Here at Sseko we deeply believe that every great journey begins with a small step. The Sseko Fellows are a tribe of women that have embarked on such a journey to create opportunity and community for women here in the states, as well as for our sisters in East Africa. One of those Fellows, Nicole Boynton, recently took a step into our Fellows community. This is her New Beginnings story!
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m a 30 year old Texan forever, wife of eight years to my high school sweetheart and stay-at-home mama to two little girls who keep me on my toes in the best way possible. I’m a wannabe hippie and dabble in essential oils, home remedies and am the most absentminded home gardener. I love supporting small businesses, local businesses and ethical fashion. You’ll either find me eating “clean” and taking shots of turmeric or eating handfuls of candy – I’m working on balance. Oh, and iced lattes with almond milk pretty much happen every day around here. And pictures – I take way too many pictures because I like to document everything.
What has been your favorite part (or two or three) about this new adventure with Sseko?
Being a Fellow is so much FUN! My favorite part so far has been experiencing my family and friends rallying behind me as I start this journey. I’ve had so much support from those I love through trunk shows and interest in the Sseko story – it’s been wonderful to share this excitement with them. I also love the community of Sseko Sisters that I’ve gained through the Fellows program. There is a true sense of shared purpose and mission as we all set out to share our individual Sseko stories, and I absolutely love that aspect of the Fellows program.
Also, let’s get real – it’s ridiculously fun to be a Sseko “insider” and get to sneak peek new products before they’re launched. Last but not least, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a Stylist and helping my customers design their dream sandal. It’s amazing to be a part of a process from start to finish and watch your friends enjoy a beautifully handmade pair of sandals that they designed show up at their door! Okay – so that was four favorite parts.
What inspires your personal style?
Most days, you’ll find me in my “mom uniform” – either yoga pants and a tank or a cute-ish t-shirt and jeans. For the day-to-day, it’s easiest to wear clothes that can get dirty or messy while I play with my girls. When I do get fancy, I love a good maxi dress with my Sseko sandals and usually alllllll the Sseko bangles! I tend towards neutrals – my closet is full of gray, black and cream, and my favorite accessories are my Sseko leather bags in the saddle color – the brown tones in the leather are my jam.
What piece of the Brave Manifesto resonates most with you? Why?
How it’s made matters.
I’m a long-time Sseko superfan thanks to a dear friend of mine who has been wearing the ribbon sandals from the beginning. She’s also responsible for introducing me to the idea of ethical fashion in the first place, and for that, I am forever grateful. “How it’s made matters” is why I love Sseko. I love investing in a product and a company that is intentional in creating opportunity for those who may not have a chance otherwise, while also sourcing local and ethical materials for their products.
Ethical fashion can be a challenge – it’s hard to always ensure transparency from a company, but Sseko is breaking down walls between the consumer and manufacturer in a radical way.
When I wear Sseko, I am 100% confident that my product was crafted in a fair workplace, providing a job to women who are now able to pursue University or support their families financially.
What is your favorite piece in our Spring collection?
The Condé Necklace is my absolute favorite piece from this collection. The color combination of the gold-plating, brass and rose quartz is beautiful, and I love the length and shape of the necklace. I wear it weekly, if not daily to make my “mom uniform” a little more fancy. I love that it’s an understated statement necklace.