Big shoutout to SOMA for putting a Spring in my step through these bejeweled juttis!
Photos: Colten Avers
Shoes: SOMA | Romper: Forever21 | Jewelry: Miraya
Once upon a time, the idea of juxtaposing fashion from the East with that of the West sounded downright unachievable to me. But since I moved out here to the Bay Area, I've been endeavoring to expand this east-meets-west repertoire and I'm SO happy that so many of you have been able to connect with my aesthetic, and have even thanked me for showing you how to wear your precious Indian baubles! I should be the one thanking you for allowing me to share my quirks and stories, though! I think much of the inspiration to blend all that opulence of Indian accessories into my Western outfits comes to me through brands like Karachi, Pakistan-based SOMA; a footwear brand that embodies the very essence of contemporary South Asian fashion. [That and also the fact that off-late, I've been wearing > 4-inch heels almost everyday, and it was baaad news for my back and bunions :( ] When I stumbled upon what I like to call pillows for your feet, needless to say that my feet and spine were both in for a treat. The quality of both the outer leather and the inner cushion is unmatchable, and I'm currently guilty (not!) of wearing these hallmarks of comfort almost everyday!
"SOMA aims to build a bridge between the US and South Asia through fashion. We have re-invented the traditional jutti (ballet flat) to endure the urban demands of the American woman, " explained Mashal Thariani, co-founder of SOMA US. New York's SOMA launched in May 2016 with the aim of delivering high fashion footwear with an inherent ethnic flavor. It is delightful to see how the brand incorporates traditional Indian designs into their eclectic, modern handcrafted pieces. In addition to intricately beaded juttis and darling loafers with lace and bow details, the store also offers covetable everyday leather sandals in an array of colors. You'd be pleased to know that SOMA is a sustainable and socially responsible brand that consistently strives to improve the quality of life for factory workers via their standards of manufacturing.
Since there really is no better way to welcome Spring than a fresh powder blue hue with a hint of metallic, I reckon that you head over to SOMA's website to snag yourself a pair like this.
I'm bringing another east-meets-west look to the blog soon, one that might be of interest to you if you've completely exhausted your wedding-guest wardrobe. See you then!
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. It is spearheaded by the Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
Namrata R. Loka
Founder & Creative Director