Blake Kuwahara // Reflecting a spirit of rebirth

The spring 2022 collection from Blake Kuwahara reflects a spirit of rebirth

With the resumption of international trade shows, Blake Kuwahara showcased his Spring 2022 Collection at the LOFT in New York City and MIDO in Milan as well as virtually on the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s on-line platform, CFDA Runway360.

BK1016-Grey-Fade
PORTMAN-Light-Brown-Horn
MASTON-Amber-Tortoise
HAUSSMANN-Grey-Horn-1
CHAMBERS-Pride
DELANO-Blue-Horn-1
HALL-Amber-Horn
WELLS-Hunter
BK1017-Gold

The Spring 2022 Collection consists of ten new styles including two designs from Kuwahara’s Grey Label Collection.

  • After two very long years of dealing with the pandemic, we are finally seeing light at the end of the tunnel. This Spring Collection reflects that hopeful optimism with more colour and adventurous shapes.

His design ethos of creating eyewear that is at once artful yet wearable is evident in his signature frame-within-a-frame laminated technique and use of contrasting colours as well as his cast bone motif used in his Grey Label Collection.

Also dropping this Spring will be a limited edition of the now-iconic CHAMBERS in a custom Rainbow acetate in honour of PRIDE.

  • I posted a rendering of the CHAMBERS in rainbow colours on Instagram to celebrate and recognize the LGBTQ Community during PRIDE Month, and it got such an overwhelming response that we decided to produce it!

About Blake Kuwahara

Kuwahara, the founder of the multi-disciplinary design agency, Focus Group West, first gained international acclaim as the creator and designer of the exclusive KATA Eyewear brand. His groundbreaking use of engineering and production techniques together with his highly curated eye reinvented the way eyewear design is approached today.

Kuwahara’s bold experimentation and innovation have gained him a following in the fashion media and has been profiled in Vogue, ELLE, Bazaar, GQ, In Style, and Esquire and has been seen on E!, Access Hollywood, MTV, and CNN. Buzz magazine voted Kuwahara one of the “100 Coolest People in Los Angeles” and Detour magazine called him, “a gifted talent, blessed with a savvy and unmistakable sense of style.” Kuwahara was recently named by Brilliant Magazine as one of the “100 Most Important People in the Eyewear Industry”. Kuwahara has also collaborated extensively on eyewear collections for John Varvatos, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Behnaz Sarapfour, Hanae Mori, and Coach.

A celebrity favourite, Kuwahara’s designs are worn by Lil Nas X, Elton John, QuestLove, Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Charlize Theron, Halle Berry, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Smith, Jeremy Piven, Samuel L. Jackson, Casey Affleck, Slash, and Gwyneth Paltrow among many others.

Kuwahara is a longstanding member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and is a board member of the Eyewear Designers of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (edCFDA).

He has garnered a multitude of awards for his designs including “Best of Category in Consumer Products” from I.D. magazine, the 2016 “Silmo d’Or” for the “Kahn” (Blake Kuwahara Eyewear), and the “Silmo d’Or – Prix Special Journalists de Mode” from a panel of French fashion journalists (KATA Eyewear). Kuwahara was most recently nominated for the 2020 Silmo d’Or for BK1006 from his Grey Label Collection.

Read more about this brand on TEF Magazine or visit their website.


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Author: maarten weidemaAfter being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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