Margarita’s a lifelong Detroiter, artist, and multi-medium designer who spent the earlier half of her twenties dreaming up creative ideas for activating underused spaces with creative businesses and pop-up shops.
She’s always had a longing to use her background in design and passion for entrepreneurship to help others. It’s why, since 2009, she’s worked to inspire young people to live in Detroit and help shape their communities through entrepreneurship with her social enterprise I Am Young Detroit. It’s also why, in 2010, Margarita launched a place-making design agency to help others young creatives plan and open their very own pop-ups.
Bohomodern was conceptualized in 2009 as Margarita Barry’s lifelong dream of launching her own lifestyle brand and vision combining her love of pattern, her passion for travel, and her pursuit of beauty in accessible, everyday objects. She custom designs colorful, whimsical products: posters, tableware, pillows, clothing, stationary, planters, and decor–many with themes local to Detroit.
With the help of her seamstress mom, she launched the signature Bohomodern collection in 2011 at 71 POP inside of the 71 Garfield Artists Lofts building. Later that year Bohomodern launched its online store and holiday pop-up shop featuring collection originals, as well as an array of vintage, found, recycled and new homewares, clothing, accessories, gifts, and other objects for women, men, kids, and home.
In 2013 & 2014 Margarita took a short hiatus from Bohomodern to work on her latest creation, a now 2-year-old daughter, Posey. Bohomodern’s back into high gear since late 2014–working on a 2016 collection, including two brand expansions: Bohomini (kids) and Bohostudio (one-of-a-kind original art).
Earlier this year Bohomodern went back to its roots, renting a studio space in the 71 Garfield Artists Loft building to work on a 2016 collection. The new collection will step outside of Bohomodern’s usual fare and into total in-house product development and manufacturing, using new materials like metal and wood.
Bohomodern is competing in Hatch Detroit for a shot at converting the existing studio into a retail store in 2016, featuring an expanded selection of outside label products to complement its in-house collections. The store’s selection will include clothing, furniture, decor, and gifts for women, men, kids and home. The store will also introduce an expansion of the Bohomodern brand with Bohomini for kids and Bohomodern Studio’s one-of-a-kind original art.
Bohomodern products are an expression of our customer’s appreciation for artfulness and good design. Through a permanent Bohomodern store, Margarita hopes to impart a sense of creativity, optimism and discovery to each customer. Bohomodern will be an escape from the everyday; a source of inspiration and delight, where innovative merchandising, customer centricity and a curated array of socially responsible, thoughtfully crafted products come together to create an unimagined experience.
The goal is to not just be a store, but a colorful and quirky place that people will want to come in and touch: grownups will come in to dream, kids will come in to create, everyone will come in and be inspired (and make use of our free Wi-Fi). With a three-generation team (daughter. mom, and grandma) and your vote, Bohomodern will create an environment that is fun, forward-thinking, and family-friendly!
Comerica’s Hatch Detroit contest announced its 10 semifinalists today. The winner of the competition, co-sponsored by Opportunity Detroit, will take home$50,000 in grant money to help them create or sustain a brick-and-mortar business in the Motor City. One of the chosen ten, Bohomodern, is a clothing, furniture and home decor shop and the lifelong dream of proprietor Margarita Barry whose investment in the city goes beyond business…
Margarita Barry is an entrepreneur, designer and aspiring changemaker. The Detroit native is a seasoned media-maker, artist, and designer, first making waves with her multicultural women’s magazine Tint as a teen. Since then, she’s worked in the field as content specialist, web designer, graphic designer, digital media strategist, blogger and creative director.
With a passion for inspiring young entrepreneurs, activating creative places and using art and digital media to empower communities, Margarita launched I Am Young Detroit in 2009: an online publication and movement providing resources, tools, funding and inspiration to young “doers” in the city. That year, she also founded Bohomodern, a lifestyle brand and creative passion.
In 2010 she founded Detroit Pop, a creative place-making agency focused on local pop-up retail, along with its first pop-up 71 POP (2010-2011) and D:pop (2011-2012).
In 2012, she launched I Am Young Detroit’s first app Cityspotters in beta, empowering users to earn local gifts by ‘spotting’ businesses and movements led by young Detroiters.
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Her work has garnered the attention of publications like The Huffington Post, The New York Times, Time, USA Today, PBS NewsHour, Crain’s Detroit, Fast Company, and most recently, Businessweek.
Margarita has served on several boards, including Critic Car Detroit, Detroit4Detroit, The Empowerment Plan, and the Pay It Forward Initiative.
Her honors include Detroit Young Professional’s 2011 Vanguard Award, Crain’s Detroit Business 2011 40 Under 40, Michigan Business & Professional Association 2012 Women & Leadership in the Workplace Rising Star Award and the 2012 DailyVenusDiva Thrive Award, among others.
Margarita’s greatest hope is that the content, art and experiences she creates positively affect peoples’ lives creatively, socially and economically.