Xiao Yang always chooses leather to match her jewelry.
One day, the Chinese influencer decided to embark upon a journey to be even more authentic — and never stopped.
It all started when she turned her prosthetic leg, a huge part of her everyday life, into a canvas to create something no one had ever seen before. With the help of Xiaoyu Zhang and Min Li, the designers behind the jewelry brand YVMIN, her prostheses became real treasures, an answer to a condition that won’t change, but can always find new meanings.
Along with that, Xiao presents her more than 20K followers with striking streetwear choices, almost always combined with leather shoes featuring daring edges. Definitely an eye-catching extra touch for her personal jewelry collection.
Now, society still tends to interpret all that involves assistive technology as something made to limit or imprison those who need it. Something that's not true at all.
So, why not transform artificial limbs, wheelchairs, and other launches that actually improve people with disabilities’ reality into real statements of what design and fashion should be about?
Although it’s not only about the unique jewelry prosthetics or her shoes, both of these aspects converge to the same thing: we need to be brave enough to be ourselves, and we can do it with the support of the best surfaces to help us write our own stories.
Utilitarian design keeps finding ways to meet people’s needs, reflecting on more social inclusion — Xiao being a great example of that — and promoting better buying choices as well.
As an example, the ever-lasting qualities we find in leather due to its triple collagen fibers make it a natural alternative to the synthetic liners that protect prosthetic legs.
Durable, reliable, capable of a great performance, and endowed with the ability to get even better over time: This is how both leather and prostheses present themselves to the world.
And we accept them with open arms.
Keep scrolling to see how Xiao reflects all of it through her fits.
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