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https://www.vavalingerie.com

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Apparel, Beauty, Sleepwear, Loungewear

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#uniquela

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Women

@vavalingerie

Handmade :: Deadstock + Natural Fibers :: Fits like a F*cking Glove

5427 Followers

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Find me at @shoptoile this Saturday from 2-7! I sewed my brains out before heading east to have plenty of Aria sets available, but I'll also have some colors (if, you know, that's your thing). Until then, I'll be frolicking in this glorious Pennsylvania snow that came down last night ❄️❄️❄️
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Venus Plunge Back in Mauve on my favorite camera hoarder @myleskatherine 💗
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Just a girl and her many sewing machines enjoying a quiet night in
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🖤 Philly 🖤 Coming home to my first and favorite city for a trunk show at @shoptoile later this month. I'll be set up at this gorgeous shop from 2-7 on Saturday, January 20th. Come say hi, have a drink, and fondle some lace. (side note: this Garnet set with black trim is now available on the website!) photo @myleskatherine muah @thebirdbones
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There's really no way to run a business that produces stuff without having some kind of shitty impact on the world. I know that its better marketing to make people feel super warm and fuzzy about their purchases, but I would like to be real with your guys and tell you that I feel a tinge of guilt about every materials purchase that I make, and every set of lingerie that I sell. I try to put a lot of thought into buying materials in a responsible manner, primarily using surplus materials and organic natural fibers, but even the impact of these materials is no small thing: both in their production and their end life they will use resources that people and animals and plants need to survive, and will contribute to an economic system that is for many exploitive and inequitable. This venture does let me pay my rent doing something that I love, and it provides a better alternative to conventionally produced apparel, but I think a portion of what I earn needs to be reinvested in solving some of the issues that I am unfortunately contributing to via my business. This year, a portion of your purchases helped to support a myriad of rad and important stuff, including worker's rights monitoring in China, fighting water privatization, providing clean drinking water to underserved communities, local resources for homeless populations, disaster relief for communities affected by this year's insane weather patterns, and immigrant and refugee rights in the US, as well as education and outreach for all of these issues. Thank you all so much for taking the time to care where your stuff is coming from. I know that capitalism gets a bad rap, but there is so much untapped power in your right to choose where you spend your money. Our systems dictate a lot about our lives, but not nearly so much as the collective impact of our individual choices. Thank you for every penny you send my way- I promise to continue to try to do good things with them. amazing image courtesy @ashley_mersereau
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“Muted Moss” Plunge Back Bralette 🌿 Shot by @myleskatherine at our friend’s gorgeous shop @wildshamanpdx
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"Pipe Dream" set on @kelliaustin_ photo by @myleskatherine
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@kanyasesser in the new Aria Set. Always and forever blown away by my models- I am so lucky to work with such incredible humans who always turn out to be completely down to earth, badass babes. This girl was so fun to shoot with, and absolutely kiiiills it on a skateboard- go check her out. We got lucky on timing; when I reached out to her she happened to be in Oregon visiting family and training for mono-ski on Mt. Bachelor. One of my goals this year is to feature more athletes (I swear, these bras are cute but they're also great for any low impact sport: hiking, skating, yoga, post-surf-burrito-scarfing, etc). @myleskatherine and @thebirdbones definitely brought out her more glamorous side, but I'm hoping that this Organic Cotton lined Bralette will double as a crop for Kanya this summer, and we'll get to see her rock it on her board 🤙🏽
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I've read some iteration of this several times this past year, and it's been such a nice reminder in the barrage of well meaning but often overwhelming business advice that the internet has to offer. This year was a huge milestone in seeing a future for VAVA as a viable, long term way to support myself, and a large part of that was a change in perspective that's allowed me to be a little more patient with myself and with my business. I realized, at some point, that I have spent that past three and a half years in an on-again-off-again state of weird self-induced panic, staring down a to-do list that should take years, but that I was convinced I could knock out right now if I just worked enough. Spoiler alert: people in a weird state of self-induced panic do not make great decisions. I've found that, for me anyway, I am more likely to actually get shit done when I stop putting so much pressure on myself, and I do a way better job of keeping my decisions in alignment with my larger, impact based goals for VAVA (i.e. helping to work towards a more sustainable, less exploitive apparel industry). Probably my favorite resource this year has been the weekly emails that I get from Nicole, the founder over at @startupfashion. Yes, they often contain great, tangible resources for small apparel businesses, but more importantly they have helped to keep me grounded and realistic, and to keep my priorities in check. If you're feeling underwater in anything that you're trying to accomplish, I totally recommend this woman's voice in your ear. For me, it’s been a weekly no-bs pep talk that snaps me out of my fog and reminds me that everything is, and is going to be, just fucking fine. I’m feeling really good and excited about what 2018 holds for this endeavor, and I’m super stoked to share it with you. I can’t thank you guys enough for your support this past year, for keeping me busy doing something that I love, and for taking the time to follow along here. 🖤 -Alyssa
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🖤🖤 new black racerback 🖤🖤 photo by @myleskatherine curls courtesy @thebirdbones
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This Friday! @aubrey.janelle will be sharing work from her trip to Sicily at the VAVA studio. Wine, snacks, wine, art, community, wine, etc- you know the deal. It's real easy to go directly into post-holiday hibernation, but you should come hang out with us instead. It will be more fun than Netflix, plus everything at VAVA is 10% off every First Friday. 811 E Burnside 5-8 pm Friday January 5th.
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FYI if you’re craving more support (and don’t we all just want to feel supported?) thicker straps are available on camisole style bralettes by request. I’m working on a good way to allow for customization add ons via the website, but for now just email me! Here’s the “Priscilla” Bralette with wide straps on @kelliaustin_ shot by @myleskatherine 💗
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Alyssa D Woods Lingerie designed and sewn in Portland, OR :: bralettes in real sizes :: ethical manufacturing :: thoughtful sourcing :: OPEN BY APPOINTMENT

