From an early age, Victoria understood the importance of fashion. Raised by her model mom, Victoria was entrenched in a world of glamour and sophistication. Fashion was not only a way to fit in; it was a way to standout. This sensibility has been the driving force behind Victoria Tea Designs.
First a collector, Victoria acquired pieces from her mother’s closet, then moved on to thrift stores to create a style that gave a nod to the past, but was uniquely her own. Her extensive vintage slip collection became the springboard for her career as a designer. Victoria transformed the slips into dresses through hand dyeing and beading. The “Vintage Originals” were quickly gobbled up by Hollywood’s elite at the preeminent Fred Segal store on Melrose.
Fashions change and jeans and t-shirts became de rigeur in Los Angeles. Victoria created her first belt collection in 2001 to give an individual style to the basic uniform. Once again drawing on her vintage sensibility, she scoured LA’s forgotten fashion houses and thrift stores for inspiration. Combined with her love of texture and color, the final products were classical designs, reminiscent of the past with a distinct urban edge. The belts became a staple among Hollywood “it” girls like Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson and Shiva Rose.
Dresses and high-waists now reign supreme and Victoria Tea continues her love affair with the past with her latest collection. Created with the finest leathers and vintage inspired buckles, her creations have a seasoned sensibility with a modern twist. Victoria has expanded her collection to include headbands and clutches, giving fashionistas everywhere the ability to be stylish from head to fingertip.
Born in Pennsylvania, educated in New York City, Victoria has lived in Los Angeles for the past seven years and now calls Santa Monica home.