Behind the Artist

Vella mode. A derivative of what was and is now…  Inspired as a little girl by the admiration for her mother who elegantly wore a style we now call vintage.  When I lived in rural South Georgia, tailor made suits, felt and feathered hats, fox tails as well as black patent leather shoes and purses was commonly worn among southern ladies.  I watched my father fill my mother's closets so pleasingly with baubles and dresses as he proudly kept up his style to match hers. I was constantly surrounded by fashion at home.  As a girl I studied pages from magazines with designs from parts of the world hopeing one day to experience my fondness and curiosity of culture and fashion as was shared by my mother.


As a young woman opportunities allowed me to experience other cultures through work and travel.  After many years of living in Europe I studied the intricacies of modern design while working in the kitchen and bath industry. Today with my husband, who is native of Germany, we share the love of clean lines of modern design. 




Culture   Original Design   Handcrafted


A Vella mode collection embodies the combination of my southern tradition along with modern design of southern Europe. My mother’s nickname Vella whose style inspires each jewelry piece I craft and mode (pronounced moda) means fashion in German. My two cultural worlds infuse one love in designing and handcrafting original pieces. Inspirations are drawn from life...what was and is now. I proudly source metals from the U.S. and environmentally conscious beads from Germany.



We align with ethical causes focused on sustaining the earth as well as sustaining lives such as the African Rainforest Conservancy and the Lupus Foundation of America in memory of my mother.





Behind the Logo

Vella a nickname from my mother's real name Evella.










mode I 'mo:də I f (-; -n) fashion:new fangled ideas.

                           ə -a short sound,that of unaccented  e

                          Langenscheidt's standard German dictionary

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