YUMI BARNETT-NAKAMURA | FIGURE SKATING COSTUME MAKER
Yumi Couture (formerly Y’s Designs) was founded in 2005 in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Its founder and costume designer, Yumi Barnett-Nakamura, serves the growing market for more creative and personalised athletic costumes. Yumi uniquely combines ‘old world’ traditional techniques with modern stylistic sensibilities.
The Yumi Couture story unofficially 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, specialising 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 handmade 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 emphasising quality, creativity, and precision.
Yumi Couture is known the world over for creating unique award-winning costumes that can handle the physical stress of the performance while accentuating the beauty and strength of the athlete. Yumi strives to create designs that complement each skater to help them shine on the ice.