Wildflower: A Memoir (Hardcover)
This “empowering and inspirational” (People) memoir of struggle and perseverance offers new ways of envisioning economic equality for everyone—from a leading activist and fashion pioneer.
“With community and sisterhood at its center, Wildflower teaches us that against all odds, we can overcome.”—Rupi Kaur, New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey
A BLOOMBERG AND HARPER’S BAZAAR BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
Aurora James’s life is a great American “success story”—precisely because it looks so different from others we’ve seen. Scouted as a teen model, James struggled with body image and became disenchanted by the industry’s objectification of women and commodification of race. After she’d hit rock bottom, dropping out of high school and being arrested for street racing, she was forced to reshape her life. A slew of fashion-related jobs led James to discover the power of the runway, and she started her own business in a flea market: a sustainable fashion line showcasing traditional African designs that would become an award-winning international brand.
Already a rising star and trailblazer in fashion, she posted a revolutionary idea in the wake of George Floyd’s murder that challenged retailers to commit 15 percent of their shelf space to Black businesses. This became the Fifteen Percent Pledge, one of the fastest-growing social justice nonprofits. To date, more than two dozen of the world’s most recognized retailers have taken the pledge, redirecting $14 billion in annual revenue to Black and BIPOC brands.
Wildflower is the riveting story of how Aurora James made an indelible mark on the American economic system and a rallying cry for those eager to make change.
About the Author
Aurora James is the creative director and founder of the luxury accessories brand Brother Vellies, founder of the Fifteen Percent Pledge, and vice chair of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. A Toronto native, James lives in Los Angeles and New York City.
“Empowering and inspirational.”—People
“Inspiring. . . . Wildflower is true to its name, sharing a story of someone who bloomed despite obstacles and dedicated herself to beauty inside and out even when doing so wasn’t so simple.”—Town & Country
“Wildflower is a stunning story of grit, grace, and resilience. Aurora James takes us on a vivid journey through a life informed by creativity, vision, and an indefatigable entrepreneurial spirit while always staying grounded in her commitment to the highest principles and values. . . . A must-read!”—Huma Abedin, New York Times bestselling author of Both/And
“A very inspiring modern tale from a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul.”—Diane von Furstenberg, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman I Wanted to Be
“This is a story of a woman who can do anything she sets her mind to, and in telling her story, shows us that we can too. With community and sisterhood at its center, Wildflower teaches us that against all odds, we can overcome.”—Rupi Kaur, New York Times bestselling author of milk and honey
“Wildflower is revealingly touching, thought-provoking, and almost revolutionary in its sharing of Aurora James’s eternal optimism. It’s a must-read for all young women on living their truth, finding safety and strength in sisterhood, and doing it all with grace and grit.”—Iman
“In Wildflower, Aurora James writes beautifully about where she has been and what it took to move the needle to make a difference. She may make it look easy, but her memoir reveals that that is far from the truth. Change takes caring, and James has given her life purpose—and we get to benefit from it.”—Bethann Hardison