This Winter, we’re calling for color

Make a Winter wish ...While just outside your window the trees are nearly bare, the season’s in full bloom as far as we’re concerned! Two fetching new colors – Dogwood and English Rose – are arriving just in time for the holiday season. Mark your calendars for Friday, November 2!

Stop by tomorrow for more on the inspiration behind these stunning new patterns. Until then, you can dress your desktop in one of these lovely Winter downloads

Desktop Download: Dogwood
Desktop Downloads: English Rose
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210 Responses to This Winter, we’re calling for color

  1. Holly N. says:

    I love the new English Rose! I have it already in the oven mitt. So pretty and it goes so well with my kitchen. 🙂

  2. Angela M says:

    Yay!!

  3. Chris B says:

    YES!!!!!! I love new patters! It is something to look forward to! I think these colors are perfect fr bringing in winter!

  4. JAIME F says:

    i LOVE NEW PATTERNS.

  5. Susan says:

    How do you apply a pattern as a background wallpaper on iPad?

    • Marie B. says:

      Touch the square with the pattern. It will fill your iPad screen then touch screen and the “save image” appears. Touch save image and the picture will be in your photos. Hope this helps..Marie

      • Susan W says:

        Thank you for that info! My daughters bought me an IPad and I’m still learning the shortcuts and things it can do.

      • Susan says:

        Thank you for answering me yesterday. Now I finally know how to wallpaper with Vera patterns!

    • Pri says:

      Click on the astern you want (iPad size) then click on the image again and select save image. Go to your photo albums and clck on the downloaded pattern. Top right corner there us an icon with an arrow, click on that. Then select where you want the wallpaper. Hope thus helps.

    • Alexis says:

      You can go to this link to get the ipad desktops 🙂 http://www.verabradley.com/content/content.jsp?pageName=desktopdownloads

      or you can go to VeraBradley.com, scroll all the way down (threw your ipad) you should see a category called Social & Mobile click DownLoads and you can get any pattern you really want!

      • Alexis says:

        Through*

      • Shirley Herson says:

        Hi there, I am sure long ago a teen, but I love the Vera patterns and get many compliments on my bags. Many Vera owners will pass you and say “Love your Vera!” I do the same thing when I see a Vera out. I think we have a club going here! LOL We are lucky to have these beautiful bags. QVC sells Vera’s at very good prices too and on the website for Vera, on can get sale merchandise.

  6. Dee says:

    English Rose is the Pattern I’ve been waiting for!!! I can’t wait!

    • Sarah Hunt says:

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw the apron that’s already for sale on the website. I almost bought the apron just because the pattern is so beautiful! I can’t wait to stock up on English Rose!

  7. Deezee says:

    I love Dogwood! I even saw a dress on the Lands End cover that looks like Dogwood. Add some fancy yellow pumps and a red necklace and you’re all set!

    • Pam Norton says:

      Dogwoods have only 4 petals,right?

      • Beckie says:

        Exactly and they are Spring blooming trees.

      • Mig says:

        Absolutely!! The magnolia is the one with 5 petals. I love real Dogwoods but will not get this pattern because it is not really correct. I am actually sad that so many major brands cannot get the right names for the flowers they are using. (Kenneth J Lang has jewelry mislabled, too).

      • Marianne Ross says:

        YES!!! Dogwood blossoms have four petals: two long vertical ones and two shorter horizontal ones, forming a cross. The “seeds” in the center represent the thorny crown that Christ wore when He was crucified. At the edge of each petal is a dark red “stain” symbolizing the blood that Jesus shed. As the legend goes, the dogwood used to grow very large and was used for the cross that Jesus died on. Christ, sensing how sad the tree was to be used for such a purpose, declared that never again would the dogwood grow large enough to be used that was again.
        Whomever was in charge the design really droped the ball. Basic research would have prevented such a huge mistake. Creative license does not apply here. The dogwood would NEVER have more than four petals, place as they are in a cross.
        As much as I would like to have something with dogwood on it, there is no way I would consider purchasing anything in this pattern. Please clean up your act, your products are way too expensive for this kind of error.

      • Kay says:

        Yes, dogwoods only have 4 petals. This looks more like apple blossoms. It is pretty & I did get excited when I saw that dogwood was a chosen pattern. I just wish it was actually a dogwood blossom.

      • Avery says:

        The dogwood doesn’t grow naturally in or near Israel. It is native to Europe, eastern Asia, and North America only. Calm down Marianne Ross.

  8. Elaine Gough says:

    Gotta have both colors in Mandy. I’ll be in florida, but I can buy one down there at the Vera Bradley shop at John’s Pass in Madeira Beach. Hooray!

  9. I love the brown one! I saw it in the Real Simple magazine and fell in love. I may hold for the Jazzy Bloom spring 2013 bag. 🙂

  10. Donna says:

    When is Very Bradly going to bring out real Hawiian Print items?

    • shirleyherson says:

      What a wonderful idea to have Hawiian Prints ! That would be awesome!

      • Karen says:

        Oh my…..Hawaiian prints, cats, dogs, zebras?
        What happen to classic sophistication?
        Seriously? You can find patterns like these at Walmart or Kmart.
        Small sophisticated, more muted patterns and prints are what started the brand. This is getting way off track and losing
        sight of what the Vera style once was.
        Very disappointing. There are so many more
        gorgeous colors and prints/ patterns out there!

