Harlequin Okikai is the creative force behind Oki Kai Designs. Born in Kentucky to an English mum and American dad, Harlequin is the eldest of five children (and then another two half-siblings.) The family moved back and forth between the UK and America for her upbringing, then made a final move from Wales to Oregon in 2003.
Between her travels, and the combination of a democratic and Waldorf education Harlequin has been fortunate to have been encouraged to pursue her passions and explore her creativity from an early age.
“Visual art was my first creative outlet but after moving to Eugene Oregon, I discovered the underground house music scene and a new found family. “
Harlequin has had her visual art commissioned by businesses and private collectors, and is excited to offer some of her designs as limited edition prints.
Sewing and tailoring has remained the constant creative outlet however, and in 2011 Harlequin took the leap to start Oki Kai Designs, featuring club and festival couture. Oki Kai Designs has evolved to include the exclusive lingerie line, and silky soft bamboo wear.
Harlequin is the sole designer, pattern maker and seamstress behind Okikai Designs. Her values are reflected in the vision of this venture; sustainability, reducing environmental impact, unlimited creativity, all paired with high quality construction that flatters and delights.
“Inspired by the Community I live in, and many other beautiful and colorful experiences I have collected. I am dedicated to creating quality custom handmade wearable treasures.”
follow Harlequin on Instagram: @harlequinokikaki