Unexpected. Innovative. Futuristic. These could all be used to describe the signature round framed “Lifesaver” glasses from Morgenthal Frederics and eyewear designer Blake Kuwahara. “It was the perfect time to work together using my construction techniques with their silhouettes and introduce new colors to the Lifesaver in a completely new construction,” says Kuwahara. “Morgenthal Frederics is an institution in New York. They’ve been around for close to 100 years. Rick Morgenthal is a friend of mine and he was one of the early supporters of my original collection, Kata Eyewear.
His handcrafted frames made from acetate supplied by top tier manufacturers, Mazzucchelli in Italy and Daicel in Japan, are known for their singular frame within a frame construction. “I was shopping one day and I saw this antique wooden stool that was encased in a clear block of lucite and I thought it was really great, because you have something on the inside that’s very familiar but on the outside it’s totally new content that makes it fresh and modern and that inspired my aesthetic,” says Kuwahara. “I wanted to fuse two things together.” It takes over two months alone just for Kuwahara’s lamination process that blends the two frames together and a total of nine months for the frames to be finished. Afterwards, they undergo extensive milling and carving so that the edges are nuanced to perfection.
The be Blake Kuwahara x Morgenthal Frederics frames are available in all Morgenthal Frederics stores and through Blake Kuwahara retailers and retail for $615 each in four different colorways.