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Makié: 2012 American Made Honoree

New York-based children and women's clothing.

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Photography by: Richard Banks
Photography by Jennifer Causey

Makié Yahagi

 

New York City, New York

Makié

The sound of a whirring sewing machine was a near constant in Makié Yahagi’s childhood home. Her mother, an expert dressmaker, taught her daughter how to sew, knit, and embroider starting when she was just 5. “I was a tomboy,” she says. “I loved to run around in nature. But when i was home, all i wanted to do was sew.” After moving to the United States and having two sons, she continued that childhood obsession and in 1999 opened Makié, a boutique in New York City’s SoHo district featuring her handmade clothes for infants and children. The heirloom-quality textiles and designs garner a devoted following, and after repeated requests from customers, she started making women’s clothing as well. In addition, she imports selections of her favorite shoes and toys from Europe and Japan. Yahagi is hands-on in all aspects of the design process, making every pattern and working with a team in the city to execute the finished product. “I think carefully about how many stitches are needed or what type of seam is required,” she says. “It’s tiny but so important.” This minute attention to detail keeps her customers and wholesale clients loyal. “This thing is my baby,” she says. “I want to keep doing this until I am a grandmother.”

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Photography by: Richard Banks
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Photography by: Richard Banks

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