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Toronto-native and New York City-transplant, Creative Director and Founder Aurora James amassed an impressive resume of fashion industry experience prior to starting Brother Vellies, a luxury accessories brand that celebrates cultural histories and timeless design. Her background in fashion, journalism, art, music, photography, and horticulture joins a forever-passion for artisanship, design, and humanitarianism to create truly one-of-a-kind pieces that will remain in your wardrobe forever. In June 2020, she founded the 15% Pledge, a non-profit advocacy group urging major retailers to allocate 15 percent of its shelf space to Black-owned brands. (Photo by Grace Miller)