African women are nurturers and builders, administrators and leaders. There is nothing we cannot do. Lawyers, doctors, nurses, soldiers, entrepreneurs; in every field or profession, you will find a woman who stands out, showing the rest of us, men and women, how it’s done.
This woman stands up, steps up and leaves her mark. This woman gives her body, her sweat, her blood and her tears to achieve her dreams. She pushes the extra mile, and then pushes even further for good measure. People stop and say of her ‘Now this is what we call a real African woman.’
At Buqisi-Ruux we celebrate this woman, through our African print high heels inspired by a single philosophy ‘We don’t just want you to look great, we want you to be great as well.’
We already know that incredible African women are full of fire and passion. But where does this passion come from? The answer is simple really: The Heart.
The heart has always been a symbol of compassion, affection, love. When somebody says that you learn something by heart, they mean that you make it a part of your psyche, of your being. Slow, steady, sure, constant-the heart represents the best aspects of our emotions. It almost seems strange that fire, fierceness, and a thirst to succeed should come from an organ so, for lack of a better word, chill.
We disagree, however, that the heart can’t be the source of fire. True strength doesn’t come from one’s ability to make things happen, that’s the easiest thing in the world to do, but rather from the ability to center and steady oneself. To be able to endure and face whatever comes your way with a laugh or a smile. A building is only as strong as its foundation.
Buqisi-Ruux is our labor of passion and love, an act of celebration. We put our love and our effort into our ‘wearable pieces of art’ which is what makes them so beautiful. Our effort and our strength comes from our foundation, from a single great woman who helped raise us and shape us.
JBK – TIMELESS AND SOULFUL
Our ancestral home had no gates, which aptly described our grandmother, JBK. She believed that anyone was welcome at the house and that having a gate was too much of a symbolic separation between people. She was the kindest, softest woman we knew, but also very firm. She had to be, raising 19 children.
What we remember most was how much she loved us. She was so involved in everyone’s life. She would call and check in on us no matter how far we all were. She had one of the most beautiful, heartiest laughs we have ever heard in a single human being. She was an active part of our lives, a link to our heritage and to our past.
When we started the Kwanza collection, with shoes inspired by incredible women in our lives, we knew, without a doubt, that one of our heels would be named after our grandmother. In green (to reflect the calming and relaxing energy that she had) and purple varieties (to highlight the high regard we had for her.) the JBK is a testament to everything our grandmother taught us about being a lady, a woman. Math time! Respect + Patience + Openness + Calmness + Determination = Strength.
Heart is the basis of everything, the foundation, the platform on which one jumps to greater heights. To have strength you need self-love, a strong heart.
Our grandmother loved and nurtured us which gave us the opportunity to grow and love ourselves. It is this love we share with the world through our heels today, hoping in our own little way that through them you discover your own heart, timeless and soulful like our grandmother.
Always Moving Women