By  on March 26, 2014

Since launching in 2008, Suno has evolved from a quirky, print-heavy collection dedicated to supporting artisan communities in Kenya to a design-driven darling of the fashion community, at least in the U.S. Suno has twice been a finalist for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund, in 2011 and 2012, and was nominated for the CFDA Swarovski Award for Womenswear in 2012, winning it last year.

The collection is still ethically minded and partially produced in Kenya, but, as designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty learned, it has its limitations. “About three years ago we hit a wall with growth within the workshops we were in [in Kenya],” said Osterweis. “We needed to get a little more serious about our production.”

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