Eustratia

Eustratia

Manchester, United Kingdom · 292 Sales

Eustratia

Eustratia

Manchester, United Kingdom 292 Sales On Etsy since 2011

4.5 out of 5 stars
(59)

Shop owner

Stacey

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Announcement   INTRODUCTION

Eustratia is a creative brand, specialising in innovative latex and alluring dark fashion items.

All latex items are hand crafted with care, using quality materials. We offer a wide range of latex colours as well as an exclusive range of fusion fabrics, trims and applique designs.

The fabric items are make in our atelier, in Manchester UK

Our aim is the exploration of antithesis, the combination of the unlikely and the interpretation of beauty. We hope our products will enable customers to face reality protected and confident.

Our vision is aimed towards individuals who defy society's labels wish to express themselves through their appearance, amplifying their beauty and enhancing their personality in order to convey a message.

We dream of a world where the beauty and decadence of the past are combined with the posibilities and mystery of the future.



ETHOS

Eustratia is run soley by creative director and designer Stacey Black. All items are hand made in the UK in small quantities, utilising quality materials. The point of setting up this site was, of course, to sell clothes and make the Eustratia vision available to everyone so please bear the following in mind regarding the pricing and types of products available for purchase:

The profit margin on the products sold here is low, no one is getting rich off this but in order to continue or possibly even grow(!) there needs to be some revenue. It is impossible for a small, independent label to compete with the prices generated by the world of fast fashion, especially where intricate detailing and exclusive designs are involved but we remain invested in providing good value for money.

Announcement

INTRODUCTION

Eustratia is a creative brand, specialising in innovative latex and alluring dark fashion items.

All latex items are hand crafted with care, using quality materials. We offer a wide range of latex colours as well as an exclusive range of fusion fabrics, trims and applique designs.

The fabric items are make in our atelier, in Manchester UK

Our aim is the exploration of antithesis, the combination of the unlikely and the interpretation of beauty. We hope our products will enable customers to face reality protected and confident.

Our vision is aimed towards individuals who defy society's labels wish to express themselves through their appearance, amplifying their beauty and enhancing their personality in order to convey a message.

We dream of a world where the beauty and decadence of the past are combined with the posibilities and mystery of the future.



ETHOS

Eustratia is run soley by creative director and designer Stacey Black. All items are hand made in the UK in small quantities, utilising quality materials. The point of setting up this site was, of course, to sell clothes and make the Eustratia vision available to everyone so please bear the following in mind regarding the pricing and types of products available for purchase:

The profit margin on the products sold here is low, no one is getting rich off this but in order to continue or possibly even grow(!) there needs to be some revenue. It is impossible for a small, independent label to compete with the prices generated by the world of fast fashion, especially where intricate detailing and exclusive designs are involved but we remain invested in providing good value for money.

Stacey

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Stacey

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Reviews

Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(59)
Kat Ernst

Kat Ernst on May 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Great compliment for latex leggings.

Kat Ernst

Kat Ernst on May 17, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

LOVE this latex outfit- perfect addition to any collection! The sheer quality is not too overt. Playful and sexy.

Heather Moore

Heather Moore on Mar 12, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

A beautiful little detail to any latex ensemble.

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About

The reinvention of dreams

INTRODUCTION

I started Eustratia to offer a different take on latex fashion but I also work in other materials. I'm interested in creating beautiful items that transcend the fashion/fetish/costume/art labels and satisfy me creatively, while also appealing to others and becoming items to cherish and wear with pride for years to come. I enjoy trends and fashion but I prefer clothes that are versatile and can be carried forward from season to season, I therefore aim to achieve a unique but timeless quality within my work.

Each Eustratia item is handmade in the UK, with great attention to detail, utilising quality materials and producing a unique look and quality of finish.`

The brand focuses on the exploration of antithesis, the combination of the unlikely and the interpretation of beauty. I hope my products will enable customers to face reality protected and confident.

The Eustratia vision is aimed towards individuals who wish to express themselves through their appearance, amplifying their beauty and enhancing their personality in order to convey a message.

I dream of a world where the beauty and decadence of the past are combined with the posibilities and mystery of the future.



-Stacey Black, founder and creative director.

