October 18, 2009
Max Osterweis of SUNO has once again created a stunning collection of Kenyan textile inspired pieces. The Spring Summer 2010 collection uses traditional ethnic textiles and transforms them into completely modern and playful pieces. Makes me long for summer.... or a holiday!
From their site:
SUNO was formed in 2008 by Max Osterweis after more than a decade of collecting textiles in visits to Kenya. The prospect that Kenya's recent post election turmoil might keep foreigners from visiting or investing in a country overflowing with natural resources, talents and good will became the catalyst to actually do something with those collected fabrics. Building a successful and visible company that employs local kenyan talent, treats workers fairly, and showcases some of 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 New York's Garment district. The patterns and samples are then brought to Kenya where the garments are artisinally produced in small workshops.
It's gorgeous and ethical fashion at it's best.