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New Beginnings || Juliana Summers

This season we’re focusing on the magic that comes from a new beginning. Maybe you caught a glimpse of that with the launch of our SS 17 collection! The Spring / Summer 2017 collection is an ode to origins and new beginnings. Handcrafted in East Africa, this collection is a celebration of hope in the lives of Sseko women, both in Uganda and here at home. One of those women is named Juliana Summers, and we are SO excited to introduce you to her.

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I’m Juliana, an Upstate NY native with a growing collection of passport stamps. I live for long spontaneous drives, glowy evening light and all the possibilities that come from landing in a new place. Most days, you can either find me blogging (, getting my photography business up & running (, or planning my next trip. All of those, always, with a cup of coffee in-hand!

What inspires your personal style?

Minimalism, neutral tones and natural elements all play a part in my personal style inspiration, as of late. Also, you know the trending Danish concept of “hygge?” That definitely crosses into style. This may sound a bit silly, but if I can’t comfortably sit and read a good book for an hour at my favorite coffee shop in what I’m wearing, then I’m not sold!

What piece of the Brave Manifesto resonates most with you? Why?

“Say yes to adventure” will always be a big one for me, as it’s driven so many of my decisions in recent years. Through “adventures” and travels in different parts the world, I’ve been able to interact and learn from so many people who are changing their communities for the better. Whether it’s miles across the sea or in your own hometown, we can all say yes to a little adventure in our lives to embrace the now and maybe even better the future.

This season we’re focusing on trusting in the magic of new beginnings. Can you tell us about a time where you saw this kind of magic first hand?

Oh, new beginnings. I believe so wholeheartedly in their magic. The one that comes to mind most recently was taking the leap of my first totally solo adventure this past fall, where I would realize my real passion in photography. This was a new beginning that would change so many plans, all in the best way. Leaving the comfort of a 9-5, embracing a semi-nomadic lifestyle and being a little bit brave means that embracing those new beginnings will happen in a number of places, all filled with inspiring people and events that I’m so excited to continue to see unfold.

What is your favorite piece in our Spring collection?

Do I have to pick just one!? I’m currently loving the desert glass necklace, it’s so delicate and subtle in design that I’ve been wearing mine nearly every day! Also, the Voyager travel bag in caramel is giving me all the wanderlust vibes. So gorgeous!

Follow along with Juliana’s journey on her Instagram

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