One of 15 graduates of Parsons New School of Design’s recent MFA program, Okuda has developed a fast but fiercely loyal following even catching the eye of Young Money herself, Nicki Minaj. Minaj reached out with a direct “I need it” to one of his over the top designs. Okuda asked when, and she quickly replied, “now” — and no one keeps Ms. Minaj waiting.
Since his childhood, Okuda has been infatuated with coin collecting and this inspired the beginning of his career when he started dabbling in jewelry design. After receiving a BA from the University of the Arts in London, Okuda incorporated jewelry throughout his collection. Fashion was the inevitable next step when he started thinking about the entire body, which led to this debut collection. “I’m a very crafty person, and this is what I am good at and the reason why I wanted to further my education beyond jewelry making.”