Ahead of the Holiday Season, S’well teamed up with ethical fashion brand Zuri to offer shoppers two limited-edition works of art, including a beautiful Zuri print-inspired S’well bottle and a matching made in Kenya dress.
Zuri celebrates women artists and artisans throughout Africa and members of the African Diaspora. For this special collaboration, they worked with renowned textile artist, Shadé Akanbi. Shadé takes inspiration from her Nigerian American heritage to create her designs, including the Zuri x S’well Holiday print. These giftable products celebrate the collaboration between two female-led businesses and a shared vision of facilitating consumer responsibility and building a more sustainable world. With common interests in sustainability, women entrepreneurship, and ethical production, Zuri and S’well are collaborating on one-of-a-kind pieces that celebrate their causes, with products that help make the world a better place.
Ahead of the limited-edition bottle and dress launch, we had a chance to sit down with one of Zuri’s founders, Sandra Zhao, for a Q&A about Zuri and the partnership.
Small Business Saturday is coming up this month. What does being a small business mean to you?
Being a small business is being a part of an ecosystem. We’re all about celebrating the makers, the creatives, the doers, the customers, and the supporters who make up our community.
Why is it important to Zuri to support other women-owned and operated businesses?
There’s nothing more motivating than women supporting women! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the encouragement, advice and inspiration from other women-led businesses, and we’re really proud to say that nearly all the partners in our supply chain, from the business that manufactures our made in Kenya textiles, to the batik-dyeing cooperative in Ghana, to the ethical manufacturer that makes our clothes are all women-owned and majority women operated. Our shared experiences and struggles make the successes all the better when we achieve together.
What inspired you and your co-founder Ashleigh to strike out on your own and start Zuri?
We both had experience starting our own small businesses in the past, and when we met and bonded over the dress, something clicked! We were both really excited about the opportunity to create good jobs locally in Kenya and to share something that we loved, and that we hoped others would love, too!
Can you tell me a little bit about Zuri’s sustainability efforts?
Sustainability is at the center of what we do – most fundamentally starting with creating good, stable jobs that allow for long-term planning and a community-oriented work environment, to using rainwater collection to supply water for the entire manufacturing facility and using solar panels to power 25% of the electricity used. Our core focus is economic sustainability, allowing us to build upon that with environmental sustainability.
Where does Zuri draw its design inspirations from?
We’re inspired by the everyday beauty around us! From the colors of the Kenyan landscapes to the incredible style of men and women walking in downtown Nairobi, to the elaborately decorated matatus that fly along the streets, there’s inspiration everywhere!
Thank you so much to Ashleigh and Sandra from Zuri, and Shadé from Designed by Dae. To check out the limited-edition S’well x Zuri dress, please visit www.shopzuri.com. Make it a bundle and also check out the limited-edition matching bottle below!
SHOP THE ZURI X S’WELL HOLIDAY BOTTLE