Yumi Barnett-Nakamura

Yumi Couture, LLC

Yumi Couture was founded eight years ago in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Its founder and costume designer, Yumi Barnett-Nakamura, serves the growing market for more creative and personalized athletic costumes.  Yumi uniquely combines old world traditional techniques with modern stylistic sensibilities.
 
The Yumi Couture story began generations ago in Kyoto, Japan, the city of a thousand temples. Yumi's family has been part of Kyoto’s long and rich history in textiles and garment making, including one of Japan’s most enduring cultural symbols, the kimono. Yumi has been influenced by a long line of kimono dressmakers, specializing in techniques that can take over forty years to master and are passed down from one generation to the next. Yumi brings this rich legacy to her hand-made costumes.  From the highest quality materials to her inspirational designs, she works with each athlete to bring their performances to life.  Her focus reflects the kimono-making tradition by emphasizing quality, creativity, and precision. 
 
Just as a hand-made kimono involves over 1,000 processes, performance athletic costumes require specialized techniques to handle the physical stress of the performance and accentuate the beauty and strength of the performer while remaining comfortable throughout the program. This can only be accomplished by years of hands-on experience to compliment traditional techniques. Yumi’s dedication to her craft, uncompromising attention to detail, and focus on the customer experience is why Yumi Couture is sought out by top national and international skaters and teams.