I’ve mentioned Zurikenya, the people who made this dress once before, before I had actually seen and tried one on. While I trust my instincts and ability to discern quality from afar, even from just pictures and descriptions, touch and fit are always the final measures of a garment.
That’s why, even though retail is changing in big and lasting ways, the venue that provides a hands-on shopping experience is here to stay.
When people tell me they don’t like to shop, I always have to wonder how it is they choose to shop.
If what they call shopping is wandering around the now increasingly rare, mall, or entering into the artificial light of a big, dispassionate department store, I get it. In any decent sized city though, there are other shopping options: small shops owned by small designers and makers, pop-ups, vintage stores, and fairs are a few.
Shopping small and intimate is always much more fun and fulfilling.
Like when I walked into the new Zuri store, on Bleecker Street in the Village, and met Sandra, one of the two women who founded Zurikenya.
It’s good meeting creative women who are fun, intelligent, well-traveled entrepreneurs and when they’re doing something meaningful, it’s even better.
Please check them and their dresses out. They are well designed, unique, and can be worn by women of all ages. Here’s another picture of me, looking a bit like a mushroom, in my Zurikenya.
“What captures the imagination of the public most when it comes to modern slavery?”
“Unfortunately it is the shocking stories, the exposés in the media that most capture public imagination. I hope that we will start to see a more sophisticated conversation in the public domain about the growing consumer demand for ever-decreasing prices and instantly available goods.”
Slave To Fashion, Safia Minney