Pierre Marly, the upscale eyewear master, has been dressing the eyes of the stars for more than half a century.
Pierre Marly opened his first Paris store in the Rue François 1er in 1951.
An inspired optician, he designed his collections in every conceivable material (buffalo horn, tortoiseshell, leather, wood) and knew at a glance how to harmonise face and glasses.
Thanks to Pierre Marly, glasses were elevated to the status of fashion accessory. Manipulating dimensions, shapes and colours to create bold, stylish, high-performance eyewear, he quickly earned the nickname “couturier des lunettes” (the eyewear couturier), designing eyewear for the most famous and influential people of the day.
In 1952 he designed the enormous sunglasses with domed lenses for Audrey Hepburn that caused a sensation. Then for Sophia Loren he created a brightly coloured pair in the shape of a television screen.
By 1960 he had earned a reputation as an avant-garde optician. Clients included stars of stage and screen, leading politicians and diplomats, for whom he designed various styles that were set to become iconic.
His client list speaks for itself: Audrey Hepburn, Romy Schneider, Lauren Bacall, Jacqueline Onassis and Madonna but also French celebrities like Michel Serrault, Francis Blanche, Lino Ventura, Michel Legrand, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Polnareff.
Since 1970, in spite of the arrival en masse of designer eyewear (Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent, Courrèges, etc.), Pierre Marly stays true to his image as the avant-garde optician, offering a limited range of styles available only in small numbers.
Pierre Marly’s philosophy is to ensure optimum visual comfort, recommend the fashion accessory or wardrobe item that will make the wearer forget their eyesight problem, and determine the criteria that will influence the choice of frames.
The passion for the optical profession was passed down from father to son and from father to daughter, and in 1978 Pierre’s son, Gilbert Marly, took over the helm of the company, assisted by his daughter Camille Marly, perpetuating the expertise acquired over the years.
Now it is Gilbert and Camille Marly and their qualified opticians who welcome you in their Paris store. International clients will find the same level of service at their branches in Geneva and Tokyo. They offer sophisticated, bold and inventive collections combined with incomparable quality of service to bring you unique eyewear that suits your personality and shows you in the best light.
If prestigious clients are familiar with Pierre Marly, it is undoubtedly because of the matchless quality of service provided by competent staff in a luxurious and professional setting.
With appropriate use of luxury natural materials (gold, wood, buffalo horn and tortoiseshell, etc.) and new materials like titanium and polarising lenses, our short-run collections are understated yet stylish.
Our experts test your eyesight using suitable equipment, our advisers help you to choose frames to suit the shape of your face. Next we select lenses of the highest quality which our spectacle fitter cuts to fit your frames perfectly, thus ensuring optimum visual comfort.