BROTHER VEL­LIES

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Based in Brook­lyn, this brand of tra­di­tional African footwear was founded by Aurora James. All her footwear, in­clud­ing boots, shoes and san­dals are hand­made in South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Mo­rocco. Most of the leather shoes use Kudu leather, an an­i­mal by-prod­uct that is a re­sult of a gov­ern­ment­man­dated culling due to over pop­u­la­tion. (The meat is sold at lo­cal mar­kets or do­nated.) James also uses Nile Perch, Spring­bok and Rab­bit, all of which are sourced in Africa and are en­tirely by-prod­ucts from the food in­dus­try. Left­over leather from mak­ing adult shoes are saved for Brother Mi­nis, the brand’s line of kids’ shoes.

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