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SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Over the years, Yumi could have clothed more athletes competing at a variety of levels, but she only had the capacity to meet approximately 20 percent of the demand for her designs. To handle the growing mar- ket, Yumi launched Yumi Couture in March 2014. She brought on board a business manager, moved out of her home and opened a workshop in Sudbury, and hired accomplished seamstresses whom she trained in her unique sewing techniques. In the first six months of business, Yumi Couture outfitted a ballet troupe of 80 in Japan and approximately 60 skaters from Massachusetts, Maine, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Ohio, Minnesota, California, Canada, and Japan. Step into Yumi's workshop and you'll see a large-screen TV tuned into skating competitions, dress patterns spread across the large work island, walls of fabric samples, and shelves brimming with laces, crys- tals, feathers, and other embellishments. Glancing up at the TV between stiches, Yumi often watches live competitions from her desk. On one occasion, she saw her client, Boston-native former Junior World Champion Stephen Carriere, com- peting at the International Skating Union (ISU) Grand Prix of Skating's Rostelecom Cup in Moscow and noticed that the lines of his shirt were not flowing as planned. She made a mental note to contact Stephen to adjust his outfit upon his return to Boston. Stephen and his coach Suna Murray were on the same wavelength. Unbeknownst to Yumi, Stephen had already texted Yumi's business manager for an alteration appointment. artist profile "unique sewing techniques" Her aerodynamic designs stretch to support complex choreography that includes triple axels, Lutzs, Salchows, throws, and lifts. They move fluidly, accentuating the grace and strength of the athlete's body as he or she skims the ice. 178 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5

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