Photos by Kourosh Karimkhany
I was super-excited when I arrived at my friend’s house wearing this dress and she exclaimed: I love your dress it’s so Suno! Beacause that’s exactly what I thought when I found it at my favorite clothing-by-the pound San Francisco thrift shop, Clothes Contact and purchased it for approximately $10.
Alas, a Suno dress will run you nearly $1,000 (although there’s one similar to mine on sale here for $350). If you’re not familiar with Suno, Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty launched the label with a splash in 2009. It was an effort to support the economy in Kenya, where elections had recently gotten ugly. Their first line was produced in Kenya using vintage Kenyan fabrics that Osterweis had been collecting for years. The line has evolved since and is now produced all over the world and has gorgeous collaborations with jewelry-maker Lizzie Fortunado and Loeffler Randall shoes. I love the chic-ethnic aesthetic. It appeals to my inner hippie as well as my inner French lady.