Established in 1945 by Madame Carven, wife of Swiss industrialist Rene Grog, the House of Carven originally catered to the petite woman. On the basis of her reputation and the phenomenal success of her early collections, she dressed queens, princesses and empresses and became a much sought-after creator for the female film stars of the post-war era.
Through the years, the House of Carven has expanded its reach and currently designs, manufactures and markets a line of ready-to-wear and accessories for women, apparel and accessories for men plus fragrance and perfumes. Carven's Ready-to-Wear for Women launched in 1991, a stylish, high quality range of fashionable apparel.
SUNO was formed in 2008 by Max Osterweis in New York in collaboration with designer, Erin Beatty. Max spent more than a decade collecting textiles during his visits to Kenya. The design and development takes place in New York City. The majority of the collection is then produced in Kenya, utilizing a combination of traditional, local techniques and high-end tailoring, as well as an emphasis on fit and fabric.
SUNO's dedication to developing a sustainable and socially responsible business is not limited to Kenya. Currently, at least 70% of production in Kenya, all beaded and embroidered work is produced in India, and a handful of pieces in NYC's Garment District.
Liya Kebede learned that weavers in her native country, Ethiopia, were losing their jobs due to a decline in local demand and wanted to help out as much as she can.
Recognizing the quality and historic significance of their work, Liya established Lemlem in 2007 as a way to inspire and drive economic independence in her native country. Lemlem, meaning "to bloom" or "to flourish" in Amharic, is a unique, playful and modern women's clothing line with a spirit undeniably African.
Parsons grads, Nicole Noselli and Daphne Gutierrez, founded Bruce in the mid-nineties. Since then, the dynamic duo has garnered critical acclaim from downtown sophisticates who appreciate their precise, low-key approach to the classics.