Why did I say that?
I am infamous for saying things that come back to bite me.
It all started when I would see my mom carrying patterned purses all the time. One day, she asked if I wanted to go look at Vera Bradley purses, to which I replied, “Mom, I will never carry one of those old women purses!”
My, how Things Change
More than 75 Vera Bradley items later, I am truly eating my own words.
Vera Bradley has become a staple in my wardrobe. There isn’t a day that you won’t see me with some sort of Vera Bradley purse or accessory.
After my first purchase, I became a huge fan of the functionality of Vera’s purses. But I couldn’t stop there. Next, I had to buy the matching wallet, make-up-bag and overnight bag.
I was officially obsessed; and nothing has changed.
Small Town Girl
I grew up in a small town with only one store that sold Vera Bradley. I got to know the two women who owned the store on a first name basis and whenever new merchandise would come in, they would call me to let me know. So within 10 minutes, I would drive downtown and look at the new patterns. I knew some women who would go to the store and have to buy everything in the same pattern. But my favorite is to buy different patterns that go with different outfits during all four seasons.
Through the Years
As the years go on, I’m constantly excited for the new products that Vera Bradley brings out four times a year. In fact, the new patterns for winter ’11 will debut in stores September 22, but you can get a sneak peak on the official Vera Bradley Blog now.
My latest purchase, which I have been praying Vera Bradley would create, was a stadium blanket. With fall right around the corner, this is the perfect item to keep you warm on a
chilly night at a football game. I chose the Mocha Rouge pattern, which is my favorite of the four fall ’11 patterns.
A Little Background
According to the Vera Bradley website, the company was founded by Patricia Miller and Barbara Bradley Baekgaard in 1982 after going on vacation and realizing how unstylish women’s luggage looked. The company is named after Veronica Bradley, Barbara Baekgaard’s mother. Veronica Bradley herself even worked for the company as a sales representative until she passed away in the early 1990’s.
For the past 27 years, these two co-founders have been creating stylish, distinctive quilted cotton purses and accessories that are loved by millions of women worldwide.
Vera Bradley headquarters is located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is also home to the famous outlet sale, where thousands of women go once a year to get great deals on all Vera products.
More to Come
I hope you have enjoyed my first post on my new blog! Thanks to my class, PR Online, I will be writing about a topic I’m passionate about and I hope you will check back often for product reviews, gift ideas and the occasional post focused on public relations.
Even if you aren’t as obsessed with Vera Bradley as I am, can you remember your first Vera purchase? I’d love to hear about it.