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Weekly Newsletter May 4, 2020

Celebrating Moms Everywhere!

We love how intergenerational our dresses have become, and it's so inspiring to see families represented in the Zuri sisterhood (we have four generations of one family in Zuri in the photos above - clockwise from the top left, Inja, Nia, Blanche, Besia, Robin, Robin, Ginger, Julie, Kim, Jamie, DeeDee, James)! This Mother's Day, while we may not be able to spend time in person with our mothers, we encourage you to take some time and reach out to the women in your lives, mothers in the broadest sense, and say thank you!

WHAT WE'RE READING // The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

Author Isabel Wilkerson was the first black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize in journalism and the first African American to win for individual reporting. In her debut book, Wilkerson maps the epic journey of six million people who left the South and changed America through the stories of three remarkable individuals. With powerful specificity and sweeping breadth, this is essential reading for understanding the history of this country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // NATAL by Martina Abrahams Ilunga and Gabrielle Horton

NATAL is a podcast about having a baby while black in the US. Black mothers are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes compared to white mothers, and 60% of those deaths are preventable. In the first episode, host Gabrielle Horton talks with a new mother about her ending up in the emergency room two weeks after giving birth, alone and ignored, fighting for her life.

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Amara Touré & L'Orchestra Massako

Amara Touré, a legendary Guinean singer and percussionist, rose to fame in Dakar in the 1950's and 60's. Originally a member of the Star Band de Dakar, he was part of the Afro-Cuban movement that defined the mid-century music scene in Senegal.  This album is one of my all-time favorites; energizing, rhythmic, and soulful, it will fill your room (and your mind) with joy.

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Weekly Newsletter Mar 24, 2020

UPCOMING EVENTS // INSTAGRAM LIVE // Artist talk with Dennis Muraguri

Join us on Thursday at 1pm EST for an artist talk with Dennis Muraguri on Instagram Live! You may remember Dennis from the our collaboration to make our Ma3 print, and we're looking forward to talking with him!

Not sure what Instagram Live is? Just sign into Instagram and you'll see a circle at the top where the Stories are that says Live, click on that and you'll be able to watch our live conversation!

PS If you have specific questions you want us to ask Dennis, please email or DM us!

WHAT WE'RE WATCHING // Simone Leigh Artist Talk

Produced by the Guggenheim Museum, this video is a wonderful introduction to Simone Leigh and her artistic process!

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Recording Artists: Betye Saar Working My Mojo

This podcast was produced by the Getty Museum in LA, and features conversations with and about six artists and their relationships with feminism. We especially recommend this episode on Betye Saar, which features interviews with the artist when she was in her late forties. It's incredible to hear about her evolution as an artist, and how the feminist and vivil rights movements around her impacted her work.

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE READING // What Do We Want History to Do to Us? : Zadie Smith on Kara Walker

All I can say is read this! Here's an excerpt:

"What might I want history to do to me? I might want history to reduce my historical antagonist—and increase me. I might ask it to urgently remind me why I’m moving forward, away from history. Or speak to me always of our intimate relation, of the ties that bind—and indelibly link—my history and me. I could want history to tell me that my future is tied to my past, whether I want it to be or not. Or ask it to promise me that my future will be revenge upon my past. Or warn me that the past is not erased by this revenge. Or suggest to me that brutal oppression implicates the oppressors, who are in turn brutalized by their own acts of oppression."

 

 

WHAT ELSE WE'RE DOING // New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund

If you're able and looking for organizations that you can contribute to during this pandemic, we encourage you to consider the New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund, which helps post bail for individuals who are awaiting trial, but can't afford the cost and must otherwise wait in jail. Especially as this virus spreads, we can make a difference in reducing the number of people who will be infected unnecessarily and help make New Orleans a safer, more equitable place for everyone.

If you'd like to learn more about bail reform, we recommend listening to this!

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Weekly Newsletter Mar 10, 2020

Peek Into Our Production Process!

 

Say hello to our production team! These wonderful ladies and gents are responsible for making each and every one of our dresses and shirts, and we could not be prouder of their work! Meet a few of these talented makers!

Edwinah helps fold and pack the completed dresses and shirts! As you may know, these dresses are about as easy to fold as a fitted sheet (ie nearly impossible), so major props to Edwinah for making them look so beautiful! PS hi to Jackline standing behind!

 

 

 

 

Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve!  Meet Pauline!  She's in charge of stitching our shirt cuffs, and each and every shirt that lands with us at our shops passes by her, first. Thank you, Pauline, for being the absolute "tops!"

 

 

 

 

Beatrice is our line feeder, which means that she organizes the individual components that come from the cutters to make sure that the right sleeve gets matched with the right collar which gets matched with the right everything else!

 

 

 

 

How's the air up there?? David is the head of the cutting team, and his stature is no match for his skill! Cutting takes extreme precision and a steady hand--each sleeve, cuff, placket and panel needs to be exactly the same as its size siblings, and he's working with generally about 10 pieces of fabric at once. David, you are really "a cut above!" 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // MARIEM HASSAN

I have had this beautiful album by Mariem Hassan, a singer and songwriter from Western Sahara, on repeat for over a week now. If you find yourself in need of some internal humdrum-ending, mind-blowing, or heart-opening, start here: I can't recommend this enough.

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Weekly Newsletter Feb 18, 2020

Market DAYS!

We're in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, about once a month, and each time we go it's SUCH a pleasure to visit Rehema. Not only does she have the best snacks, but she knows what we'll love before we even see it. (For all our hypnosis lovers out there, we've got Rehema to thank!) This beauty is also hers, and should be heading your way by mid-April! 

 

 

 

Meet Emmy!  Whenever we are looking for something special, with unexpected colors or a whimsical design (see "Safety First" ⬇️⬇️⬇️!), Emmy is stop number 1.  On our last trip, we were thrilled to find this berry vine print (in the most luscious of greens)! 

 

 

 

 

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // ZURI FEBRUARY PLAYLIST

What's cooler than a popsicle in February? Our newest playlist!  A collection of some of our favorite acid-rock funk from Nigeria and beyond, you'll be jamming into spring before you know it.

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Weekly Newsletter Feb 11, 2020

WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // AFRO QUEER

Need a new podcast to add to the queue? Look no further. Documenting the stories of queer Africans from across the continent, this podcast will inspire you, challenge you, and activate you. Give it a listen!

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