Suno's Stylish, Kenyan-Made Sneakers Support Orphaned Elephants

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Just in time for the Holiday season, Suno is offering limited-edition sneakers in both slip-on and lace-up styles that boast the New York-based label's signature vibrant and colorful prints. The canvas sneakers are fairly made in Kenya from fabric offcuts and recycled rubber, Ecouterre reports. Plus, they are exclusively--and conveniently--available online at SunoNY.com.

The footwear has a more attainable price point than Suno's lustable luxury womenswear collection--a Peneled Trench coat, for example, is $840 on sale. But for $65 a pop you can slip your toes into a pair tennis shoes that feature Suno's signature vibrant colors and patterns. Erin Beatty, Suno co-creative director, was inspired by "a very retro American tourist look," she says, via the press release.

Founded in 2008 by Max Osterweis, Suno has been seeking new ways to work in Kenya since their inception, from the inaugural collection which used vintage Kenyan textiles to more recently expanding production to India, Peru, and New York. Today, Suno is pledging a portion of proceeds from every pair of shoes purchased to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Osterweis, who has frequented the Kenyan orphanage for baby elephants and rhinos over the years, says, "It is an amazing conservation group in Kenya that focuses on wildlife preservation, community outreach and farming, and working with local governments to help protect Kenya's endangered wildlife."

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