Through Time
1983

Helmut Newton editorial appears in Vogue America. “From Alain Mikli: the hottest brand in shades.” These images boosted the brand business in North America.

The same year, the first advertising campaign was launched and the iconic Asymétrique was born.

1985

Grace Jones and many other artists, musicians and influencers of the creative scene become iconic ambassadors of the brand.

1991

Mikli collaborates with Donna Karan, later recognized as DKNY, a name that became synonymous with the New York look.

1995

The brand aligns with French designer Sonia Rykiel to develop an eyewear line targeted toward a fashion-forward female audience.

1997

Collaboration with Jil Sander, featuring high-tech innovations and materials in subtle shapes with unusual yet refined detailing.

2003

Beginning of ‘touch and see’ exhibitions in collaboration with the artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The project runs from 2003 to 2013.

2009

Rome-based jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez collaborates with Alain Mikli on a sunglasses capsule inspired from her jewelry collection. Ornamentation charms include small insects, animals, skulls and dragons, details also found on the jewelry.

2010

Mikli begins an ongoing project with the Musée du Quai Branly.

2012

Musée des Arts et Métiers calls upon the skill-based patronage of the Alain Mikli group to design tactile representations for two consecutive years.

2016

A new chapter; getting ready for future challenges. Through 2016 the brand has undergone deep restructuring from a new logo to a new image; from a new digital strategy to fresh modern collections. Our approach is unconventional. The brand is not breaking from its glorious past; its true essence and core values remain what foster its success and bolster its connection with the creative world.

1978

The Alain Mikli brand is founded in Paris, pioneering the idea of wearing eyewear as an accessory. Later, a French journalist claims that moment marked the divide between two eras in the eyewear industry: ‘pre-Mikli’ and ‘post-Mikli’. Before Alain Mikli, eyeglasses were strictly considered vision aids.

1984

After opening the first design studio, Alain Mikli invents a new profession: the ‘eyewear designer.’

Launch of Claude Montana eyewear line that will last for many years.

1987

Opening of the Alain Mikli boutique on Rue des Rosiers in Paris. This is the first boutique to open dedicated to a single eyewear brand.

The following year Mikli expands to North America, opening its shop in New York on Madison Avenue.

1991

Alain Mikli creates all the frames for Until the End of the World by Wim Wenders. The style worn by Jeanne Moreau will later become the Alain Mikli 'Solar Passion' frame.

1996

Development of a new technology born from the collaboration with Philippe Starck: bio-frames equipped with a ‘bio-link’ feature, the first screwless hinge, modeled after the human clavicle.

2001

Passion partnership with Naoki Takizawa: Libellule (dragonfly) frames for Issey Miyake.

2007

In his music video Stronger, Kanye West wears Alain Mikli sunglasses. This style is usually referred to as “Shutter Shades”.

2009

The brand aligns with the Pompidou Center for an experimental set-up of tactile pictures at the National Museum of Modern Arts, a project that continues until 2014.

2011

Collaboration with fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier results in an eccentric collection.

2013

French brand Courrèges and eyewear specialist Alain Mikli team up on a new range of sunglasses. Initially available exclusively at the SCOOP boutique in the French ski resort of Courchevel 1850, the collection is eventually released to select upscale stores.

Through Time
1978

The Alain Mikli brand is founded in Paris, pioneering the idea of wearing eyewear as an accessory. Later, a French journalist claims that moment marked the divide between two eras in the eyewear industry: ‘pre-Mikli’ and ‘post-Mikli’. Before Alain Mikli, eyeglasses were strictly considered vision aids.

1983

Helmut Newton editorial appears in Vogue America. “From Alain Mikli: the hottest brand in shades.” These images boosted the brand business in North America.

The same year, the first advertising campaign was launched and the iconic Asymétrique was born.

1984

After opening the first design studio, Alain Mikli invents a new profession: the ‘eyewear designer.’

Launch of Claude Montana eyewear line that will last for many years.

1985

Grace Jones and many other artists, musicians and influencers of the creative scene become iconic ambassadors of the brand.

1987

Opening of the Alain Mikli boutique on Rue des Rosiers in Paris. This is the first boutique to open dedicated to a single eyewear brand.

The following year Mikli expands to North America, opening its shop in New York on Madison Avenue.

1991

Mikli collaborates with Donna Karan, later recognized as DKNY, a name that became synonymous with the New York look.

1991

Alain Mikli creates all the frames for Until the End of the World by Wim Wenders. The style worn by Jeanne Moreau will later become the Alain Mikli 'Solar Passion' frame.

1995

The brand aligns with French designer Sonia Rykiel to develop an eyewear line targeted toward a fashion-forward female audience.

1996

Development of a new technology born from the collaboration with Philippe Starck: bio-frames equipped with a ‘bio-link’ feature, the first screwless hinge, modeled after the human clavicle.

1997

Collaboration with Jil Sander, featuring high-tech innovations and materials in subtle shapes with unusual yet refined detailing.

2001

Passion partnership with Naoki Takizawa: Libellule (dragonfly) frames for Issey Miyake.

2003

Beginning of ‘touch and see’ exhibitions in collaboration with the artist Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The project runs from 2003 to 2013.

2007

In his music video Stronger, Kanye West wears Alain Mikli sunglasses. This style is usually referred to as “Shutter Shades”.

2009

Rome-based jewelry designer Delfina Delettrez collaborates with Alain Mikli on a sunglasses capsule inspired from her jewelry collection. Ornamentation charms include small insects, animals, skulls and dragons, details also found on the jewelry.

2009

The brand aligns with the Pompidou Center for an experimental set-up of tactile pictures at the National Museum of Modern Arts, a project that continues until 2014.

2010

Mikli begins an ongoing project with the Musée du Quai Branly.

2011

Collaboration with fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier results in an eccentric collection.

2012

Musée des Arts et Métiers calls upon the skill-based patronage of the Alain Mikli group to design tactile representations for two consecutive years.

2013

French brand Courrèges and eyewear specialist Alain Mikli team up on a new range of sunglasses. Initially available exclusively at the SCOOP boutique in the French ski resort of Courchevel 1850, the collection is eventually released to select upscale stores.

2016

A new chapter; getting ready for future challenges. Through 2016 the brand has undergone deep restructuring from a new logo to a new image; from a new digital strategy to fresh modern collections. Our approach is unconventional. The brand is not breaking from its glorious past; its true essence and core values remain what foster its success and bolster its connection with the creative world.