FOR SUSTAINABLE STYLES THAT AREN'T INDIGENOUS TO THE STATES, LOOK NO FURTHER THAN BROTHER VELLIES.
Aurora James launched Brother Vellies after being inspired by travels in Namibia, Kenya, Nigeria, and Morocco. The company’s name comes from veldskoens or ‘vellies’, a South African walking boot. A Toronto-native and New York transplant, the award-winning entrepreneur has amassed an impressive resume of fashion industry experience. One of her most popular items (the online store offers men and women’s shoes and accessories) is the Brown Suede Erongo. Retailing for $195, it maintains the spirit and durability of its ancestral counterpart, which has been handmade from kudu leather for nearly a century. That’s because a small group of men and women assemble a few dozen pairs by hand each day in a South African workshop, using techniques refined over generations. Brother Vellies wants to introduce the rest of the world to traditional African footwear, while creating and sustaining artisanal jobs in the Motherland. If you’re seeking styles that aren't indigenous to the states, look no further than Brother Vellies.