Friday, March 18, 2016

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.

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 

Hope (January 2002- January 2004) Vera

- Greenfield 

Greenfield (January 2000 - January 2002)  Tote

- Delft 

Delft (January 1991 - January 1996)  Small Tote

- Royal 

Royal (July 1992 - January 1998) Vera

- Elizabeth 

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

- Provence 

Provence (January 1994 - January 1996) - Miller Bag


- Tote

Citrus (January 2006 - July 2007)  Tote

- Miller Bag

Apple Green (January 2004 - 2006) Miller Bag

Bermuda Pink (January 2005 - January 2007) Miller Bag

- Satchel

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).

- Betsy

Pinwheel Pink (January 2008 - May 2009) Betsy

- Small Duffel

Katherine (January 2004 - July 2005) - Small Duffel

- Wallets

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

- Vera

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