Alain Miklitarian was born in 1955 in the rhône region of france. at the time his father, an orchestra conductor, and his mother, a dressmaker, lived in saint colombes, near lyon.
At twelve, young alain – who did not yet call himself mikli – discovered paris and the lycée fresnel, specializing in optics. school is where he learns a skill, but also where he meets other teenagers for whom eyeglasses, he concludes, are “prostheses for the near blind”. actually, when he started, he himself made “prosthesis-like glasses: well-behaved, commonplace, unimaginative”, in line with what he had learned at optician school.
that phase was short-lived: at the age of 23, alain founded his own company with the stated mission to launch a new era for eyewear, a time when vision needs would no longer be in conflict with style and the notion of glasses as prosthesis would forever disappear and be replaced with true “jewelry for the eyes”.
It was the beginning of the alain mikli brand and of the “eyewear designer” concept.
Model after model (at least 400 prototypes are created every year), campaign after campaign, he confirms his taste for innovation and provocation. a tireless, rigorous worker, he constantly continues to conceive new projects and to surprise with his amazing novelties.