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Weekly Newsletter Sept 10, 2019

#somanywaystowearit

We're super excited about our new men's fit shirts, and while we do think that they are pretty perfect for the gents, we also think that they're pretty perfect for everyone! We asked our teams in NY and SF to style the shirt because who doesn't love some #outfitinspo? :)

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // MANGA by Mayra Andrade

This Cape Verdean singer is my newest obsession! Her beats are strong, her sound is sweet, and whenever I've got this in my headphones, I find myself drifting off (admittedly not a tough achievement, but still). 

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Weekly Newsletter August 6, 2019

Two years on Bleecker!

Can you believe it's already been two years since we opened on Bleecker Street? We certainly can't! As some of you may remember, we started out as a pop-up, hoping that we'd be able to keep the doors open for a few months, and two years later, we're amazed and truly grateful that all of you continue to come and hang out with us!! We're also really proud of the women who have joined our team over the last few years and grown with us. 

You ALL have helped us to make this house a home, so thank you for being part of our family!

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // ZURI AUGUST PLAYLIST

This month, we've been listening to a ton of music from Mali! The songs on this playlist are melodic, peaceful and just generally overall lovely. So, whether you're relaxing at home or jamming away at work, throw some earbuds in and get ready to Bama-ko!

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Weekly Newsletter July 9, 2019

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // ZURI JULY PLAYLIST

This month, we've put together a few of our favorite Highlife tunes!  Warning: dancing may occur when listening to this playlist.

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Weekly Newsletter June 4, 2019

An Amuse Bouche: Matatus!!

When I first moved to Nairobi at the tender age of 22, each morning, I'd walk to the matatu stage a few blocks from my apartment, lament that I forgot to put on sunscreen (again!!) and wait for the #48B to come hurtling by. I'd often hear it before I saw it, rattling metal parts playing percussion to the blaring hits of moment. A short walk from the iHub, where I was "working," was Kuona Trust (today called the Kuona Collective) -- a studio and gallery space where young Kenyan artists were producing pieces that today live in museums around the world. It's there that I first met Dennis and his matatu obsession.

Born and raised in Naivasha, Dennis went to art school in Nakuru and has been working out of Kuona since 2007. Since the beginning, matatu culture has been his inspiration. I've always loved people who are obsessed with something, anything, and after years of daily matatus across Nairobi and the occasional one across Kenya, it brings me so much joy and pride to be able to share Dennis's vision, and this essential aspect of Kenyan life, with our Zuri community.

 If you're in the Bay Area, please join us this Saturday, June 8 from 2-4pm, for a conversation about the history of wax print design and contemporary matatu culture at the Museum of the African Diaspora.

For those of you not able to join, we'll share a video of the event in our newsletter next week, plus we'll share more about the design of this textile from Dennis's perspective.

-Sandra

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // JUNE PLAYLIST: Ma3

This month's playlist is a (G-rated) homage to Nairobi Matatu culture--many of these songs can be heard blasting out of the wide-open sliding doors of Nairobi's matatus day or night, rain or shine. So click the link, sync it up, and get ready to bounce!

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Weekly Newsletter May 6, 2019

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // May Playlist

This month, we've put together a 1960's Ethio-jazz playlist that is guaranteed to set the mood for any occasion. Enjoy! 
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