From 2009 - 2011, I owned and operated a quaint, little design boutique in the heart of DC. With a focus on art and accessories, Sukio the store (affectionately known as "the Shoppe") offered products rare to the Metro area. From emerging artists and makers to established-but-new-to-DC brands like Jonathan Adler, my goal was to showcase the beauty of well-crafted objét in a decidedly unpretentious environment. A sign reading "No snobs please" would have been the perfect touch.
Did I become the biggest hit in DC? Of course not. But there was unmeasurable satisfaction in curating the type of product line I had always envisioned - one as unique and varied as each of us. Meanwhile, the design of the space reflected personal tastes and became a lab for my own creativity. I styled and restyled, painted walls black, brought in fresh flowers, and played Bossa Nova... the Shoppe became my second home.
It was an unfinished work, but still gratifying. Perhaps, the ultimate validation came by way of a charming couple one Sunday afternoon. Yes, when Mitchell Gold and his husband called my shop "cute" with wondering eyes and nodding approval, nothing else quite mattered.
STOCK LIST. Amani at Home, Anthousa, Assouline, Book City, Danica, Holland Cox, Home Port, Jonathan Adler, Kala Studios, KleinReid, Kobo, Love Shop, Michele Varian, Proteak, Secondline, Thomas Paul, Worlds Away, and vintage objects
FEATURED ARTISTS. Gregg Deal, Edward McCluney, Marta Miranda, Eto Otitigbe, Lisa Rosenstein, Heather Soskin, Sarah Van Steenburg, and Louis Young
MENTIONS. The Pinkline Project, Lifestyles of the Authentic and Creative, ReadysetDC, The Interior Design Resource Agency, Washington Life Magazine, and Hill Rag