Brother Vellies

Founded by Toronto-native Aurora James in 2013, Brother Vellies creates eco-friendly footwear and accessories for women. The one-of-a-kind pieces are handmade by artisans around the globe using traditional African design practices and techniques, from wicker mules to fur-embellished sandals and handbags featuring Kenyan hardwood chain links. Recently, James founded the 15 Percent Pledge, an inclusion initiative that is calling on large corporations to buy 15% of their products from black-owned businesses; so far, Sephora has signed on.