Lingerie Designed and Sewn in Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon | 692 Sales


Lingerie Designed and Sewn in Portland, OR

Portland, Oregon 692 Sales On Etsy since 2014

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Last updated on Apr 25, 2018

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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 and look well fit to your body.
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. The only benefit of this is for the manufacturer, and it is that your purchase becomes passé and obsolete within a year, sending you back to buy something new. 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 our materials and detailing may change, you can reliably find old favorites 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 a plethora of customizations options. You can also 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 developing alternatives to our nylon stretch laces from recycled or naturally derived fibers.

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  • Alyssa D. Woods

    Owner, Creator, Customer Service

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Last updated on February 2, 2017

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Returns and exchanges
Ordering online can be tricky, and I know that bra fit is extremely important. If you feel that you should have ordered another size, send it back and we'll get you the right fit. Or, if the fit of VAVA bralettes just isn't for you, simply return it. Bralette exchanges and returns are welcome (custom orders excepted).

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the product, I cannot accept returns or exchanges on panties.

If you are ever dissatisfied with the quality of construction or materials of any VAVA item, please let me know & I will resolve the issue immediately.
Shipping is USPS First Class, or USPS Priority if you choose to upgrade.

International orders are sent USPS First Class, and take on average 3-6 weeks from the time they are shipped to reach their destination, but can take longer depending on your location and your country's customs processing. Please allow for this time from when ordering.

If you would like to insure that your package arrives earlier, please select International Priority shipping, which ships to most counties in 6-10 business days.
Additional policies and FAQs
Fibers & Sustainability:

Most of our materials are surplus fabrics, excess yardage bought up by middlemen called “jobbers” from larger manufacturers and mills at the end of their production cycle. This is actually a really common way for small brands and independent designers to source materials, because they can’t meet the production minimums of large fabric mills. For us, this means the opportunity to source some of the best laces on the market despite our size, and to make sure those materials are sewn into something beautiful instead of winding up in a landfill.

As we grow we hope to be able to source materials from recycled and/or naturally derived fibers. We are in the process of learning about lace production and fiber sustainability, and making connections with forward thinking, innovative mills that we hope to work with in the future.

However, there is no “sustainable” way to produce clothing on the scale that we have been. Above all, our commitment to sustainability is expressed in our commitment to quality. We aim to make pieces you want to wear everyday, and that are up to the challenge. We aim to contribute something of substance, to help you build a wardrobe of quality, not quantity.

A note on fit & body types:

Every company tests the fit of their garments on someone; this person is called a fit model. Vava's fit model is a lady with hips! This means that our undies will look extra fantastic on you if you have an hourglass or pear-shaped figure, or hips larger than your waist by 10" or more. Vava underwear looks great on women of any build, but everything is made with someone's body in mind, and it's good to know how similar that body is to yours.

Although our bralettes are test fit in a wide variety of sizes before they are available for sale, the fit model for the initial designs is 5'6" and wears a 32D.