In 2014, Grace W. Kaynor and Virginia McCollam opened Sotre in a double-shotgun cottage on New Orleans’ iconic Magazine Street. More curated than collected, Sotre offers access to the creations of skilled artisans and top designers in furniture, accessories, jewelry, custom linens and unique gifts. Staffed by an experienced sales team, the polished interior reflects the eclectic interest and refined taste of its owners who both have multi-faceted backgrounds in the arts.
Created in 2016, Sotre Design is an on-line sister site for Sotre and is intended to offer discounts on beautiful items in a featured showcase to a web-wide audience.
Grace acquired a Masters in the History of Decorative Arts, specializing in 18th century European Furniture and Asian Ceramics, from the Cooper-Hewitt and Parson School of Design. She worked in the Editorial Department of the Magazine Antiques before commencing her studies in Interior Design at Parsons. Upon graduation, she worked with Jennifer Flanders in NYC for several years before moving to New Orleans to pursue her own projects.
Virginia has an MFA from Columbia University School of the Arts Film Division. She is a Peabody Award winning Producer, co-author of “Days and Nights in the Dreamy City, ” the 2012 recipient of the “Women of Substance Award,” for her work in Hollywood South, and named in New Orleans Magazine’s 2010 list of “10 People to Watch.” She has managed locations for several award-winning projects.
Together, Grace and Virginia have travelled the world, bringing back to their shop scents, objects, jewels, and linens – all reflecting their love of the visual and the richness, the fun, those visuals bring to inspired design.