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I first found MŌNO by way of Jonathan Lo of Happy Mundane and I knew we would have liked to take a digital go to right here on Design Store(y). I contacted house owners Cassy & Dean Song who have been greater than prepared to talk about their Honolulu store that’s targeted on minimalist useful and delightful design gadgets, particularly gadgets from Japan. I assume it’s completely value a visit to Hawaii and I assume you’ll agree…
Why did you decide this metropolis/neighborhood/storefront?
Our seek for the correct spot took some time earlier than we discovered our area on R. King & McCully. We needed to be someplace centrally situated, and we really feel that this space has plenty of potential to develop. Since we’ve opened, we’re actually excited to see different native companies sprouting up close by; it’s superior to be part of the rising small-enterprise group.
Where did you get the identify for the shop?
MŌNO (pronounced Moh-no) merely means “issues” or “stuff” in Japanese. The concept of opening our personal retailer stemmed from a visit we took to Japan, the place we spent numerous hours at numerous outlets in Tokyo. Inspired by what we noticed, we felt compelled to deliver a bit of our travels again house with us. Because of its Japanese affect and the number of distinctive “issues” we feature, MŌNO appeared very becoming.
Has it modified a lot since then? How?
We do order restricted runs of every part in order that we will usher in new gadgets and maintain issues recent. Our objective is to bridge the hole between Hawaii and different elements of the world by providing merchandise which might be troublesome to seek out right here on the islands. We are continually holding our eyes peeled for brand spanking new issues to usher in.
What’s one of many challenges you might have with the enterprise?
As new enterprise house owners, every part we do is certainly a studying expertise. I’d say one in every of our challenges is making an attempt to deal with all features of the enterprise ourselves, every thing from shopping for, managing and designing to cleansing & sustaining our area. It does assist that I’m presently going to high school for net and print design, so I attempt to apply all that I’m studying in class in the direction of our enterprise. There’s undoubtedly loads of work and stress that comes with opening a brand new retailer, however when it’s one thing that you simply’ve labored so arduous to construct and curate, it’s a completely totally different feeling.
What different shops have you ever labored in earlier than opening this one?
The first job I ever obtained was in retail; I labored at a snowboard store named “Island Snowboards”. It appears unusual to see a snowboard store in Hawaii, however it was extremely popular with the Japanese vacationers. Over the years I labored my approach as much as administration positions at numerous retail shops, resembling Agnes b. and Diesel.
What’s your favourite merchandise within the retailer proper now?
IMM Living’s Deer Elixir of Life Coffee Mug is one in every of my favorites.
What is that this season’s theme/inspiration/story?
Since Hawaii solely has P seasons (summer time and winter), we by no means had a seasonal theme. At the second, our focus is Small Design Goods, corresponding to stationery, house, and way of life merchandise that can be utilized all yr spherical. We like to see on a regular basis gadgets rethought and reimagined by way of design.
Are you carrying any new merchandise and/or undiscovered gems you’re notably enthusiastic about?
The Unit Portables line from Sweden. Currently, we’re the one retailer in Hawaii that carries this model.
What’s been a constant greatest vendor?
Mark’s Inc. Storage.it, a line of stationery items from Japan, has been a constant greatest vendor.
Does the shop have its personal line?
Currently, we’re engaged on branding our personal line of small items.
Any particular occasions/reveals/pop ups/collabs arising?
Nothing set as of but, however we do plan on performing some pop-up occasions and reveals in 2014.
Do you’ve gotten something from the shop in your personal house?
IMM Living’s Alligator Lockjaw Dish… I couldn’t resist the temptation. I even have numerous stationery merchandise that I use for college.
Visit MŌNO at 2013 South King Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96826 and on-line.