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Weekly Newsletter Nov 12, 2019

Bits & Bobs!

You've been asking and we've been listening! That's right, we've finally gotten many of the fun accessories that we have in store online! Whether you've been looking for the perfect fall scarf or want to get a jump start on holiday shopping, we've got you covered!

** UK and EU CUSTOMERS: The Bits and Bobs collection is only available on our US site right now, but if you're interested, just email us at HEYZURI@SHOPZURI.COM and we'll hook you up as best we can!

Say hello to Leiyian, Shoke, Koileken, Daniel, and Tungana: a Masai beading group from Amboseli who we work with to make our bracelets and belts! We absolutely love the designs and colors, and we hope you will, too!





WHAT WE'RE READING // Heavy by Kiese Laymon

This memoir is a distillation of a lifetime of writing and revising in pursuit freeing the memory and untangling one's personal and collective inheritance of violence, pain and abuse. This book is heavy; it'll leave you feeling heavy, but it's powerful and generous and very much a necessary read.

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Weekly Newsletter Oct 16, 2019

Greetings from Dar!

Anyone who's worked in retail can tell you that waiting is a part of the job, you never know when a customer will come in, so you always need to be ready! We thought it'd be fun to share some images with you of what vendors do in the quiet moments in between sales.

The fabric in the markets that we buy is cut in 6 or 12 yard pieces, which means lots of folding! While most people can tell without unfolding whether they like the print or not, sometimes it's necessary to open it up to get the full effect! Vendors like Anita have tricks to make folding super quick and easy, but it takes time nonetheless!





There's always time for chai! After a hectic rush, there's nothing more relaxing than sitting down to a cup of tea like Josephine here! Kenya is one of the world's largest exporters of black tea, and so it's common across East Africa to sip Kenyan grown tea with milk and lots of sugar. A perfect way to refuel on a busy day!






WHAT WE'RE READING // How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

This coming of age memoir of a young black, gay man growing up in the South is as beautiful as it is painful. A poet, Saeed Jones assembles this collection of memories revolving around his relationship with his mother and establishing his own identity, with grace and power. 

"People don't just happen. We sacrifice former versions of ourselves. We sacrifice the people who dared to raise us. The 'I' it seems doesn't exist until we are able to say, 'I am no longer yours.'"

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Weekly Newsletter Sept 17, 2019

Bon appetit!

We cooked up a surprise for you! When the team from Great Jones popped into our store one day last fall we knew right away that we had to do something with them! A small women-owned business producing high quality, beautiful cookware and right in our neighborhood? A perfect pairing! 

After over a year of development, we bring you: The Dutchess! Named after and featuring Great Jones' best-selling pot, this beauty was designed by Nairobi-based artist Angela Muritu (photographed above), printed in South Africa and of course cut and sewn in Kenya!

Book talk // How to be an ethical traveler // Oct 6 @ Zuri Bleecker

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Anu Taranath about her new book, Beyond Guilt Trips: Mindful Travel in an Unequal World on Oct 6 from 5-7pm. This book was included in the Fodor’s Travel “Best Books of Spring” list for 2019. We're excited to engage in conversation with fellow travelers and folks invested in creating better lives for more of us.





WHAT WE'RE SEEING // "the heart of the matter..." by AMY SHERALD

If you're in NY, go see this stunning show! The power and subtly of Sherald's work radiates through these portraits, and meeting her subjects, experiencing these paintings eye to eye is captivating. The show closes in a month so mark your calendars!
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Weekly Newsletter September 3, 2019

WHAT WE (CAN'T WAIT TO) READ // The Sweetest Fruits by Monique Truong

Monique Truong rocks a Zuri like no other, and we're so excited that the novel she's been working on for the last eight years is finally entering the world for all of us to enjoy, TOMORROW! 

From the Washington Post: "with great generosity and compassion, Truong explores the difference between writing and telling stories, with the question of who gets to speak and who remains silent."

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Weekly Newsletter Aug 27, 2019

Zuri <3 Authors!

As you have probably figured out, we're pretty big readers here at Zuri, and it is an endless source of pride and delight to know that some of our favorite authors don our frocks! 

This week, we're celebrating a few of these literary ladies (including Monique Truong, above!) by highlighting their work and turning their words into action by auctioning signed novels and donating the proceeds to an organization of their choice. Now, as ever, let's celebrate women's voices and support each other!

WHAT WE (CAN'T WAIT TO) READ // Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat graciously donated a signed copy of her newest work, Everything Inside, a collection of short stories about immigrants, for our auction! All proceeds will go to FotoKonbit, an organization created to engage, educate and support Haitians in the telling of their own stories through photography. 

We can't wait to read this collection, and hope that you'll hop over to the auction and nab yourself a copy!

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