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Working as an independent designer for the Viennese brand Robert La Roche since 2001, Klaus Huber sees trends coming and going. What remains is his deep passion and commitment when it comes to creating true fashion statements with each collection, thus not only preserving the brand’s identity, but also redefining it year after year. Quick design talk with the Head of Design Klaus Huber.

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Hello Klaus! You work as a freelance designer, but have been collaborating exclusively for Robert La Roche for many years. What did you do before and how did come to this “long time relationship”?

I joined OTYL in 1983, at the time the world’s largest eyewear manufacturer, where I came into contact with brands such as DIOR, Christian Lacroix, Dunhill and Paloma Picasso. I worked for Paloma Picasso until 2000 and switched to Robert La Roche right after. I identify 100% with the brand’s identity until this day.

When and why did you decide to dedicate yourself solely to eyewear design?

After a few months into the job. It got me 100%.

Since 2001 you belong to the creative team of the brand. What has changed in eyeglass design since then?

From analogue to digital.

Trends come and go, not only in fashion, but also in the eyewear industry. Which trends do you like to pick up again and again and which should disappear forever? 

What wasn’t a big hit in the past won’t be one now either! It must rock!

To what extent do you think the work of a designer has changed over the years? Are there new challenges these days that didn’t exist before?

Inspiration is still the decisive factor.

How do your designs come about today vs. in the past?

I would say that the Internet makes it easier to access sources of inspiration today.

First the idea, then the design… how important is design in general when it comes to creating a great pair of glasses?

Turning new ideas into wearable glasses. I want the wearer to be able to feel the love and groove I put into the designs.

Where do you see yourself as designer in the Robert La Roche brand philosophy?

Robert La Roche glasses combine high quality with a distinctive design, which is what I and the brand stand for.

Which other brands do you find exciting at the moment?

There are a few small brands whose visual language and orientation I find very enriching… but I won’t mention any names.

How do you achieve a balance between daring design and marketable design?

What qualifies as daring these days? For many, round glasses are daring already. I think every collection needs a few bold models to spice things up a bit. To me, saleable design follows trends, has little to no edge, is inconspicuous! Not too big and not too small… and in between is the perfect shape!

Thank you Klaus!

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