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Eyewear Designer Q&A: Blake Kuwahara Shares Insight and Guidance for Finding the Perfect Frames

From a doctorate in optometry, to designing for some of fashion’s major players, to launching his own eyewear line in 2014, Blake Kuwahara is about as well-rounded as they come. A close look at his current line reveals an astounding attention to detail honed by this impressive trajectory.The double-layer acetate frames take roughly 9 months to produce, and every angle and curvature—not to mention the sharp 45-degree cut at the hinges—is both thoughtful and precise. The line is entirely...

Once an aspiring X-ray tech, South Philly Julz now sells glasses to celebrities

The hip-hop group Migos won the BET award last month for best group, but perhaps another winner emerged as well — Julz, a.k.a. Julian Emami, owner of South Street’s Vintage Julz eyewear boutique.Outfitting the rappers from Lawrenceville, Ga., known by Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff, in his vintage glasses — ones they wore while accepting their award — was “the craziest experience of my life,” said Julz, 26. “For two hours before the show, they tried on outfits and glasses.”Julz deals in dead...

Japanese firm gives gift of sight to refugee kids from Mosul

ERBIL, Iraq--One man's vision for a better future is having a dramatic impact on sight-impaired children who fled the northern Iraq city of Mosul to escape Islamic State forces.These children can now undergo eye checkups here to correct vision problems, and, even better, receive a free pair of eyeglasses.The largesse is due to Akio Kanai, the chairman of Sapporo-based optician and eyeglass retailer Fujimegane Co. The company, with dozens of branches in Hokkaido and the Kanto region, has...