Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis of Suno. Courtesy of Zimbio.
Suno arrived on the scene early 2009 with vibrant vintage kanga pieces and a compelling 'Made in Kenya' story. A few years and several remarkably varied and well-received collections later, Suno has joined the ranks of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund nominees.
Founded in 2003, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund "provides financial support and business mentorship for emerging designers", and three designers of this year's ten (including Altazurra and Pamela Love who were nominated last year, as well as Ohne Titel, and Cushnie et Ochs) stand to win one grand prize of $300,000 and two smaller prizes of $100,000.
According to the CFDA's stipulations, "the ten (10) Finalists are interviewed by and make a presentation of five (5) looks from past, present and upcoming collections to the Selection Committee", which includes Anna Wintour and Diane Von Furstenberg.
The Award Ceremony is scheduled to take place in November and past recepients include Proenza Schouler (2004), South African born hat designer Albertus Swanpoel of Albertus Quartus (2008) and Prabal Gurung (2010).