Ayu is a kimono-style top, with a soft drape and a loose fit - super comfortable!
There’s a rounded V-neck in the front and a high back neck, with cute sleeve details. A contrast belt gives a really nice pop of colour.
belt loops for different fit options
loose kimono sleeves with faux cuffs
a comfortable drape
Ayu is available in grey, white or black organic cotton. Check out the galleries below, and send me the name of the fabric you like during checkout.
Each fabric is exclusive to you and your piece, as well as being bespoke to your measurements - so every piece of clothing is completely unique.
Click each image to read their individual stories - where they’re from, their sustainability stories, and the ethics behind their production.
Wear Ayu as you would any other t-shirt! A French tuck works great to show off the sleeves, or wear it untucked with a contrasting waist belt to give it a new shape.
How to Order
Choose between a piece made to your general size or in your exact measurements. Check out our inclusive and body-positive size charts here.
Choose your fabric.
If you can’t decide or need some help, just let me know. If you have a favourite colour, this can help me narrow down a selection for your piece.
Please allow up to two weeks to complete your Ayu top, plus delivery. I’ll keep you updated throughout the process, of course.
Who made it? Who designed it?
Everything at Syra Brownlock is made and designed by me - from the sketches to the pattern to the outfit in your hands.
Everything is made to order to ensure minimal wastex, and is made according to your style and size.
I use only ethically-sourced fabrics, and even materials like buttons and zips. Everything is sustainable, fairly traded, handmade, spun or dyed, or environmentally-friendly. Along with your creation you'll also receive a card with details of everything that's gone into it, so you know your purchase supports your values.
This top was inspired by Wanger Ayu, a Nigerian womenswear designer whose clothes are handmade by female artisans. I really like her combination of contemporary design features with traditional African fabrics, for the modern African woman!