Services Held for Boris Kliot, Founder of Riviera

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NEW YORK--Services were held here last month for Boris Kliot, 84, founder of Riviera Eyewear. Kliot was born in Riga, Latvia and survived four concentration camps before he immigrated to the U.S. where he became a successful entrepreneur.

He founded Riviera Trading Company in 1952. Initially, the company sold hair ornaments from France and then evolved to become one of the first companies to introduce fashion eyewear to the American public. Riviera was sold in 1996 to an investment group, when Kliot continued to consult with the company. Two years ago, it became a division of Florida-based StyleMark.

Kliot was a devoted philanthropist. He erected the Kliot Wing for Neurosurgery at the Ichilov General Hospital in Tel Aviv and was an important contributor to the United Jewish Appeal. Additionally, he built a memorial in the Rumbula Forest outside Riga, Latvia to honor the 27,000 Jews who had been mass-murdered at the site. His parents, Moishe and Roza, and his four sisters were among those who perished in the massacres.

Kliot is survived by three sons: Michel with his mother Myra Sterling, and Gene and Jason with their mother Jacqueline Kliot, as well as daughter-in-law Joana, and four grandchildren: Tamara, Josh, Hannah and Anton. He was married to Josette Poux.

Contributions in his honor may be made to the UJA Federation of New York at www.ujafedny.org or by contacting Steve Klein, director of the UJA’s optical division at (212) 836-1188.