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Weekly Newsletter Mar 16, 2020

An update from our stores

We have decided for the health and safety of our team and our customers to temporarily close our stores on Fillmore and Bleecker through the end of the month. We will continue to pay our team for all their scheduled hours during this time. We plan to continue shipping online orders for the foreseeable future, but our shipping schedule will be reduced to weekly, instead of daily, meaning that your orders will take a little longer to reach you!

We're feeling especially mindful of those around us who aren't able to social distance, work from home or stock a pantry, so we just want to remind everyone to look out for those in your community, especially the most vulnerable. Whether that's donating to your local food bank, leaving a thoughtful note for your neighbor, or calling someone who's been on your mind, please, let's remember to stay connected!

Let's do something together: Zuri CHALLENGE and Office Hours!

Many of us are feeling isolated and anxious, so we thought, what can we do to stay connected and also be active? 

And sooooo!! 

We're going to be issuing a DAILY CHALLENGE and we hope that you'll join us! The only rule for the challenge is that it has to involve things that you already have around you and it has to bring us together. 

Daily from 1pm to 2pm EST, we'll have Office Hours, where members of our team will be on Instagram Live and we'll announce the challenge, and also be available to you to talk! Plus, if there's someone from our team that you've wanted to meet, now's your chance! 

Our first challenge kicks off TOMORROW, so join Ashleigh and me on Instagram Live at 1pm EST and let's hang out!! :)

PS here's a hint for our first challenge...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // ZOMBA PRISON PROJECT

The Zomba Prison Project is a compilation of songs that are composed and recorded by prisoners held at the Zomba Central maximum-security Prison in Malawi. Mostly sung in the Chichewa language, these songs will absolutely speak to you. Proceeds from these records go toward the legal representation of several of the musicians, and since the albums have come out, three of the female prisoners featured have had their cases reviewed and been released. This is a mix we made of a few favorite tracks from both released albums. Feel free to pass it on!

WHAT WE'RE READING // Ordinary Light by Tracy K. Smith

We're huge fans of Tracy K. Smith, and it's not just because she wears Zuris or because she was the US Poet Laureate (though those are pretty major reasons!)! She's a writer who truly speaks to our time, the way that she develops her own understanding of self and identity is so deeply resonant in this stunning memoir, and we can't recommend it enough!

PS: we're huge fans of the public library (and our lending library, where we have this book!), but we also want to remind everyone that if you can, please support your local independent bookstores! In times like these especially, small businesses are really vulnerable, and your support makes a difference for them and your community!

WHAT WE'RE STREAMING // Call Your Girlfriend by Ann Friedman and Aminatou Sow

Call your girlfriend! Many of us can relate to these conversations between best friends Aminatou and Ann, and while many of us are at home or feeling disconnected, or have already talked to all our girlfriends and still want to keep talking, listening to this podcast makes you feel like you're right there with them, hanging out and talking about what's new, interesting and important in our world today.

 

 

WHAT WE'RE COOKING // Bryant Terry's Warm Butter Bean Salad with Roasted Bell Peppers

Bay Area chef Bryant Terry just published a fabulous cookbook called Vegetable Kingdom, and we thought that this would be a great recipe to share, since it's super delicious, and stars dry beans, which many of us have at home! If you don't have the fresh veggies in the recipe in your kitchen, don't worry! You can easily substitute zucchini for the peppers (or even smoke-y eggplant! or canned peppers), and if you don't have arugula, feel free to use any fresh herbs you may have, or if you have a jar of pesto, olive tapenade or sun-dried tomatoes, throw those on top instead! We're big proponents of taking a recipe and making it work for you based on what you have on hand! Eat this dish on its own or as a side or toss it with pasta! Enjoy!

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Weekly Newsletter Mar 3, 2020

Meet our Bleecker Team!

Welcome to our flagship store! We opened at 363 Bleecker St in the fall of 2017, and we're so thrilled to have made a home here. If you're in town, come visit!

Mariam

Meet Mariam! A native New Yorker from the Bronx, she's currently studying retail at FIT. She loves all things skincare, and enjoys finding new places to eat around the city.

 

 

 

 

Alison

From Queens, Alison has an all around love for creativity and art. When not as Zuri, she can be found working on designs at Alterworks Studios in Queens or sharing her songwriting at an open mic. Check out her designs at awarenewyork.com and follow her at @theartofalison for updates on her artistic endeavors!

