Ian Christopher Eyewear, founded and designed by Julie Damiano, presents a modernistic acetate collection of ophthalmic frames and sunglasses with vintage insinuations. Designed for women seeking bold, but graceful styling, the collection includes variations on cat eyes, bowties and butterflies in such colors as amethyst, cherry soda, hot pink, oreo, mixed chocolates and white or black pearl. The bridges are designed to accommodate almost any nose. Temples are sculpted with shapely, delicate curves and accented with crystals. Sun styles are equipped with lightweight, polarized lenses.

PHILOSOPHY: “I started designing eyewear after purchasing a vintage, rhinestone cat eye from an antique store in New Jersey. It was this artistically stylish, quality frame that inspired Ian Christopher Eyewear,” says designer Julie Damiano. “I have become dedicated to the creation of intriguing designs for eyewear enthusiasts—as captivating as that original vintage gem.”
MARKETING: TIn an effort to be environmentally responsible, Ian Christopher Eyewear encourages eyewear recycling. Those donating eyeglasses to Ian Christopher will receive a 10 percent discount on their most recent order from the web site. The company is also in the process of developing a biodegradable eyeglass case.
PRICE POINT: $$. For additional information, contact Ian Christopher Eyewear, (973) 464-9432; web site: www.ianchristopher.com

Although eyewear is the main focus of the Ian Christopher portfolio (named for designer Julie Damiano’s husband), other products include fine jewelry, heirloom gifts and most recently footwear.