Zora Neale Hurston

Released in March, during Women's history month, The ELLE collection is inspired by strong women who impacted our society and made a change in our culture.
All over the world, women have been fighting for our rights and equality and sacrificed for generations to come.

Named after a few of these women, this collection is an ode to their strength.

We hope that each of our pieces will adorn you and make you feel beautiful throughout your day and that reading about these women will remind you about your strength and how you can influence big changes in your lives.

-Anne Harrill, head designer and owner of Océanne


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"There are years that ask questions and years that answer."

Zora Neale Hurston is a well-known American author best known for her 1937 work Their Eyes Were Watching God. In addition to being a prolific novelist, she was also an anthropologist who studied racial struggles in the South and Haitian voodoo.  In the 1920s, Hurston was one of the central Harlem Renaissance writers and part of the Niggerati. While a part of it, she and her contemporaries, including Langston Hughes, published Fire!!, a literary magazine, in 1926. Throughout the next couple of decades, Hurston published a variety of novels, essays and field studies. In 1937, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship to research spiritual practices in Jamaica and Haiti. She published her findings in Tell My Horse (1938).  
Despite having several published works including essays, short stores and novels, Hurston lived in relative obscurity for most of her life.  She spent the last decade of her life relatively unknown and a post-humous resurgence came about due to the 1975 Alice Walker article titled "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston". 
Today, she is widely recognized as one of the influential African American writers and a leading writer of the Harlem Renaissance. 

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