Proprietor Profile: Sara Berks
421 Warren Street
What do you do, and how did you get to where you are now?
I am a textile designer working with artisans in Central and South America to produce our line of ethically made home textiles. I started MINNA about 4 years ago in Brooklyn, after leaving my job at a digital design agency. MINNA grew out of my own weaving practice and we’ve since expanded to wholesale our line worldwide, sell directly on our website, work on site specific trade projects, and we opened our first brick-and-mortar in Hudson last year.
What do you love about what you do?
Everyday is different! My favorite part is traveling to work directly with the artisans we partner with. I usually go to Guatemala or Mexico about 2-3 times per year.
What’s the thing about Hudson that made you say, wow, I want to be here?
I’ve always been drawn to Hudson. I spent 10 years living in Brooklyn and would ‘escape’ upstate as much as I could. I wanted a slower pace and access to nature. I loved the antique stores, the food, the art, the close proximity to nature. My wife and I settled in Germantown, but I still had dreams of moving my studio and opening a store in Hudson. So when our space opened up, I jumped on it!
If there’s one thing a visitor has to experience before they leave, what is it?
Just spend the day wandering around town, go on a hike, visit some of the amazing farm stands, and definitely have some ceviche at Lil Debs.
What’s your favorite season in Hudson, and what makes it special?
Summer! Everything is alive again and people come out of hibernation.