LATEX CARE

If you have not worn latex before, you may find this guide useful!
First of all, here's a list of things to avoid coming into contact with your latex:

Direct sunlight (discolours and degrades)
Smoke (discolours)
Oil/wax (degrades)
Perfume and scented products (degrades)
Metal, particularly copper and nickel (stains)
Sweat (degrades)
Water/humidity (rots)
Heat (melts/degrades)
Sharp objects/long nails (tears/damages)
Sun-cream (discolours)
Leather (production oils can degrade)
Greasy food (degrades)
If you would like to wear your latex during the day, purchasing some Fade stop is definitely worth it.

With regards to staining, the effects can sometimes be reversed if the garment is washed, talced and placed in a dark, airtight container for several months. I'm not exactly sure why this works but I have heard it from a couple of regular latex wearers and have also experienced it myself with a white garment from my first collection that suffered metal staining at a photoshoot.

Wearing-

Pull on latex items require dressing aid. Talc and waterbased lube are most commonly used and best. Lube is usually easier to distribute so it will probably give the best results with very tight garments, though I prefer not to use it with stockings or leggings if I am wearing them for long periods of time as it can cause the latex to stick to the back of the knee and form painful creases.

Shining-

Latex can be worn as is but is more commonly shined to give the distinctive wet-look appearance we all love. New items will absorb more lube and can take a few applications to build up their shine. Silicone lube or spray is most commonly used, you can get products like Pjur cult that doubles up as dressing aid and shiner and vivshine which is recommended to be used while washing the latex but can also be applied by hand.

Washing-

Wash your latex as soon after wearing as possible. If you come back from a night out where you have been sweating, it's probably easiest to just get in the shower with (make sure the water isn't too hot though). If you can't wash it straight away, make sure you cover it in talc or corn starch to absorb any liquid on the surface.

As a general rule, wash your latex in a bowl or bath tub of lukewarm water using a mild detergent or soap. This can range from unscented soap to mild/baby shampoo to washing up liquid. Just run the lather or bar of soap lightly across the surface of the latex and rub with your hands. Afterwards rinse it properly, making sure no suds remain. At this stage, if you would like to add silicone oil (pjur/vivishine) to your wash and save yourself having to shine it later on, you can fill the bowl/tub up again with fresh water and add a few drops of your selected oil, along with the latex. Swoosh the latex around the bowl/tub with your hand make sure all areas come into contact with the oil to ensure an even shine.

Drying-

When you have finished your final rinse, dab the latex with a towel to get rid of excess water and hang on a plastic hanger to drip dry. Try to avoid metal clothes maidens as they can become rusty and stain your garments. Also anything that causes your garment to be doubled over is not advisable as it can stop it from drying properly. As latex is a natural product and can rot, it is preferable that it is allowed to dry as quickly as possible. When areas of the latex have retained excess water you may notice discoloration, commonly referred to as "water marks". These are usually temporary but could develop into something more serious if the latex isn't allowed to dry.

Packing-

When your latex appears dry it is time to wrap it up and store it safely in a dark, dry place.

First of all, make sure you dust your newly washed garment with talc/corn starch to absorb any excess moisture. The powder should also stop it from sticking to its self but I also wrap it in tissue paper at this point. This stops the latex from sticking to its self as well as the outer packaging and also minimises creasing and offers some protection from the sun in the event of transportation. I recommend buying the white/natural tissue paper so you don't have to worry about it staining lighter coloured items.

Most people pack their latex in clear, grip lock bags. You can squeeze the air out of them which makes your garments easy to store and carry. They also usually make it easy to guess which garment is in each bag but you can also add labels to them if you have multiple items that look similar.

Large items can also be placed on hangers and in garment bags or wrapped in plastic bags.

Be especially careful with items containing metal components and make sure the metal doesn't come into contact with the latex (particularly for light colours). You can wrap tissue paper round them or stock masking tape over them (particularly useful for press-studs)

Storing-

Some people have a latex closet, others prefer to store theirs in plastic boxes/bins but I prefer drawers for the majority of my items. I only store large, mixed media or structured items in the wardrobe and I wrap these up properly to stop them coming into contact with other items that might stain them. I have heard the IKEA SVAJS garment bags are good but I have yet to try them myself. I wouldn't recommend storing Items of clothing made in standard grade latex on hangers for extended periods of time as they may stretch.

