帶著深耕於眼鏡產業多年的豐富歷練，Blake Kuwahara於2009年延攬多名建築師、平面設計師、藝術家與公關人才，創辦Focus Group West品牌顧問公司，業務範疇囊括企業識別、室內設計、零售管理與產品研發。更在眾所期待之下Blake Kuwahara推出了同名眼鏡品牌， 結合具岩礦光澤的醋酸纖維板料，與精湛純粹的日製手工，Blake Kuwahara Eyewear運用相當費時的熱壓技術，重塑膠框的層次樣貌，獨創特有的”框中框”結構，徹底體現非同一般的美學視角。
Recognized as one of the preeminent design maven in eyewear industry today, Blake Kuwahara is the founder and creative director of FOCUS GROUP WEST (FGW), the Los Angeles-based, multi-disciplinary design firm that consisting of eyewear experts, architects, graphic designers, and a PR team who work together to create and bring brands to market with a singular vision and voice. He recently debuted his first eponymous eyewear collection, which is a result of highly original and sophisticated designs, crafted in superb materials.
Kuwahara, who has a Doctorate of Optometry degree with High Honors from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in Psychobiology with Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude distinctions from UCLA, went on to first work in a private practice in Manhattan Beach, CA
Drawn to the more creative side of the optical profession, Kuwahara opted for another path. He left the clinical arena after 3 and half years and started creating eyewear for haute couture fashion designers including Isaac Mizrahi, Carolina Herrera, Hanae Mori and iconic brands such as Converse, Coach and John Varvatos.
Blending his aesthetic side with professional optical background, Kuwahara has garnered a multitude of awards for his designs including “Best of Category in Consumer Products” from i-D magazine and has been awarded Silmo’s highest honor for Technology and Fashion on three separate occasions. He is also a longstanding member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA).
“建築一直都是我的靈感所在，因為它完美結合了型態與功能。而小小的一支眼鏡也有著同樣的屬性 ，無論是線條、曲度、形式，以及使用的媒材， 都大大影響著最終的成果，一切都在於細微之處的極致探究，這也是每位建築師最重視的事。除此之外，許多建築師配戴的眼鏡成為他們無法分割的一部分，當提及柯比意、菲利普強生、亦或是貝聿銘時，他們戴著眼鏡的樣子早已深植於我們心底。”
- Blake Kuwahara
“Architecture has always been a source of inspiration for me. It's the ultimate combination of form and function. The same attributes apply to eyewear but on a very small scale. The line, curve and forms as well as materials that we use are critical to the final outcome. It's also about nuance. Architects have to be very sensitive to this as well. Plus, many architects wore glasses that became iconic to their look- Le Corbusier, Phillip Johnson, IM Pei among them.”
- Blake Kuwahara
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