If you ever watched the first few seasons of American Idol, you've seen the stylish eyewear of ooh la-la de Paris on Idol judge Randy Jackson. Designed by Raul Arencibia, OD and Jeff Northcutt, OD, owners and designers of ooh la-la-de Paris, these unique frames and European-inspired styles and colors are winning fans in Hollywood like Home Improvement star Tim Allen and Designing Women star Annie Potts.
Inspired during a 2002 trip to Paris, France, Drs. Northcutt and Arencibia designed the first frames on the backs of napkins at a cafe and ooh la-la de Paris was born. They offered them first to their own patients at L.A. Optometrique, their West Hollywood practice and the frames were an immediate hit. Ooh la-la de Paris now offers nearly 100 different styles, featuring colorful laminates and its distinctive fleur-de-lis logo.
Above all, Drs. Arencibia and Northcutt strive to make their frames wearable. "We specifically design some frames thinking about the patient's prescription. If we weren't practicing, then it probably would be a lot easier, but if we weren't practicing, we wouldn't know what people want."
More than 700 locations in nearly 50 states and other countries now carry ooh la-la de Paris frames.