  11. Nancy says:

    Dogwood looks like Yellow Bird. Alot of the prints are starting to look alike. We need totally new patterns Vera.

    • nancie says:

      I agree that Dogwood looks like Yellow Bird. I am thrilled about that, because I have some Yellow Bird accessories that I use with my black VB microfiber luggage, but have always wanted more. Now I can use Dogwood to fill in! I also agree that a lot of the prints look alike. But in this case, I’m happy!

      • Cheryl says:

        I totally agree! I’ve regretted not buying more yellow bird accessories (I only have 2 pieces) and I like my items to match or coordinate. I did buy the yellow canvas make up bag which is so pretty with the yellow bird and of course solid black items. But now with this Dogwood out, it will coordinate really nice. Whoopee! I am very happy! 🙂

    • Val says:

      I noticed that too. Same exact colors.

    • Nancy says:

      Yes, I too dont buy Vera like I use to-how many bags do I really need and I want different colors/patterns for different occasions. Maybe it’s time for me to move on.

    • Rachael says:

      i know right, the new patterns do look alot alike

  12. valinda says:

    Love the patterns, but why is everyone of them flowers for past couple rounds?

  13. Kathy says:

    I agree Dogwood looks like the Yellow Bird pattern. I also noticed that many new patterns are similiar to older patterns-they use the same colors with a twist. English Rose is a unique pattern and the colors are different. Please bring more unique patterns and colors out each season. If you are a Vera collector like I am, you do not want to purchase patterns that look close to ones from the past.

    • Michele B. says:

      I am not fond of flowers in the winter. In fact, most Vera seems to be flower power anymore. Bring on some animal print, plaids, paisley, stripes, etc. Also would like to see colors like deep purple & black. And what happen to red, white & blue for the summer? No more flowers! P.S. Dogwood looks like Yellow Bird. Who is the person(s) choosing all of the flowers?????

      • Shantel says:

        I agree! More paisley and plaids, but in greens and blues ……Not too fond of all the flowery stuff

      • Shirley Herson says:

        This summer we had summer cottage and it was red, white and blue and just lovely. I have a piece in that. I agree with the purple too, as that is lovely for winter also. But I think Vera is basically a flower bag for the most part. I have many and they are all of a floral design. i also have a paisley one too and happy snails is nice too. Plus Ellie Blue is with elephants and a lovely blue pattern. Love them all Vera. Thanks so much.

      • Linda R says:

        I agree. Why not some plaids for a change. I like some solids, too. They’re good for winter.

      • I agree with Michele B. The most recent patterns look like drapes…….where has the creativity and fun gone?

      • Susan says:

        I agree with Michele on animal prints, plaids, paisley, stripes etc. I love my Night Owls and a really old chicks and eggs pattern on black! Would love more deep jewel tones for fall/winter too – rust, burgundy, teal. Yes, Dogwood reminds me of Yellow Bird and the English Rose looks too much like drapery fabric from the 50’s.

      • Kathie says:

        Vera did a summer series in red with a white stripe and red, white and blue trim this year.

  14. Patty B. says:

    I do not care for either of these new patterns. When will they come out with a nice deep purple with black? That would be awesome!

  15. joanne says:

    I would love to see an animal tapestry print. You haad one several years ago. It would be nice to see one again…something a little different than flowers.

  16. Barbara says:

    While not unattractive, I wish they had winter designs that went with winter and not Spring.

  17. Bethany says:

    I’m already in love with the English Rose pattern on the new kitchen stuff…now there are going to be all sorts off purses and other lovelies to tempt me?! My paycheck will never survive this lol.

  18. Vickie Sabey says:

    I have ordered and returned 3 different patterns in the last 6 months. When paying Vera prices I expect to be totally wowed by the new prints. Just not happening. I am hoping for a wow print.

  19. Kris says:

    I’m not crazy about either one of these new patterns. I agree with others – we need something other than flowers. What about polka dots, paisley, plaid, etc.?

    • Marcy says:

      I agree… I’m not into flowers either… and these new patterns seem uninspired and depressing. These disappointing patterns are such a let down.

  20. Tina Davis says:

    I love the new winter colors!

  21. Kia says:

    cute wallpaper. thanks, VB!

  22. Elaine Mortensn says:

    Love the new pattern Dogwood, so pretty and crisp, just what I like.

  23. Marilyn Maher says:

    Would love to see some patterns and colors that are not so bold, I have not bought new items as I prefer some lighter tones and designs. Will wait till spring and hope!
    Marilyn

  24. Sam says:

    My disappointment began when Vera Bradley chose to take their manufacturing to China..I loved to buy and give their products as gifts when they were American made ! Now people are not really happy with their products ……it’s karma.

    • Karen says:

      I have to agree with the disappointment about being made in China. I love Vera products but have noticed a real difference in quality.

      • Kathy says:

        I totally agree about the quality of the products now. Made in China? Really?
        Then why are we paying top dollar for these things??? I am now going to think twice about my purchase. Why can’t they be made in USA?? I have some older purses and agree, they are better made and I enjoyed the fabric more.
        Vera – bring the jobs back to the US!

      • Norina says:

        I’m not happy about the “made in China” Vera bags either and have noticed a change in the quality. I’ve collected Vera since the beginning and like many of the older patterns and handbags much better than the more recent ones.

