A mother is many things, each of equal weight and strength. We are honored to journey with her through everything—wherever she may go.
Each year, we continue to celebrate mothers of all kinds. Expecting moms, adoptive moms, bonus-moms, those trying so very hard to become moms, moms we’ve lost, moms who make birthdays and Tuesdays special. To aunts, grandmothers, and friends who are like moms—offering guidance and love when we need it the most.
As part of our #ThoseWhoMother campaign, we sat down with Gloria & Ennis—best friends who see each other as mother figures. The pair spoke candidly about their nurturing friendship, relationships with their own mothers, and the meaningful heirloom jewelry they’re wearing alongside Kinn pieces.
“I’ve lost both my parents in the last five or six years and Ennis has been a real rock for me. Just being that sort of friend that you don’t need to ask, they just know what to say at the right time.” —Gloria
Gloria recounted the ways in which her mom shaped her into who she is. “Everything I know about working or resilience comes from my mom. She lost her mom when she was really young, like 3 or 4, and that had a huge impact which I can never really understand. I think that affected her mothering style. She always wanted to give us everything and be there for us.”
Gloria’s definition of mothering stems partly from her Ghanaian background. “I’m quite a nurturing person, it’s something that comes naturally to me. In Ghanaian culture, if someone is older then you call them aunty.”
When her mom passed in 2019, Gloria received a piece of jewelry from Ennis and friend Mia. “This necklace and pendant, it’s got S on one side and G on the other side. My mum’s name is Sophia. It’s just so thoughtful. I wear it often and it makes me think not just of my mum, but of my wonderful friends.”
I have a great relationship with my mum, she is one of the best people I know. She also lost both her parents really young. She’s just done everything for me. She’s gone without plenty of times to make sure me and my sister have things. I feel really grateful to have her. And, if not with my own children, I hope to do the same for somebody else, what she’s done for me.” —Ennis
While she is close with her mom, Ennis recognizes Gloria as a mother figure in her life. “Gloria has gone above and beyond in terms of coming to pick me up when I was at quite a low point. And it was one of the most amazing things anyone has ever done [for me].”
Wearing her mom’s blue sapphire eternity wedding band, Ennis describes her mom’s generosity. “She would go without so anyone else could have anything. When there are special occasions, she never asks for anything. The fact that she lets me wear [this] is really special. She only wears sapphire and I love that.”
Shop Gloria & Ennis’s looks here.