RIGARDS AT OPTI MUNICH JAN 10-12 THEN PARIS 16-20 January 2014 Galerie de Thorigny

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Ti Kwa and Jean-Marc Virard are the dynamic duo behind the RIGARDS handcrafted, matte horn frames for both men and women. The frames are made from the natural by-product of the  buffalo horn, eco-friendly sourced from water bufalo in Ethiopia and Egypt. They work with the farm and re-cycle everything.  They don't kill animals, they wait for them to fall. 

RIGARDS frames grow with you and adapt to the shape of your face and the heat of your skin. The way Ti (from Malaysia) and Jean-Marc (from France) work is Ti leads the designing and the production while Jean-Marc directs the marketing and branding. They split their time between Los Angeles, France and their workshop in Hong Kong where the frames are made by the 'horn -masters'. Ti and Jean-Marc are passionate about glasses, they both wear glasses and for 20 years prior to the launch of their brand, they collected vintage frames. 




Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.