U.P.F.W Day 2 : SUNO
Eliza met Max Osterweis a few summers ago through mutual friends and they soon bonded over gin fizz cocktails and games of croquette. Max launched Suno in 2008, a fashion enterprise that we at the U.P are proud to support. You’ll see why.
Suno was formed after more than a decade of collecting fabrics on Max’s visits to Kenya. The prospect that Kenya’s recent post election political turmoil might keep foreigners from visiting or investing in a country overflowing with natural resources, talent and goodwill became a catalyst for Max to do something with all his collected fabrics. Max believed that building a successful and visible business that employs local Kenyan talent, treats workers fairly, and showcases Kenya’s artistry could potentially affect positive and lasting social and economic change.
The design and development for Suno takes place in New York City, employing skilled sample and pattern makers in the garment district. The patterns and samples are then brought to Kenya where the garments are artisinally produced in small workshops. The inspiration for the collections have come from both the women of coastal East Africa and the women of downtown New York. Suno’s first collection consisted of 1000 individual one of a kind pieces incorporating vintage Kenyan Kangas.
The U.P gang is thrilled to be attending the Suno show this evening at Milk Studios as part of the NYFW festivities. See more of Suno’s collections and read more about them at www.sunonyc.com