Goldsmith and Canadian Designer, Ivana Walker, is the creator of the company Anavi Designs.
While on vacation, she went searching for the perfect travel purse, a purse that could be used during the day yet also nice enough to carry when she went to an expensive restaurant. With with no budget limitations, she searched Prada, Gucci, Valentino, and Versace… and she struck out with each store. Either she felt that the sizing was incorrect, the chain wasn’t given enough length, or the weight of the purse itself when empty was too heavy. This prompted her to take matters into her own hands, and she began to not only design but hand-create custom purses.
In 2014, after 26 years of experience as a Master Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith, Ivana transferred her creativity to handbags. After all, she believes that a handbag should have the same uniqueness and quality as a fine piece of jewelry. Ivana realized that joy and satisfaction came from creating handmade pieces that clients can tailor to their own needs and desires.Her purses have a growing fan base and have been carried by and featured in episodes of the Real Housewives of Toronto.
Anavi Designs was inspired by a love of producing elegant, customized and one of a kind pieces, with a goal to provide each person a look that allows them to express their individuality. At the end of the day, pinpointing pieces that define your personal style is all about having fun, and this is exactly what Ivana accomplishes so beautifully with all of her purse designs.
“Quality and functionality is more than just a designer name!”