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February 2014 / People / by Cassia Geller

My London: Sunita Muki

Sunita Muki makes stylish and exotic bags, qualities she finds in abundance in Marylebone

When did you come to London?

I moved here from Malta when I married in 1999.

Why did you choose Marylebone?

My husband grew up in the property where we live, which has been in the family for thirty years. It’s in a beautiful and historic building, with a wonderful roof garden at the top.

What do you like about the area?

The convenience – I love the fact that it is so centrally located. My daughter’s school is an easy tube ride from Baker Street Station, my office is nearby in Regent Street, Selfridges is a ten-minute walk away and Marylebone High Street is just down the road.

Describe the area in five words?

Affluent, fashionable, pleasant, stylish and historic.

Where do you eat locally?

The service at the oh-so-stylish Winter Garden at the Landmark Hotel is impeccable, and the wonderful pianists really add to the ambience. Trishna is a fantastic seafood restaurant in the heart of Marylebone serving a menu with an innovative twist on the dishes of costal south west India. It is the sister restaurant of Trishna in Mumbai, somewhere I have frequented for many years. The Galvin restaurants are some of my favourite French restaurants in London and their Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street is absolutely delightful; the food is divine and wine lovers are spoilt for choice.

What about after-work drinks?

The Providores and Tapa Room on Marylebone High Street; the extensive range of wines and exciting fusion food combined with friendly service makes it an easy choice.

Where do you shop locally?

Matches on Marylebone High Street offers an amazing choice of designer pieces in a warm, relaxed atmosphere with very attentive staff. And of course, Selfridges is just a stone’s throw from home; I love the convenience of having so many quality things under one roof.

Describe how you’d spend your perfect day in Marylebone

Even a day in my office gets off to a great start with breakfast at The Winter Garden. In the evening, for a treat, I’d head for drinks and dinner at the fabulous 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen.

What is on your property
wish list?

We were lucky because we didn’t have to search for our home – my husband’s family have been here for years – but if we were looking elsewhere, history, character and beauty are all very important to both of us – all of which we have here. And we’ve gotten so much pleasure from the stunning roof garden at the top of our building that this is something I would now look for in any future home.

Have you done much work on your home?

It has a wonderful layout, with high ceilings and lots of character, so only a bare minimum was needed

If you hadn’t chosen here, where else might you have looked? 

I spent time living in South Kensington prior to getting married, and I love the area, which has similarly characterful buildings, a wonderful park, and – of course – the beautiful Royal Albert Hall.

Describe your interiors style

I like earthy colours, beautiful paintings and interesting artefacts, but overall, it’s very minimalistic.

Finally, what’s new for you?

Sunita-Muki---Anna-bag-(13)I am launching a bespoke service, where you can have your name written in crystals on my bags – watch this space.

www.sunitamukhi.com