Christian Roth

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Christian Roth
OccupationFashion Designer
Known forDesigner Eyewear
Christian Roth Eyewear and Accessories

Christian Roth (born January 6, 1959 in Hanover, Germany) is a designer of luxury spectacles.

Early life[edit]

Roth is the son to Dr. Fritz-Jürgen and Sabine Roth, geb. von Prittwitz und Gaffron, and recalls receiving a pair of Ray-Bans from his father at age 15 as a defining moment in discovering his passion for eyewear.[1]

In 1980, Roth started his career in New York as an assistant to the late fashion photographer Rico Puhlmann. In 1978, he met French-born Eric Domege, who was studying marketing at the Academie Commerciale Internationale (A.C.I.) at the time, in Paris.[1] The pair met again in New York in 1983, and in 1984 they founded Optical Affairs.[2]

The 1990s[edit]

Under the name Christian Roth, Roth and Domege continued to design eyewear that was depicted on the covers of Fashion publications, ranging from Women's Wear Daily to Vogue. In 1990, Roth and the brand were inducted into the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Roth was the first eyewear designer to join the CFDA.

In 1998, Roth and Domege formed a partnership with the Charmant Group to produce and distribute Christian Roth eyewear worldwide. The Japanese manufacturer helped the Christian Roth brand expand internationally, throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia.


In 2002 the pair 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 2004, 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.

The brand Christian Roth celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2009. The designers released 25 limited edition with monogram,[3] versions of their Series A style. In 2010, Christian Roth ended its 12-year licensing deal with Charmant.[4] and retook control of all its trademarks. In 2011, Christian Roth granted Korean-based eyewear firm BCD Korea, Co. Ltd the license the produce and distribute Christian Roth eyewear throughout Asia [1]. In 2012, Christian Roth and Eric Domege founded the firm Optical Affairs Company and launched their e-commerce destination during New York's F/W 2013 Fashion Week Women's Wear Daily Fashion Scoop February 13, 2013. On October 6, 2014, The Council of Fashion Designers of America has created a new committee, The Eyewear Designers of the CFDA, edCFDA, which aims to boost the profile of the eyewear sector. Christian Roth is acting as the group's spokesman. [2].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Kamen, Paddy (November–December 2008). "Audacious and Artistic: Christian Roth and Eric Domege". Vision Magazine. Breton Communications. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  2. ^ "Christian Roth CHARMANT INC". CFDA. Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  3. ^ Darwin, Liza (July 10, 2009). "Love At First Sight: Christian Roth Monogram Sunglasses". Retrieved June 9, 2011.
  4. ^ Lauren Benet Stephenson (July 9, 2010). "Christian Roth, Charmant to End Licensing Deal". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved June 9, 2011.

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