Monday, August 31, 2009

Vera's Back -- Again!

I was at Macy's last weekend and, out of the corner of my eye, I noticed that distinctive little ladybug drawing on a display table. I was excited to see that, sure enough, some Vera table linens were for sale. This is something new for Macy's. The Imprint collection, above, is on sale right now from $19.99 to $49.99. And the Turning Leaf collection -- leaves in gold, green and burgundy on a white background -- goes for about the same price.
During the last few years, there's been a resurgence of interest in the work of Vera Neumann (1907 - 1993), the artist and textile designer best known, perhaps, for her scarves -- and her ladybug "signature." This renewed popularity is due in part to a woman named Susan Seid who (to make a long story short) bought the Vera trademark and rescued thousands of scarves from a warehouse in Georgia in 2003. In 2005, Seid started The Vera Company. Earlier this year, the company teamed up with Anthropologie on scarves, clothing and home items under the label We [Love] Vera. And it looks like their relationship with Anthro is going to continue, as there are some Vera designs in their fall collection (see below).

Vera's iconic scarves are also available for sale on The Vera Company's website. My favorite design is Central Park ($98, below). But there are many affordable, vintage Vera scarves and linens on Etsy and eBay, where most of the scarves start at around $9.99 and napkin sets start even lower.
The Teal Boho 1970s Scarf from theluckyfish on Etsy ($46):

Old or new, Vera's cheery designs are just as fashionable now as they were 20, 30 or even 50 years ago.


rikki said...

These are gorgeous! I love the black and white table linens print... do they make a dress in that? I supposed I could always buy the table linens and make my own dress? :)

Michelle Volpe-Kohler said...

That print WOULD make a great dress!

Anthro has a black-and-white print skirt by Vera that you might like (the Shape Template Mini). This link is crazy long...not sure if it will even work:

susan said...

I LOVE Vera! You should also check out the website and see some of the beautiful silk clothing pieces!

PS (thanks for visiting my blog!)