Vakaro™ is a unique creation that blends art and functionality with élan. Vakaro is the premier, original hand painted brand available at select boutiques across India, Slovakia and other countries. Vakaro™ original art styles have been setting industry trends since 2010.
The Vakaro Group sold its first Vakaro™ handbag in India in September 2010. Initially, Vakaro™ defied mainstream fashion norms and that it would have to tap deeper into his talents and expand into a wider arena of art. After a modest start with a couple of artisans in a tiny workshop, today Vakaro™ is being individually hand painted by over 25 highly skilled artisans working under the guidance of Vakaro. You can find their one-of-a-kind designs across India, Slovakia, Australia, Canada.
Vakaro™ bags are a feast for the eyes with their vibrant colors and elegant design elements. The wide range of abstracts and natural scenes depicted in all shades and hues transforms each handbag into an object of timeless art. By combining the beauty of nature with the latest in runway fashion, Vakaro™ has Redefined Wearable Art. Every Vakaro™ creation is unique and truly a contemporary masterpiece on leather. The casual, bohemian and comfortable styling complements the sophisticated woman who appreciates one-of-a-kind designs and exceptional craftmanship.
The commercial production of the artwork translates to one accessory at a time, as the personalized and individual workmanship is an integral part of each creation. The artisans take pride in the creation of every piece and view them as distinctive works of art, like no other. The rich and supple cowhide is specially created and carefully selected, allowing for the art to age like fine wine while getting enriched and attracting even more compliments over the years.
We approach fashion through intelligent creativity and try to strike the right balance between functionality and art - making every Vakaro accessory qualified ‘wearable art’! The Vakaro™ story doesn’t end with its original art or its fine leather, but simply begins with it. To add sense to sophistication, Vakaro™ pays attention to the intricate details such as practical features, compartments and adjustable shoulder straps, key fobs, cell phone pockets and security pockets, precise handcrafted workmanship, signature lining, custom made hardware and branded sliders. Vakaro accessories are always elegant and handmade lovingly with thoughtful detailing.
During the early days, Vakaro had to overcome the hurdle of finding capable artisans to paint her designs on the handbags. A real artist would never agree to spending hours in a factory painting the same design over and over again. Therefore, when faced with the challenge of recruiting talented artisans to hand paint handbags individually and in large quantities to meet market demand, Vakaro set out to hire unemployed and economically challenged young adults with a basic sense of art and an eagerness to learn. They were taught leather painting skills by Vakaro at the workshop. Over the years, these skills helped them earn an honest living and provide for their families. It also helped them establish a sustainable career with the company. Today, Vakaro’s success is proven by these very same dedicated artisans who are still working with the company and giving back to their communities by recruiting others who are facing the same income challenges in their lives. Vakaro is still in the workshop every day interacting with the experienced artisans as well as their apprentices and coaching them to develop their skills.
The Power of Giving:
Each Vakaro is individually painted in our family workshop, not by professional artists but by young men and women who have been trained by us and enjoy the benefits of our fair trade policies. We passionately believe that every bag we sell takes our artisans a step closer to building a better life. Our fair trade policies ensure that our artisans are paid higher rates than similar skilled workers in other industries. We support their efforts with health insurance for their families and retirement benefits. All this goes a long way to inspire them to work hard and build a better future. They are happy to be able to afford the simple things that we take for granted- to have electricity in their homes, to send their children to school and to save for their retirement. The original business challenge has evolved into a unique community engagement which is continuously giving back to the people and the families that make this unique product possible. We are happy that we are able to make a difference to so many lives and give back to the community which has helped us reach this far. Vakaro Team could not have hoped for a better reward.