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.”
It’s paid off. The LVMH Prize puts Suno on a much larger platform than the previous awards for which it’s competed. “Julie Gilhart mentioned the competition to us and it just seemed like a really great opportunity, not just for the prize but for the exposure to a European marketplace,” said Beatty.
Suno is carried by 70 retailers globally, and Osterweis estimates that about 65 percent of the company’s sales are domestic with the balance spread throughout the world. Ready-to-wear remains the primary focus for the label, which has a few accessories collaborations, including sunglasses with Linda Farrow and shoes with Nicholas Kirkwood.
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)
Discovery is collaborating with British pop artist @philipcolbert on a new line of clothing and accessories called Discovery Shark. The collection, which will launch next summer for Shark Week’s 30th anniversary, features a whimsical line of women’s and men’s bomber jackets, sweatshirts, bags and more. #wwdfashion
“I’m always a big champion of a female rapper, and I’m glad to see a new voice that feels unique and authentic that’s coming up, and I think we’re going to see more great things from her,” said @itsjeremyscott about @iamcardib, who performed at @moschino’s Art Basel Miami Beach party last night. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
@janellemonae’s “What’s Your Frequency?” room in @refinery29's #29Rooms made its debut this week at the opening of the Los Angeles art exhibit. “It’s about the ongoing conversation around mass surveillance, the weaponization of technology and cultural uniformity. My space was created so that we can come together and talk about the complexities of our humanity,” said Monáe. #wwdeye (📷: @bucknerphoto)
@pantone announced their Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet. Nearly 20 months after the musician Prince’s death, fashion is having a purple moment. Varying shades of purple appeared on spring or fall runways, from @christopherkane to @calvinklein. @gucci’s Alessandro Michele bathed his fall runway in ultra violet-colored light at one point. Pantone 18-3838 is meant to “push the boundaries of what inspires us to look upward and outward to the future.” #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)