@vavalingerie

Handmade :: Deadstock + Natural Fibers :: Fits like a F*cking Glove

5427 Followers

Smile


Find me at @shoptoile this Saturday from 2-7! I sewed my brains out before heading east to have plenty of Aria sets available, but I'll also have some colors (if, you know, that's your thing). Until then, I'll be frolicking in this glorious Pennsylvania snow that came down last night ❄️❄️❄️
link


Venus Plunge Back in Mauve on my favorite camera hoarder @myleskatherine 💗
link


Just a girl and her many sewing machines enjoying a quiet night in
link


🖤 Philly 🖤 Coming home to my first and favorite city for a trunk show at @shoptoile later this month. I'll be set up at this gorgeous shop from 2-7 on Saturday, January 20th. Come say hi, have a drink, and fondle some lace. (side note: this Garnet set with black trim is now available on the website!) photo @myleskatherine muah @thebirdbones
link


There's really no way to run a business that produces stuff without having some kind of shitty impact on the world. I know that its better marketing to make people feel super warm and fuzzy about their purchases, but I would like to be real with your guys and tell you that I feel a tinge of guilt about every materials purchase that I make, and every set of lingerie that I sell. I try to put a lot of thought into buying materials in a responsible manner, primarily using surplus materials and organic natural fibers, but even the impact of these materials is no small thing: both in their production and their end life they will use resources that people and animals and plants need to survive, and will contribute to an economic system that is for many exploitive and inequitable. This venture does let me pay my rent doing something that I love, and it provides a better alternative to conventionally produced apparel, but I think a portion of what I earn needs to be reinvested in solving some of the issues that I am unfortunately contributing to via my business. This year, a portion of your purchases helped to support a myriad of rad and important stuff, including worker's rights monitoring in China, fighting water privatization, providing clean drinking water to underserved communities, local resources for homeless populations, disaster relief for communities affected by this year's insane weather patterns, and immigrant and refugee rights in the US, as well as education and outreach for all of these issues. Thank you all so much for taking the time to care where your stuff is coming from. I know that capitalism gets a bad rap, but there is so much untapped power in your right to choose where you spend your money. Our systems dictate a lot about our lives, but not nearly so much as the collective impact of our individual choices. Thank you for every penny you send my way- I promise to continue to try to do good things with them. amazing image courtesy @ashley_mersereau
link


