abacaxi, pronounced uh-bah-ka-shee, is the Portuguese word for pineapple. In many cultures, the pineapple is a symbol of happiness or hospitality. abacaxi was created with the philosophy that wearing beautiful, handcrafted pieces that are imbued with history lead to a happier and more inspired wearer.
With a focus on traditional textile techniques and innovative cuts, often with a South-Asian influence, our clothing is cut and sewn by hand in very small batches abroad and sometimes custom-made in NYC. We almost exclusively use 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 capsule collections that can be mixed and matched with previous styles— statement pieces to wear and layer throughout the year—items to keep with you 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 cotton, Photo by Daphne Arthur
Founder and Designer
Sheena Sood grew up in Minnesota, traveling occasionally back to India with family where she experienced daily life in saturated color. Those childhood visits sparked an ongoing obsession with travel, textiles, color, and pattern.
With a decade of experience designing for brands such as Tracy Reese, Cole Haan, and Anthropologie, Sheena started abacaxi in Brooklyn with a capsule of one-of-a-kind silk designs in 2013. While continuing to work as a freelance textile consultant, she runs abacaxi.
Sheena is also a visual artist, her artwork can be seen here.