 

 

Paloma

Born and raised in the Bronx, Paloma is currently in school and has a deep passion for singing and music. She's been working with us at the store since day one when we opened!

 

 

 

NYC EVENT: Book Launch for The Body Papers with Author Grace Talusan

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // United States of Anxiety

I was a history major in college, and even now, I like to turn to history to try and contextualize what's going on around me. This podcast has been an engaging and thoughtful resource in helping give some context to what's going on as we consider the upcoming election, particularly drawing on post-Civil War Reconstruction to help explain it. Give it a listen and tell us what you think!

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Weekly Newsletter Dec 2, 2019

Made in Ghana!

We met Edwina and her group of batik dyers two years ago in Accra and from the moment we saw their work, we decided to make it a priority to produce fabrics with their collective. As a small business, we experience first-hand the importance of commitment and reliability when working with all levels of our supply chain, and it's paramount that we uphold the same commitments to those who depend on us! Two years later, we've produced twenty unique textiles together, totaling over ten thousand meters, each hand-printed on cotton sourced in Ghana. We're so proud to be able to continue to support this traditional textile production process and work with this wonderful group of women!

The process starts with cutting a design into a block that can be used to apply wax onto the fabric. You can see above Sarah stamping the design square by square!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The printed fabrics then go into a dye bath where they can stay anywhere from a few hours to a day! Here Vivian is washing the fabric before hanging it out to dry. For designs like Raincheck with multiple colors, the fabric is dyed, then dried, then printed and dyed again!

 

 

  

SF Event! // Zuri Pages Reading

WHAT WE'RE READING // Patsy by Nicole Dennis-Benn

As you may already know, we're obsessed with Nicole Dennis-Benn! We recommended her first novel, Here Comes the Sun, a few months ago, and when her newest work came out, expectations were high! As hoped, expectations were exceeded and I seriously cannot stop thinking about this book. With grace and care, Dennis-Benn gives us the story of Patsy, a woman born in Jamaica but whose dreams lie in America. We follow Patsy as she leaves her daughter and embarks on a new, hopefully better life. Gripping, heart-breaking, and joyous all at once, you'll soon also be obsessed with this incredible author, too!

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Weekly Newsletter Nov 12, 2019

Bits & Bobs!

You've been asking and we've been listening! That's right, we've finally gotten many of the fun accessories that we have in store online! Whether you've been looking for the perfect fall scarf or want to get a jump start on holiday shopping, we've got you covered!

** UK and EU CUSTOMERS: The Bits and Bobs collection is only available on our US site right now, but if you're interested, just email us at HEYZURI@SHOPZURI.COM and we'll hook you up as best we can!

Say hello to Leiyian, Shoke, Koileken, Daniel, and Tungana: a Masai beading group from Amboseli who we work with to make our bracelets and belts! We absolutely love the designs and colors, and we hope you will, too!

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING // Heavy by Kiese Laymon

This memoir is a distillation of a lifetime of writing and revising in pursuit freeing the memory and untangling one's personal and collective inheritance of violence, pain and abuse. This book is heavy; it'll leave you feeling heavy, but it's powerful and generous and very much a necessary read.

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Weekly Newsletter Oct 16, 2019

Greetings from Dar!

Anyone who's worked in retail can tell you that waiting is a part of the job, you never know when a customer will come in, so you always need to be ready! We thought it'd be fun to share some images with you of what vendors do in the quiet moments in between sales.

The fabric in the markets that we buy is cut in 6 or 12 yard pieces, which means lots of folding! While most people can tell without unfolding whether they like the print or not, sometimes it's necessary to open it up to get the full effect! Vendors like Anita have tricks to make folding super quick and easy, but it takes time nonetheless!

 

 

 

 

There's always time for chai! After a hectic rush, there's nothing more relaxing than sitting down to a cup of tea like Josephine here! Kenya is one of the world's largest exporters of black tea, and so it's common across East Africa to sip Kenyan grown tea with milk and lots of sugar. A perfect way to refuel on a busy day!

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING // How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

This coming of age memoir of a young black, gay man growing up in the South is as beautiful as it is painful. A poet, Saeed Jones assembles this collection of memories revolving around his relationship with his mother and establishing his own identity, with grace and power. 

"People don't just happen. We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 'I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, 'I am no longer yours.'"

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