    • Nancy says:

      I totally agree! I sent Vera Bradley items to my two English friends, but, before mailing, I cut off the tags that said “Made in China”. It’s difficult to find nice gifts that are made in the USA. Many times I buy nicely made items at craft fairs.
      I’ve been collecting Vera Bradley bags since 2004. My favorite patterns are actually the older ones. I, also would like to see darker colors for the winter. A few years back, there was a pretty red and black wool plaid.

    • Lisa Speed says:

      Wow…..actually like the new prints and appreciate the request for some of the others; however, I did not know China had become the manufacturing location 😦 I spend well over a thousand dollars a year with Vera for gifts, but I will now have to look elsewhere.

    • Marcy says:

      The prices are just has high… but, the quality is much lower… sad.

    • Diana Perry says:

      I really hope you do bring Vera back to being MADE IN USA ! That is one of the reasons I fell in love with them. I also think they were better quality. I still love VB but sad about the move to China.

      • Barb Ayala says:

        With a lot of jobs outsourced to other countries, I will only buy made in USA. I didn’t know they were made in China and will now totally stop buying Vera. That’s a shame too- between my daughters and I we must have over a hundred bags and products. I agree about the patterns too- total lack of inspiration. Flowers are too boring- I won’t buy them and the color choices are poor. Paprika, Peacock, and Night Owls are my favorites. From the poor redesign on the web site, lack of originality of the bags, poor quality, and made in China- Vera you had better shape up or you too will be out of business quickly.

  25. S Hess says:

    A true Dogwood flower has 4 petals. This looks like an apple blossom. ‘nough said…..I love the black/yellow/white color scheme.
    S.Hess

    • Carolyn White says:

      I agree- real dogwoods have 4 petals (not familiar with the Dogwood Tree story?? google it!) and the center is red. Not a big fan of this new one. I also like the idea of REAL holiday prints.

      • Isn’t the center green, with red dots on the tip of each petal?

      • Heather A says:

        I am from the south, and eeeeeeeveryone knows the dogwood story! To me, it is the cutest of the fall and winter prints, but it really should have been saved and introduced for spring 2013, when it blooms! Same as Camellia being introduced last Spring… WHY? Camellia’s bloom in the winter, and that pattern would have been SO much nicer for last winter. And don’t even get me started on the Made in China thing… AND where are you hiding LIZ!?! I miss her cute and quirky ad spots. And yes, to not being on trend– Oxblood is missing (you can’t open a fashion mag without seeing that word), rich hues like jade and cobalt; tangerine was missing ALL last year and it was Pantone’s color of the year. Of course, I am still buying discontinued colors… because nothing new has tempted me for over a year!!!

      • Kay says:

        The center of the dogwood is green until fall when it turns to red.

  26. Debbie Levin says:

    I would love to see a Holiday pattern with snowflakes or holly and berries for the winter.

  27. Amy Long says:

    Agree with a lot of the previous comments. I am also a HUGE Vera collector, but have not bought in quite a while as the patterns are all flowers and look like other patterns from the past. I have decided to begin searching for what I lovingingly call “Vintage Vera” (VV), much older purse patterns in good shape and have been using those purses/backpacks instead. You should hear the comments! Animal Kingdom gets raves, as does my Holiday purses! Old is the new “New”! It feeds my Vera appetite quite nicely!

  28. Betsy says:

    Someone said the patterns are looking like patterns from years past with a tweak here or there to make it new. If that is the route you are going please consider bringing back or tweaking Java Blue. It was a and still is my favorite pattern. I haven’t liked too too many since. I also look at the new seasons and think maybe this season something will capture my attention but nothing really has.

    • Jasmine says:

      Would absolutely love to see java blue again as well! It was a great neutral that went with anything.

      • Shirley says:

        I have a bag in Blue Lagoon and it is just beautiful. Right now I am using it for a crocheting bag and put velcro on the opening to keep it shut tightly. Love my Vera’s.

  29. Rebecca Ketcherside says:

    I so agree with Debbie!! I would love to see a true holiday pattern or special design, like the Ribbons they did for Breast Cancer Awareness. I LOVE Ribbons pattern…just not “wow”ed by these winter colors. Hope spring colors are better.

  30. KrisTX says:

    Pretty – but – these really look like Spring, not Winter ??!!
    When is Vera going to have a Holiday pattern or 2 ? Also would love to see more NEUTRAL patterns that are more versatile ? The new Canyon is nice but I’d love to see more neutral prints in browns, tans & black … like Caffe Latte from several years ago.

  31. Holly says:

    I will second the issue with a five petaled dogwood bloom.. Mine blooms four every spring. Spring being the keyword.

    How about some branches, polkadots, or plaid?

  32. Sandy says:

    I agree. Enough with the flowers, or at least if your going to do winter, do winter flora. I’d love to see some beautiful snowflakes in greys and blues and light purples and whites.

  33. KrisTX says:

    Too many florals !! Too many look similar to other recent prints.
    Please do some new NEUTRAL prints (browns/tans/blacks) that we can all use with our work wardrobes !
    Batik prints, ikats, paisleys etc just to name a few variations …

  34. Lisa says:

    I am in LOVE with both patterns and adding sequins to a few items to add bling is very exciting! LOVE

  35. Karen says:

    I agree with many comments already made. I love Vera… And own many from past years. Would love paisley, or small print as you had several years ago. Neutral colors with smaller sophisticated patterns are what i like! These new patterns are too similar to others.

    • Ann Rudolewicz says:

      I agree with Karen. I would love to see a nice brown and black paisley like the old walnut that got me started collecting Veras’

  36. Laura says:

    Too boring! Will not be purchasing any of these. Love Ribbons! Would like to see more designs like it! Small simple and colorful!!!

