Four years ago in Summit, New Jersey, Tina M. Leuthner and Vicky K. Dionne met by
chance through their children. Little did they know that this new friendship would lead to the realization
of an entrepreneurial dream. Two years after meeting, Tina and Vicky created their first endeavor, a company
that introduced unique high end handbag designers to their area. With Vicky's strong financial background,
formerly having managed the investment portfolio for a multi-billion dollar corporate pension plan and 401K,
and Tina's sales and marketing skills from an executive sales position in the pharmaceutical industry, this
was sure to be a winning combination. Although they left their jobs to be dedicated mothers, their passion
for design and business still lived and it was only a matter of time before they fatefully joined forces.
The Cristina Vasiliky, handbag label not only represents a strong entrepreneurial spirit but also makes generous
contributions towards the fight for colon cancer.
Tina and Vicky garnered valuable industry information on what women want in a handbag by selling choice bags at
trunk shows, fundraisers and stores. They established a wide client base in the New Jersey area and soon put
their market research to work and started sketching and creating their own samples. A unique blend of their
respective styles led to the formation of Cristina Vasiliky. The bags are produced in the USA, using luxurious
European fabrics and their signature vintage brooches collected from a cross-country treasure hunt of antique
boutiques and estate sales. The first bag designed was named after their mothers, who shared the same name,
Elizabeth. The other bags named after their daughters; Gabriella, Elyssa and Emma Hope. Though each bag has it's
own identity they are timeless and elegant and can be easily paired with designer jeans or an evening gown. The
first collection was a marvelous success. They sold to their existing client base and were soon approached by a
number of boutique owners who wanted to carry Cristina Vasiliky in their stores. These beautiful clutch bags are
all one of kind and range from $150 to $220 dollars.
Their inspiration is fueled further from the loss of Tina's mother to Colon Cancer on Christmas Eve in 1999. From
the day of the diagnosis until the end, Elizabeth fought the battle of colon cancer with the dignity of a lady and
the ferocity of a warrior. A portion of the proceeds will go to the TJ Martel Foundation to help find a cure for
this silent and deadly disease.
Cristina Vasiliky is not just an exquisite new handbag line, but also an inspiration to women across the country
and a way in which they can help the cause; through purchase of the bags. These mothers from New Jersey revisited
their skills, dreams, passions and most of all their entrepreneurial spirits.
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