We had the good fortune of connecting with Sayuri Tsukahara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sayuri, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Boho Bela comes from a very raw and experimental place. At that time, I was a mother of two girls, loving every second I spent at home raising them but I also had a need to create something that could provide for the family and allow me to keep that valuable time at home. One day the idea just comes to mind, after trying to find a Bow Holder I liked to hang all the bows we had all around the house, I decided I was going to make one of my own. After making it and a few friends liking it and asking me to make one for them, the Etsy Shop for Boho Bela opens its doors in 2018. Since little, I have always liked to create things, from poetry to drawings, I love to do crafts and artsy things. I find it a great method to relax and distract myself. If people could describe me with one word, they would probably say “creative”, I have never been good at sports or math or many other things for that matter, but I do think Im good at creating things. Having the opportunity to follow a career that allows me to express this creativity from the comfort of my home and the close company of my family is just a blessing I count twice everyday.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The one thing I am most proud of, is watching this little business slowly grow and double sales every year that passes by, it gives me great satisfaction to know it has all been my own hard work and that both my daughters have grown seeing me do this and work hard to reach goals and set new challenges. I hope this can also be a lesson and an inspiration for them in the future. It hasn’t been easy but its also been very fun. More than my job, it has become like a mental therapy, an escape from daily worries and anxiety, my studio has become my own personal shelter when I need time to be myself. A place where I can put music and focus on one thing at a time. To put all the love in creating each item, all hand made and with all the care in the world, and then have people from around the country and the world, appreciating it and ordering from my store, is one of the most rewarding feelings I have ever experienced.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Miami has so many great places to offer, but as an art lover myself, one of my top places is Wynwood. All the graffiti and all these different artists coming together to put this cool vibe, makes Wynwood one of the most interesting and fun places to be. Not only does it have these great art shops, restaurants and stores, but you can just breathe in the place by walking around the walls and contemplating the graffiti, even the sidewalks have art painted on them!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The person who deserves a “shoutout” in this chapter called Boho Bela, is without a doubt, my husband aka investor aka biggest fan aka most patient, understanding husband ever. When I didn’t believe in myself, he believed for me and supported me to take the chance and try opening an Etsy Shop. He believed my product was good enough to get it out there, even though I was losing more money than what I was making, he always encouraged me to keep going. Most importantly, he understands what this little business means to me and has never for a second underestimated it.