11. Januar 2019
Milla Chocolates, founded by award-winning chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz, opened its first storefront in Culver City on Venice Boulevard. This follows an earlier pop-up at The Row in Downtown Los Angeles
Both a boutique and cafe, the shop features Milla’s full line of chocolates and confections, along with specialty coffee by Coffee Manufactory and loose leaf teas from Spirit Tea. The new location also houses all handmade production behind a translucent wall, underscoring provenance as well as freshness.
Milla Chocolates is known for its visually striking geometry and high quality ingredients, as Christine combines her background in fine and decorative arts with her passion for impeccable execution and love of chocolate. Each of her creations is made by hand and indulges the senses. From a technical standpoint, she achieves all the tenured qualities of fine chocolates – sheen, snap, and mouthfeel.
Creative director Goktug Sarioz curated the brand’s design to represent its sophisticated yet minimalistic artistry, with matte black packaging and gilt detailing. He designed the shop’s interiors to further the brand’s identity with natural materials, luxe hues and Bauhaus aesthetics, emanating an ethos of unadorned beauty that is both elegant and warm.
Milla Chocolates has won numerous awards including the 2016 Gold and Silver awards for their Hazelnut Praliné Bar and Chocolate Covered Caramelized Almonds with Raspberry and Pink Sea Salt. In 2017 Christine was announced as a Five Star Awards Master Chocolatier by the International Chocolate Salon, and was awarded Silver at the International Chocolate Awards for her Manhattan Bon Bon, Raspberry Bon Bon, Hazelnut Praliné Bar, and Hazelnut Praliné Bar with Turkish Coffee. She most recently won Silver at the 2018 International Chocolate Awards for her Blood Orange Bar, Black Sesame Caramel Bon Bon and Bronze for the Hazelnut Bon Bon. Milla Chocolates has been featured in many publications.
Chocolatier Christine Sull Sarioz is the Founder of Milla Chocolates. Having grown up in Seoul and New York City, her international background and love of languages led her to a career in art and antiquities. She holds a BA in Art History (Barnard College) as well as an MA in Art Management (NYU), and worked at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), The Whitney Museum (New York), Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, (Paris), The Asia Society (New York), Sotheby’s (New York), and finally with a high-end Art Dealer of art and antiques on Park Avenue for a decade before focusing on motherhood and relocating with her family to Los Angeles.
Images: Ali Gokay Sarioz