Thursday, April 9, 2009

Timeless Design

From my first foray into vintage clothing until now, I've loved the classic yet fun designs of Vera Neumann. For a few dollars, I could instantly make my bland outfit bold and sassy using a scarf from her collection.
Stunning Orange Vera Scarf, Available on Rubylane

Vera began her business in her NYC apartment alongside her partner & husband George Neumann. This first foray was placemats which they sold to the B. Altman department store. Her patterns were an immediate success thus encouraging Vera to try different items, such as tablecloths and other kitchen ware. In the 1960s, she began designing her fabulous scarves.

Vera for Anthropologie

What an inspiration to women entreprenuers! From her humble beginnings to her amazing success, Vera is a wonderful story of how one woman (and her husband) can make it!

Vera for Anthropologie

Vera combined colors in new and exciting ways - Certainly not your grandmother's scarves (unless you have an uber hip grannie and thus I salute you)!
Whimsical animal Vera Scarf, available here

Anthropologie has now commissioned the Vera company to make some exclusive items for their stores and catalogues. Anthro is my favorite store and it only makes sense that they too appreciate the Vera designs.

Lovely Poppy long scarf, available here

Even Vera's signature is artistic and refreshing... One of her icons is the lady bug, which she chose as her trademark to symbolize "good luck, long life and happiness."

I personally feel Vera's designs are currently under valued. Many are available online for less than $10. An original piece of artwork for $10- What a bargain! I believe her vintage items will become more valuable in the up coming years, especially since savvy stores like Anthropologie are taking notice of Vera designs.

Here's hoping you find a Vera treasure in your thriftin' forays...