AirshipIsabella

Leather, props and costuming

Louisiana, United States · 477 Sales

AirshipIsabella

Leather, props and costuming

Louisiana, United States 477 Sales On Etsy since 2009

4.5 out of 5 stars
(103)

Announcement   Through 9/1/2016, SUMMER SALE! Enter SUMMER16 in coupon codes at check out for 15% off your purchase including custom orders!

Welcome to Airship Isabella's workshop! You may have seen our work on AMC's Into the Badlands, Skrillex's video Red Lips or Frame 29 Films, Aether just to name a few! Please have a look around and let us know if there is anything we can help you with. We also have a host of made to order items, and we do custom variations of everything we sell and then some. If you don't see what you are looking for, just send us an email.

We are currently experiencing a massive influx of orders and shipping times may delay as we are getting to every order as fast as we can without sacrificing the attention to detail that each piece deserves. If you have a specific date that you need something by please contact us so we can be aware of that and try and accommodate your needs.

Announcement
Last updated on Aug 15, 2016

Through 9/1/2016, SUMMER SALE! Enter SUMMER16 in coupon codes at check out for 15% off your purchase including custom orders!

Welcome to Airship Isabella's workshop! You may have seen our work on AMC's Into the Badlands, Skrillex's video Red Lips or Frame 29 Films, Aether just to name a few! Please have a look around and let us know if there is anything we can help you with. We also have a host of made to order items, and we do custom variations of everything we sell and then some. If you don't see what you are looking for, just send us an email.

We are currently experiencing a massive influx of orders and shipping times may delay as we are getting to every order as fast as we can without sacrificing the attention to detail that each piece deserves. If you have a specific date that you need something by please contact us so we can be aware of that and try and accommodate your needs.

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AirshipIsabella

Fingerless leather palm gloves
US$90.00
Poison Ivy inspired leather armor and bustle
US$850.00
Purple and black leather rose vanbrace
US$145.00
Handmade leather rose pins: Custom Order
US$25.00
Hand made leather rose bracelet: Custom Order
US$30.00
Engraved Leather Neck Collar - Porcelain look
US$95.00
Mermaid Scale Vanbrace: Custom Order
US$140.00
Leather Cuff with Hand Cover: Custom Order
US$65.00
Leather Punching Gloves: Custom Order
US$65.00
Black leather cyberpunk/steampunk bracer
US$50.00
Hand-made leather top hat - choose your size
US$250.00
Dark grey leather steampunk goggles
US$40.00
Black leather fluer de lis bracelet - gold
US$7.00
Red steampunk goggles
US$40.00
Purple steampunk goggles
US$40.00
Grey post apocalyptic styled bracer
US$90.00
Blue Leather Gauntlet: Custom Order
US$250.00
Dark Brown Leather and Gold Steampunk Goggles
US$40.00
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Reviews

Average item review
4.5 out of 5 stars
(103)
Jenny Ru

Jenny Ru on Apr 7, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

it looks AMAZING in person! Love it! Shipped fast & looks exactly like the photos! Thank You!

yndrmtn

yndrmtn on Dec 20, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I looked far and wide for the perfect pair of goggles and I found them in these! They look great and the leather strap outclasses any elastic band. A few details added in the pic. May Airship Isabella sail on nothing less than calm and clear skies. Thanks so much!

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Cedric is working on custom armor today!

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About

The Future Past That Never Was

In the fall of 2008, my firefighter husband, Michael “Hawk” Ford came up with a “brilliant idea”. We were going to build a full scale 20' X 50' two story “airship” to be taken to Flipside the next May, and set up a dance camp. For those of you unfamiliar with Burning Flipside, it is a regional Burning Man festival in central Texas. We called her “the Airship Isabella”, and we did actually build it and take it to Flipside. We had a wonderful time building the ship, and we fell in love with steam punk in the process. We even came up with characters and back stories, and named ourselves Cedric and Amelia Whittaker. In June we moved into a beautiful home on Lake Travis, and rang in the summer playing in the lake and teaching our youngest how to swim. It was about as perfect as anything I had ever imagined. But out there in the economic world, the recession had be going on for almost a year, and we were about to become victims. It's a long story that is just rotten all the way around, but suffice it to say that by the middle of July, Hawk was out of a job. That left me, a secretary, trying to take care of three children while living in a very nice house on the lake.

