There’s no place like Suku Home. Since 2021, the local label has shown off its cornucopia of tie-dyed, splattered paint and psychedelic patterns at its flagship store on Gertrude Street, Fitzroy.

Now founder Christine Lafian is closing the shop for something different, with its final day of trade on Sunday June 23.

“We feel like it’s time to explore a different offering in retail in this current climate,” Lafian told Broadsheet in an email.

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But it’s not a permanent closure for the label, which works with Indonesian craftspeople and uses traditional dyeing techniques for its buttery bamboo bedding, bold loungewear and beyond.

Next up, Suku Home is slated to open a by-appointment showroom in Collingwood before summer 2024/25. For Lafian, it’ll enable the brand to deliver more tailored customer service. And, beyond Melbourne, the label will focus on international pop-ups and further activate its online presence.

“We want to be a brand that is never afraid to change and adapt to the world around us, and we hope this new evolution of Suku is more bold and expansive than before,” Lafian said in a statement.

Staying agile has been a big theme for Lafian since she launched her bedding label 10 years ago, long before the proliferation of luxe linen sheets.

“One of my motivations for creating Suku was to show other immigrants or people of colour that it is possible to dream big and make it in this country. I hope that my dedication has created a blueprint and a platform for others like me to thrive.”

Last October, Lafian told Broadsheet that having her first child had caused her to take a step back from work.

“It’s really just given me a different perspective – at the end of the day, your life is not your work. It’s pulled me back and made me see what’s important,” she said.

The Fitzroy flagship will close on Sunday June 23.

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