Founder: Max Osterweis
Collections: F/W 2010, S/S 2010, Resort 2010, F/W 2009, S/S 2009
One of the most colorful and optimistic design labels of recent times, Suno New York was founded amidst turmoil in the Kenyan political structure, due to Mr Osterweis’ love for the country, textiles and people. After years of collecting fabrics from Kenya, Suno New York became the outlet for a new kind of design house. One that not only creates stunning garments, but also utilizes the abilities of hand craft in New York and Kenya.
Design, pattern making and samples are created in Manhattan’s Garment District, an area that has faced many bankruptcies and layoffs due to the globalization of the industry. By keeping the development aspect local to New York, Suno is one of few labels using the resources this country can provide. Once the collection has been realized, the samples are taken to Kenya, where final garments are produced in small workshops.
For Spring Summer 2009, 1000 individually numbered one of a kind pieces were produced. Each season since has had similar stats. Though the inspiration may change from one season to the next, the playfulness, the heart and the impeccable quality hold strong. Suno NY is a design house that we will be seeing for seasons to come. And with any luck, this is only the beginning of labels with a purpose, caring about the prosperity of the individual craftsman and local businesses and not simply their bottom line.