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Kuwahara’s groundbreaking use of engineering and production techniques to create texture and detail has reinvented the way eyewear design is approached today.

Recognised as one of the preeminent designers in eyewear today, Blake Kuwahara first gained international acclaim as the creator and designer of the exclusive KATA Eyewear brand. Kuwahara launched his exclusive eponymous range of sunglasses and optical frames in Autumn 2014.

Kuwahara, who also has a doctorate of optometry degree from UC Berkeley, is well known for his bold experimentation and innovation. Detour magazine called him, “a gifted talent, blessed with savvy and unmistakable sense of style.” Kuwahara was also recently named by Brilliant Magazine as one of the “100 Most Important People in the Eyewear Industry”.

Kuwahara has garnered a multitude of awards for his designs including “Best of Category in Consumer Products” from I.D. magazine and “Silmo d’Or – Prix Special Journalists de Mode” from a panel of French fashion journalists. Kuwahara is also a longstanding member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).