Heritage Design STL

City of Saint Peters, Missouri

Announcement    Heritage STL is an idea based on living and leaving a legacy and being intentional with your life. Items are created with a rustic, vintage, and glamorous vibe. Everything is handmade by me and I hope you enjoy!


Last updated on Apr 17, 2017

Heritage STL is an idea based on living and leaving a legacy and being intentional with your life. Items are created with a rustic, vintage, and glamorous vibe. Everything is handmade by me and I hope you enjoy!


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Suzanne Lay

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About Heritagedesignstl

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Heritage Design STL

My entire life I have struggled to feel accepted. I have struggled to fit in. I can remember countless times growing up where either groups or individuals would make a point to let me know that I wasn’t one of them. I was different. By the end of 7th grade, I was one of the tallest girls in our class. All the girls that I knew at the time did their hair the same, they did their makeup the same, and they dressed the same. They would talk of the phone the night before and plan outfits that resembled each other to wear to school the next day. Girls jeans were too short for me, so my dad bought me guys jeans because they were longer. We were not a poor family, but we were frugal. My parents did not want to pay for the name brand clothing that all the kids were wearing. It was pointless because the clothing didn’t fit me right anyway. I was inspired to look at fashion in a different way, and soon I didn’t understand anymore why everyone wanted to be look-alikes.
For as long as I can remember I have always been creative. Art, music, and theater were my gig. My mother was always sewing, and I would play with her fabric scraps as a child making clothing out of it for my Barbies. When I could reach the pedal of the sewing machine, she taught me how to sew. I was eight then, and I fell in love. Finding clothing became difficult as I got older. Jeans were too short, dresses were too short, skirts were too short…everything was too short. Clothing brands didn’t cater to the tall girls back then. Finding items for my closet that fit me correctly was a real struggle. My parents would encourage me to find ways to be creative and to develop my own style. Entering high school, I started to shop secondhand clothing stores. I would redesign and style those clothes into looks unlike what others were wearing. I remember a pair of 501 men’s Levi’s that I had my dad shoot holes into with his gun. I then bleached them out in the washing machine. When I wore those to school everyone wanted them. The guys and the girls were borrowing them hand over fist. I realized then…that I might have a knack for fashion.
In my career as a fashion designer I have flourished, and I have had setbacks. In my times of flourishing I was being original. I offered clothing unlike what was being seen before. These were the days of red-carpet moments, and fashion editorial spreads. I had no boundaries, no parameters. I was dreaming and creating, and the sky was the limit. My setbacks were in times where fear would take over and my designs became too safe. These were times when I was seeking approval from buyers, stylists, and my business partners. The stress to conform to trends, multiple seasons, and endless collections with numerous stipulations weighed me down. I walked away from my first clothing brand because if felt too much like my childhood experience. The struggle to be accepted and to fit in had resurfaced.
When I lost my line, I fell apart. By trying to fit in I forgot the one thing I had learned all those years ago. In my healing I have been reminded that I was put here to stand out from the crowd. I am not meant to be like anyone else. I thrive on originality. I want to encourage others to do the same. Find what makes you different and share that with the world. We strive to bring you clothing and jewelry that help you to feel cute and original and to embrace who you truly are.

Thank you for visiting our shop, and thank you for purchasing. We hope that you enjoy the items as much as we enjoy creating them.


Shop members

  • Suzanne Lay

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I have worked the fashion industry for 17 years and carried many different roles. I am an entrepreneur, wife, and mother of three.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 29, 2022
Welcome to our shop! We offer a number of handmade items from Jewelry to Clothing. If you have any questions regarding specific items please feel free to contact me. Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day.

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Visa Mastercard American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
We take customer service very seriously, your happiness means a lot to us.

We love what we do and we want you to love your items. Brand new unworn, unwashed items with no stains, visible wear, smells, or animal hair may be exchanged or returned within 14 days of purchase for store credit only. Please feel free to ask us any questions you may have up front.

If you receive an incorrect shipment and/or damaged items, please notify us within 3 days of receipt so we can arrange to have the correct item shipped to you and/or fix any damaged purchases.

By purchasing from this site you agree to our policies.
I accept PayPal as my primary method of payment or credit cards through Etsy's processing. Orders paid through Etsy will show on your credit card bill as ETSY Brooklyn, NY

I do add sales tax based on the current St. Charles country rate in Missouri.
-I ship via UPS & USPS to offer you the most economical shipping method possible.
-Domestic orders will take between 3 to 5 business days for travel.

-I can not control shipping failures therefore they are not m fault. I am dedicated to my customers but this is out of my control.

-Heritage is not responsible for lost, stolen or undelivered packages. All lost, stolen, and undelivered packages are on the responsibility of the buyer.

-We will use the addresses provided to us on the invoice. Be sure to verify your address.
-I will ship to the shipment address listed in the order confirmation. This includes Paypal addresses.
-Any packages returned due to wrong or incorrect addresses will be reshipped at the cost of purchaser.

-International orders are average 5-15 business days for delivery.
-Heritage is not responsible for customs delays, lost or stolen packages
-International package IDs are not tracking numbers, but parcel numbers to confirm your shipment
-If you want a tracking ID it will need to ship FedEx or UPS please advice before you purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
Etsy has this as an option to REQUEST a cancelation and it will NOT cancel your order, only send a request. Please understand that due to how we process orders we do not process cancelations. This being said please double check everything before you place your order. Once an order is placed it will ship. We do not get the notes to seller so please only order the listing for the color you want.

I am very passionate about what I do and my customers mean a lot to me. That being said negativity hurts. It can hurt my business and opportunities to grow. I am reasonable to work with any problems or concerns should be addressed with me I will right a wrong to the best of my ability. Please be nice in comments and feedback.

YES, I wholesale. Please send e message if you are interested in carrying any heritage items. You can message me here on ETSY or you can send an email to heritagedesignstl [!at] gmail.com