pillings was founded by Japanese designer Ryota Murakami. After graduating from Yasuko Ueda Fashion College and coconogacco, he founded his namesake brand RYOTAMURAKAMI with his mother, Chiaki Murakami in 2014. In 2018 it was rechristened “pillings” in homage to the small round balls created by wear and friction on clothing. The brand is known for its signature knitwear made using cutting-edge techniques to create unique and colourful patterns that evoke innocence and playfulness. Murakami is also the winner of the Tokyo Fashion Award 2022.