About Maison Murasaki by Maki Obara
Originally, Maison Murasaki was established in 2012, by Maki Obara in NYC. Even though having a successful collection and regularly catching eyes of industry professionals and Hollywood celebrities, the company had to regretfully shut it's doors temporarily.
Slowly but surely, Maki Obara re-established Maison Murasaki in 2016, with a different concept. Combining her love of vintage, and couture of all decades, Maison Murasaki brings you couture quality original designs with sustainability in mind.
Our philosophy is to create special pieces that will last for 100 years to come, and can be handed down and cherished.
In order to achieve this in it’s truest, most honest form, Maki believes it is inevitable to be environmentally and socially responsible.
Choosing the right materials like organic cotton and traditional materials from Japan, taking the made to measure approach, minimum waste production, supporting traditional crafts, timeless styles for longer wear, supporting other small businesses, empowering women and young artists, are just a few practices Maison Murasaki currently implements.
A Sustainability Manifesto will be published soon, as part of the business, so we can be transparent as possible.
Maison Murasaki was named after Murasaki Shikibu (Lady Murasaki). She was the first female novelist in 11th century Japan, who wrote The Tale of Genji, and the novel is considered to be the oldest novel in history, still charting the best seller's list in this modern age. Maki named the company after Lady Murasaki, to pay homage to all the strong, beautiful and intelligent women, and to keep her Japanese background deeply rooted into the label. Murasaki also means Purple in Japanese, and one of Maki's favorite colors next to red.
Short Biography of Maki
After earning BA Honors in Fashion Design and Fashion Print from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London, Maki has worked with companies such as Vivienne Westwood and CELINE. Her experience in the industry now totals 22 years. Maki is now based in NYC, preparing to further her education in Biodesign.