Highlights in this season’s line by Blake Kuwahara include strong shapes, bold, sculpted effects, and much admired signature details
Known across the eyewear business for a unique product style, and his signature frame-within-a-frame laminated technique, the American designer, Blake Kuwahara continues to deliver an exclusive eyewear experience in products which reflect a carefully honed style and quality, with dedication to nuances and finesse in shapes and use of colour.
“The one thing the last few years have taught us is to expect the unexpected,” he says, talking about his approach to this year’s collection and his focus in the designs. “We’ve had to adjust our expectations and learn to adapt to a new normal. I felt the need for a similar shift in my eyewear designs while keeping a visual through-line connecting it to my existing collection. I wanted to play a bit more with softer colors balanced with stronger shapes. I also wanted to enhance the cutting and sculpting of fronts and temples. To achieve this, we needed to use special cutting and CNC laser machines to get the precise contours for each frame.” Above: the model Kellogg is available as an optical or sunglass style and comes in refined tones of cloud, midnight, navy horn and olive.
Model Aldrich by Blake Kuwahara offers the designer’s signature look in acetate, with an expressive colour palette ranging from crystal (contrasting with black), midnight, navy horn or red fade. The playful two-tone effect of the colorways distinguishes the bold yet classic round eyewear shape.
The BK1021 is one of the genderless metal frames that stands out in The Grey Label Collection at Blake Kuwahara. The frame is available in black, antique brown, gold and gunmetal and features the fascinating cast bone temple motif typical of this series of frames. Find out more at www.blakekuwahara.com