The force behind the brand is the daring, humble, talented, passionate, perfectionist, French-born designer Nathalie Blanc.
Nathalie Blanc is a true ambassador for the French manufacturing and excellence in know-how, and her talent exudes in the refined and delicate frames she designs, the ones that combine the perfect harmony between the eye, the style, and material.
At a young age, Nathalie Blanc started wearing glasses. The shape didn't fit her face, and the style was not graceful nor trendy.
As a teenager, the idea of shaking the world of eyewear had become an obsession. Nathalie made a promise to herself to create her universe, to reinvent a style where this functional and unattractive accessory would reflect one's style, personality, and aesthetics.
The inspiration comes mainly by strolling in flea markets, observing the glasses that people wear in the street, but also by looking at old photos and old movies of Renoir, Capra, Lubitsch. Going back to the past allows me to understand better the patterns that sparked love at first sight. Every era, from the 30s to the 2000s, reinvents itself and reinterprets the past.
The attention to detail in her work and creations reflects her passion for art, design, and architecture, in which beauty and elegance fuse.
After acing her studies to become an optician, Nathalie Blanc launched her first collections for Michel Klein and Swildens, two ready-to-wear brands that are pioneers in the sector.
In 2015, Nathalie Blanc launched her first eponymous brand, a Parisian luxury eyewear collection for men and women with the desire to create "rare comfort for the complexity and individuality of each nose and face.”
In 2019, after succeeding in modernizing and sublimating the look of men and women, Nathalie Blanc launches a youthful, edgy, and contemporary collection for teenagers that she names "Blanc…".
Her studies at ISO in Paris led her to first open two optical stores. In 2010 Natalie Blanc created collections for ready-to-wear brands such as Michel Klein and in 2012 for Swildens.
Established in 2015, Nathalie Blanc Paris, the luxury brand of eyewear, rose quickly to set itself apart from the rest of the industry with its innovation, its impeccable craftsmanship, and the finest materials. Nathalie Blanc Paris collection is designed to match perfectly with the face's curves. The avant-garde collection offers a variety of colors in a subtle palette, delicate frames, and detailed temples, mixing tradition with a modern approach.
The winning design is described as a pure, delicate form, with particular care placed on every detail. Each frame features a distinguished two-tone detail at the end of the temples. With overtones of the 1970s, the frames have featured a delicate flash or graduated lens and sophisticated combinations of the French know-how.
The eyewear collection is made exclusively in France in one of the most prestigious factories founded by Jean Lemperer in the 60s combining the finest materials with high-quality design. Based on the firm belief that simplicity is
Nathalie Blanc Paris creates its own acetate plates. Noble materials are used such as cellulose acetate, made from cotton blossom and seaweed. The acetates are organic and recyclable and they offer an infinite possibility of colors, constructions and shapes. The particularity of this acetate is its extraordinary quality and breathtaking beauty.They often age them over thirty years to reinforce their solidity.
The lenses are also made in France. The solar glasses, signed by Carl Zeiss and Divel are equipped with anti-reflection, which allow a high protection of the retina.
Nathalie Blanc collaborates with Mazzucchelli acetate to develop artisanal frame series that feature layers of depth through the finest materials in optical. Cellulose acetate is a plant-based plastic that is hypoallergenic. This material was first used for eyewear in the late 1940's because of brittleness and other problems with previously used plastics. Today's acetates are known for being strong, lightweight, and flexible.
Insightful and innovative, Nathalie Blanc has, since autumn 2017, included an exclusive metal collection. Each piece of the frame is handmade. Elegant and sleek, metal glasses are the result of a complex and precise process.
Entirely manufactured in France, the frames are laminated in 22k gold, with stunning intricate detail, with the two-tone spatula on either ends of the temples.
In September 2018, at Silmo, the World Optics Fair, and in competition with the major international brands, Nathalie Blanc Paris wins the Special Jury Prize "Silmo d’Or”,a prestigious award for innovation and creation with the "Suzanne 253”.The judges of “Silmo d’Or” chose to highlight a very strong style, with pure delicate lines, and exquis-ite details.
Suzanne 253 is available in four colors: pale gold, white gold, pink gold, navy blue.
In 2019, Blanc…Collection for teen is nominated for the ‘Silmo d’Or’ Special Award in the children eyewear category with the "Ariane".
“This model is the teen version of my Alexandra, iconic model of Nathalie Blanc Paris. I opted for a butterfly shape, giving it a dynamic and delicate touch. I drew an inverted bridge to make the nasal bridge more beautiful and to soften up the line of the face”.
In 2019, Nathalie Blanc Paris is nominated for the ‘Silmo d’Or’ Special Award in the sunglasses category with the “Maman 128”.
“This frame unveils an alliance of fashion and elegance. I opted for an oval shape, bringing a vintage and delicate touch. This natural acetate frame is made entirely by hand in the purest tradition of French eyewear. The ultra feminine touch is highlighted by the insertion of a 22-carat gold ring into the tip of the branch.”
Maman is available in pink and black, tortoiseshell and tea, beige and tea, black and navy blue.
In November 2019, at the Hong Kong International Optical Fair, Nathalie Blanc Paris in collaboration with Maison Morel, eyewear designer since 1880, wins the V Award Op-tic, with the “90001C MD01”.These frames have intricate details and an openwork brow bar completed in translucide acetate. This vintage, feminine touch compliments the cat eye shape creating a frame that makes a statement.