Made In Africa By Aurora James
Aurora James, founder of Brother Vellies is becoming a big accessories designer in the industry. She sealed her it girl reputation when Kanye West came to the presentation of her Spring Summer 2016 collection last September at New York fashion week.
Brother Vellies was one of three designers to take home the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund top prize last year. For the first time ever the top prize was shared between designers behind Brother Vellies, Gypsy Sport and Johnathan Simkhai.
The Fund was established to give emerging talents $300,000 and a year of in-depth mentoring by a CFDA member to help build their businesses and brands in fashion. Each of the winners will receive the prize. Other winners have included Public School and Alexander Wang. Prabal Gurung and Tabitha Simmons have been runners-up in the past too.
Aurora James founded her sustainably sourced, ethically produced and uniquely designed footwear collection in 2013 and turns to artisans in South Africa, Ethiopia, Morocco and Kenya to help produce the collection. James’ unique designs mix textures and patterns to create unique silhouettes and styling. “It was disheartening that some African areas were losing their traditional shoe shapes in favor of Western culture’s trend list. I wanted to preserve and reinvent them.”
After she took home the 2015 CFDA prize we were very curious to see what she’ll do next. Our curiosity was more than satisfied yesterday. Aurora James presented in New York her Fall ’16 lineup — a collection that builds on the brand’s beautifully handcrafted shoes with suede knee-high boots, moccasins, and mod ankle boots. We can not wait to the full collection hits stores! Tell us what you think.
Image Source: David X Prutting/BFA.com / Courtesy of Brother Vellies.
Cet article est disponible en: Français