We’re so unbelievably lucky at O2 Monde to be embraced and surrounded by such a loving, supportive, kind, and amazing community of supporters, customers, and friends who we consider our tribe! You inspire us every day and we couldn't be more grateful! We at O2 Monde thought it was time to shine the light on some of you. To celebrate who you are, and your achievements, and formally introduce you as a member of our beloved community.
It is our pleasure and privilege to introduce, Bryanna Samuels, the lucky winner of the collaboration between SCRAP and O2 Monde. SCRAP is an NYC-based company whose mission is to help save the planet by collecting unwanted clothes. Our collaboration was to raise awareness about the importance of recycling.
Bryanna, take a bow...
Bryanna, tell us a little bit about yourself…
I live in NYC since graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s in Finance and Entrepreneurship. I was awarded Eller College of Management’s Female Outstanding Scholar as well as the Finance Department’s Outstanding Senior Award. A fun fact about myself, I competed in the Miss NY USA Beauty Pagent. This experience helped me achieve my goal of self-discovery, it was far outside my comfort zone but in the end, it was a huge confidence booster.
What made you enter the contest with O2 Monde & Scrap?
Well for starters I wanted to take some of the clothing I no longer wear and recycle them, get them into the hands of someone else who will love them. Keep my old clothing out of landfills and try to be more aware and conscious of how I live. SCRAP made it so convenient, they offer a free pick-up service right from my apartment and they worked around my schedule. Then I saw O2 Monde and learned all about what an amazing company it is, the vegan shoes are gorgeous. The branding message was cohesive and incredibly thoughtful and very much resonated with me.
So which shoe did you select as the winner?
I chose the Daphne Pump in black.
What do you like most about the O2 Monde Daphne Pump?
When I found out I was the winner I was very surprised and excited. Upon receiving the package from O2 Monde, I was touched by the thoughtfulness and care that went into the packaging. The card that was sent along by the owner, Mirco Scoccia was special and a nice touch, the shoes were absolutely stunning and delivered perfectly. It was refreshing to see the genuine, deliberate execution of even the smallest detail.
The Daphne pump is not only elegant and classy but a standout, it helps me express my personality and I love that they are vegan and sustainable. With such tremendous quality and fit, I wear them to work, comfortably all day. I also love the metal grommet detailing that allows it to be something I can wear in the evening.
Sustainability means something different to each of us, what are some goals you have to live more eco-friendly?
My goal is to incorporate more sustainable and vegan brands into my fashion decisions. I would like to incorporate more second-hand and vintage clothing into my wardrobe. I’m also going to start looking at the brands I buy from for full transparency and authenticity. Oh yes, and at home separate my recyclables better!
What can we see in the future from you Bryanna?
I’ve discovered that one of my purposes in life is to help girls and women achieve their life goals, especially those that are marginalized and underserved. I’m very committed to working philanthropically to use my voice and community to continue growing my platform.