"Every problem has a gift for you in its hands." Richard Bach

We had savings enough to get us through December, but after that we were going to be in real trouble. There were no jobs to be found, and cities, now loosing revenue, were not looking to hire. Hawk continued to play with his new found hobby in steam punk while looking for a job, and as finding a job anytime soon began to look less and less likely, an idea began to form. We had done so well throwing the party at Flipside maybe we could do it professionally. It was crazy. We were desperate. So, we banded together with some friends, and started mapping out what we wanted to do. We created a plan to build our reputation as event hosters and to use merchandise sales to fund our start up. We had a box of old leather in the closet from when Hawk was in the SCA, and a whole lot of bits and pieces from the Flipside project. So, we set out to build steam punk merchandise. It was slow at first, and we didn't really do much to offset even our costs at first. We also had a hard time figuring out where to market ourselves. We did clubs and small events, but nothing big enough to even begin to be hopeful.

December came and went with the last of our savings, and January was looking incredibly bleak. On the day before New Year's we got a call from Beth at Ikkicon, asking us if we could fill a single spot on Thursday night before the con. We jumped at the opportunity. By Sunday, we had sold all but two pieces of the gear WE HAD ON to the patrons of that Ikkicon. More importantly, we met there a large portion of the future members of the Isabella.

By July of 2010, we had reached a cross-roads. We were out of money, completely. We were facing me having to get two jobs, if I could even find another one. Or Hawk having to put down the steam punk venture, and take any job he could find just to survive. We had one other option. We could completely abandon trying to make things work in the “real world” to try to make Airship Isabella full time. We had realized quickly that the only way to make this work was to be able to travel. Without reliable transportation and being tied to an 8-5 job, I couldn't go along. The second barrier was the children's school. The third and final problem was start up costs. We made the only logical choice for us, terrifying as it was. I quit my job, cashed in my retirement, sold all of my household belongings, decided to home school the children, and set out on the road. They say the only way to really build wings is as you are falling, so we gave it a shot.

We set up a home base in a tiny house behind Cedric's mom that had been severely damaged during Hurricane Ike, and was and is probably uninhabitable. We booked a few really great events, and by October were booking well into 2011. We booked and performed at Dickens on the Strand in Galveston, and then we really started to gain steam. Since then, we have traveled from coast to coast promoting creativity, DIY culture and steampunk. We were vetted and approved to sell in the French Market in New Orleans and relocated here in the summer of 2012. We still travel to conventions all over the country and would love the opportunity to meet you somewhere out there!
 
“Here’s to the crazy ones; the misfits; the rebels; the trouble-makers; the round pegs in the square holes; the ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them. But the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” Jack Kerouac

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Shop members
  • Cedric Whittaker

    Owner, Leather, Armor

    Cedric Whittaker, aka Michael Ford, is the owner and founder of Airship Isabella. Before running ASI, he was a career fire fighter/medic.

  • Amelia Whittaker

    Curator, Goggles

    Amelia Whittaker, aka Lisa Ford, is the business manager at Airship Isabella.

  • Mr. Fox

    Maker, Hats, Jewelry, Costuming

  • Suzeaux Ryette

    Maker, Leather, Goggles, Artist

  • Kitty Livingston

    Maker, Jewelry

  • Byron Highmore

    Maker, Wire Art

  • Attica Valora

    Maker, Leather, Hats

  • Audra Lillenthal

    Maker, Leather, Jewelry, Costuming

  • Luthieum Hargreaves

    Maker, Leather, Graphic Arts, Artist

  • Rottger Van Hohenheim

    Maker, Leather, Graphic Arts, Artist

Shop policies

Last updated on November 7, 2014
Welcome aboard! Airship Isabella provides a full service custom modification workshop where we sell both our pre-made handcrafted merchandise, as well as custom merchandise constructed on-site. We believe in the DIY model of steampunk. We construct our own costumes, accessories, modified weapons and gadgets. In addition to creating our own attire, we have also created a storyline and fully-developed live action characters. Look us up at our next public appearance! www.airshipisabella.com

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
We accept paypal, direct check out and money orders. Money orders received in New Orleans, LA within 10 days of purchase or the order will be canceled. Tax at 5% will added for all items shipped inside the state of Louisiana and 9% to items shipped inside the city of New Orleans.
Shipping
Standard shipping for goggles, hats, art and medium to large leather is USPS Priority Mail. Jewelry and smaller leather is shipped First Class mail. All packages now come with USPS Tracking in the United States. All priority packages come with tracking and insurance. All international orders will be sent USPS First Class, and the US post office does not offer delivery confirmation or insurance on these packages. We send the customs form number for what little tracking that offers. If you require shipping other than USPS please contact us so that we can create you a custom order.

NOTICE: Shipping to most European countries has been experiencing unusual delays. The USPS states that it takes 10 - 15 days. In the recent months we have been experiencing shipping times of up to 3 - 5 weeks. If you need your item sooner please email us about the shipping costs to use another shipping service.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds for the purchase price are available within 10 days of purchase. Shipping fees are not refundable.