While global chains continue to dominate our retail world, one woman is fighting the good fight for independent jewelry design. Candace Mohr of SUCRE—our favorite retail store in Manhattan’s West Village—has been a fixture in the fashion world longer than she’d care to admit. The petite blonde with an infectious sense of passion and boundless energy, got her start as a buyer 20 years ago with fashion icon Patricia Field. “Although I bought all categories. I have always loved buying jewelry,” explains Mohr. “When I started SUCRE, I put an emphasis on not only the pieces, but in finding new, undiscovered talent, especially in the New York City area. Many of the ones we originally worked with back then became some well-known designers today, such as Pamela Love and Lulu frost.”

Her passion is based in discovery—both in sourcing new designers and helping customers find the perfect piece. It’s her customers she loves as much as her hunt for the next-big-thing. “I have great customers that really understand what I’m doing and come to the store to get that special piece. I like to say that my skill is: Finding the right thing for the right person, by the best designer. Come to think of it, many of my customers have a unique job, or perspective on life. In fact I also have a large customer base that includes men that want to find the perfect gift for their girlfriend or wife. So far, I have a pretty good track record—and a lot of happy couples.”

A desire to see others succeed is also at the center of her professional vision. Mentoring, consulting and assisting emerging designers is at the heart of what she loves to do. “Their growth process is my reward,” she explains. “And you can say, that I like to find them first! I really love having my own vision in SUCRE that encompasses each designer’s aesthetic, yet driven by my own.”

Having recently moved into a new location at 9 Christopher Street, Mohr and SUCRE have a great deal in store including a collaboration with Chrishabana; Moses Nadel for an exclusive handbag and Lulu Frost on exclusively sourced estate-wear. “I also work with one of the best vintage jewelry dealers in the country to remake vintage pieces to live as another form. Our latest creation was charm bracelets from the early 1900s that we made into single drop necklaces representing luck, love, loyalty and good old fashioned sex appeal.” Help fight the good fit and make SUCRE the next on your shop stop. — A.G.