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Vania & David

Vania & David

I have always had a deep rooted passion for bags and jewelry. As a child, I longed for rings, necklaces, purses, and Barbies. The first time I discovered a piece of jewelry, it was like magic to me! Jewelry represented the greatest amount of beauty that I could appreciate (besides dolls). It was like a fantasy - just seeing rings and necklaces...jewelry became my biggest obsession.

While on a trip with my parents, I got lost at a mall in Kentucky. I was twelve years old. During those two or three minutes, my mother said to my father, "Let's find the nearest jewelry store and we will find Vania." Sure enough, they found the nearby jewelry store, and there I was, calmly checking the price of a 14 karat gold necklace!

As a young woman, working a nine to five job, I realized that I would like to tap into my creativity and start my own business. In February, 2001, I had an idea for a bag. I discovered how to make my dream a reality! I told my friends at work that I was starting to make bags and one of my co-workers asked “how much?" I had not even thought of a price, I didn't even have the bag yet! Well, after a brief hesitation, I mentioned a price and my co-worker paid for the bag. Within three days, the very first Vania & David bag was finished. At this moment, the business was formed. I was 20.

Two years later, at the age of 22, I borrowed money (for the first time in my life) and bought a plane ticket. I decided to leave my hometown of Asuncion. I grabbed a suitcase and followed my dreams to the US.

What wasn't in my plan was meeting David in New York. We became very close, then became business partners, and now, he is my husband.

All of our jewelry is designed and handmade with love in the United States, while 95% of metals used are American made. We also have Made in America jewelry and Canvas Tote lines utilizing 100% American made components.

We are honored to have had our products featured in a number of movies, magazines, and most recently, on the runway in Bronx & Banco SS2022 during NYFW!

My parents raised me with the philosophy to: "do it all the way, or don't do it at all." This is why every single Vania & David piece is done with a strive towards excellence. Each and every detail is the reflection of this philosophy. Each of our products is meticulously handcrafted. Every stone we utilize is hand selected. Each piece of leather is handpicked.

I am fascinated by contrast, simplicity, luxury, beauty, and boldness. My job is to transmit beauty and love through my work. I believe that happiness can be found in the appreciation of beauty. Wearing a piece from Vania & David can never be flashy, it can only be spectacular!

- Vania

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