Meet the designer behind Vavvoune’s beautiful handbags
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Valerie Blaise is the designer and founder of Vavvoune, an exciting new leather accessories brand that is taking NYC by storm with its exquisite and fresh interpretations of classic looks. In this episode of In The Know Style: Changemakers, Blaise shares how she went from learning to sew on YouTube to launching one of the most exciting new brands in the competitive New York fashion world.
Design has always been a part of Blaise’s life, since his childhood in Haiti.
âFashion and style have always been very fascinating to me,â Blaise told In The Know. âI was born and raised in Haiti until I was about nine years old. My grandmother was a fabric seller in Haiti, and I remember my mother always had her clothes made. So I have always been fascinated by her.
This fascination followed Blaise until her teenage years, when she made an online purchase that would change the course of her career as a designer.
âWhen I was 19 or 20, I bought a [vintage] bag online, and when that package got delivered and I opened the package, I was just elated and happy, inspired and excited, âsays Blaise. âThat’s when I knew the bags were what I wanted to design and create.
To launch his brand, Blaise learned to sew by watching videos online.
âI am very self-taught. I learned to sew on my own through YouTube and two-week courses, three-week courses at FIT, âBlaise told In The Know. âI think it’s really good as a designer to know how to make your products. “
Blaise is proud to find design inspiration everywhere. She describes herself as “very open and light-hearted” and is constantly watching for ways she can learn from her surroundings.
âI was in the clothing district in New York City, and saw this piece of hardware, and I just bought it, just because I really liked it,â Blaise says. “And a few days later, I started making bags from this material.”
For his leather pieces, Blaise wants the leather itself to tell a story and inspire, using bold colors and a clean design.
âI like leather. I want the leathers to be different. You know, I don’t want them to be fair, you know, that red leather that’s smooth. I want them to evoke an emotion when it comes to colors, âsays Blaise.
As his brand continues to grow, Blaise places high hopes on Vavvoune’s ever-growing influence.
âWe live in an age where to build a business or a brand you don’t have to follow protocol anymore,â Blaise told In The Know. âThis is actually what excites me the most, because there are no limits to the directions I want to take to develop my brand. “
For Blaise, being able to use Vavvoune as a platform where she and her clients can express themselves, while continuing to grow and adapt, is essential.
âI see Vavvoune being like, over there. As in artistic spaces and spaces that tell stories, âexplains Blaise. âThe way I design will always be exciting. And it’s always going to be spontaneous and it’s always going to be experiential. Without curiosity, Vavoonne would not exist.
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