Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Boutique owner sells up for new US fashion role

A BOUTIQUE in Henley held a party to mark the departure of owner Hyunok Sung, who is leaving for a new job in America.

A BOUTIQUE in Henley held a party to mark the departure of owner Hyunok Sung, who is leaving for a new job in America.

Ms Sung has run Bucaroo in Friday Street for four years and owned the business for the past two.

She is leaving to work for her sister, Sylvia Kwak, at clothing range My Beloved in Los Angeles, through whom she imported much of the clothing sold at the shop.

The new owner is 40-year-old Suhee Kim, from Wokingham.

Mrs Kim, who has worked as a fashion designer in South Korea, will rename the store Boutique 97 and will sell clothes from the Far East and Europe.

She said: “Hyunok was introduced to me by a friend and since I have a passion for fashion I was glad to meet her.

“I have not been involved with Bucaroo but Hyunok has been supportive and will help me set up my business, bringing stylish clothes to Henley.

“Boutique 97 will be a completely different type of fashion boutique.The clothes will be aimed at women between their twenties and forties who want to add some spice to their everyday clothes. All the clothes and accessories will be exciting yet feminine and can be worn on any occasion.

“The name Boutique 97 represents my development in this country — I became a permanent resident and British citizen in 1997, so my shop will be a foundation which marks and celebrates the beginning of my journey.

“Henley is a beautiful area and I would love to move here one day but for now I am concentrating on developing my business from my home in Wokingham.” Ms Sung, 40, who will continue to run the shop until next month, has lived in Henley for more than nine years and admits it is a wrench to leave.

She said: “I’m really sad to leave the people behind — they have all been so loyal and supportive of me and for two years I’ve had a great experience. They’ve led me to get my future job, which is a massive opportunity.

“I’m glad it’s someone I know who will take over the shop. She has her own style so it will be a bit different.”

She said she wanted to thank her friends so held her leaving party at Magoos in Hart Street, where she took part in a Brazilian samba dance routine with Anna Collett, who gives zumba classes at Henley leisure centre.

There was also a display of capoeira, a Brazilian martial art which fuses fighting and dancing, by Capoeira Wallingford.

Scores of Bucaroo customers attended to bid farewell to Ms Sung.

Jo Eddon said: “I think everybody is going to miss her but we are really happy that she has this new opportunity.”


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