“Confession: Despite the fact that I am an editor who’s at all times maintaining with traits, I worth sustainability over the whole lot else in my wardrobe. So when my fellow editor Eliza pitched our try-on story for the month, I used to be pumped as a result of I lastly was going to get the prospect to test-drive a model I’ve cherished for a very long time: Brother Vellies. I really like Aurora James’s accent label as a result of it champions African craftsmanship, moral manufacturing, and sustainability; to not point out she’s additionally the founding father of the 15 P.c Pledge, which has advocated for racial inclusion throughout the style trade. Principally, this model is doing the rattling factor, and that is ever extra obvious with its one-of-a-kind items. I landed on the Grandma Stell Mules and Lijadu Billfold bag, which was a terrific name as a result of they’re simple so as to add to any ensemble. By way of styling, I paired them with a secondhand off-white Fendi blazer I acquired from Thredup and a cute, pleated pale-blue miniskirt from Aritzia for a enjoyable spring outfit.
“What I cherished in regards to the Lijadu Billfold bag was that the primary time I noticed it on-line and the primary time I touched it in individual elicited the identical response from me: an audible gasp. Some designer baggage are overhyped and never well-made, however that is not the case with this one. Every part about this bag is ideal, from the wood chain deal with to the leather-based to the dimensions. And the grandma mules? I felt like I used to be starring in Bridgerton. However the plot of my love story could be these sneakers vexing me as a result of I am so in love with them and do not personal them. I’m obsessive with regards to heels, so the next assertion shouldn’t be taken calmly: I’ve by no means cherished a pair of sneakers as a lot as these sneakers. They’re tremendous comfy, the standard is phenomenal, and most significantly, they introduced me a lot pleasure after I was carrying them. General, I can say that after giving Brother Vellies items a spin, they are not solely value each penny, however they function a reminder that purchasing sustainably would not should be stuffy; it may be enjoyable.” — Jasmine Fox-Suliaman, editor