Caring for yourself to care for others is the philosophy that drives every decision we make. We reinvented blue light glasses for the modern techie through carefully selected materials, creative design curation, and attention to detail.
We believe in better sleep for better health, and therefore better productivity.
Our products are mindfully designed for those living with intention and want to feel more comfortable and confident while staring at the digital screen all day.
I started my entrepreneurship journey 2 years after graduating from University of California Los Angeles with a Computer Science Engineering degree, selling special occasion wear for children. It was through these years of experiences and a family background of small business owners in the eyewear industry that brought me to Umizato.
I started Umizato, alongside co-founder and husband Gary, with the philosophy of owning less but better products that are pertinent to taking care of ourselves. I truly believe that in order to help and take care of others, we must better ourselves first.
YOLANDA SUYEMOTO, CO-FOUNDER + CFO OF UMIZATO
I had spent a small bit of time on the front line with the infantry during combat, served as an intelligence analyst with some of the nation’s top secrets at my fingertips, wandered the land working and living all over the nation and parts of the globe.
I can write code in probably 8 different languages, including English.
However, what has driven me to Umizato was a strong sense of making something with precision and impeccable quality that could help others.
I'm still exploring and still wandering, in a way of sorts.
GARY SUYEMOTO, CO-FOUNDER + CEO OF UMIZATO
Umi zatō (海座頭) is a Japanese yōkai, or a mythic aquatic creature, thought up by Edo-period artists. The direct translation is "blind man of the sea" who wanders the seas at night, tapping waves with their long canes. There are almost no stories about Umi zatō, but are usually considered to be harmless and leave people alone.
The name for us represents the idea to help protect the eyes of those we need it.
Artist: Shannon Suymeoto
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