Upon my second week in Houston I met a wonderful young woman named Francesca, who is the owner of Brio & Co., a platform for sharing beautiful hand-made Italian shoes, and the story that comes with each pair. "Brio" is a word of Italian origin, defined as "the quality of being active or spirited." It is another word for "life force." (Gotta love the Italians!) The mission of Brio & Co. is to handpick quality brands not ordinarily found in the shopping scene, visit the manufacturers in their workshops in Italy, learn about their work and bring limited quantities of selected footwear and accessories as true storytellers, preserving the artisan spirit and flair. For Francesca, "It's really about stories, passion & shoes." I couldn't agree more.
Check out some of my top picks below and be sure to use promo code "SHOPWITHVAL" (all caps) at checkout in order to receive 10% off your purchase!
Oh, and if you're wondering what to get me for the holidays this year I'll take one of these insanely adorable coin purses. That's how you make a statement with change!