Max Osterweis & Erin Beatty, SUNO
Max Osterweis first conceived of SUNO in 2008 after witnessing post-election violence in Kenya. Utilizing the vast collection of Kenyan Kangas he had gathered over years of traveling, Max joined forces with Erin Beatty, a Parson’s graduate and designer for The Gap and Generra, to launch a high-end collection with a conscience. Since its inception, SUNO has evolved from its original African roots to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and its home base of New York. SUNO utilizes the local talent of each country it works with to create a fresh and optimistic collection of unique prints, textures and embroideries layered together to build a bright and modern wardrobe for a confident, independent woman. SUNO is available at more than 50 retailers worldwide, was a 2011 and 2012 finalist in the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and a 2012 and 2013 Nominee for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Women’s Wear.