We had the good fortune of connecting with Stephanie Ip and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Stephanie, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?

The idea of starting a business has been on my mind ever since I was a Freshman in high school, where I constantly asked myself what I would do in the future. I knew I was artistically gifted, so getting into the study of design came naturally to me. As I continued to explore art and design, I had also discovered my strong interest in textile design. If you are not familiar with the industry of textile, it is in fact one of the oldest industries and is still going strong. The technical aspect of textile design has driven me deep into the sustainable side of design and development.

Having worked in the industry of fashion, I got to see the tremendous amount of waste that could’ve been saved, should thoughtful design be the driving force to all manufactured products that are sold in the marketplace. Starting Sutai Bu was a calling of mine to bring awareness to the design aspect of a product, by educating the lost cultural art of Furoshiki and promoting new interactive ways in continuing the tradition in modern day society.

What should our readers know about your business?
Sutai Bu is not just another art product brand, I like to think of it as a conversational brand, where the art speaks while on display, with the support of creative writing and videos with a storyline. The brand has been in business for only 2 years now, 2020 was a tough year as all of our in-person pop-up events had to be put on pause. Not knowing what the future holds, instead of producing more products, we adapted and evolved into producing more educational videos to support the story behind the products that are sold at Sutai Bu. There is so much more to do, but I am optimistic with what the future holds.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In Los Angeles, there are always delicious and authentic cultural food to try, as well as beautiful beaches and hiking trails waiting to be discovered. For a day trip to Los Angeles, I would start off watching sunrise at Palos Verdes, have a mini photo session with Stephanie Ip Photography at Malaga Cove Plaza, which is filled with European vibes. Then, drive up North on Pacific Coast Highway with a convertible, all the way to Santa Monica for a brunch at Urth Caffe, be sure to try that ice blended boba drinks, they are irresistible! After the brunch, walk over to the Santa Monica Pier for a quick dip in the water and vitamin D. If timing works, you may be able to join a yoga class at the beach to further relax your mind and body! In the afternoon, head over to Sawtelle to check out art galleries and quick bites. That should be a fun 9 hours day in Los Angeles. The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I truly believe the universe has a special place for every single one of us, even with what we see as the unfortunates. The uniqueness inside of us brings something special to this world. With curiosity and courage, new and exciting opportunities arise; with generosity and rights, unspoken support and energy drive us forward to further challenge the status quo. I am particularly thankful to my parents, who not only brought me to this world, but encouraged me to find myself in this blue circular sphere called earth. Nature and life inspire me, people and stories are the reason I live. There are countless people I want to give thanks to, but if I have to name a few, it has to be my college professors and mentors I’ve worked for during my days in New York City.

Website: www.sutaibu.com

Instagram: sutaibu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sutaibu

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXFrrh3tz4jCsYhEpbrVhJQ

Image Credits
Photos by Stephanie Ip Photography

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