  37. Annabelle J. says:

    I like all of the patterns, but they are starting to become a bit repetitive. I agree that there should be more winter patterns, like snow and bare trees, and winter colors, too! If there has to be something bright, then go with red, green and white or put in some grey and blue and purple with a flare of brighter color here and there. Poinsettias would be a good flower to go off of! But maybe there should be more animals in the designs and less flowers (not just for winter, but all of the incoming patterns). Like cardinals and deer for the winter, and maybe some more cultural animal prints. And horses! I’ve been waiting for EVER for there to be something equine related to pop up in Vera’s line. Remember, these are suggestions, and I still love the ideas incorporated into the patterns.

    • I totally agree. I can’t believe VB has missed out on the equestrian look. My favorite VB’s were the early ones with the animal kingdom and zebras. So many possibilities for lovers of horses, dogs, cats, and wild animals. Maybe VB could work an agreement with the Humane Society to raise funds for the animals.

    • Katy S says:

      I would love to see a winter pattern with snow and bare trees…maybe with shadows from the trees. And, to brighten it up, a small stylized red Cardinal here and there.

      And, the idea of horses is a great one. It would sure sell well here in Kentucky! Laurel Burch has a beautiful one with a tapestry feel in fall colors. I think it’s called ‘Dancing Horses’.

      • Shirley says:

        Katy, that sounds lovely. What a great winter bag that would be. Lots of good ideas on here about the dark colors and the hunting scenes and winter scenes. They would all be lovely and I think Vera bags will create some of these. Great ideas by everyone for sure.

  38. Megan says:

    Have been disappointed with the designs for a couple years. Just not my aesthetic anymore.

    • Carol Echols says:

      Why on earth would you choose to use yellow with dogwood blossoms? Pink and green would have been more natural colors.

  39. Victoria says:

    English rose is the perfect pattern!!! It’s so classic it’ll last forever … Love the dark brown/green/pink combo!!! Keep it coming, Vera!

  40. Beth Belnap says:

    My mom collects Dogwoods and I was so excited. Dogwoods have four petals! Those aren’t dogwoods! They look like cherry blossoms! I’m for the icat, paislies, and maybe chevron since the floral is getting repetitive and incorrect.

  41. Carol says:

    I’m also looking for more browns, less floral patterns. C’mon designers – let’s do something NEW & ORIGINAL!! (And these do resemble more springtime looks)

  42. Cheri says:

    Nothing new and exciting, and definitely nothing that feels like Winter. I seem to be hitting the outlet more looking for older designs like Java Blue…Those were the good old days with Vera. Also needs to come back to the U.S., especially now. I bet we would pay the extra few bucks for American made!

    • betsy says:

      Yeah for Java Blue!!!!

      • Katy S says:

        I third the Yay for Java Blue…or maybe fifth or sixth it! It makes me think of another good idea for a pattern – a coffee theme. Coffee cups and pots in different colors, with steam coming up…coffee beans and leaves. Or a tea theme, with teacups in varying stylized designs, and one shown empty on its side, with tea leaves in it. And some floating teabags….think I’ll go have a cup!

      • Kim Wells says:

        I love the ideas for coffee and tea insired patterns!

  43. Kathy Maddocks says:

    Made in America, that’s what I like. Many companies manufacture in America and compete quite well, why not Vera?

  44. Nancy says:

    would love polka dots & plaids!

  45. Lacie Anderson says:

    Finally cute new colors!!!

  46. Nancy says:

    Very disappointed with these two new patterns. They don’t reflect winter at all. Tired of the massive florals – there are many choices other than floral.

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  48. Karen says:

    When I asked about China manufacturing the products, the customer service person told me that some work is done in China, and some is done in the USA. Was I told incorrect information?

    • Dena says:

      That is correct. I have recently bought several items made in the usa from Vera Bradley retail stores. Just check the tags. They may be harder to find, but they are out there.

  49. Bridget says:

    I loved Provencal for the Fall…not enjoying these at all. My checkbook will be safe for at least a little while. i too would love to see some real winterish prints, plaid would be wonderful!

  50. Mary Ann George says:

    Agree with Vera customers who have indicated that the new patterns are too flowery and busy. My favorite is the Twirly Birds Navy. Two colors: Navy and White. Goes with everything. Please consider more neutral colors and go back to manufacturing in the Good Old USofA!!!

  51. Pamela says:

    I do not like either of these patterns. I agree with the ladies who believe the patterns are getting repetitive. I have purchased a lot of vera over the years but the past few patterns have just fallen flat of my Vera expectations.

  52. Colibri says:

    Hmmm…Sadly, these patterns are not attractive to me. It seems silly to name a pattern “dogwood” when the printed flowers are NOT dogwoods! What were they thinking? When their products were made in USA, I did not mind paying VB’s high prices and I was proud to be supporting an American business & American workers, but these Chinese products are not worth such a price tag. I won’t be buying this season.

    • Cady says:

      I agree with many of the above comments. We need fall and winter
      patterns smaller prints richer colors, less loud and kiddie looking color
      combos. Take a look back at the great fabrics and patterns that made Vera a classic. Thank You

  53. Vicki says:

    I keep trying to buy a VB but could never find a pattern I would be happy to put out the $$$ for; so tired of the crazy prints & florals, they are all starting to look alike!. You are leaving out a HUGE segment of the population who love the concept of the VB bags but prefer a more classical & sophisticated pattern. Animal prints would be AWESOME for a change, ie cheetah, snake, zebra & leopard! How about stepping out of the box a little Vera?

