[Welcome back to the series “International Boho-Chic Designers”. I have met so many fashion designers and artists on my travels from whom I buy jewelry, swimsuits, tops, etc. I love having unique items and I’m creating this section to share them with you. These are people I’ve met and personally shopped from & love, not people perking or paying me.]
I have been adoring Veronique’s bags since I first got to Goa, therefore I have been planning since then to share her amazing collections with my readers! If you’re coming to Goa, Delhi, Singapore, or Bali, you must include seeing her designs on your itinerary. I mean, just look at the name of her brand; not only does it fit this series to a T but my own personal style as well. Just putting this post together, I’m adding up how much of my budget I should set aside to do some shopping when she’s back in Goa this October!
Introducing Veronique of La Vie Boheme Vero M.
Veronique Manchharam, literally lives “Eat, Pray, Love” (but cooler) on repeat each year. She splits her time between Bali, Goa, Delhi, Singapore, and France. She’s been traveling the world for the last 20 years. Her base in newly Singapore, but her main office is in Delhi. I’m sure you can imagine how hard it was for me to title this with a country as I do for all the designers I feature!
Her love for fashion came from her two years in Barcelona and party island, Ibiza, whens she was only 20. Wild “La movida” as she says was in full power. She later went to Dubai to create, then Thailand and Bali before moving to Delhi 8 years ago and opening shop in Goa.
La Vie Boheme, The Brand:
The brand came from a lack of chic and bohemian wear, and a need to fill that gap. Starting with detailed stylish, yet functional bags, Vero M is also designing jewelry and clothing. Her brand is about going from city to beach seamlessly.
“Our logo, the Lotus Flower, symbolizes the sun and creation in ancient Egypt, spiritual awakening and beauty in Buddhism and Hinduism. The Lotus represents the beauty and strength of a woman, which is defined by “La vie boheme”. The collections are made for women of every age, wherever they live but not for all of them , “La vie boheme” is designed for the strong, independent, bold women on the move who are not afraid to make statements and be noticed.”
Veronique is inspired by classic Sophia Loren, and Kate Moss, Sienna Miller, and Elle Macpherson for their boho-chic style.
This is my favorite collection, and those 70’s trousers I love!
She hand-picks each comfortable fabric (the best silks, brocade, crepes, and cottons) herself and uses only 100% leather on her handmade collections. She adds ribbons, antique jewels, semi-precious stones, and silver to her bags. She also sells silver & antique jewelry.
Throughout her collections you’ll find loose boho kaftans, decorated belts, travel bags, sling bags, silk shirts, trousers, dresses, jumpsuits, shorts, sari dresses, and heels.
La Vie Boheme Collections:
She has three chic, bohemian, and one of a kind collections right now that all have some touches that overlap with the other lines so that they flow together:
Blissful day in Goa inspired by the Anjuna Flea Market and Ibiza. For this collection she uses bright ribbons found in Old Delhi and antique Aphgan bridal jewelry. The Clothes are inspires by the 70’s: light and versatile.
Jewels in the City which she calls urban rock chic, has a strong Mughal influence with Rajasthani antique jewels. It was inspired by all her city times, but especially time in Istanbul using moon and star Turkish symbols.
Paradise Island inspired by the beauty of the sea and nature (her newest collection). She’s been lucky enough to chill on islands like Mauritius, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and Maldives. With all blue leather, she’s added lapis lazuli (my favorite), mother of pearls, and calcedonia. These bags are different with paintings from a Delhi artists instead of the usual ribbons.
La Vie Boheme by Vero M. For the Traveler:
Considering the designer relocates every few months to different trendy cities of the world, it’s not surprise her clothing and bags are fit for a traveler.
“La Vie Boheme is for the strong bold independent woman always on the move. The clothes and bags are light weight and and most of the clothes don’t need any ironing, can be easily hand washed and would dry ready to wear.”
“The bags can be packed easily and all the collections complement each other. The outfits and bags would take you from mornings on the beach, the markets, and evening parties. The sandals and small wedges can also be worn from day to night and complement the silhouettes.”
Keep an eye on La Vie Boheme FB page to see what’s new for Vero. As she’s always using her travels as inspiration, it’ll be Miami beach in 2015: art deco, pastels, small clean cut dresses and sexy high waisted shorts!
Where can you purchase La Vie Boheme by Vero M?
She has a huge location of shops! You can visit her website for addresses. In Goa, she’s selling at Vagator’s Thalassa & Nana Ki (in Amarya Shamiyana near La Plage) in Ashwem. In New Delhi, she’s selling in Lola’s World and the Grand Hotel in Vasant Kunj. You can find pieces at Simone Irani in Singapore and Oazia Gallery in Bali. She’ll be opening another location in Bali soon.
Make sure to follow the La Vie Boheme Facebook page, her Pinterest and check out the looks books on her website La Vie Boheme by Vero M. To contact, email Veronique at laviebohemebyvero.m (@) gmail (dot) com.