Monday, November 30, 2009

Moving homes

Today is the Moving day...
All other work aside, till mission is accomplished.  My etsy shop is swept out after the 2 previous shows. Can't wait to get back on the creative wagon.

Will re-stock SWAG! clutches and small totes. Unfortunately, due to active sales I had to pass on being featured in Haute Handbags magazine this spring. I've sold out the items they were interested in - but maybe fall will prove lucky for me?..

In the mean time, there are another dozen boxes waiting to be packed.... Tired - but excited to fill and personalize my new home in Gastown....

For now - just hold on to the hat! Really.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Gastown X-mas Shop Hop

December 3rd:  5pm to 9 pm

A bunch of Gastown stores will stay open after their usual hours, offering 15 - 20% discounts on goodies, treats and great X-mas spirit(s).

Have a look at the flier and shortlist your faves.

More details on discounts in each store here

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

BCTF/ BC Coastal Health Authority Craft fair

My next show is happening today, 25 November;
12-2 pm at the BC Teachers' Federation building; 550 West 6th Ave, Vancouver.
This event is not limited to the two buildings mentioned above - if anyone'd like to come and have a look, the Reception will be glad to help you..

Friday, November 20, 2009

Fab Fair - my first craft show EVER! !!!!! (Holy sh...)

My new Spring 2010 Intro collection is getting it's launch at this fabulous show. I was really taken by the idea of FabFair when I first visited it in June. I knew right then, I would like to be a part of it, but was not expecting to achieve it in my first 7 months of working as an accessories designer.

Happy 7 month birthday to my line Jola V. designs

Please, come and say 'Hi' - and once you mention my blog postings, get your 15 % off of both Jaki Tote and Jaki Shoulder bags... - based on availability - my appologies in advance, so far they've been fleeing the nest fast.

Wish me luck - this is THE first show, launch of collection, -  I feel so privileged.....

Summary of my Spring 2010 Intro Collection

   Well, after several months of intense part timing, a lot of over-extended lunch breaks at my job, some late night patterning, and skipped fun times, numerous trips to sewing supplies stores and loads of broken needles later, I have come up with this modest sellection of bags, many of which will see the light of day for the first time later this month at Fab Fair, at the beautiful Heritage Hall, Van, BC.

Come, visit me at my launch - see next post for details.

The Elf - Uber stylich shopping bag. Large, pentagon shaped shoulder bag with a drawstring closure, ajdustable strap, cotton or linen lining, featuring 3 pockets inside.

Fully finished liquidated upholstery cowhide.
Measures: height  - 34 cm
Width across bottom - 30 cm
Strap length - 84 - 99 cm.

Colours: Brandywine, Overcoloured Deep Brown
Comes with metal grommets and no hardware finishes

Ladette - party bag with overnight perspective. Medium sized shoulder slouch with zipper closure. Shoulder strap is adjusted by a tie. Mostly lined in cotton. Featuring 3 poskets inside.

Colours vary - mauves, black for liquidated garment thickness leather;  variuos limited edition colours and front details for recycled leather.

Comes  as #1 - patchwork detail to the front.
#2 - a knot detail in the front
#3 - herringbone fringe added to the front
Other limited editions for recycled leather avaialble too.

Measures: Lenght at top - 50 cm
Depth - 35 cm
Strap - 90 - 113 cm

Kerry -  unique and highly complemented all purpose bag. Medium sized suede shoulder bag with long fringe and zipper closure. Lined with cotton, features 3 pockets. Extendible strap can be worn in long or short manner.

Measures: lenghth - 50 cm
Depth - 30 cm
Strap - 60 - 120 cm

Colours : Tan, Mocha, Royal Blue;
Limited edition: Deep Plum, Rosepetal

Heavy Duty Ladette - Great work and weekend bag; gentrified version of Ladette. Medium to large slouchy 2 strap tote, could be transformed into a shoulder bag. Made of 4 - 4.5 oz. liquidated upholstery cowhide, finished or distressed.

Strap attached with a tie, magnetic clasp closure and a zipper pocket on the shell. Unlined, no hardware. Simply beautiful.
Colours: Latte (distressed)
Burnt Red (finished)
Black (finished)

Jaki - medium to large shoulder and tote bags for both business and adventures. Made of thicker - 4 - 4.5 oz Oil Treated or European upholstery cowhide, these bags have great texture and durability. The shoulder bag edition features lace-up design in the front, closes with a magnetic clasp and are unlined. Enjoy looking and touching the sueded side of leather.
Inside somew bags you will find a complementary patchwork pouch to be used as additional private storage. It's made of the leather scraps left over from bag production, part of my Zero Waste intention.

Shoulder bags:
Measures: Height: 34 cm; Width across bottom - 25 cm; Strap: 105-115 cm.
Made of oil treated unfinished cowhide;
Colours: Deep Brown, Mocha Tan.

