Max Osterweis first conceived of womenswear label SUNO in 2008 after witnessing post-election violence in Kenya. Utilizing the vast collection of Kenyan Kangas (garments) 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 to include production in Kenya, India, Peru and as well as 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 was the 2013 Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund Award Winner. They were 2012 and 2011 finalists, and a 2012 Nominee for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Women’s Wear.