Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Retired Vera Bradley

Bees (July 2003 - January 2005) Miller Bag
Vera Bradley had a great run, from, roughly the early to mid 1990s to around 2006.  During this time, it sold a series of cotton quilted bags, with gentle, pretty fabrics, produced in the United States, for prices that were accessible to many.

Note: This entry consolidates previous Vera Bradley entries.

Katherine; Pink Pansy; Nantucket Navy; Apple Green; Bermuda Pink; Maison Blue; Delft; Royal; Pinwheel Pink; Greenfield; Hope; Petal Pink; Citrus

Items from that run can be tracked down through places like eBay.  Here are some favorite patterns and styles.

Classic Retired  Patterns

Bees (first photo)

Citrus; Maison Blue; Pink Pansy

Left to Right: Citrus ((January 2006 - July 2007) Large Duffel; Maison Blue (January 2002 - July 2004) Large Duffel; Pink Pansy (January 2003 - January 2005) Large Duffel


Hope (January 2002- January 2004) Vera


Greenfield (January 2000 - January 2002)  Tote


Delft (January 1991 - January 1996)  Small Tote


Royal (July 1992 - January 1998) Vera


Elizabeth (January 1997 - January 2003) Villager (one of the longest running patterns)


Provence (January 1994 - January 1996) - Miller Bag



Citrus (January 2006 - July 2007)  Tote

Miller Bag

Apple Green (January 2004 - 2006) Miller Bag

Bermuda Pink (January 2005 - January 2007) Miller Bag


Bermuda Pink (January 2005 - January 2007) Satchel

Bermuda Pink (January 2005 - January 2007) - Satchel

Mimi Backpack and Backpack

The Mimi Backpack on the right (in Maison Blue) was replaced by the Backpack on the left (in Petal Pink).

Bees (July 2003 - January 2005) Mimi Backpack

Paddy Bag

The Paddy Bag above (in Royal) was replaced by the Betsy below, (in Pinwheel Pink).


Pinwheel Pink (January 2008 - May 2009) Betsy

Small Duffel

Katherine (January 2004 - July 2005) - Small Duffel


Wallets with cloth interiors (left) were joined by wallets with a less pleasing nylon interior, right.

Wallet With Strap in Nantucket Navy

A Variety of Wallet Styles


Apple Green (January 2004 - July 2006)  Vera

Apple Green (January 2004 - 2006) - Original Vera on left; updated Vera on right

Delft (January 1992 - January 1996) Vera

Care and Cleaning of Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley bags are one hundred percent cotton and can just be spot cleaned and air dried.

Or if something stronger is needed, they can be machine washed.   Just be sure to take out the cardboard base if there is one.  Some prefer to turn them inside out to keep fading at bay, as over time multiple washings will eventually fade them, although a gently faded Vera bag is not always a bad thing.  Again, air dry.

Other Images

Riviera Blue (January 2008 - October 2008) - Cell Phone Case

Petal Pink (January 2008 - Novermber 2007)  Bucket Tote and Umbrella

Pinwheel Pink (January 2008 - May 2009) - Large Backpack  - This roughly marked the beginning of the era of "bolder prints" and manufacturing in China.

Cosmetic Bags Small and Large, Some with Handles, Some with Bows

Backpacks in Bermuda Pink, Apple Green, and Petal Pink

Fligors, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard -  "The first store in the country to carry Vera Bradley." - Carol Fligor, February 2012


Joyce North said...

Fortunately, I have several items with these older and favored patterns - all from eBay. I don't understand why they don't make any like these anymore.

kSm said...

It's sad to see the drastic change in VB patterns. I cherish my "vintage" patterns so much, especially after walking through a VB store and seeing the recent arrivals. Such a shame!

mary anne said...

Love my vintage Vera Bradley. Haven't bought any new ones as I find them ugly. Nantucket Navy is a favorite.

noreen said...

Riviera Blue - ah How I miss you. My fav.purse is starting toshwo lots of wear but nothing in VB that i wish to purchase these days.

Brit said...

I too love my vintage Vera. I was able to find a Nantucket Navy wallet on ebay. The new patterns and vibrant colors are just not my style. cheers!

Steve said...

Vera were my go to bags when my daughter was a baby. Soft next to my skin and hers, and so easy to wash.

crunchycon said...

I'm a red girl, and love my Red Provincial Betsy, which is just starting to wear at the corners. The only "modern" pattern I've liked was "Poppy Fields", which has a little bit of a vintage vibe - strangely enough I don't like the pattern as a handbag or tote, but do have a small zipper case for my iPod. Haven't seen a new pattern lately I'd even consider, but love looking at your pictures of the older patterns. They really speak to how the quality of Vera has deteriorated.

K. Elizabeth Reich said...

I remember buying several items in Citrus while in college and thinking that it was almost too bright and loud. Now most patterns are much too bright and loud. I think the last two patterns that I liked enough to purchase were Summer Cottage and Marina Paisley.

Michael Rowe said...

Oven mitts—they're not just for baking anymore!

Josh Bowerman said...

I would complain about the number of Vera Bradley pieces my wife and teenage daughter have in their "collection", but given their tastes have grown to Coach and Kate Spade bags, perhaps I ought to reconsider that notion...

Anonymous said...

The colors are lovely! Juxtaposed with the blog on snow and snow and so forth, these bags, when gathered all together, look like a spring bouquet! Nice contrast!
~Hearthstone Farm

Farrah said...

I had many of those prints but gave some away. I've only purchased one print (Ribbons) since 2008's Hope Toile. These were the golden days. I sent VB a email hoping they would return to the more delicate prints.

Penny Fredette said...

Fortunately I've hung on to a number of my vintage Vera bags. For one thing, they are easy to store and don't take up too much room. I concur that the older prints were the best. I've tried to warm to the new prints, but find they are a little too garish to go with my wardrobe. I wish they would come out with a new line of throw-back prints. That would be great! What I like about the old prints is that they don't take over your outfit.

Tina Trimble said...

I absolutely agree, patterns are not appealing and the fabrics are just not as nice. Indigo is still my favorite - even better than Nantucket Navy