In his own words.
I have to admit, I am a bit of a contradiction. I have a weakness for minimalist fashion, but I am not a purest; I am compelled to mix. And, like many people I know, straddle both the artistic and business worlds. It was fair to say that many of us struggled to find suitable eyewear – hence the prototype I designed for myself.
So from a dinner conversation came the inspiration and proverbial push for launching my signature brand – a collection of frames that are a mashup of my colliding aesthetics with special attention paid to sculpting and tactility.
They are artful but wearable. By using laborious production techniques and a lot of handwork, an inner silhouette is encased in an unexpectedly fresh outer shape. This seamless fusion of two frames and the juxtaposition of contrasting form and colour create a design tension that is thoroughly modern yet comfortably familiar. A paradox. Like me.
A celebrity favourite, Kuwahara’s designs are worn by Brad Pitt, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Halle Berry, Robert Downey, Jr., Will Smith, Samuel L. Jackson, Casey Affleck, Slash, and Charlize Theron among many others.