I Love Vikki Vi - A Message from our CEO

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Over the 25 years that I've had the pleasure of selling Vikki Vi Clothing, I have spoken to countless women about their love of Vikki Vi.  There is magic around this product.  Whether it's in the fabric, the fit, or the way it makes you feel - Vikki Vi has a massive following.  I can't tell you the many conversations I've had with women who tell me they own over 100 pieces of Vikki Vi and still love and wear each one.  I love having these conversations with my customers because Vikki Vi has brought magic to my life as well.  

It all started back in the 90's when Nordstrom created the Encore department.  I was a women's clothing manager and had the opportunity to take on the responsibility of Encore.  Soon after we received our first collection in black, the craze began.  The wonder and excitement created around this special product was amazing.  I communicated to the buyers how much the customers loved this product and encouraged them to carry it all the time.  The love affair had begun and is still going strong today.  

I had a vision way back then that Vikki Vi would be an important part of my life.  I couldn't imagine how at that time, but I just knew.  When my second child Juliet was born in 2001, I felt that I couldn't go back to the corporate world to work for Nordstrom again.  I took the opportunity with the dawning of ECommerce to start a small website called Plus by Design.  I started my business with $5000 in inventory in six colors of slinky that I housed in our garage.  I worked from home and was able to care for my new baby.  I did everything in the beginning from taking customer calls on my cell phone to chasing the UPS guy around town every afternoon.  The growth of the business was immediate.  

In 2007, the company that created Vikki Vi declared bankruptcy.  Nordstrom had decided to discontinue the product.  My business was still growing online so we decided to buy the label and keep going.  I loved my business and just couldn't imagine disappointing my customers.  10 years later we are back in Nordstrom online with Black Classics and Plus by Design is still growing.

I am always so grateful to the amazing support of all my Vikki Vi fans.  The love you show toward this amazing product has kept it going through many ups and downs.  I also have an amazing staff.  Allegra is our buyer/photographer/model and has been with us for over 10 years.  Leslie handles customer service and logistics.   Lydia is our beautiful model and the face of Vikki Vi for many years.  Monica is another beautiful model and an amazing stylist.  Our product is made in New York City with Roger handling the manufacturing and Burt supplying our high quality slinky fabric.  We've recently welcomed our fabulous blogger Jen Anderson.  I am so blessed to work with these outstanding individuals and own this amazing company.  

Well, that's my love story.  Thanks for letting me share it with you.  I would just love it if you would tell your own Vikki Vi story.  Comments are open and we look so forward to hearing from you!  

All my best,

Danielle Z. Malconian


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9 Responses

Linda Levinson
Linda Levinson

January 17, 2017

Danielle— I loved that you shared your story and the story of Plus By Design. I have long felt I have a personal relationship with Vikki Vi clothes as I have bought them from the early days and have about 10 pair of pants in various colors in my closet along with tops and jackets of various shapes also in many different colors.I have been fortunate enough to live close to your stores when they were open and would stop in whenever I was nearby. Both you and Allegra are so warm and helpful. Allegra and I would have long, supportive talks as I tried on various pieces. Her comments and opinions were truly helpful. The couple of times I talked with you, you were so helpful and wonderful to deal with.

Having to buy ‘online’ makes choices a bit more difficult than being able to try things on, but of course I do it as I love the fit of your pants, the colors you choose, and the quality of the slinky material. I am so grateful you exist and that you have the ability and desire to design plus size clothes that I can wear both in my work as a psychotherapist and my personal life whether going out to dinner or a play or just hanging out. I do feel you and Allegra are like family.

With thanks and huge hugs!

Susan Kane
Susan Kane

January 17, 2017

I loved reading the story of how you got started! Thank you for sharing that. I bought my first pieces at my local Nordstrom in the Encore department in May of 2006 and still have those 2 black pieces!! I have since purchased well over 50 pieces from you and have visited your store when I travelled from the east coast to spend time with my daughter in California. Needless to say, I bought more when I was there, and it was a pleasure to meet you and your staff.
I like the product very much and it is all I wear. I mix and match the solids, and love to wear the prints with different solids. Your prints are designed to go with multiple solids which I appreciate very much. Besides the product being top notch your staff is as well. I can call and get wonderful customer service any time! Please keep it going. I am your customer for life!

