Launched in 2015, BLAKE KUWAHARA EYEWEAR was the result of the designer’s affinity for combining often opposing aesthetics in an artisanal way. By using laborious production techniques and extensive hand-work, each frame has a unique inner silhouette encased in an unexpectedly fresh outer shape. This seamless fusion of two frames and the juxtaposition of contrasting form and color creates a design tension that is thoroughly modern yet comfortably familiar.
Kuwahara’s highly curated collection has already been nominated four times for the eyewear industry’s most prestigious award, the SILMO d’Or, and was awarded the top prize for Best Optical Design in 2016. Blake Kuwahara Eyewear can be found at exclusive optical boutiques worldwide and specialty retailers such as L’Eclaireur (Paris), Selfridges (London), Harrods (London), Isetan (Tokyo), Hotoveli (NYC), H. Lorenzo (LA), The Archive (San Francisco), and Matchesfashion.com.
The GREY LABEL COLLECTION by Blake Kuwahara
Launched in Spring 2020, The GREY LABEL is a very different expression of Kuwahara's "artful but wearable" design ethos. "As an optometrist, studying human anatomy was part of my professional training; as a designer, I became intrigued by the similarities of the movement of the skeletal system and the articulation of the hinge of a frame, " says Kuwahara. Using techniques more commonly used in jewelry design, small bones and joints are cast to create the sculptural temples and end pieces.www.blakekuwahara.com