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To those that stay on the outskirts of fashion (no shade!), Brother Vellies may appear like it is a new brand on the rise. Founded by Aurora James, the brand can seemingly be the next big thing in fashion, especially given James’s recent Emerging Talent nomination on behalf of the CFDA. However, neither James nor Brother Vellies are new to the game.

Launched in 2013 after James’s various travels through Africa, the brand centers around creating sustainable jobs throughout the African continent as well as exposing the world to African footwear.

Celebrities over in the US have also rocked the brand for years, showing us just where those feathery delights come from.

Click through our gallery and check out the styles from the designer who is now the first Black woman to be nominated for such a prestigious fashion award.

16 Times Celebrities Have Rocked Brother Vellies  was originally published on

1. Gabrielle Union

Gabrielle Union rocked these sweet duster shoes while sitting courtside, proving that it’s possible to be chic, stylish, and still be about the sport!

2. Zendaya


(Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images) Zendaya wore Thakoon and Brother Vellies for this beautiful look down the red carpet at the CFDA Awards.

3. Lupita Nyong’o

Lupita Nyong’o

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 05: Lupita Nyong’o attends the 2017 CFDA Fashion Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on June 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

4. Beyoncé

Brother Vellies isn’t just for footwear — Queen Bey hit date night with this shearling BV bag that had us all gushing.

5. Solange

Of course we had to include Solange! For the MET, she rocked these latex knee-high BV heels while on the red carpet.

6. Aurora James

Founder Aurora James is the biggest ambassador for her amazing brand, constantly rocking her shoes with any and all outfits!

7. Shiona Turini

Stylista Shiona Turini showed off her beautiful brown Brother Vellies heels while opting for a boomerang with Aurora. Cute, ladies!

8. Chrissy Rutherford

What’s better than pairing these beautiful pink shoes with a pink striped dress right in time for fashion week? So easy and so chic, Chrissy is rocking this!

9. Duckie Thot

Not only does Duckie have that rich, chocolate skin we can’t get enough of, but how chic is she while sitting pretty in pink with these BV sandals?!

10. Amandla Stenberg

Amandla also gave us variations of the Lamu sandals, rocking it with a YSL purse, a relaxed, slouchy sweater, and a blue sheer skirt. Cute!

11. LaTonya Yvette

Not only does Brother Vellies provide sultry feather sandals, but also these dope metallic booties, as evidenced by the beautiful mommypreneur and stylista, LaTonya Yvette.

12. Imaan Hammam

Imaan is also a fan of the shearling clutch that took the world by storm from the brand. Imagine how perfect it pairs with all the outfits in your closet?!

13. Winnie Harlow

And Winnie Harlow rocked a full-on denim look with the brand’s Wallflower pouch. Such a simple statement-maker, but it instantly elevates and classes up any look imaginable.

14. Aurora James

When you look this fly in your own shoes, how can anyone deny that they are just that lit?!

15. Imaan Hammam

Not only can we get into this beautiful and bold yellow, but also with this Brother Vellies bag that’s perfect for long nights out with the girls or even a night out on the town.

16. Diana Veras

Model Diana Veras not only gives us ’80s chic glam, but it’s indisputable with this platform-esque Brother Vellies heels. We have to snag a pair!