Sunday, March 20, 2011

New Obsession: SUNO

I have been craving color and prints after one too long and frigid winter in NYC and to quench my thirst for vivid colors and unconvential print, I have been following the print on print trend closely.

During my research, I happened to find out about SUNO's bold, worldly prints that are designed and developed in New York City's garment district and made in Kenya.

Kenyan-American designer Max Osterweis started SUNO in 2008 after more than a decade of collecting East African kangas that he compiled while visiting his mother's vacation home in Kenya.

Loefflar Randall for SUNO printed platforms

Though there's no doubt that Osterweis lets his clothes do the talking, the fact that the designer is stimulating Kenya's economy and development by working with local Kenyan talent is something worth buzzing about. 

Osterweis trained sewing techniques to citizens who had previously lost their jobs due to failure in Kenya's textile industry - therefore creating new commerce and job opportunities for the country.

Suno's head-turning prints can be found in Barney's, Opening Ceremony and Scoop in NYC.

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