tarinn me on Sep 18, 2016
it is the most beautiful dress I love it so so much
yawnsie on Feb 12, 2015
This skirt is even more beautiful in person than I expected. It inspired me today when it arrived, and I really needed it! I'll have to have it altered slightly but I knew this before ordering it and Maresa communicated with me around sizing with honesty. I foresee more Resa dresses in my future!
Remarkable beauty - To match your own
♥ Individual dresses
♥ Always handmade
♥ Custom orders available
In Summer 2010 Maresa began to make gorgeous maxi dresses using Indian and Japanese fabrics. Each dress was a one-off piece, offering customers something individual, made outside of a factory environment. Etsy became the ideal market place for Resa Smith dresses, where customers understand this handmade approach and appreciate the use of vintage fabrics.
The Exchange Project
Since selling lots of dresses to friends, and sending many overseas, Maresa grew her vision. This autumn she spent 3 weeks in Kerala, India, teaching a small group of women western and advanced sewing techniques. These women now work part time as freelance seamstresses for local customers and for small Resa Smith orders. We called this 'The Exchange Project'. The Exchange is about receiving a piece of beauty - a handmade dress to feel amazing in whilst sowing into its origin: a place where women can experience a fuller, richer quality of life by earning their own money for their families and community.
With the help of friends several sewing machines were donated enabling this project to ignite. Many other friends helped Maresa make it all the way to Kerala, the southern tip of India! Resa Smith will continue to grow 'The Exchange Project' by teaching others perhaps in other parts of India, and ensuring that the women who have been taught continue to earn through sewing and put the machines to good use!
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Owner, Maker, Designer
Maresa has been sewing since she was nine years old. Her maxi dress collection began in 2010 when she fell in love with Indian fabrics and spent all her summer days sewing.
Jonathan specialises in brand creation and identity design. His role in Resa Smith is to art direct the brand and support his wife!
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Refunds and Exchanges
We operate a 7 day returns policy if your dress is unsatisfactory.
Please note, return postage costs cannot be reimbursed. Custom orders are non-returnable. SALE items are non-returnable.