Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vera Lisa Bergalli Erviti is a clothing and textile designer who graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and granddaughter on her mother’s side of Jesus Jose Erviti, a Navarrese from Obanos, some 20 kms. from Pamplona. This is why, when it came time to choose a name for her business there was no doubt in calling it “Vasca.” The designer explained to EuskalKultura.eus, “The name is inspired by what my grandfather transmitted to us about our culture and the country he came from. When I was little, I used to only dress as a dantzari and referred to myself as “neskatxa,” (little girl).
Even if the designs of “Vasca,” respond to a fashions demand, and are not historical Basque typologies, the logo does refer to Euskal Herria. “My grandfather made me necklaces with the fruit of the oak and he told me about the meaning of that tree in our culture. He arrived in Argentina in 1923, and since then has been linked to Basque spaces. During my childhood I went hand in hand with him to watch pilota at Laurak Bat.”
[The “Vasca” logo]
Currently, “Vasca,” provides a wide variety of wallets, of different types and sizes, colors and styles, made of leather and by hand. Sales are exclusively via social media on Instagram @vasca.carteras, retail or wholesale and they are also in Facebook. Domestic shipping is also available.
“The bond with our roots was always very strong and I wanted, through my business, to symbolize a tribute to my origins. Those who follow my brand know me as “la Vasca,” they know about my ancestors and they love to hear the story of the name,” Vera says proudly.