  54. Patricia says:

    How about a pattern that does not have spring or summer colors…..skip the white for winter. Like the solids for a change…….and maybe a more classic print rather than the cutesy ones. Really like the Vera bags but need something with a little zing.

  55. Cindy says:

    I used to LOVE Vera Bradley but have not bought anything for two years because the patterns are repetitive and the colors are getting too bright. I did notice the decline in fabric quality (thinner and a looser weave) and then found out that Vera Bradley has moved its manufacturing to China. Please go back to producing your high quality, unique, handbags and other items in the good old USA! I, too would be willing to pay more for QUALITY!!!

  56. Kim Wells says:

    I agree with many of the people that have commented before. I would love, love, love, holiday patterns. I would love holiday patterns in a few styles such as tote bags, Vera, Saddle Up, a smaller one for an evening or event and one for kids. I would really like for these to be for many holidays – working in hearts, shamrocks, easter eggs, pumpkins or turkeys into the patterns. I think people would like patriotic prints or one with a “picnic” theme. I think dog, cat and horse lovers would really like prints for them. I hope we will see some of the ideas people have suggusted. I also LOVE the frill collection so I hope you keep this line!!!

  57. Willa says:

    Bring your manufacturing back to the USA!!

    • Audrey says:

      Just ordered the mailbag in Indigo Pop because Vera sent me a $20 birthday coupon, but this will be my last purchase. I did not know that the manufacture was done in the USA and is now done in China. Very disappointing!!!

      • Shirley says:

        I agree with Leslie, buy what you like, we all have different tastes and likes. That is what I do in all my clothing. I wear what I like and do not care who does not like it, I LIKE IT!! Enjoy the Veras. I love the Indigo Pop, that is such a nice pattern.

      • Shirley Herson says:

        I agree, buy what one loves and soon one will come along that you will adore. We all have such different likes and dislikes.

  58. Agree with those who want less spring flowers for Winter.Would love to see some nice rich Celtic designs in a paisley that wouldcover Holiday/Winter nicely.

  59. Susan says:

    Another one for purples and blacks. All time favorite is now Indigo Pop. Camelia is beautiful too. Not getting any of these, nor the last batch of patterns.

  60. mabel says:

    Have been very disappointed with the quality and the patterns recently. Until I see a drastic improvement I will not be making any purchases.

  61. Lindsey says:

    Sorry these are ugly. Bring back blue rhapsody. Or bali gold. Ellie blue was nice too. The dogwood is similar to yellow bird, but yellow bird was way cuter. The roses are eh.. I have seen so many cuter ones, these and last season as well are just boring and ugly.

  62. Gertrude Girr says:

    Please return to the U.S. That will help everyone. Perhaps you could do a special U.S. pattern with state symbols (animals, perhaps?) the way you do special breast cancer patterns.

  63. Annie says:

    “Dogwoods” and Roses — Just in time for WINTER. hmmm.

  64. I would love to see Vera Bradley do a traditional English pattern with horses galloping across the countryside in a hunting scene…reds, browns, greens, black, with plaid. There are so many women who love the equestrian look and it is particularly popular at this time with leggings and riding boots. Please give your consideration to this request.

  65. mallardhen says:

    I have been wondering why the vintage prints go for so much money second hand, now I know why first they were USA made and why buy new when a slightly used vintage bag is way cheaper and made in USA to boot. You are just recreating yourself why bother. Don’t get me wrong I love my Vera but to buy a bag in a print that is another version of a vintage one is rather silly

  66. Erin says:

    Why does Vera Bradley keep releasing patterns covered wtih spring flowers and saying they’re for winter? I love ribbons, but I have put my bag up to carry in the spring when the little flowers and butterflies will make sense. And now dogwoods that don’t look like dogwoods and English roses for winter? How about something that looks seasonally appropriate for a change?

  67. Karen says:

    I think many of us agree that there needs to be
    Diversity in the patterns. But I don’t think it should
    go too far from the original ideas that started the
    company. Just Classy and sophisticated patterns that can. E
    worn with several outfits!
    I don’t think wildlife animals belong on a Vera Bradley bag.
    You can get knockoffs like that at discount stores.
    For winter, how about a Nordic, ski sweater pattern?
    And as others have mentioned…plaid?

    pattern?

  68. Hope Lumis says:

    Dogwoods don’t have 5 petals! Pretty colors but already have them. Ribbons is great..and another vote for “Made in USA!” Also like the animal suggestion!

  69. Shirley Herson says:

    I guess I am different as I love the new Floral designs. Lovely colors and I certainly would buy a bag in these colors. I am a lover of bright cheery colors especially here in the frozen north in the winter time. I love most of Vera’s patterns and have many bags and accessories. It is a favorite gift to receive from family too. So thanks Vera for the lovely new patterns. Some of us love them. Shirley

  70. sandy says:

    I think you really need to get some different patterns for the between ages…and not just the teenagers….they are just to young looking for a gal in her 55 plus

  71. dotmoody says:

    My winter wish is a Glenna in Portobello Road and a Two Way Tote in Ribbons!

