Vera Bradley's 40 years of patterned totes began with a knock at the door | CNN Business

“I happened to be the welcoming committee of one,” Miller told CNN Business with a laugh. “Barbara answered the door draped in wallpaper — because it was their new home and she likes to wallpaper new homes — and I said, ‘Welcome.’ And that was it.”The women quickly became inseparable. A few months later, coming home from a joint-family trip to Florida for Barb’s mother’s birthday, a layover in Atlanta changed everything. The duo, known to friends as “Pat and Barb” looked around at passengers’ luggage and noticed it all looked rather dull, in shades of beige and black.The idea for Vera Bradley, named for Barb’s mother, is now

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Vera Bradley's 40 years of patterned totes began with a knock at the door | CNN Business

"I happened to be the welcoming committee of one," Miller told CNN Business with a laugh. "Barbara answered the door draped in wallpaper —...