Our Story

Hello and welcome to Allora Gifts & More! My name is Brandy Verner, Owner and Creative Director, and I am so glad you are taking the time to learn a little more about us. 

Allora Gifts was started as a way to bring in a little extra income as our family was preparing for a move from Athens, GA to Florence, Italy to do ministry with an international church. As the business began to grow, my husband, Stephen, and I realized that it had the potential to provide an income that would allow us to minister full-time in Italy without having to raise 100% of our financial support, as many missionaries do. Since then, we have worked hard to build the business by developing wonderful working relationships with several manufacturing partners in the U.S., which has allowed us to expand our product line to offer many more customized items and personalized gifts of all kinds.

The premise behind Allora Gifts is personalization with a purpose! Our family is passionate about making a difference in this world and for that reason, we want the personalization we offer to be about more than just the individual. From our very first sale, we have committed to donate a portion of our profit to the fight against human trafficking, specifically in Italy.

It may be hard to believe, but Italy is a major destination for trafficked women from Northern Africa and Eastern Europe. Every night, there are many thousands of women forced to work the streets of Italian cities with little hope of a better life. We are determined to do something to help these women, so 10% of the proceeds from every item we sell goes to support the efforts of a ministry called Vite Trasformate (VT), which means “lives transformed.” VT is helping trafficked victims in Bologna, Italy and the surrounding areas find freedom in Christ, escape prostitution, and begin to rebuild their lives.

Thank you for your business and for supporting our ministry and that of Vite Trasformate as we work to bring hope to the hopeless in Italy!