Street Food Meets Streetwear at Maketto
Last week brought news that Toki Underground's Erik Bruner-Yang and D.C.-based men's sportswear/streetwear brand DURKL plan to collaborate a food and fashion market called Maketto at 1351 H St. NE.
DURKL founder Will Sharp tells Y&H the market will include a coffee and donut bar, an Asian street food-inspired cafe, clothing retail, outdoor patio, and more—all seamlessly flowing together.
"I'm not sure this has ever been done," Sharp says. "We're trying to create an environment where everything interacts. It's not retail that also has a restaurant in the back or vice versa. It's one communal market that's very open."
Maketto will consist of a two story building facing H Street plus a courtyard in the back with another one-story building that's currently a garage. Sharp says they're working with an architect to create an unpartitioned space where everything will blend together.
Although the exact food concept is not finalized, Sharp says Bruner-Yang has talked about serving things like barbecue pork buns and Shanghai steamed dumplings. Sharp adds that there will likely be counter service, rather than a full sit-down restaurant. (Bruner-Yang is in Taiwan, and wasn't available to talk.)
The market will also be DURKL's first retail space, and Sharp plans to sell his full clothing line plus five to ten complimentary brands. One floor will have clothes and dry goods and the other will be all shoes. There's also some talk (but no official plans) about bringing in a farmers market or other outside vendors on certain days. Sharp hopes to keep the space open up to 19 hours a day.
"The goal of it is to be very flexible in how it can be used," Sharp says.
They hope to open in early 2013.
In the meantime, Bruner-Yang is posting photos from his travels through Taiwan and Cambodia on Instagram as Maketto_DC to help to inspire the project. Instagram users can also contribute to the creative process by posting their own photos with the hashtag #maketto. The pictures can be found on a "mood board" on the real estate crowdsourcing site Popularise.
Taiwan travel photos by Erik Bruner-Yang, Instagram: Maketto_DC