About

VAVA is a small operation consisting of myself, Alyssa, and one part-time assistant.  Everything you’ll find here is designed, cut, and sewn in house in our shop in Portland, OR.

Our fabrics and laces are primarily sourced from two places: our bordered laces come from a supplier in Latvia who buys deadstock laces from the European lingerie market and resells them to smaller companies like ours.  Most of our allover laces and knits come from a local Mill End store that similarly sources deadstock materials from larger companies and mills.

As we grow we’re working on finding low-impact fabrics that are responsibly manufactured and are 100% traceable, from thread to finished product.  We’re currently looking into US Made Tencel jersey and recycled content laces.  Stay in touch and we’ll keep you updated on our journey.

If you're curious about any aspect of our operation, please feel free to drop us a line.  We're happy to answer any questions you might have.

Design Philosophy

Lingerie is unique in our wardrobes because it is both one of the most functional and the most aestheticized garments we wear.  We believe that function should not be sacrificed for pretty details, nor should beauty be sacrificed for function.  Here’s what we’re about:

 

Impeccable fit.  This is a no-brainer.  If your undergarments aren’t well fit, they will be both uncomfortable and unattractive.  As the literal foundation of everything else that you put on your body, it is of the utmost importance that your bra and underwear feel like the coziest, sexiest little glove you're ever slipped into.

Durability.  Quality materials and attentive construction mean that with proper care your VAVA items will last.  We stand by this claim, and will resolve any issues with the quality of your garments to your complete satisfaction.  This principle is also an important aspect of our commitment to reducing our material impact as much as possible.  

Classic Design.  There’s no need for lingerie (or any clothing, in our opinion) to be especially trend responsive.  By designing pieces that are guided by style, rather than fashion, we are able to refine and improve our designs over time.  We hope to make pieces that will be staples in your wardrobe for years to come.  Though we continually find new laces and fabrics to work with, you can count on finding your favorite designs that you know will fit and feel just right.

Customer Responsiveness.  We’re always looking to improve our products, and customer feedback is a huge part of this process.   Our first bra was designed and sewn in a 32D, but it took feedback from ladies wearing sizes 32A, 30G, and 40F to know that VAVA bralettes were well designed for a variety of body types.  While we try to design the best product for the most people, we also know that what works well for some does not work well for everyone, which is why we offer customization options.  You can contact us directly with your feedback or custom requests, and we will work with you to make the best version of our designs for you.

Sustainability.  We believe that one important aspect of making the best product is to make a product that has the least negative impact.  Right now that means using more sustainable materials when we can and crafting well made pieces that are made to last, and that our customers love enough to take good care of.  Long term, we have an eye towards working with alternatives to nylon stretch laces made from recycled or naturally derived fibers.  Check out our Materials & Sustainability page for more on this.