YOSUZI WAYUU HATS
Yosuzi, meaning “Cactus Flower” in the Wayuunaiki dialect, is a fashion brand founded by my beautiful friend Yosuzi Sylvester that celebrates rare artisanal skills from her ancestral Wayuu Indian community in Venezuela. These colorful ethnic inspired hats will surely be popping all over this summer. Each hat is created by hand and meticulously embellished combining a modern sensibility whilst remaining faithful to more traditional Wayuu Indian designs. These unique creations inspired by indigenous cultural traditions seek to cultivate the next generation of master artisans amongst the Wayuu Indians and further promote prosperity in their communities.
A percentage of sales is donated to CEPIN, an independent non-profit organisation committed to feeding, clothing and teaching Wayuu Indian children in need. Yosuzi experienced Wayuu traditions whilst growing up in Venezuela and dedicates this project to her ancestors who fought to preserve the Wayuu Indian cultural heritage and the communities basic human rights.
Hats will be available for purchase on www.yosuzi.com very soon
For some of Yosuzi's style inspiration check out www.yosuzi.tumblr.com
Greatest inspirations Yosu?
My mom, Irunu (which means goddess of the rain in the Wayunnaiki Indian dialect) who kept the Wayuu Indian traditions alive throughout my childhood in Venezuela. She's inspired me to re-connect with my heritage and come up with a project which seeks to elevate the next generation of Wayuu artisans and help feed very poor kids from this community.
Style icons in your opinion?
Helmut Newton and Lauren Hutton
Favorite websites and publications?