The lovely Mollie Rose Houston, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Wednesday Edit, recently visited the VVA Studio and here is what she thought.....
As a self-confessed handbag hoarder I have all kinds of bags in various styles, shapes, functions and sizes. And I still linger and lust for more as its an addiction that I'm happy to fund!
I am always on the look out for cool and funky brands for my next purchase and that is exactly how I came across VVA Handbags.
VVA Handbags are a Scottish-born (and local to me) luxury handbag company who specialise in creating functional and stylish handbags to help the woman on the go earn her style stripes.
VVA feature beautifully crafted leather handbags with serious fashion points. With interchangeable front pouches to switch up your look from day to night and ingenious accessories to personalise your bag, there are endless ways to show off your style - its like "Lego for adults"
I was recently lucky enough to visit the founder of VVA, Sarah Haran and talk to her about the vision of the company and of course, have a tour around her fantastic studio. (Which for a handbag addict like me, it was very hard not to pitch a tent and live in it!)
Her whole process behind the design of every bag starts in her studio. Whilst she has a manufacturer to deal with her website orders, Sarah handmakes every bespoke bag that is made specifically to a client's order. Talk about bespoke!
Sarah uses bespoke iron 'knives' that she cuts her high-quality leather with. Using her press she aligns every sheet of leather carefully to ensure that the best quality pieces are used in every bag.
When she has completed her cutting process, she then has the opportunity to personalize her bags if the customer requested, with her embosser. Which as the kid who has an awkward name growing up, I LOVE personalisation on anything!
Once all her cutting and editing is finished then the real fun begins, the construction. Sarah has a beautiful studio that she constructs every bespoke bag to the highest quality. And if that wasn't enough, her studio is a wonder emporium of possibilities and opportunities for your bag.
From every style of front pouch to straps, tassels and pom poms you could imagine, the possibilities are endless!
We started off by diving right in and looking at all her new products and her exclusives, which we were quickly putting together funky styles and creating new ideas for bag concepts.
Then it came to the hardest part, deciding which bag I would design for myself. Which when you have a plethora of colours and styles in front of you and you have an aforementioned handbag addiction, it was very easy for me to go just a little crazy.
I love leopard print. There isn't any getting away from that fact. But I also love my own personal style which I have a balance of classy and edgy. Which is exactly why VVA is my personal perfect brand. And I will love them for years to come.
I am also a lover of the colour navy. As much as I love a good chic black handbag, I wanted to incorporate my favourite colour into my wardrobe through luxury accessories to elevate my style game.
So it's no surprise what my dream handbag turned out like. Navy, leopard print and damn bloody gorgeous in my opinion.
Oh, and check that pom pom action!
With the possibility to have my chic navy handbag during the day and my funky leopard print clutch by night, I was ready for the endless possibilities and mentally started planning my outfits to style out my bag.
Working with the beautiful Sarah was a dream come true. She has created the most stylish, fashion forward but functional brand of bags that answer so many questions of women all over the globe; "I want to look good but I also want functionality!"
She does it with aplomb and is the ultimate boss at it. Her brand is a credit to her own tenacity, dedication and fashion vision that is ultimately refreshing in the fashion industry. She built a brand on the basis of answering women's dilemmas while being able to "carry their lives in style" and for that a respect her massively.
Sarah is one of the incredible women who built her own brand and nourished it into a growing success. She's inevitably passionate about her brand and is proud of her achievements. And so she should be, she is changing the luxury fashion market with her beautiful style and combining that high fashion, runway style with high functionality is answering the prayers of women tenfold.
This functionality is her whole branding and its what drew me to the brand in the first place. These bags ain't no ugly 'practical' rucksack. These are high fashion, runway inspired bags that have been designed by a top London designer.
So let's talk about these beauties. The main bag I was kindly gifted by Sarah is the Dahlia. The Dahlia is one of her totes that come in a range of colours, with the strap, chain and front clutch all included in the same shade.
Then the fun begins. The personalisation starts. You have the option to add extra clutches, pom poms, straps and tassels in any print, colour and combination that you'd like.
Just look below at the three ways I styled the Dahlia!
All I added to the Dahlia was two clutch bags and a pom pom and I have so many different looks. And I am not finished there!
The clutches can also be used as individual bags!
See my edit below;
It is so easy to see how easy it is to change your look with VVA. With prices ranging from £70 to £350 there is a product that will fit you, your style and your budget and give you a serious fashion edge to boot.
VVA is a brand that I have fully fallen head over heels with their concepts, their brand and their creator. I believe that no woman should compromise style and functionality. Regardless if you are a busy mother, a high profile business woman or even a bonified Mary Poppins like myself, I believe that VVA is the brand for you, and you will fall in love with them too.
Please check out the brand's website here, and have a peek at their social media links below, however, be warned - you are about to enter serious fashion envy territory! Credit cards at the ready then...