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Suno Launches Printed Sneakers for the Holidays with a Charitable Twist



    New York-based label Suno has earned a cult following for its vivid prints -- which are often inspired by the African countries where the label does much of its manufacturing -- as well as its bold, print-mixing looks on the runway.

    To coincide with the retail debut of the label's resort collection, the label has released a limited-edition line of classic-looking sneakers in some of co-creative director Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty's favorite kanga-inspired prints -- all produced in Kenya. 

    "The resort collection was inspired by a very retro American tourist look," said Beatty in a release. "It made perfect sense for us to make a classic, easy tennis shoe."

    Suno's focus has always on working with artisans and manufacturers in countries like Kenya to provide jobs, and the new sneakers come with a two-fold benefit: Not only does the production of the sneakers help supply Kenyan workers with jobs, but a portion of the proceeds go to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan orphanage for baby elephants and rhinos.

    For just $65, that's a lot of good vibes for your buck, not to mention the fact that the colorful kicks are stylish, to boot. The sneakers are now available online on Suno's website, and shoppers would do well to peruse the label's Fall 2011 collection there, as well, since many of the looks are now discounted 30 percent or more.