  72. Leslie says:

    Ladies, you take this too seriously. Whenever a new pattern speaks to you, buy your favorite bag (I have 4 different Hipsters) or try something new… and then enjoy it thoroughly. But if you don’t like the new patterns, just wait about 10 minutes and there will be more to come! Personally I’m thrilled with the Dogwood print and couldn’t care less that it’s not botanically correct. What’s in a name, anyway? Love it, buy it… or wait til next season when you’ll get another chance.

    • Karen says:

      May be taking it too seriously, …. But they are asking for comments from their faithful Customers…..I think this is all valuable input from people that buy their products. Kind of a focus group for them!

  73. AMH says:

    LADIES…CHILL on the PATTERNS!!
    LOVE DOGWOOD~~~ its a classy YELLOW & BLACK!!
    However…PLEASE consider making in the USA!!!
    Bring the jobs HOME VB…USA!!!

  74. Karen says:

    Odd choices for winter…I mean, Dogwood? I love watching mine bloom in the spring but I’d love to see deeper, richer patterns. VB, we don’t want you to take recent color palates and remake them, we like fresh offerings & a twist from what you’ve been doing. Whatever happened to cool print offerings like Medallion or the great color pop of Symphony in Hue? I know each person has their own taste but this feels repetitive. I believe I’m heading back to Etsy to be able to get a bag that doesn’t feel like a remake, redo or redundant accessory.

  75. Karen says:

    And thanks to those who commented about made in China, I was completely unaware of it and now I certainly won’t be buying any VB unless they come back to USA manufacturing. And thanks, also, to those who talked about Equestrian patterns, I found a few already online from small USA handbag designers. 🙂

  76. Kelly P says:

    I’m not too found of either of these prints. They kind of look like something I would expect to find on my great grandmothers couch. Not something you’d see me carrying around campus or to this weekends tailgate… not really relatable to my age range (college students), all my sorority sisters also agree!

  77. Karle says:

    Thank you soooooooo much for the beautiful flowers! Until recently, I did not purchase Vera products because the colors and patterns were dull and boreing. I finally became addicted to Vera when they brought out Mocha Rouge. Keep the bright colors and bring on the cheerful flowers!

  78. misskat53 says:

    Please bring back barnyard animals, pets, and nautical themes soon.

  79. Cheryl says:

    I commented above that I am happy about the Dogwood pattern because I would like a few accessories to coordinate with a few Yellow Bird pieces I have that I never accessorized. However, I also have to agree with many of the posters here about the selection of patterns and colors. I sometimes wonder if VB listens to their customers because it seems I’ve read comments like these repeatedly over the years. Customers are getting tired of all the patterns and flowers. Granted, that is what VB is about but it IS 2012. I think women are looking to ‘trendy up’ the quilted bags and lets face it, not everyone is into flowers and loud colors. I concur with the suggestions above regarding animal prints, plaids, maybe offer a paisley pattern and please, more solids and NEUTRALS. I do not like looking like a Christmas tree when I go out so therefore I never mix my patterns. I will use maybe one stand out travel bag (such as a duffle, weekender OR tote) in a colorful pattern and then coordinate some solids with that. I think VB should offer solids that coordinate with the patterns so that if you want a solid purse with patterned wallet and other accessories you can do that or visa versa-a patterned bag with solid accessories. As for colors, I think they missed the boat this fall not picking up on purples, greys and OXBLOOD which if you look at fashion blogs and mags its all over the net! Plus, some of the winter colors they introduce do not look like winter to me. But to be honest, comments don’t matter much. Sales do. And if their sales are still doing well then they think they don’t need to change. Money talks.

    • Karen says:

      I very much agree, Cheryl. So disappointed that the real stand-out colors of the season like grey and oxblood are completely missing from either the fall or winter lines. And what about cobalt or color blocking…they don’t have to an entire line in these trendy colors but it would be nice to see some pieces to add some pop to regular basic black microfiber too.

      • shirleyherson says:

        I truly love the color blocking idea. Would love that a lot. It is right in style now days and I bet it would go over very big. Great Idea!!

  80. Colibri says:

    Taking it too seriously? Maybe Leslie is right. Or perhaps we’re writing out of frustration and disappointment. We love our older VB bags, but find that the newer patterns & colors don’t “fit” us anymore. Maybe I am no longer in VB’s target market. 😦

    • Amy L. says:

      Good point Colibri, I beginning to wonder the same as well.

      • Jasmine says:

        Me too.

        Actually, the smaller scale inside patterns of the handbags are more the scale of pattern I would love to see.

        Maybe they could use the inside patterns on the outside….

  81. Marie Schwarz says:

    I agree with most of the e-mails. Bought my first Vera, Fall of 2011, since then bought Elle Blue and a backpack Tea Garden. Wissh the bags were made in the USA. Keep the jobs here. Would like a darker color and not so much with the Florals.

  82. Sharon says:

    What negative comments about such beautiful, wonderful purses that millions of ladies from young to eldery are purchasing daily all over the world. I personnally love each and everyone that I have purchased or received as a gift, from a key fob to a duffle bag to my perfect black, classy, evening bag. I do not plan on retiring any of my Vera items in the new future. Ladies, be happy that YOU can afford these classy purses and remember, not everyone is lucky enuogh to afford just one. Vera Bradley Staff keep up the good work. You are doing a great job. Remember, you can not satlsfy everyone.

    • shirleyherson says:

      I agree with you Sharon. I truly love my Vera bags and accessories. I will always love them and only use Vera bags. I appreciate the company and love their bags. So yes, Sharon, I am also grateful to have our Vera’s!! Thanks Vera

  83. Dee says:

    Love to see some purple and black.

