The official blog of Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week. September 19-27, 2013. info(at)buffalofashionweek(dot)com
Originally from Paraguay, Vania Leticia began creating handbags in 2001. Eleven years later, Vania & David’s handbag and jewelry business, based in Buffalo, is still growing and adding fabulous pieces to closets around the world.
Vania grew up in Asunción, Paraguay, and had a passion for bags and jewelry from a very young age. She tells a story about her grandmother showing her all of her authentic leather purses and how much she admired them. At 20, Vania created her first bag and shortly after, moved to New York City to grow her blooming business. While living in NYC, she met David, a Buffalo native, who became her business partner and later, her husband.
Vania & David products are based on the philosophy, “quality not quantity.” Every handbag and wallet is handcrafted in Paraguay from 100 percent genuine leather, and every piece of jewelry is handmade in the United States with 85 percent of the materials also from the US. The quality and care for each product is evident in Vania’s passion and love for everything she creates:
“There is something amazing about everything I design (bags or jewelry), something special about each of them that draws me to create them. Each of them is a necessity in my closet!”
Vania is thrilled to be a sponsor for Mercedes-Benz of Buffalo Fashion Week 2012, mostly because she can’t wait to share what she and David do with the community. Vania & David products will be shown in the October issue of British VOGUE, and later this year, will be in a feature film!
Their business is constantly looking for new inspiration and new ways to expand and improve.
“We learn constantly, every day working, another design, another extra stitch, everything is taking us toward excellence.”
Here is one of Vania & David’s Hand-Tooled Totes.
And this is their Animal and Brass Shorty necklace.
To see more Vania & David products, visit their website, www.vaniaanddavid.com and get your tickets to the main event at Statler City where their products will be featured! You can also read more about Vania & David from their interview on Handbag Designer 101.