Obviously light and transparent colours requite extra care as they discolour easily. Black and dark coloured latex will probably be fine, even if you don't take all the measures listed here, but as a general rule, the better you look after your latex, the longer it will last.

-Stacey

ETHOS

Each Eustratia item is handmade in the UK, with great attention to detail, utilising quality materials and producing a unique look and quality of finish.

The point of setting up this site was, of course, to sell clothes and make the Eustratia vision as widely available as possible, so please bear the following in mind regarding the pricng and types of products available:

The profit margin on the products sold here is low, the hours it takes to complete the more elaborate pieces are many and the cost of materials and trims bought in small quantities is high. It is impossible for a small, independent label to compete with the prices generated by the world of fast fashion, especially where intricate detailing and exclusive designs are involved. Anyone seeking the cheapest product around should probably look elsewhere. Having said that, we do aim to make our products as accessible as possible and always offer good value for money. Compared to other labels offering products of similar quality, we are confident you will find our prices very competitive.

Shop members

  • Stacey Black

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I currently single-highhandedly run Eustratia so I take on multiple roles. I started the label after graduating university, where I attained a BA (HONS) in Fashion Design and Technology. More info on my blog: aestheticcontradiction.com

Shop policies

Last updated on October 15, 2012
INTRODUCTION

Eustratia is a creative new brand currently focusing on the design and manufacture of latex clothing and mixed media accessories.

All latex items are hand crafted with care, using quality materials. We offer a wide range of latex colours as well as an exclusive range of fusion fabrics, trims and applique designs.

Our aim is the exploration of antithesis, the combination of the unlikely and the interpretation of beauty. We hope our products will enable people to face reality protected and confident.

Our vision is aimed towards individuals who wish to express themselves through their appearance, amplifying their beauty and enhancing their personality in order to convey a message.

We dream of a world where the beauty and decadence of the past are combined with the posibilities and mystery of the future.



ETHOS

Eustratia is run soley by creative director and designer Stacey Black. All items are hand made in the UK in small quantities, utilising quality materials. The point of setting up this site was, of course, to sell clothes and make the Eustratia vision available to everyone so please bear the following in mind regarding the pricng and types of products available for purchase:

The profit margin on the products sold here is low, no one is getting rich off this but in order to continue or possibly even grow(!) there needs to be enough revenue involved for someone to survive without going insane. Of course it is impossible for a small independent brand to compete with the prices generated by the world of fast fashion, especially where intricate detailing and exclusive designs are involved. Anyone seeking the cheapest product around should probably look elsewhere. Having said that, we do aim to make our products as widely accessible as possible and always offer good value for money.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Payment
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

The contract between us will be formed when we confirm receipt of your order. Prior to this time we will be under no obligation to supply you with an order.

Items must be paid for in full as soon as the order is placed.

Items cannot be returned unless there is a definite manufacturing fault.

Ill fitting items due to incorrect measurements being given cannot be returned.

Further alterations or customisation may be available at an extra cost.
Shipping
Customers will be required to pay postage and packaging charges which are dependant on the weight and destination of the package in question.

Items will be dispatched within the agreed time frame. Typically 3-5 days for in stock items/small accessories, 2-3 weeks for latex garments and 4-5 weeks for custom orders. In the event that extra parts have to be ordered from a different company or we are very busy we will inform you of the waiting time upon confirmation of your order.

If you require your item early for a specific event please let us know and we will do our best to get it to you on time. We also offer a premium service for urgent orders at an extra cost, please contact for details.

Orders over £50 will be sent out special delivery (arriving next working day before 1pm) within the UK or with insured airmail services to the rest of the world. Smaller orders under £50 will be sent out recorded delivery (2-3 working days).

In the event of your order not arriving please wait 3 working days before contacting us at enquiries [!at] eustratia.co.uk.
Additional policies and FAQs
DUTIES & TAXES:

Orders outside the EU may be subject to import duties and taxes. In most cases these cannot be predicted or avoided so we cannot be held responsible for them. Any such charges most be taken care of by the buyer.

In addition we cannot be held responsible for orders being confiscated/delayed due to the actions of any customs authority or similar.