  84. Kim says:

    The moment I saw English Rose…..I was in LOVE! Can’t wait for it!

  85. biscuit says:

    I wish they would make some winter scenes instead of flowers. I can think of several – a horse drawn sleigh, a snow covered small town, a snowman in front of a house,deer in the woods… i thought they might do some special things when they went to QVC. Today’s Specials that you could only purchase on QVC and maybe an autoship for different seasons.

  86. Elizabeth C. says:

    I agree with the other comments about bringing back the holiday patterns! I also wish that Vera could bring back some of the favorite retired prints…maybe pick one “throwback” pattern every year. The older prints were so pretty!

    • Shirley Herson says:

      I am with you Holly, I also love the new English Rose Pattern. It is just lovely and I will surely get something in i

  87. maria elena alcala says:

    Wow! never noticed the fact that these beautiful bags were made in China, What a set back! Why are we paying so much money? I’ll reconsider my Christmas shopping.

    • Shirley Herson says:

      I feel badly that I also have never noticed the bags are made in China. I have not noticed that they were not of excellent quality though. They wear well and wash well and serve me well. I like things to be made in our own country also. But I will not give up Vera’s due to that. Love them too much to let them go.

  88. Barbara says:

    I have been a VB customer for a number of years and have always thought that some level of research was part of the production. A life-long resident of Atlanta, the Dogwood City, I am actually shocked that you have produced dogwood blossoms with anything BUT four bracts. Part of the culture of the dogwood :blossom: is that it is the shape of a cross. Now that I have learned that your production has moved to China, what is the surprise?! I’ll go to the fabric store and buy quilted fabric or quilt my own and make my bags.. At least the final production will be made in the USA.

  89. mom says:

    I agree that the new patterns are very similar to recent patterns. I have been collecting Vera for years, but miss the older, more subtle patterns. The new ones have too many colors, and they are all too bright. There is no sophistication anymore. VB is popular with young teenagers, but has lost a good share of the middle-aged market. I also miss the medium and small sized toggle bags. We need a tote that is smaller, with quilted shorter handles. And yes, please bring them back to the USA!

  90. Laura says:

    For the Steeler fans out there like myself, this pattern is amazing!

  91. Jenny says:

    I didn’t know VB was made in China now. Will now re-think what I am giving for Christmas gifts. I feel real bad about this because my sister loves VB & she is always so happy with our gifts but she works so hard to buy USA & when I tell her where VB is made she won’t want any more. This makes me very sad.

  92. WHOA!! Before anyone writes another comment, I think I have figured it out! I am from the south, and having grown up with dogwoods all my life, AND magnolias, I kept looking at this pattern and sensing something was amiss. Then I enlarged the pattern on the “apron” and Googled “Magnolia” images and BOOM! You’ll catch it, too – that is NOT a dogwood, it’s a MAGNOLIA. Fairly certain- look at the centers and leaf structure and spacing of the flowers. (not sure what the tiny blooms around are but filler) It is not a dogwood for sure. I’m thinking someone goofed somewhere– is it too late to rename the pattern? Magnolias are actually almost more appropriate for a winter pattern, as it is an evergreen, and at least the leaves are around in the winter. Am I right here? That pattern will not fly as a Dogwood in the south! It is VERY much tied to the story of the Cross and Christ – it blooms here at Easter!
    “Never again shall the dogwood grow
    Large enough to be used so.
    Slender and twisted, it shall be
    With blossoms like the cross for all to see.
    As blood stains the petals marked in brown,
    The blossom’s center wears a thorny crown.
    All who see it will remember Me
    Crucified on a cross from the dogwood tree.”

    • Mig says:

      Absolutely!! And not just in the South. Here in the mid atlantic I have a beautiful old Dogwood outside my front window that my husband and his Grandfather replanted out there when my hubby was a child. It means a great deal to me. I think they need to change the name…

  93. mom says:

    I actually think there is too much purple!

  94. Susan Gonchar says:

    Vera, I have loved your bags–and have plenty of them, but now will think twice before buying again since they are being made in China. I am so disappointed. Please return the quality and manufacture to the United States of America.

  95. Jean says:

    I love Vera bags especially the solid colors which I use most of the year. I save the flowers for spring and summer. I am very disappointed that they are not made in the United States and that will keep me from purchasing Vera bags in the future.

  96. Nicole says:

    Dogwood looks like yellowbird. I agree about the patterns repeating with tweaks. If we are going to continue this trend revamp the mod floral blue, mod floral pink, piccadilly,and chelse green.

    • Tracy V. says:

      I’d love it if they could bring back mod floral pink so I could pick it up in some of the newer styles. Hands down, one of my fav patterns ever!

  97. Angie D says:

    Quatre foil , medallion, and chevron prints are quite popular now. Those would make lovely Vera patterns. The chevron print would look great with a personal monogram.

    • shirleyherson says:

      This is another great idea for winter bags. So many ideas here. What a selection there would be if they made all of these patterns.

  98. Cindy says:

    I think Vera Bradley is losing their signature look. All the new colors since Va Va Bloom look like Vera Bradley impostors. I’m not impressed Vera.

    • Shirley says:

      I noticed someone saying VaVa Bloom looks like a fake Vera. I have one and I love it. I get so many compliments on my colorful Vera Bags. I realize not everyone is loving color, but it is cheery and pretty and truly cheers a soul! I love your prints Vera. Please do not change and keep them coming to up.

