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Suno launches colorful sneakers for Resort

December 27, 2011 |  7:01 am

It’s hard not to feel bright and cheery when thinking about the bold and whimsical prints in Suno’s collection. And now those prints (often inspired by the traditional Kangas of Kenya) are being done in a decidedly sporty (not to mention less pricey than the ready-to-wear line) oxford-style sneaker, perfect for slipping on with a breezy dress once the weather warms up.

“The Resort collection was inspired by a very retro American tourist look,” said Erin Beatty, Suno's co-creative director, in a press statement. “It made perfect sense to us to make a classic, easy tennis shoe. We chose some of our favorite Kanga-inspired prints for the shoes, which are all being produced in Kenya with soles made entirely from recycled rubber.”

Beatty and co-creative director Max Osterweis, are continuing the Kenya connection by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers to David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan orphanage for baby elephants and rhinos.

Suno sneakers are $65 and available at


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Photo: Suno sneakers. Credit: Suno