Pronounced 'by nə/sō/zē', xnasozi is a lifestyle. Without borders. Founded in Brooklyn, NY in 2011 by DC-area native Nasozi Kakembo, we are the intersection of classic and modern, East and West, innovative and subdued. We express our ethos in how we adorn our sacred spaces, whether those be our homes, our workspaces, or elsewhere. Traditional and timeworn textiles and techniques are the foundation of all of our collections, and from there, we modify the applications and functions to suit a modern and borderless lifestyle.
Our furniture is intended to suit multiple purposes, and our accessories signal a practical departure from the expected. The mudcloth and indigo pillows have grown to become the keystone of our week, ranging from pillows to benches, and even lampshades. All of our work is proudly made in DC or BK, and we also carry a small collection of Fair Trade goods from Uganda that is designed in collaboration with artisans there.
Nasozi Kakembo is the founder and creative force behind xnasozi. She graduated in 2008 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). Her company name derives from her very own, which is a Ugandan name meaning something to look up to in praise of. Born and raised outside of Washington, DC, and a Brooklynite for 12 years Nasozi founded xnasozi in 2011. For the greater part of a decade, she worked in the international human rights and social justice fields, meanwhile indulging in African textiles by night.
She still incorporates the fundamental principles of her extensive international experience into her business model. Her Ugandan and American heritage as well as her studies in art history, architecture, and eventually human rights have landed her in the far reaches of the world. She currently resides in the DC-Baltimore area and splits her time between there, Brooklyn, and her home in Kampala, Uganda.