OKKI is a refined progression of Fiona McPherson’s first brand, Oishi-M.
She makes her garments from the inside out, imbuing them with character through uncompromising workmanship. The process begins with fabric development. McPherson carefully selects all of the fabrics OKKI uses for the brand personally. Some of these fabrics are “end of the roll” – designer Italian fabric’s; some are remnants from a Japanese mill. Where possible, fabric is selected that is dyed by hand. Even when they are dyed industrially, OKKI endeavours to use natural dyes, most famously indigo, the traditional dye that gives denim a particular vividness that cannot be replicated by chemical processes. Finally, the clothes are often finished by hand or incorporate handmade details, from buttons and button loops to hand-painted graphics. This labour intensive finishing is McPherson’s signature and sets OKKI apart from the kind of industrially produced fashion that is typical today.
Along with her general obsession with fabric and detail, a certain fabric has alway enticed her curiosity since the early childhood days of wearing ” Hoppers” overalls – all of the time, everywhere as a childhood staple. This developed into an adult obsession and fascination with selvedge denim. After years of admiring, wearing and researching, She finally has found and is extremely satisfied with what she believes to be the finest denim of all, the heralded Japanese selvedge denim created on a vintage denim loom.
This denim is a cornerstone fabric for OKKI. Each garment and design is treated with this level of attention.
OKKI: Small batch, limited edition, unique quality, locally made.