We have a passion for vintage Inspired clothing! From the romantic era of the early nineteenth century through Mid-century, to the Bohemian style of the late 1960's - 1970's, our selections feature head to toe looks that are inspired by these eras. We are thrilled to offer NEW clothing that depicts the various vintage eras.
Janis is an artist/designer. She was a fine artist and muralist for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area. Prior to that, a brief career in Los Angeles as an actress, both on stage and television. She has also worked as a set designer, interior designer, graphic designer and costume designer.
In 2012, Janis merged several of her talents to open Bella Vita Sonoma, a popular women's clothing boutique on the Sonoma Plaza. Her love for vintage with a desire for quality required Janis to carefully curate a special collection. Bella Vita Sonoma specializes in vintage inspired women's clothing and accessories, combining the quality of new construction with the aesthetic of yesteryear.
Janis first got involved in designing clothing at an early age, and as a native Southern Californian, used to make treks to Pasadena's Rose Bowl swap meet to buy vintage clothing she would then rework into her own design. As such, she created her own style (inspired by vintage) when she was still in high school.
Janis began working with Transcendence Theatre Company in 2015 to curate cohesive looks for that season. The 2015 holiday show tapped into her creative capacity further to design and make a few costumes in addition to curating. Janis looks forward to more creative collaborations and hopes to bring a little costume magic to the evenings at Jack London State Park.