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Eyewear designer Alain Mikli
By Judit Kawaguchi
Alain Mikli, 56, is not just the most famous eyewear designer in the world — he invented the job description. Mikli was the first person to achieve worldwide success as a designer of nothing else but eyeglasses. He established his own brand in Paris in 1978 and pioneered the idea of wearing frames as accessories. In the early 1980s, Elton John was one of the first celebrities to fall in love with his designs, and soon Mikli's creations won over his competition, with the biggest names in fashion — Claude Montana, Jil Sander, Issey Miyake and Donna Karan — queuing up to have him design their eyewear lines. Mikli's iconic shutter shades, a unique slatted frame he designed in the '80s, have been copied around the world. Still popular as ever, Kanye West wore a pair of original Mikli shutter shades in his 2007 music video "Stronger." Although Mikli's frames lack a visible logo, they are recognizable in the blink of an eye — and now he offers his unique designs in 45 shops in 10 countries.
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