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Best Sandals and Heels From Brother Vellies | 2020

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If you haven’t checked out Brother Vellies for cool footwear, you’re missing out on some major shoefie opportunities. Founder and Creative Director Aurora James is a big-time accessories designer in the fashion world, and we’re obsessed with her on-trend creations. Furthermore, as a response to the death of George Floyd, the designer issued a vital call to action, asking corporations to support Black-owned businesses with a 15 percent pledge. She’s using her voice and influence to uplift the Black community, and that’s one of many important reasons to support her brand.

Brother Vellies was founded with a focus on keeping traditional African design practices and techniques alive. Ahead, we curated a shopping guide of our favorite summer shoes from the brand — there’s sandals, heels, boots, and more. Think of these special pieces as investments you’ll treasure in your wardrobe for years to come. Let’s check them all out.


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A Senegal-Raised, Silicon Valley-Based Designer Shares Her Vision for a More Inclusive, Sustainable Fashion Industry

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Fashion has a lot of work to do, period. Just a few weeks ago, sustainability was top of mind for designers as COVID-19 exacerbated issues the industry has ignored for years: excessive waste, enormous carbon emissions, overcrowded factories. Now, we’ve turned our attention rather belatedly to a second plague: systemic racism. In the 11 days since a police officer killed George Floyd in Minneapolis, fashion brands have been taken to task not only for a lack of action, but for decades of negligence: Some have failed to empower people of color on their creative and executive teams, reserving their “activism” for marketing campaigns and fashion shows, while others have neglected to hire Black women and men at all.

Even the brands that aren’t under fire are likely asking themselves: What else can we do? The nature of systemic racism is that most of fashion’s decision-makers lack the experience or knowledge required to chart a way forward. As Vogue’s Janelle Okwodu wrote yesterday, crafting the right message and making donations are just the first steps: “The real danger will come when consumers undertake a mass reassessment of the brands they support and invest in. When the dust settles, who will people side with: the companies that were vocal in their support, or the ones who were complicit through silence?”

Brands that are serious about making changes for the better should look to voices in the Black community for guidance, voices like Diarra Bousso’s. Born and raised in Senegal, she launched her line Diarrablu in 2015 with a unique mission: to merge her love of math and algorithms with her artisanal heritage. It’s grown to become a prime example of how a fashion brand can prioritize both sustainability and inclusivity.

Bousso spent her summers as a child watching her family carry on time-honored crafts in leather, metal, and jewelry, but never became an artisan herself; instead, she moved to Norway for high school and later earned a master’s degree in mathematics at Stanford University. She still teaches and conducts research there in San Francisco, but her time in the States also reinforced her desire to create a collection that celebrates those Senegal crafts. “I think I had a bit of an identity crisis, because Silicon Valley is all about technology, and I was a math student at Stanford with this artisan background,” she explains. “I felt a sense of guilt. So when I decided to launch a line, the first thing I did was go back to the artisanal village. I spent a few weeks there just watching how they work and thought about how I could incorporate technology.” She started with textiles, using algorithms to create silhouettes and prints, and developed a digital-first, on-demand production model to avoid creating excess inventory. “I basically run my fashion company like a restaurant,” she says. “We don’t produce anything unless we have an order.”

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The Best Father's Day Gifts, According to Hafthor Bjornsson | The Manual

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He is known around the globe by many names. These include Iceland’s Strongest Man, Europe’s Strongest Man, World’s Strongest Man, and Ser Gregor …

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