With a focus on traditional textile techniques and innovative cuts, often with a South-Asian influence, abacaxi garments are cut and sewn by hand in small batches abroad and sometimes custom-made in NYC. We choose natural fibers- cotton, silk, alpaca, linen- which are both better for the environment and for your skin (in our opinion). Phulkari embroidery from Punjab, handloom Mashru weaving from Gujarat, and ikat weaving from Guatemala are just a few of the ancient fabrics that have been incorporated into the line. Read more about some of our textile research and artisan collaborations here.
abacaxi creates limited edition collections that can be mixed and matched with previous styles— statement pieces to wear and layer throughout the seasons and likely for years to come. Clothing you’ll want to take with you on an island getaway, or wear during your urban everyday.
Sari Wrap Skirt and Divya Blouse in Pitaya
Sari Wrap Skirt and Divya Blouse in cotton, Photo by Daphne Arthur
Sheena Sood grew up in Minnesota, traveling occasionally back to India with family where she first experienced daily life in saturated color. Those childhood visits sparked an ongoing obsession with travel, textiles, color, and pattern.
As an adult, she has spent much time traveling to places such as Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Peru, and Mexico, studying what she is most passionate about, and amassing an array of knowledge on indigenous textile techniques that she embeds in her design and ethos today.
With over a decade of experience designing for brands such as Tracy Reese, Cole Haan, and Anthropologie, Sheena started abacaxi in Brooklyn with a capsule of silk garments featuring vintage embroideries collected in Rajasthan, India. While continuing to work as a freelance textile consultant, she runs abacaxi.
Sheena is also a visual artist; color and an interest in hybridity are a few themes connecting her work in these different visual realms. Her artwork can be seen here.