My name is Živa and I am founder and owner of Viva’s brand of Vegetable-tanned Leather Bags.
At Viva’s we’re passionate about Nature and Fashion. But if they are to go hand in hand, we all have to play a part. That’s why we focus on responsible fashion and ways in which we can all lead a more conscious lifestyle.
Our products are all made in Slovenia, a small European country, known for its biodiversity, forests and the Alps. With years of experience in fashion, we know trends (and love them), but our main goal is to create timeless designs you’ll love to wear for years – and we use materials that make it possible: high quality vegetable-tanned Italian leather.
Creating a bag from the first sketch to the final product is a long and inspiring process. Viva’s bags are handcrafted the old way, by sewing machine and with final hand touches at the end of the process, which makes each bag a unique piece.
We choose vegetable-tanned leather whenever possible. Vegetable tanning is a chromium-free method of dyeing leather. Natural tannins, found in tree bark, wood, leaves, fruits and roots are used in producing vegetable-tanned leather. This process gives leather its natural smell, look and feel without harsh chemical substances.
We have also chosen vegetable-tanned leather because of its high quality, durability, strength and natural look. Its handmade imperfections make for a unique and genuine aesthetic. Vegetable-tanned leather is far stronger than the majority of synthetic materials and therefore can last a lifetime, which also makes it sustainable.
When creating a new design we focus on beautiful functionality. Viva’s products are made to wear on a daily basis; they have to be simple, functional and minimalistic, so that you can wear them with any outfit.
All our designs are created with a Viva’s woman in mind – a modern woman who knows what she wants in life and shows it to the world with confidence.
She loves what she do, she has healthy lifestyle and knows how to relax. She’s responsible, and that includes taking care of herself. She loves variety but appreciates the ability of things to tell stories that only come with frequent use and the passing of time; she only wants to own things that spark joy in her life. She’s passionate about fashion and design, but she also cares deeply for people, relationships and our planet. She wants her life to be simple and meaningful.
And that’s what we’re here for: we aspire to create products that are simple but meaningful and help you live the life you love.
Photos: Žan Vargek