Tote Bags:
Measures: Length: 54 cm ;
Depth at centre - 23 cm  ; Strap - 80 - 120 cm
Made of liquidated European 4-5 oz upholstery cowhide
Colours: Caramel, Burnt Red, Wedding White, Black.

Stark - limited availability large shoulder bag with copper rivet design across the shell. Large, roomy rock-n-roll themed bag, with lots of decorative and structural hardware - and style. Lined with cotton, has zipper closure and sits flat with the wearer's body.

This bag is limited availability, and mostly for special orders or events. Made of sturdy liquidated upholstery cowhide.


SWAG!  by Jola V. - a quirky and humorous sub-line, featuring small and limited selection of various sized cluthces, wrist bags, pouches and small totes.

All in budget pricing range, often one of a kind. SWAG! was created with an idea to make some of my leatherwork available for varied ages, budgets and tastes of customers. Also it is a great way to take care of left over leather scraps, re-use parts or re-work older styles into something new and unique. All sizes, all materials, lots of fun.

Renata - Slouch bag with gathered sides detail.  (pics coming soon -pls., forgive a busy designer...)Can be worn as a tote or shoulder bag. Magnetic clasp closure, unlined, features one structural pocket in the front. Roomy, bohemian, soft. Internal capasity can be adjusted by loosening gathering ties.
Made of garment cowhide. Great for weekend and time out, especially if you're an urbanite who loves a good countryside vacation...
Measures: Lenghth: 37 cm
Depth: 29 cm
Shoulder strap:100 cm
Tote handles: 75 cm

And that is it so far - hope these little friends bring as much joy to the new beholders, as they did when I made them.

Also - keep an eye out for my up-coming annual line of hopefully clothing and accesories made with new and recycled materials - TRIFFtextiles

best wishes for the new year of 2010 -
With lots of love -


Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fashion Trunk Sale in the Acacia Hair Boutique

What: Fashion Trunk Sale at Acacia Hair Boutique - Next Sat & Sun!

When: November 29, 2009 12:00 PM

Acacia Hair Boutique
102-580 Hornby Street
Vancouver, BC V5K 0A1
604 688 9550

Are you desperately in need of a (affordable!) sexy new dress for the holiday party season? Maybe you really want your hair done for that special night out but you're on a serious budget? Well here is your chance to beat the holiday rush to do some shopping AND get an incredible deal on hair and nail services!

Fresh Out has teamed up with Acacia Hair Boutique to bring you a Fashion Trunk Sale on Sat and Sun Nov 28 &29. Acacia Hair Boutique will host Fresh Out at their brand new gorgeous location downtown at 102 – 580 Hornby St by Dunsmuir – just 1 block from the Burrard Skytrain for you commuters!

Pick up an adorable pair of heels to update your outfit, an eye popping party dress, a sexy leather trench to keep you warm, trendy denim, cute tops, a new handbag, or some accessories to pull everything together. There are tons of items for only $5 - $50!

Anyone attending the sale will receive 20% off any service offered at Acacia including cuts, colour, blow dry’s, mani’s and UV gel nails! Good news for those of you gifting on a budget: the coupons are transferable so you could even give the coupon as a gift!

Get here: Acacia Hair Boutique 102 – 580 Hornby St by Dunsmuir 604 688 9550

When: Sat 28th from 10 – 5 & Sun 29th from 12 – 5

Hope to see you there!

Feel free to email or call Janine if you have any questions! or (778) 928 - 5959.

Learn more here:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dress To Your Own Beat fashion show on Van Isle - showcasing my bags

If you happen to be on Vancouver Island in the end of this November, do not miss Dress to Your Own Beat - a dinner and a fashion show event, brought to you by Herb'N Wear, Broken Spoke and Jipsi Clothing Movement, showcasing local BC designers. One of them happens to be yours truly - me - and a few of my little leather friends will put their best looks on for this event...

Just to warn you - they're so cute, you may be wanting to take them home....

Follow the link to find out the dates, location, where to get tickets and prizes you can win...

All details here

Private shopping with Penelope Foo @ Manhattan's Lounge

Wine, holiday fun + bag shopping with Penelope Foo.
Details here:

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cokluch - Montreal brand and my best ever recycled leather discovery

I was excited to visit Circle Craft Christmas market for the first time this year. Now, I am even more  keen - after discovering Cokluch, a QC design company, making most amazing wares from recycled leather.
I have been pondering to write about leather recycling for quite some time now, but I think this brand deserves a separate mentioning.

Cokluch makes reworked jackets, vests, earrings, cuffs, hats and handbags - all out of recycled Cuir, finished with unique screnprint designs. Pairing  coulours and layering of materials in each piece is astounding, it's not only giving a 'new life' to leather, it is giving it a 'better life'.

I fell in love with Mimi, Zazi, Chikita and other lovely sacs, - too bad, I think, in the race of successful leather recycling, I have to announce our East Coast neighbour as The Winner in 2009.

Unique, different, versatile - no sign of crunchy.

Cokluch is exibiting in Circle Craft X-mas Market, Nov. 11 - 15, Vancouver Convention centre.