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This week, we are resending and expanding one of our favorites Second Life Follow from the archives with Aurora James.
As far as founders of fashion brands are concerned, it will not be much cooler or more interesting than Aurora James, founder and creative director of the breakthrough sustainable accessories brand, Brother Vellies. The shoes and bags of the brand are inspired by African culture and materials and are even handmade by local artisans. Since being founded in 2013, James has won a CFDA award and counts Beyoncé and Solange Knowles as fans. But as always, her current career was not exactly what she originally intended. After studying journalism at college, James worked as an agent for models, in the production of Fashion TV, and for a community nonprofit garden project called Woolly Pocket.
Shortly after a significant change in her life and moving to New York, James made a trip to Africa. At that time, she had the idea of creating Brother Vellies when she came across the skilled craftsmen she met while visiting various parts of the continent. Now we know and love Brother Vellies for his beautiful, unique shoes and bags that James designs season after season. (Tip: your Instagram account is a must.)
Go to iTunes to sign in Second Life and listen to this episode to hear all about James & # 39; s fascinating, inspiring journey to the launch of Brother Vellies. Below are some of the brand's stunning shoes and bags.
Next, find out how Jen Atkin became the most influential hairdresser in the world.