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Stories That Inspire our Accessories

Stories That Inspire our Accessories

We love inspiration. The people and faces behind the items we create and release are always rooted in two things: functional beauty and the authentic story that we can share behind why we created it.

That's why we love it when people ask us how we ended up creating some of our items. 

So, let's satisfy some of your curiosity with some of our recent items...


The Paola Clutch was inspired by Paola Barret.

Paola is the creator and goldsmith of Sunpetals Jewellery. Paola is focused on upcycling silverware and broken jewellery in precious metals to transform them into new, modern, and minimal jewellery with the dream of using reclaimed precious metals from circuit boards and X-rays.

Based in Ottawa, Paola loves gallery hopping, the zero-waste movement, supporting vintage and ethical businesses and day-dreaming of moving to the Dominican Republic. When she gets there, she plans on being surrounded by flowers in her studio with her mini cows Dolly and Daisy ( if you’ve never heard of mini-cows we suggest to do a quick google search to fall in love instantly).

The Kristina Clutch is named after Kristina Paider, the very first person to know and believe in Brave Soles.

Kristina is a screenwriter, a powerhouse communication coach and the founder of both the Hollywood Approach and the Writer’s Green Room.

Kristina is based between Cabarete and the rest of the world. She came to us with her design idea because she wanted to give a gift to a friend who had helped her with a very specialized project.

We admire Kristina for many things and we agree with her that, “Saying yes to yourself inspires magic all around you.”

The Widlena backpack was named after Miss Widlene Earle. She is Christal’s sun and stars.

Widlene is a fantastic 13 year old who enjoys horseback riding, photography and chilling with her friends. She is full of kindness, empathy and possesses a quick sense of humour that keeps her Mom on her toes.

Widlene told her mom that she wanted a special backpack that was her own design. She began to draw pictures and gather ideas and before long, the Widlena was born. It proudly goes with her to school, the beach and on many Instagram photo shoots with friends. 

The Sandra is named after our favourite breakfast restauranteur, Sandra Weber.

As the owner of Claro Cafe in Cabarete, Sandra was also the very first vendor to welcome Brave Soles when we first launched. Sandy is famous for her incredible ability to make anyone feel welcome in her world, while all the while making sure they have a great glass of wine in their hand at the same time. She is a mom, a wife and a true friend to many.

We designed the Sandra wallet after she came to us with the idea of something that was without hardware and yet secure and sleek looking. She was the first one to own the Sandra and we are grateful for her inspiration.

Since our beginnings, we have discovered that the best way for us to continue to be inspired is to pay attention to the stories around us, waiting to be told. Thanks for being part of that inspiration. 

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Catherine Levasseur: Bone Marrow Transplant Survivor and Brave Soles Indie Team Member

Each member of our Indie Sales Team has a story of bravery. However, we wanted Cate to tell you hers, in her own words.

I’m Cate, a lifestyle blogger, a foodie, a yogi and a traveler.

I am celebrating life one day at a time since I received my bone marrow transplant 18 months ago after 10 years fighting with a rare blood disease.

Now I have no plan for the future but one thing is for sure, I know that nothing is impossible.

I am currently living in Montreal but near an ocean is where I feel most alive.

1.What made you interested in becoming a part of Brave Soles?

Mostly because my sister (Florence Levasseur) is one of the owners, but also because I trust that she will always stay authentic.
I know that she chose this company because of its value and its desire of helping the planet.

2.What is something fun about you that people might like to know?

I might be a little too enthusiast with smoothies:)
I use food not only to nourish myself, but also to express my moods. I have naturally combined my love of arts and foods and I am trying to cook like I would paint. This is a sort of therapy for me.

(You should go check out our instagram, those smoothie bols are magnificent)


3.What kind of people do you think will fall in love with Brave Soles?

Anyone who has a heart for the planet and who cares about the future we can build for the generations that will come behind us. 

4.What is your favorite Brave Soles product?

These days, I would say The Florence :)

5.What inspires you?

I am inspired by everything that makes me feel like I am the most important person in my life. I am constantly finding ways to love myself. 

6.What is your dream for the next generation?

I really hope that people can realize how important they need each other. No one should feel like they don't deserve love. Human contact should not be lost to technology. 

7.What makes you passionate about Brave Soles?

The fact that their products are so beautiful and that everything is made with love and respect.
Everyone has been so nice to me since the beginning and it makes me feel like I am truly part of it.

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How Do You Measure Sustainable Change?

How Do You Measure Sustainable Change?

Have you ever wondered how to measure sustainable change? We are embarking on an exciting next step in Brave Soles. Well, truthfully, at this point, every next step is exciting, but this one is especially so :)

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