‘’I was born in a basket. I remember watching my mother weave, the noise of the comb hitting one of the looms we had at home while I was taking a nap.''
Hello, my name is Esperança Vitória, founder of the brand Victoria Handmade and Toino da Vitoria's daughter - my father and teacher who taught me this extraordinary art of weaving the reed. My grandma Vitória had my father learn, at the age of 9, how to make Traditional Portuguese Baskets, teaching then my mother, me and my sisters, keeping this way the family tradition since 1952 - for over 65 years. Said this, the name of the brand was obvious: the family name, perpetuated for four generations until today, which fits perfectly in the families concept that the brand Victoria Handmade carries.
Victoria Handmade is a brand with an own handcraft production. With the help of my sister, Carla and my daughter, Daniela, we are three women that take our family name all over the world, keeping the Family Tradition alive. The result of all this was the introduction of high level handcraft pieces with a modern twist, aiming to link tradition and a contemporary design. The result is a timeless piece of art based on the "piece by piece" method.
We are actually involved since the first process of the creation of a basket: the harvest and cut of the reed - our raw material. After the harvest, we spread out the reed in the sun for weeks for it to dry into a pearly color- when we catch it in the fields it has a dark green color and it's only the strong summer sun that transforms it, naturally, in a pearl color, so we can work it. After this arduous phase, we work on all other processes involved: sulfate the reed to clean it, pick, one by one, the good reed to work with, tint it in different colors, leave it to dry naturally after tinting, etc. Only then we pass over to the loom to weave the pieces, sew the sides to the mat - we also work and cut the leather independently, leather with the most environment-friendly treatment possible, keeping the concept of eco-friendly pieces. There are a few more processes up to the point of when the Victoria Handmade label is put on and which gives the piece the final touch - a piece that has been worked on with craft dedication for 6 to 12 hours.
It's a complete way to return to the roots, not only due to the traditional techniques which are preserved, but also since they are memories of my childhood. Victoria Handmade is a force that made my family be reborn, with the attitude and the identity as an ally to quality and that will keep it alive for decades thanks to each piece Victoria handmade that exist in every part of the world.
Thank YOU, for helping us keep our own Family Tradition alive.
MEET THE TEAM
Hello! I'm Nina, the pet of Victoria brand. Esperança saved me from the street, and Victoria Atelier is my home. I'm here to welcome you, to give you love and make happy all my human friends!
DESIGNER, PHOTOGRAPHER & ASSISTANT
I'm Daniela, daughter of Esperança. Is with passion that i work with my mom to carry Victoria brand around the world, from graphic, to web, to online medias. All the world deserve to know and see how this kind of art is done, and see its true value.
CEO, DESIGNER & CRAFTMAKER
I'm Esperança Vitória, the founder and artisan of Victoria brand.
I learned this ancestral art with my parents, when i as a little girl.
My family make handmade Portuguese Baskets since 1952, and today, i carry this family art all around the world.
I'm Carla, sister of Esperança and like her, i have learned to weave since i remember to be a person. Our father have teach to each of us how to do baskets. Today i proudly work every day side by side with my sister in Victoria brand: a family brand.
Hi! I was the last one to join to Victoria Team, and like Nina, i'm here to welcome & love you.
My heart and sympathy to you is so bigger as my body.
See you soon!