We make eco-conscious jewelry and apparel that are versatile and easy to style with classic elements and a bit of flare. We use production methods that value the time and energy put into a piece by the hands that create them. Beyond the object, there's a meaning, a blessing, an affirmation for the wearer to connect with its human nature, essence and soul.
Anielis Raas (Ani) is the creative force behind ZENPUI. Born and raised in Venezuela, she's been a metalsmith for 16 years, an apparel designer for 9 and an explorer of the self for many more. Ani's purpose is to create beauty through her creative processes and live in a way that honors all the energy put into this world. She believes fashion should embrace the natural diversity of our bodies and use resources consciously, it's not just about how we look, but about how we feel when we present ourselves.
Ani's jewelry is full of symbolism, every piece has a blessing inspired by the healing properties of the materials she uses. Her clothes are form fitting, but not constrictive, she uses classic elements with a twist, the aesthetic allows women to express their personality without sacrificing style or damaging people and the environment. Everything is made to order with eco conscious materials and production methods in Portland, Oregon.
Ani also works with the hispanic community of business owners as an SBDC advisor and instructor, she works in collaboration with non-profits that serve Oregon. She recently starting working with the Reinventing Rural project, which aims to create an online community where small business owners can share their experiences, find technical assistance, workshops and a home online.
Photo by Matt Kellam
The Meaning of ZENPUI
ZENPUI is an invitation to experience a life that allows us to connect with something greater than ourselves. It is composed of two words, ZEN + TEPUI, the first one, beyond the school of Buddhism, it speaks of reaching enlightenment through experience, for us humans, that means reaching happiness through the way we live and TEPUI is the name of the square mountains in the south of Venezuela and north of Brazil that in the dialect of the natives means “The House of the Gods.” Learn more