  99. cindylou says:

    I have been waiting for a cute blue and brown pattern to come out. I just purchased my first home and the colors I picked are blue and brown

  100. Jasmine says:

    RE: This Winter, we’re calling for color!

    PLEASE, no more color. I’m calling for NEUTRALS, like VB used to make. One dominant color, a neutral, with maybe one or two subtle accent colors in a smaller scale pattern, like the older patterns were. Bags that can be used for more than one outfit!

    I used to be able to carry my VB bag to work at a corporate job wearing a suit, and then wear it on the weekend too. No way could I do that with these new super bright multicolor large patterns, which would clash with any other colors or clothing I might wear.

    After a certain age, carrying a large patterned bright colored bag just looks wrong….I too am beginning to wonder if VB doesn’t want our business anymore. Sad, because I still want VB.

    Please, listen to us and provide some other options for the more mature customer. ie,
    Smaller patterns
    Neutral colors
    Just look at the retired patterns………..
    Thanks.

    • Debra says:

      I think VB is after the “young” crowd with the colors. They seem to have forgotten us, the ones that have supported the line for 20 years! Bring us something our age! And back to the USA! By the way, I think the items that come from China are easy to identify, they have a funny odor to them, especially the ones with plastic lining.

  101. Kristen says:

    I’m just confused as to how it’s a huge shock that they are made in China, it’s been that way for a while now. I like Vera, I’m not nutso for it, but they’re fun. So c’mon leave Vera alone, they can’t please everyone all of the time.

    • Shirley says:

      Kristen, I agree with you, Leave Vera alone. They do their best to produce lovely handbags that many of us out here just love and are so very proud to carry. It is very hard to please everyone on everything. Vera is normally floral designs since inception. I actually love flowers and love Veras. I am sure that they will come up with further designs in the future. My bags are of good quality and Vera is not the first company that has had to manufacture elsewhere. Many, many in our country do and that is just a fact of life whether we like it or not. I am not all that happy about it, but will still buy my bags from Vera as I truly love them.

      • Jasmine says:

        hi,
        not picking on vera. just frustrated as i’ve been waiting 2 years now, money in hand, ready to purchase a pattern/color that works for me.

        i love the lightweight nature of the handbags and also the fact that they are machine washable. (debra, i do agree with you about the odor.)

        not everyone wants big bold prints, although i actually like some of the new ones, the colors just don’t work for me as i don’t wear brights. would love something cooler and more muted, like vera used to make.

        i’m a big vera fan, a customer and a stockholder – and have carried nothing but vera for decades. would love to own vera for the future as well.

      • Beckie says:

        So agree. I have been so disappointed in the past year’s choices that I have come to a screeching halt on purchasing purses or anything in the newer colors. Because of arthritis, I love the fabric made purses. Leather in the same size bag is much heavier to start with. Out of desperation, I visited my local fabric shop and bought supplies to make my own. Not all have that ability, so I feel fortunate that I can make my own. I just prefer to have purchased a Vera B bag.

      • Shirley says:

        You are so lucky to have the ability to make your own fabric bags. I have many Veras and have not found them to be of poor quality or have a bad smell. I have loved them all and all the accessories I have purchased. Myself, I love color and I love flowers, so am quite pleased with the selections we have.

      • Beckie says:

        Thanks, Shirley. I am fortunate to be able to sew well. I just haven’t made made purses for a long time, but love the fabric that I chose. If it turns out well, I can make more for much less than what I have been spending on VB. I’ll save my money for the VB accessories.

      • Shirley says:

        Hi Beckie, good for you sewing your own bags. I just love the fabric bags and have many. I have a case for my book to take when I go to an appt, a camera case, a key case, an e-reader sleeve for my accessories. Plus many bags. I wish I could sew well and make them too. Happy for you and let us know how they come out. Enjoy, Beckie

  102. Clara says:

    The black one is GORGEOUS

  103. Fran says:

    I would like to see some small animal prints again.

  104. mom says:

    To the comment that Vera has been floral since its inception, Vera also had many other prints. Also, the prints were smaller, fewer colors and the bands at the top of the bags were more detailed. Now often there are too many bright colors, and some of the patterns are garish, rather than understated and sophisticated, like French Provincial patterns. It would be nice if Vera offered something like the earlier patterns now and then.

    • Jasmine says:

      I so agree, mom. All I ask is maybe one softer, more muted refined print a year. I recognize that VB is aiming at the youth market, but please don’t forget us more mature ladies who have been supporters for decades.

      I love florals, paisleys, french provincial, all of it…would just like to see a few smaller scale prints more in scale with my size, and also I think for me I am missing the cooler, softer colors that go better with my wardrobe and skin tone. There is plenty for all the other customers who like brighter, clearer or warmer tones already…..

  105. Trina S says:

    I really liked the “Dogwood” pattern, but since reading about the name goof, I am on the fence. I agree with everyone on the older patterns, they were a lot easier to carry since the print wasn’t so large and overbearing.
    I would like to see more smaller, not so flashy patterns. I would also like to see something wintery with snowflakes or evergreens. I think the Realtree pattern in pink would be cute! The colors lime green and gray are really big now and would love to see those colors in a pattern close to Paprika.
    I have also noticed the quality is slipping, hate to say it, but more than likely due to being made overseas. I have noticed lots of crooked seams and some not even matching up like they should, but the prices continue to rise.

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