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A closer look: Canterberry Cobalt

Canterberry Cobalt

In the coming days we’ll be previewing four new Fall offerings you’re sure to adore. We invited Vera Bradley’s Trend Reporter, Liz, to stop by and share more on the geometric goodness and likeable palette of our first reveal, Canterberry Cobalt.

Canterberry Cobalt

What inspired it …

“The overall narrative of this color is a glam design filled with ornate and intricate detail.  A primarily neutral range of black, white and silvery gray is punched up with a wonderful touch of cool cobalt. The simple color combination makes it incredibly easy to wear.”

How to wear it …

“Black and white with a pop of color will be really big this season, which is a simple trend to apply to your outfits, similar to the colorblock look. This color also looks perfect paired with denim or gray tweed, such as a tailored jacket. If you prefer something simple, opt for a monochromatic ensemble consisting of just black, charcoal, silvery gray or cobalt pieces and pair it with simple, silver jewelry to bring it all together.”

Shop Canterberry Cobalt when it arrives online and in stores
Thursday, September 19.

See the inspiration in pictures. Visit our Canterberry Cobalt board on Pinterest

Fashion news

dreaming of autumnIn just 10 short days, Fall will step out in Canterberry Cobalt, Bittersweet and Olivia Pink, with fresh styles and new places to go! Night or day, work or play, now’s the time to find a colorful look you love.

Shop these new colors when they arrive online and in stores Thursday, September 19, and be sure to stop by the blog all week for more on the inspiration behind our pretty new patterns.

Wear. What. How. [All in One Crossbody]

Ladies love options … this, we know. There’s nothing more fun than discovering a style that – with a quick adjustment – offers a completely different look or function. Why add just one style to your collection when you can have two in one? We adore our convertible offerings, and thought you might enjoy seeing all the ways the All in One Crossbody can adjust to your day. This style is for the girl who loves her options and appreciates both beauty and utility.

Check out the options for the All in One Crossbody  …

All in One Crossbody

With a place for everything, removable shoulder strap and removable wrist strap, this petite crossbody offers the ultimate in function and versatility. Wear it crossbody, as a wristlet or as a wallet tucked into a larger style.

Want more? Check out this post on the Puffy Reversible Tote and be sure to watch for Wear. What. How.

 

 

Something to Celebrate in September

Make the month a little brighter with our calendar of events that highlights your holidays and finds the functional in every day!

Download the calendar to use it as a colorful desktop background or print it out for a dose of delightful decor in your work or living space.

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August in Instagrams

1. A Neoprene Tech Wristlet and Ear Buds delivered the perfect afternoon playlist. 2. We packed up our Brush and Pencil (in Heather) and headed back to school. 3. The Company Picnic was a real homerun as employees and their families had a ball cheering on the home team. 4. We raised our frosty mugs and had a final toast to our summer interns with delicious floats. 5. More than 30 years of friendship was certainly cause to celebrate with, what else, a Vera. 6. Midnight Blues mixes and mingles well with other prints. 7. Time for lights out with our Lola PJs. 8. We added a splash of fresh color to the community during United Way Day of Caring. This is what August looked like in @verabradley Instagrams …

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August in instagrams

August in instagrams

Wear. What. How. [Puffy Reversible Tote]

Ladies love options … this, we know. There’s nothing more fun than discovering a style that – with a quick adjustment – offers a completely different look or function. Why add just one style to your collection when you can have two in one? We adore our convertible offerings, and thought you might enjoy seeing all the ways the Puffy Reversible Tote can adjust to your day. These styles are for the girl who loves her options and appreciates beauty and utility equally.

Now … let’s flip the Reversible Tote inside out …

Wear. What. How. Puffy Reversible Tote

Equipped with two totally lovable personalities, it’s easy to match your mood or wardrobe.  Choose between our Signature print or the complementary solid on the reverse side.

Want more? Check out this post on the Convertible Crossbody and be sure to come back next week for more Wear. What. How.

Polish off the look

Polish off the look: HeatherWe’re so fortunate to have Design Assistant Thuvan D. on our team. A lady of many talents, she is, among many impressive things, an amazing nail artist. “My family has a salon and I wanted to contribute,” she said. “So, during the summer, I went to beauty school to get my License of Cosmetology. Design was my forte already, so this was a great way to expand my skills.”

Her most challenging artwork was admittedly, “These Vegas nails I did! The client had cards, dice, poker chips, a martini glass and the famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign, which was so challenging because of all the detail.“

Working at the Vera Bradley Design Center, it’s only natural her coworkers would have a strong interest in Thuvan’s special skills. “The ladies in Product Development ask for tips and techniques, and I enjoy answering their questions. They love getting their nails done; especially in Vera Bradley prints. The gel nail colors (shellac) are very popular because they last up to 2-3 weeks, which is awesome.”

