Alain Mikli eyeglasses and sunglasses leave
no one feeling indifferent. They are luxurious "sculpted"
eyeglasses that reveal each individual's personality.
These frames also challenge the widespread tendency to hide
In 1978, Paris-based Alain Mikli shook up the traditional
optical industry, creating glasses that were aesthetic and
functional, creative and technically advanced. His objective was
to turn a handicap into a fashion statement, a vision aid into
These glasses gained attention as highly graphic objects. The
main materials-metal, acetate and titanium-available in a
continuously updated color range, are fashioned into different
variations of the rectangle, the shape that has become
characteristic of Mikli, as well as other avant-garde shapes.
"In the beginning, I created wild models with an individual's
look in mind," says Alain Mikli. "I've always been attracted to
the theatrical side of fashion: frames to see as well as to be
seen. Now, I'm concentrating on detail and the intimate side of
eyewear to achieve maximum comfort and a close relationship
between the frame and the person wearing it."
Mikli's mastery of his craft includes ergonomics. "What is
making me progress," Alain Mikli adds, "is technology. Now I can
take my ideas through to their conclusion, with a perfect
balance between the side-pieces, the front, and the sides."