|Mr. Funky blossomed in 2003 when designer Narumi Ogawa turned crocheting from hobby to magic. Her clothing artistry combines fashions from various eras (1920s through 1970s) with a contemporary flair, incorporating utilitarianism with whimsy. Her stuffed animal designs come from memories of her innocent and playful childhood.
Narumi Ogawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan. Her formative years were spent studying music, her greatest passions first awoke whilst playing jazz piano. In 1993, Narumi moved to the US where she began Mr. Funky. As the sole designer of all Mr. Funky products, Narumi first began selling her work in small neighborhood boutiques in Los Angeles and showing her work at trade shows. Her work has been exhibited on CBS Morning News, in magazines like Bust and Vice as well as on websites such as DailyCandyLA.
Mr.funky mission statement/vision:
Develop high quality funky crochet stuffed animals and knit wear with retro 1920s to 1970s styling primarily for women artists,teenagers, funky sophisticates and mature shoppers looking for a crafty kind of style.