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We first reached out to illustrator Lulu Kitololo last summer to create textile designs together, and we are so excited to be sharing a preview (of sorts) with you through her beautiful greeting cards! Don't fret, we have there textiles in production at this moment, but we thought, what main course isn't made better with an amuse bouche?

Lulu is the founder of Lulu Kitololo Studio in Nairobi, where she creates designs that celebrate diversity – drawing inspiration from nature, as well as cultures and crafts from around the world and in particular, her beloved home continent, Africa. We're thrilled to be able to share her gorgeous cards with you, and hope that they will help to spread joy wherever they go! PS Check in next week for an artist's interview with Lulu!

WHAT WE'RE READING // The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Once you start reading this novel, I promise you won't be able to put it down. Through the stories of two families who give everything up to come to America, Henriquez shares the stories of an entire community -- individual stories of love, live and American dreams. These are deeply relatable stories, immigrant or not - how we deal with guilt, how we shelter those we love from pain, and how we all suffer from unseen, unspoken and unpredictable consequences - she shares the profound humanity in the inhumane.

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Tell Them, I Am with Misha Euceph

We love listening to these conversations between Misha and her guests about defining experiences in their lives. Each guest and story varies but they are connected by the thread of being Muslim voices in America. From last week's episode with Jewher Ilham about her father, a Uyghur professor and human rights advocate to chef Reem Assil and early her love for filmmaking, these are fun and engaging listens!

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // LADY DONLI

Born in Cleveland and raised in Abuja, Lady Donli brings a cross cultural perspective to her music, which bounces between R & B, alternate jazz, highlife and Afrobeat, all in a desire to provide a sense of escapism.  Let's join her, shall we?

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Meet the Team Who Makes Our Masks!

Fun fact: when Sandra and I first met, she had a bakery! She made the most DELICIOUS cassava flour chocolate cookies, and given just how delicious they were, it was not altogether inconvenient that she happened to be located next to a tailoring shop which could produce the flattering yet loose-fitting dresses we've all come to love!

It turns out that this tailoring shop would be not only one of the best in Nairobi, but that it would be run a truly inspiring woman. When we started Zuri, Flo helped us produce our first collection of dresses, and has produced ALL of the thousands of masks that you've bought this past year. This has kept her shop literally buzzing with production during an otherwise tough year, and we feel VERY lucky to bee 🐝 in this queen's hive!  

We truly want to thank you all for your support through your mask purchases, which have kept Flo's staff rocking and rolling, and have allowed us to donate more than $42,300 to Give Directly's Kenya Covid-19 Fund, the Equal Justice Initiative, the Voter Participation Center and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and more than 15,000 masks donated to Penda Health and Jacaranda Health in Nairobi.  

We hope that you've been loving them as much as we do, and that they'll bring both joy and color to your world! (P.S. Tushone means "Let's stitch" in Kiswahili!)

ARTIST CORNER // MAINA BONIFACE

Restricted Area II, 2020

Acrylic on Papr19 7/10 × 25 2/5 in50 × 64.5 cm

Waiting, Watching and Wishing series.

Maina Boniface has blown us away with his latest 2020 series, aptly entitled: "Waiting, Watching, and Wishing". In these works, Maina reflects on the voluntary and involuntary changes to everyday life brought about by events of this surreal year.  The series is mostly sold out, but you can still find five paintings available through Circle Art Gallery in Nairobi, here!

INSTA CORNER // WHO WE'RE FOLLOWING: @HILLHOUSEVINTAGE

If you like English country interiors, nostalgic fireside vignettes, and the smell of homemade chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven *(not necessarily YOUR oven, but AN oven), hop on to the @hillhousevintage feed and cozy up to a bucolic world that exists in Paula Sutton's Instagram reality, even if nowhere else.

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Hey Ya! By Outkast

We're throwing it back to 2003 because this song is a timeless classic, just like the man who wrote it. Now, pop quiz: What's cooler than being cool?

A) When you have to get out of bed and your slippies are all the way across the room.

B) Wearing sunglasses inside. 

C) Ice cold.

You guys, it's C).

WHAT WE'RE READING // Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi

It's rare that I pick up a book and finish it in one day, but on Saturday, when I started this novel, I found that I could NOT put it down. Set in Pune, India, this gorgeously told story is about betrayal between a once reckless, irreverent mother and the adult daughter who now must care for her as she both convalesces and loses her memory of the things she has done.

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Weekly Newsletter Sept 17, 2019

Bon appetit!

We cooked up a surprise for you! When the team from Great Jones popped into our store one day last fall we knew right away that we had to do something with them! A small women-owned business producing high quality, beautiful cookware and right in our neighborhood? A perfect pairing! 

After over a year of development, we bring you: The Dutchess! Named after and featuring Great Jones' best-selling pot, this beauty was designed by Nairobi-based artist Angela Muritu (photographed above), printed in South Africa and of course cut and sewn in Kenya!

Book talk // How to be an ethical traveler // Oct 6 @ Zuri Bleecker

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Anu Taranath about her new book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World on Oct 6 from 5-7pm. This book was included in the Fodor’s Travel “Best Books of Spring” list for 2019. We're excited to engage in conversation with fellow travelers and folks invested in creating better lives for more of us.

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE SEEING // "the heart of the matter..." by AMY SHERALD

If you're in NY, go see this stunning show! The power and subtly of Sherald's work radiates through these portraits, and meeting her subjects, experiencing these paintings eye to eye is captivating. The show closes in a month so mark your calendars!
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