About Us


The story behind Vagabond Bridal

The Vagabond Bridal brand was founded in 2017, and the debut collection launched in 2018 with great success around the globe. Vagabond’s designer, Valery Zelenyuk, who lives in Cape Town with her husband and 3 sons, aims to embody the contemporary, strong and free-spirited woman that is becoming the pioneering female archetype in modern society.

The Vagabond bride wants to look beautiful but not at the expense of comfort and wearability, she doesn’t need to be afraid to look and feel strong, yet feminine in her wedding gown.

Brides can expect strong, feminine and statement pieces, with an outstanding fit!

Each gown has an underlying timelessness in its silhouette, structure and fabric and we of course pride ourselves on our quality – each piece is made individually by hand.

Our collections will suit all contemporary tastes, including some classics with clean lines, bohemian gowns with textured lace and romantic shapes, as well as some daring rock n roll numbers.


We are a 100% female owned business, and have 100% female team - our business focuses strongly on female economic empowerment, ethical production practices and providing a balanced working environment for women in modern economic times.

Vagabond is part of the slow fashion movement, and practices minimal waste production methods. We manufacture each gown individually, and only on order, so we have zero product waste, and a high degree of reusability, as our product is made to the highest quality - we encourage brides who are interested to resell their gowns so they can be enjoyed by more than one end user. We only use eco silks, do not use any animal products, and are constantly focused on minimizing environmental impact of packaging materials.