Dave DeMattei and Patrick Wade, retail veterans for home and fashion giants including J. Crew, Coach, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma, Gap, Banana Republic and Lucky Brand, have opened their first home decor and accessories boutique, Mood Indigo, in La Jolla.
The Bird Rock store offers furniture, art, lighting, accessories, books, candles, tableware and gifts.
Mood Indigo carries brands and artisans including Casa Lopez Paris, Juliska, Tensira textiles, Monets Doggett pottery and more. Vintage art also is offered, along with vintage furniture and accessories.
DeMattei and Wade lived in New York City and throughout California before settling in La Jolla last year.
DeMattei answered questions from the La Jolla Light to provide more information about Mood Indigo.
Q. When did the business start? What is its mission?
A. We signed our lease in June 2023 and opened Sept. 21. We have always wanted to have our own shop. We have been doing retail for many years for large businesses. … I have always been involved in the financial/operations side and Patrick has always been involved in the creative.
Our mission was threefold. One was to have a creative project that we could do together in retirement. Secondly, fulfill our lifelong vision of having our own business. And lastly, since we live two blocks away, was to invest in our neighborhood.
Q. What services do you offer?
A. The store offers a curated product assortment for the home. We are all about adding the finishing layers that make a house your home. We offer lighting, textiles (pillows and throws), unique art, tabletop and decor. Mood Indigo includes new items as well as vintage pieces that we have been collecting over the years. We offer friendly, knowledgeable service, free complementary design advice on your home, as well as design services.
Q. What makes you and/or your company unique compared with similar businesses?
A. We are a locally owned and operated business with nationally recognized experience. With our knowledge, we believe we offer a special understanding for the customer, whether it be a neighbor, tourist or designer.
Q. What’s new with the business that you want everyone to know about?
A. We proudly offer new and vintage products that we are well-curated, so it makes it easy to shop. We have a unique point of view that complements the casual coastal lifestyle.
Q. What are the advantages of living and working in La Jolla?
A. Since we live two blocks away, we can walk to work! But seriously, the beautiful environment, the friendly neighborhood, the wonderful weather and the casualness of the community are all advantages of being in La Jolla.
Mood Indigo is at 5670 La Jolla Blvd. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. To learn more, visit moodindigolajolla.com and follow on Instagram @mood.indigo.lajolla.
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