at that time, i had no idea souchi would be a knitwear line as my plan was to design clothing and opening a boutique in san francisco - but life stepped in and because of the first of many happy accidents, i was told i was one elective short for graduation. i chose a knitting class which brought to life my first hand loomed sweater: a men's style crew neck sweater. what no one knew was that through novice and, more importantly, unrepeatable knitting mistakes, this sweater was more like a piece intentionally influenced by my idols rei lawakubo and yohji yamamoto. i loved that sweater and wore it out the day after i graduated at which point i was stopped on the street and asked where i bought my sweater. i said, with the biggest leery looking grin (i now knew about the unrepeatable mistakes), 'i made it'. this woman, a san francisco based shop owner, bought 10 on the spot. of course, i took the order, i could rem-ist-ake this sweater, i was a designer!
six months after this order on the street, souchi was selling to stores and boutiques nationwide, had an angora hoodie on the cover of the september 1998 issue of seventeen magazine and had created such a buzz that by 2000, this sweater was a regular on friends, 90210 (the original), melrose place, and most of the wb shows. movies, red carpets and magazines have kept souchi in the forefront of luxury knitwear and for over 20 years, souchi had been sold in specialty boutiques around the world.
in 2011, i moved to aspen, colorado opened a store and fell in love. but, by 2016 i was missing the hand to hand creative parts of souchi and not wanting the managing of employees, 3 store locations and over 100 wholesale accounts i decided to go back to the beginning. and, so in 2016, armed with one store & one loom i found my happiness. with my days spent with customers in the store and nights filled with yarn. waking up and deciding what i wanted to make that day. it's perfect for me.
come see me in aspen or at souchi.com
i started knitting souchi sweaters in my 500 sq ft apt in san francisco. i loved the look of a hand loomed sweater: the rolled seams and the rumpled lived in look. i liked the idea of touching everything i made. i didn't want to draw and fax my designs to some manufacturer overseas and to this day, most of my designs are on post-its and scraps of paper, on magazines, in books or on business cards. I have piles of my designs in drawers, cabinets & shoe boxes. thanks to paola and that one knitting class, souchi has been an ongoing process of exploration.
i knew that, because I was making souchi knits myself, i was going use the best yarns in the world: fine Italian cashmere & merino wools & organic cottons from tanzania…souchi sweaters have always been designed to survive years of wear and, if I could be so lucky, find their way in beautiful vintage stores, decades later.
souchi is a labor of love, trust, inspiration & luxury. i respect the process, craft & beauty of something meant to last. AND the desire to build, create & promote craftsmanship here in the states and the towns in which we live.
souchi is designed & hand loomed solely by me in our converted barn in seven castles. the souchi retail store is in aspen, colorado.