Polish off the look

For this post, Thuvan used the interior design from Heather as inspiration and created a magnificent manicure that’s fun, perfectly purple and – best of all – fairly easy to recreate at home. Follow her instructions for delightful digits that come with DIY bragging rights.

Polish off the look: Heather

Before you dip into the polish, Thuvan has a few final words of advice. “You need a steady hand, patience and an open mind when designing anything on a canvas this small. Start out with a basic design and build your skills from there, and remember, practice makes perfect.” You’ll be painting petals before you know it!

[Feel free to pick your own polishes. For this post, we used Maybelline Color Show in Tenacious Teal, Porcelain Party, Go Go Green, Fuschia Fever and Shocking Seas.]

Wear. What. How. [Convertible Crossbody]

Ladies love options … this, we know. There’s nothing better than discovering a style that – with a quick adjustment – offers a completely different look or function. Why add just one style to your collection when you can acquire one that equals two, or sometimes more? We adore our convertible offerings, and thought you might like to see how the way they can be carried can vary. These styles are for the gal who goes for versatility as well as good looks in her accessories. The one who gives utility and beauty equal weight. (Plus, they’re just really, really cool.)

Let’s set the Convertible Crossbody in motion, shall we?

Wear. What. How. Convertible Crossbody

This versatile style features handles that fold down and a long, adjustable shoulder strap, resulting in a three-way tie for cutest way to wear it. Inside, pockets aplenty keep the roomy interior organized.

Want more? Check out this post on the Strap Wallet, and be sure to come back next week for more Wear. What. How.

Material Matters – Perfectly Puffy

Perfectly Puffy

You might have noticed the Vera Bradley Fall 2013 collection features some very exciting new materials for the brand. We reached out to the outstanding design team for the story behind the pretty brilliant new collection, Perfectly Puffy.

Inside Stitch: How long has your team been working on this collection?

Helene K. (Sr. Product Designer): We started looking at different materials a year before Fall 2013 released. We wanted to offer our customers something a little different and fresh, but in our Signature patterns. We looked at many different options – nylon, poly – because we needed something that would show our colors as vibrantly as they appear on our cotton. It had to be shiny, but not too shiny. When we found the one, we loved it so much we decided to offer it in solid colors, too! The inside has our print, which is a nice surprise.
Rachel F. (Trend and Materials Coordinator): The material is influenced by athletic wear. This fall you will see track pants, hats and sneakers as everyday fashion. The fabric was light and had a sheen that caught your eye and set it apart.

Perfectly Puffy - Vera Bradley

Inside Stitch: What words would you use to define this collection?

Helene K.: Fun, light, bright, exciting and very colorful.

Inside Stitch: What were your major influences?

Helene K.: With all the new airline regulations, we are always looking for lightness. And we wanted to do something a bit more sporty.

Inside Stitch: What do you love, personally, about these styles?

Helene K.: First of all, I love the Puffy Reversible Tote. I can have a solid bag with fun prints inside, or, if I am wearing all solid, I can carry it with the print on the outside. It is so light and perfect for traveling. I also wear the Puffy Messenger often. It’s roomy and, again, so light. I can put everything I need in it when I go in the city, and have my hands free to carry all my shopping bags.

Perfectly Puffy Reversible Tote

Inside Stitch: This is a totally new look for Vera Bradley. Why do you think this was the right time?

Helene K.: I think our customers are ready for it. Since we are using our prints, it’s still familiar. It’s still says Vera Bradley and keeps the colorful spirit of the brand.
Liz M. (Trend Reporter): The trend calls for fabrications and styles that are bouncy and light. Perfectly Puffy creates a base for our pattern to be different and still embraces all the qualities that Vera Bradley is known for; lightweight, functional and high quality.
Rachel F.: Our inspiration for the season started with the theme, “Self Expression.” We explored this idea of how people express themselves through clothing, music, beauty and accessories. We wanted to give pieces that would stand out and be loud! So we went there. Taking everything bigger, shinier and bolder.

Perfectly Puffy Backpack

We love it! How about you? You can shop Perfectly Puffy now,
online and in stores.

Wear. What. How. [Strap Wallet]

Ladies love options … this, we know. There’s nothing better than discovering a style that – with a quick adjustment – offers a completely different look or function. Why add just one style to your collection when you can acquire one that equals two, or sometimes more? We adore our convertible offerings, and thought you might like to see how the way they can be carried can vary. These styles are for the gal who goes for versatility as well as good looks in her accessories. The one who gives utility and beauty equal weight. (Plus, they’re just really, really cool.)

First up, we set the Strap Wallet in motion …

Wear. What. How. [Strap Wallet]

A wallet by day and crossbody by night, the Strap Wallet features a long, detachable strap and magnetic snap closure. Carry it as a cute, pleated wallet or convert the handsome pattern into a hands-free purse.

Come back next week for more Wear. What. How.