For more than 50 years, the House Emmanuelle Khanh has stood for independence, creativity, and French savoir-faire. Founded in 1969 by young and ambitious designer Emmanuelle Khanh, the brand has quickly gained tremendous industry recognition for their bold avant-garde designs. In two years, the renowned fashion house presented its first eyewear collection. The range included distinctive and voluminous frames with clear-cut lines that became immediately iconic. From the moment, Emmanuelle Khanh has become synonymous with oversized and bold eyewear pieces that perfectly suit emancipated and active women, but also men, who appreciate comfort, quality and exquisite elegance. 100% crafted by hand, these glasses are a perfect blend of traditional know-how and innovation.
Each pair of glasses from the Emmanuelle Khanh Eyewear Collection is masterfully made in the best workshops in Oyonnax, in the Jura region, from carefully chosen materials valuing unrivaled quality and local production. Featuring a daring style, both refined and eccentric, the EK frames are much more than a fashion accessory; they are real jewelry pieces that turn heads. Inspired by the brand's iconic heritage, the former creative director of the House Eva Gaumé never ceases to pay homage to the craft of eyewear making, integrating all possible boldness into her creations: enamels, rhinestones, engravings, inlaid metal decorations, and even furs or skins. Eva’s love for beautiful objects and contemporary femininity results in dazzling details that bring glamor and opulence to the frames.
With Emmanuelle Khanh, eyewear became a fashion accessory in its own right, the signature of an audacious style, both whimsical and elegant. Traditional know-how has always been at the heart of the manufacture of the glasses. The manually-carved and polished frames highlight the exceptional French savoir-faire to last a lifetime and remain timeless. The eclectic EK collection includes sunglasses and optical frames for every age, character and season: oversized and extra thin, ultra-bright and dark, in acetate and titanium, in classic sleek shapes and modern geometric silhouettes. In addition, Emmanuelle Khanh offers an impressive range of edgy eyewear accessories, including eyeglass chains and holders that can be easily transformed into necklaces, for a playful and joyful fashion.
Presenting a line of jewelry chains, Emmanuelle Khanh brings back into fashion a popular accessory that was outdated at the time. The chains combine acrylic, a material aesthetically similar to acetate but much lighter, with gold-plated metal to provide both maximum comfort and a fashionable look. Each frame features the unique EK monogram, an elegant graphic motif designed in collaboration with the Dreams Office design studio. It is a new, unmistakably fashionable signature that demonstrates the brand’s desire to discover new horizons while paying homage to the House's label dimension. For the FW22 Eyewear Collection, the iconic monogram from the 80's was renewed to add a touch of sophistication, glamor and opulence to the frames.
All her life, Emmanuelle Khanh imposed her own vision of the future. When she founded her namesake fashion brand in Paris in 1969, the young designer was inspired by young and courageous people that were becoming aware of their strength and were not afraid of being different. The first EK eyewear collection was launched in 1971 and included bold frames with unusual volumes. Quickly after the launch of the eyewear line, Emmanuelle Khanh became a symbol of the 1970s and 1980s fashion scene with her eccentric and daring silhouettes. In 2012, the brand came back after its fade-out in the 1990s, bringing back the iconic shapes, the signature of what remains nowadays as EK’s most outstanding and recognizable element of style.
In 2016, the brand decided to bring in a new artistic eye and invited Eva Gaumé to become the House's creative director. The designer pursued a new direction while being faithful to the brand’s rich heritage. In Paris, she designs the label's collections, innovative and modern, while respecting the craftsmanship and traditions dear to the founder. In 2019, Emmanuelle Khanh celebrated its 50-years anniversary. For the occasion, the House invented its iconic monogram and presented their first collection of men's eyewear. Designed for an elegant and strong yet sensitive man, the frames feature beveled edges that refine the silhouette and reflect the light. Today, Eva Gaumé continues the aesthetic vision of Madame Khanh and her famous oversized frames.
ICONIC EYEWEAR COLLECTIONS
To celebrate the iconic spirit of the House, the brand created the Emmanuelle Khanh Heritage collection that includes legendary eyewear designs sculpted in acetate. Thanks to the very specific craftsmanship, the frames are offered in an exclusive range of colors, from classic black, gold and tortoise to unique tones such as “Céladon” Green, Midnight Blue and Pale Pink. The sunglasses and optical frames are a perfect mix of classic and contemporary, which ensures a dynamic and refined look for everyday use. On the handles, the House’s signature 3D logos are placed by hand. In gold plated, they transform the frame into a desirable jewel. Featuring opulent volumes that give way to colors, the spectacles remain light and comfortable to wear.
Another stunning collection that is worth admiration is the Emmanuelle Khanh and MaisonCléo Collaboration that presents sexy and ultra-feminine sunglasses decorated by hand with a rhinestone Swarovski crystal. Eva Gaumé and Marie Dewet (the creative designer of MaisonCléo) share strong values of savoir-faire and the vision of an authentic and joyful fashion that can last. By joining forces, they created edgy frames offered in five exclusive colors - black, dark scale, light scale, blue glitter, and red flame - the selected materials come from dead stocks and vintage acetates. Inspired by the 90’s, the shades feature a generous rectangular shape with soft angles. Visit our store EuroOptica to discover all Emmanuelle Khanh eyewear collections. We’re waiting for you at 280 Columbus Ave (corner of W 73rd St) New York!