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Blake Kuwahara

Blake Kuwahara is recognised as one of the pre-eminent designers in eyewear. With a doctorate in Optometry from UC Berkeley, he was the man behind the creation and design of KATA Eyewear, a brand recognised for using innovative engineering and production techniques to create texture and detail.

He was inspired to design and produce his own original Blake Kuwahara eyewear collection after a friend complimented the designer on some prototype specs he happened to be wearing. Having found it hard to find a pair herself that were stylish yet understated, she encouraged Blake to design his own range of sunglasses and optical frames which he subsequently launched in Autumn 2014.

The simple but sleek designs focus primarily on Blake’s unique "frame-in-frame” design: an inner silhouette which is encased in a fresh and unexpected outer shape. The colours of the frame appear to ‘float’ in this innovative sculpted design. It is this unique conceptual approach that has garnered an avid following for Blake Kuwahara glasses globally. The frames also feature built up nosepads that suit a variety of nose shapes and sizes, making them a truly versatile fit.

The double-layer acetate frames take roughly nine months to produce, and every angle and curvature—not to mention the sharp 45-degree cut at the hinges — is both thoughtful and precise. The Blake Kuwahara eyewear line is entirely hand-crafted in Japan.

Blake Kuwahara has received many awards for his eyewear designs and the brand has established itself as a favourite on the celebrity circuit. Blake Kuwahara frames are worn by a host of notable celebrities including Brad Pitt, Samuel L. Jackson, and Charlize Theron. He was recently named one of the ‘100 most important people in the eyewear industry” by Brilliant magazine.

Loved by our fashion-forward professional customers, Blake Kuwahara frames are beautifully handcrafted from the finest materials with every minute element placed with intention. They are perfect for everyday wear and are lightweight and extremely comfortable. Our expert dispensing opticians here at Auerbach & Steele are always on hand to help you choose the perfect pair.

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