Meet The Face Behind

VELLA MODE

A BRIKA maker story

Trecy Bleich

SUGAR HILL, GEORGIA
"I believe everything has a meaning."
“Every design I make reflects the level of style my mother evoked. She was quite the fashion trendsetter in her day.”

“Handmade goods were a huge part of my community growing up in the south.”


“Sometimes an idea for a new design can pop in my head which throws off my production schedule, which can leave my work space a bit of a mess. ”


“Handmade goods were a huge part of my community growing up in the south.”


Inspired as a little girl by the admiration for her mother who elegantly wore a style we now call vintage, Vella mode is a derivative of what was and is now. Trecy Bleich grew up in South Georgia where things like tailor made suits, feathered hats and fox tails were commonly worn among southern ladies. She was constantly surrounded by fashion at home as well as in her community. As a girl she would study pages from magazines with designs from parts of the world hoping one day to experience her fondness and curiosity of culture and fashion as shared by her mother.


In 2010, Vella Mode was launched taking its name from her mother’s nickname 'Vella' and the french word for fashion. Trecy aligns her company and jewelry with ethical causes and events focused on sustaining the earth as well as sustaining lives. Her collection embodies the combination of her southern style tradition with her admiration for modern design.

Why is making handmade goods important to you?

My dad handcrafted furniture and built houses to provide for our family. As a young girl the only thing I could do to help was bring him a glass of sweet ice tea because I saw how hard he worked. Not only with my dad, handmade goods were a huge part of my community growing up in the south.

What is your design background?

Self taught. My professional career was in the European kitchen and bath industry so I was surrounded by world-renowned modern designers. During that time I studied their work. However as a young girl I started drawing and knew I had a natural creative talent.

Walk us through your production/design process.

My design process begins in my thoughts often in the middle of the night. I form my ideas by hand until my vision is realized, aesthetically appealing, wears well and the quality meets my satisfaction. My thought focuses on connecting pieces that would move the wearer emotionally whether it be a literal inspirational design or the overall look of the piece. My production is planned by shaping, filing and hammering metals then put in the tumbler for polishing.  I like utilizing a day for earrings, a day for necklaces and so on. Sometimes an idea for a new design can pop in my head, which throws off my production schedule and in turn my work space becomes a mess. Creating is so much fun and I love challenging my abilities.


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PRODUCTS BY VELLA MODE
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