(MS) — Four years ago in Summit, New Jersey, Tina M. Leuthner and Vicky K. Dionne met by chance through their children. Little did they know
that this new friendship would lead to the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Although they left their jobs to be dedicated mothers,
their passion for design and business still lived and it was only a matter of time before they fatefully joined forces. Two years after meeting,
Tina and Vicky created their first endeavor, a company that introduced unique high end handbag designers to their area.
With Vicky's strong financial background, formerly having
managed the investment portfolio for a multi-billion dollar
corporate pension plan and 401K, and Tina’s sales and
marketing skills from an executive sales position in the pharmaceutical
industry, this was sure to be a winning combination.
The Cristina Vasiliky, handbag label not only represents
a strong entrepreneurial spirit but also makes generous contributions
towards the fight for colon cancer.
Tina and Vicky garnered valuable industry information
on what women want in a handbag by selling choice bags
at trunk shows, fundraisers and stores. They established a
wide client base in the New Jersey area and soon put their
market research to work and started sketching and creating
their own samples. A unique blend of their respective styles
led to the formation of Cristina Vasiliky. The bags are produced
in the USA, using luxurious European fabrics and
their signature vintage brooches collected from a crosscountry
treasure hunt of antique boutiques and estate sales.
The first bag designed was named after their mothers, who
shared the same name, Elizabeth. The other bags are named
after their daughters; Gabriella, Elyssa and Emma Hope.
Though each bag has it’s own identity they are timeless and
elegant and can be easily paired with designer jeans or an
evening gown. The first collection was a marvelous success.
They sold to their existing client base and were soon
approached by a number of boutique owners who wanted to
carry Cristina Vasiliky in their stores.
|Shown above is a cream shearling Kaitlyn bag with
the company’s signature front broach.
Their inspiration is fueled further from the loss of Tina’s
mother to Colon Cancer on Christmas Eve in 1999. From the
day of the diagnosis until the end, Elizabeth fought the battle of
colon cancer with the dignity of a lady and the ferocity of a warrior.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the TJ Martel
Foundation to help find a cure for this silent and deadly disease.
|Shown above is a a dark
pink swirly wool Emma bag.
Cristina Vasiliky is not just an exquisite new handbag line,
but also an inspiration to women across the country and a way
in which they can help the cause; through purchase of the
bags. These mothers from New Jersey revisited their skills,
dreams, passions and most of all their entrepreneurial spirits.
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