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New York Fashion Week: Suno's fair trade clothing makes for boho perfection

September 13, 2010 | 10:41 am

Suno Suno, designed by Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis, started in 2008 with the goal of helping Kenya by promoting fair trade. Patterns and samples were cut in New York, and the clothes were produced in Kenya using native textiles by workers paid a fair wage.

Now in their fifth season, the designers have broadened their vision, going from "one part of the world to being of the world," Beatty says.

Although most of the work is still done in Africa, the designers have started also creating their own textiles and prints, too, inspired by travels in Africa, India and Turkey. They also put more into the silhouette and details.

Standout pieces included a vivid cotton plaid sleeveless shirtdress, slouchy drawstring pants in an Art Deco circle print, and a floral ikat print shorts onesie.

The shoes, printed fabric platform wedges or flat sandals, which will be produced through a collaboration with Loeffler Randall, were also great-looking.

It all added up to boho perfection, and clothes you can feel good about buying, too.

-- Booth Moore

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Photo: Cotton plaid sleeveless shirtdress by Suno. Courtesy of Suno.

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