One could claim that online platforms nowadays can perform the same functions. However, among the chief pleasures of browsing the shelves is serendipity – an aspect that Amazon’s recommendations can’t replicate. In Juan Gabriel Vasquez’s words: “A good bookshop is a place we go into looking for a book and come out of with one we didn’t know existed. That’s how the literary conversation gets widened and that’s how we push the frontiers of our experience, rebelling against its limits.” … [Read more...] about Can bookshops survive the pandemic?
Brother Vellies Aurora James founded her luxury shoe line Brother Vellies to support craftspeople in Africa, while also keeping their traditional design practices alive. James’ designs blend some of these artisanal techniques with fierce, fashion-forward footwear, like these snakeskin boots or these Ying Yang shearling boots, which are aptly named 2020 for the year’s wild ups and downs. James is also the founder of the Fifteen Percent Pledge, an organization that calls on major retailers to commit 15% of their shelf to Black-owned businesses. … [Read more...] about 11 Black-owned businesses to buy from this Black Friday