“Muted Moss” Plunge Back Bralette 🌿 Shot by @myleskatherine at our friend’s gorgeous shop @wildshamanpdx
link


"Pipe Dream" set on @kelliaustin_ photo by @myleskatherine
link


@kanyasesser in the new Aria Set. Always and forever blown away by my models- I am so lucky to work with such incredible humans who always turn out to be completely down to earth, badass babes. This girl was so fun to shoot with, and absolutely kiiiills it on a skateboard- go check her out. We got lucky on timing; when I reached out to her she happened to be in Oregon visiting family and training for mono-ski on Mt. Bachelor. One of my goals this year is to feature more athletes (I swear, these bras are cute but they're also great for any low impact sport: hiking, skating, yoga, post-surf-burrito-scarfing, etc). @myleskatherine and @thebirdbones definitely brought out her more glamorous side, but I'm hoping that this Organic Cotton lined Bralette will double as a crop for Kanya this summer, and we'll get to see her rock it on her board 🤙🏽
link


I've read some iteration of this several times this past year, and it's been such a nice reminder in the barrage of well meaning but often overwhelming business advice that the internet has to offer. This year was a huge milestone in seeing a future for VAVA as a viable, long term way to support myself, and a large part of that was a change in perspective that's allowed me to be a little more patient with myself and with my business. I realized, at some point, that I have spent that past three and a half years in an on-again-off-again state of weird self-induced panic, staring down a to-do list that should take years, but that I was convinced I could knock out right now if I just worked enough. Spoiler alert: people in a weird state of self-induced panic do not make great decisions. I've found that, for me anyway, I am more likely to actually get shit done when I stop putting so much pressure on myself, and I do a way better job of keeping my decisions in alignment with my larger, impact based goals for VAVA (i.e. helping to work towards a more sustainable, less exploitive apparel industry). Probably my favorite resource this year has been the weekly emails that I get from Nicole, the founder over at @startupfashion. Yes, they often contain great, tangible resources for small apparel businesses, but more importantly they have helped to keep me grounded and realistic, and to keep my priorities in check. If you're feeling underwater in anything that you're trying to accomplish, I totally recommend this woman's voice in your ear. For me, it’s been a weekly no-bs pep talk that snaps me out of my fog and reminds me that everything is, and is going to be, just fucking fine. I’m feeling really good and excited about what 2018 holds for this endeavor, and I’m super stoked to share it with you. I can’t thank you guys enough for your support this past year, for keeping me busy doing something that I love, and for taking the time to follow along here. 🖤 -Alyssa
link


🖤🖤 new black racerback 🖤🖤 photo by @myleskatherine curls courtesy @thebirdbones
link


This Friday! @aubrey.janelle will be sharing work from her trip to Sicily at the VAVA studio. Wine, snacks, wine, art, community, wine, etc- you know the deal. It's real easy to go directly into post-holiday hibernation, but you should come hang out with us instead. It will be more fun than Netflix, plus everything at VAVA is 10% off every First Friday. 811 E Burnside 5-8 pm Friday January 5th.
link


FYI if you’re craving more support (and don’t we all just want to feel supported?) thicker straps are available on camisole style bralettes by request. I’m working on a good way to allow for customization add ons via the website, but for now just email me! Here’s the “Priscilla” Bralette with wide straps on @kelliaustin_ shot by @myleskatherine 💗
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