About Us

Custom-made in Italy, designed in Vail, Church and State Optics™ blends premier elements of feminine style and technical performance to every pair of sunglasses and ski goggles. Geared towards trend-conscious buyers, Church and State Optics™ focuses on the cosmopolitan, chic, and travelled lifestyle enthusiasts.

Church and State Optics™ founder, Kate Wingard, started the company in 2008 to combine two of her great interests, fashion and skiing. Herself a former NYC-based fashion editor covering clothing trends for such National women’s magazines like Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Mademoiselle, and Self, Kate created a luxury brand of ski accessories to blend the necessity for style meets high performance.

“Winter season after Winter season, I was seeing the same women’s generic ski goggles on the slopes and in the stores. I decided it was time to take my career experience from the fashion industry and create an upscale yet technical line of women’s specific goggles that truly caters to the discriminating shopper who appreciates looking stylish, whether she’s making turns in Tahoe, or relaxing après in Aspen”.

In January 2012, Church and State Optics™ expanded its collection by adding a Sunnies division, showcasing its first line of specialty sunglasses. Staying true to the vision of providing high-end optics wrapped in a stylish design, one would never suspect the intricate levels of design detail.  As Kate states, "They look too pretty to be technical, and yet they are. No matter what you choose to do, shopping, lunching, or skiing, it's a healthy style choice to wear Church and State Optics™".

Church and State Optics™ is a premium brand that takes a fresh approach to the ladies' optic market, making it the exclusive eye candy from everyday occasions to resort lifestyles.