

In 2014, Christian Roth became a founding executive member of the Eyewear Designers of the CFDA (edCFDA).

As a part of DITA Group since 2015, the storied label deconstructs its own archive to begin a conversation with a generation of consumers for whom a new paradigm of style and design has gained traction with breathtaking speed. 

The subversive legacy that Christian Roth has forged for almost 40 years has never been more relevant than it is today, as a new generation rejects the racial, gender, and class labels that once confined designers and their customers.

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