Brother Vellies

Brother Vellies was founded by Aurora James with the goal of introducing the world to traditional African footwear, while supporting artisanal jobs within Africa. Handmade in South Africa, Kenya and Morocco using techniques refined over multiple generations, Brother Vellies creates boots, shoes and sandals in styles that maintain the spirit and durability of their ancestral counterparts.

Aurora James' extensive carerr in fashion has evolved from model, agent to curator and now Creative Director of Brother Vellies. Currently based in Brooklyn, James’ finds herself travelling to and throughout Africa - particularly South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Morocco - every few months to work with the local artisans, experience the diverse culture of the continent and discover new inspirations for the brand.

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