MARY JAN HANSEN
MARY JAN HANSEN

January 16, 2017

I, love, this, World; and, it’s, CREATOR; and, when, I, create, MY, World, there will, also, be:

Sunsets, chocolate, sailboats, Mozart, VIKKI VI and, Intimate—by Revelon—perfume!……….

Barbara Swartz
Barbara Swartz

January 15, 2017

I bought Vikki Vi when it first came to Nordstroms and it was all I wore. Then Nordstrom stopped carrying the line and tried to fill and lasts years. Just change out bouses and my wardrobe could remain stylish and up-to-date. Other brands of pants never fit me the same. My wardrobe became pretty boring unitl I found Plus by Design in your early years. Thank you so much. I know this is your passion and your livelihood but you have done a very good deed for so many of us. I can’t remember the last time I went into a store to buy clothes. It has been years. Now that you have expanded the line and added more high-end evening wear I really don’t have to go to clothing stores. I applaud your success.

Leah Gluck
Leah Gluck

January 14, 2017

Many years ago I used to buy VickyV at a favorite boutique. This year I received a email about your company and I bought sis straight skirts and eight 3/4 length pull over tops. I have never felt so well dressed and comfortable in my clothes. Thank you , thank you, thank you. Leah Gluck

Jan Pearson
Jan Pearson

January 14, 2017

I can’t tell you how elated I am to have found your website. I started wearing Vikki Vi in 2007 when it first came on the scene at Nordstrom. I didn’t know if I would like it and then fell in-love with it. I have worn the clothing in all sizes, including the brand for smaller Women’s sizes. My pieces do need refreshing badly. I thought Vikki Vi was gone forever. In December or January I did find that Nordstrom was carrying the black, but they did not carry the 0X size. So – I went to the internet and found Plus by Design. I have purchased several pieces since then (it has to be addictive). I do get a lot of compliments from friends who ask why I am so dressed up. I have answered that they don’t realize how comfortable, easy it is to wear, always looks nice, hardly any care, the only way to travel. I am retired now and have tossed a lot of my work clothes. But it is hard to find anything comfortable and good looking. Vikki Vi clothing is like wearing pajamas. Retirement is all about comfortable. I can’t commend you enough for the product, rich colors, feel of material, and customer service — down to how fast it arrives in the mail. I will be a “forever” customer.

Deanna Komuves
Deanna Komuves

January 14, 2017

I bought my fist Vikki Vi at Nordstrom’s and it has been a love affair ever since. These outfits have been all over the world with me as I travel for business and never go out of style, I am a senior executive and always receive compliments on my clothing. I have all the original jackets from the beginning and still wear them. I especially love the slim pants since I have thin legs and they are very flattering. My only wish is that the sleeveless shell tunic be made available in every color not just the black. The tunic is just the right length to hide the belly. May you enjoy many more years of success.

Ivonne W
Ivonne W

January 14, 2017

I have been your customer since almost the first day you became an eCommerce store. I purchased my first piece at Nordstrom and was elated when I found Vikki Vi online. Danielle is great to do business with and has great customer service. She even came to her store on Ventura Blvd., right after she moved in and didn’t have regular hours, since I was driving through the area, to allow me to peruse the inventory. I love everything about Vikki Vi. The quality, style and ability to wear it everyday for all occasions. To be able to transition from day to night simply by adding accessories is fantastic. The basic black pants and shell tops has literally been my basic uniform whether for business, casual and evening ware, everyday.

Congratulations on your great success and thank you, Danielle and team, for keeping the line going strong, for great customer service and for all your hard work.I do not know what I’d do without wearing my Vikki Vi wardrobe!

Rita Manasse
Rita Manasse

January 14, 2017

I love ❤️ your line. I still have one top in Hot Pink I treasure, from years ago. Thanks for sharing your story.
Waiting patiently for February to be able to buy the “electric blue” pieces. Congratulations on your success.

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Size Chart
Vikki Vi Clothing runs generously. The size chart below is an excellent guide for most of our products. If any styles run especially large or small, that information will be listed on the specific product page.

 

 

0X
Size 12-14

1X
Size 16-18

2X
Size 20-22

3X
Size 24-26

4X
Size 28-30

Bust

44"

48"

52"

56"

60"

Waist

32"

35"

40"

44"

48"

Hip

46"

48"

52"

55"

58"