about the designer

At an early age, Rumi spent hours pouring over her mother’s Bazaar magazines and recreating designs using makeshift patterns and an old Singer. Influenced deeply by her Japanese heritage, and a childhood immersed in the creative counter-culture of Northern California’s Bay Area in the 1970’s, Rumi’s design philosophy follows a tradition of handcrafting as opposed to high volume production. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Southern California, her technical skills developed through the rigors of her early years spent in the fast-paced garment industry of Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her move to Hawaii in the late 90’s has rendered a softness to her otherwise tailored designs, striking a balance between tradition and modernity, function and beauty. A true maker, Rumi cuts all of her own patterns and sews her first samples, ensuring the highest quality, finish and fit. As a company, Rumi Murakami is dedicated to ethical and sustainable production processes, employing highly-skilled local sewers and craftspeople. She currently lives and works on the beautiful island of O`ahu.

RM Work Area
photo credit: Ramsey Cheng

photo credit: Ramsey Cheng

about the company

Created for women and men who love modern design, expect high quality workmanship and personal attention, shopping with rumi murakami is a unique experience and exceptional value. 

Two seasonal collections are produced in the Fall and Spring using luxurious natural fabrics. The collection is available ready-to-wear and cut-to-order. Each of our pieces are made in Hawaii.

about our values

All patterns and samples are made by Rumi in our Kaka`ako studio. We believe in sustainable and ethical business practices.  We believe in supporting other local artists, designers and makers. We believe in nurturing collaborative relationships with highly-skilled individuals, seamstresses, tailors, and suppliers which allows our small business to continue crafting in Hawai`i.