We're more than just a label:
We’re collector’s of nostalgic stories, rooted in a deep respect for nature, conservation and preservation of the Portuguese Reed Basketry Tradition.
My father always told me: ''I recognize a basket from Toino da Vitória wherever I am’’. And today, I hear myself saying the same ‘’I recognize any Victoria Handmade basket, even from afar.’’
Since I was a child, my father has always been demanding the best of me and my sisters when it came to weaving baskets. Even on that time, his baskets were the best in the village. Today I am grateful for that teaching, because I can say with certainty: yes, we have the best Portuguese reed baskets. Why? Because we live in the skin the devaluation of years that these pieces have suffered, but we have not lost the desire to value the art of weaving the reed with the boldness of adding modernity so that we could continue to weave Stories by your side.
‘’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.''
Esperança Vitória, Artisan & Victoria Handmade CEO
Hello, I'm Esperança Vitória, Granddaughter of Vitória Brites and Daughter of Toino da Vitória and Maria Manuela. At 38 years of age, I said goodbye to the job where I worked for 14 years to work in the one I learned since I was 5 years old. To work on what everyone said was impossible to survive: the reed basketry, the art and tradition of my family since 1952. And that was how the Victoria Handmade project was born, in memory of my dear mom who left this universe in the same year, and of mine father who saw this art extinguishing from day to day between his hands without first reaching yours:
A force that made us be reborn.
''Hi! I am Manuela, Esperança's mom and her Master of Sewing baskets. I always had the dream of seeing reed basketry reborn from its great times, believing that one day we could accomplish it together.''
''Hello, I'm Esperança's father. I taught him everything I know about this art, from picking the reeds, to drying, treating, dyeing, weaving ... placing wicker baskets. All. Today I am very proud to look at one of his baskets. I taught her well!''
''Oh, hello there! I'm Grandma Vitória and Toino is my youngest son. When he were 9 years old, I made him go to school to learn how to make a reed basket. He never stopped since then, teaching to his wife and my granddaughters.''
''If I had questioned my dream of making the craft market fair and worthy, of making this art my family's livelihood, I would not have even started. I achieved the never before achieved by so many who dreamed of such in my native village. So always remember: your fears doesn't know your strength.''
''Hi! 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.''
''Hey there! 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 needs to see why this art doesn't deserve to be extinguished and know it's true value.''
''Hey you! We're Nina and Oscar, the pets of Victoria Handmade brand. Esperança saved us from the street, and the Atelier is our home. We're here to welcome you, to give you love and make happy all our human friends! But be careful with us, we love kisses and to be pampered!''