Desira Pesta // One of Etsy's First Sellers, Man!

New York, United States · 1214 Sales


Desira Pesta // One of Etsy's First Sellers, Man!

New York, United States 1214 Sales On Etsy since 2005

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dagmaraluiza on Mar 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic jacket, lovely soft leather. It arrived well wrapped up in eco friendly packaging. Thank you

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Riccardo Mariani on Feb 24, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

This sweater is a great idea! Elegant, attention to detail, you can not find anything quite like it. Desira is fast both in communication and in the shipment. It is a pleasure to buy in this shop. 10 stars!

Anonymous on May 31, 2013

5 out of 5 stars
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One of Etsy's First Sellers!

Raised by hippie bikers in Pennsylvania, a quiet early life made way for an enhanced inner world. Instead of going to the mall like a “normal teenager”, Desira spent her youth watching cooking shows and perfecting dishes, running through the woods dressed as a witch, making home video productions, reupholstering furniture, painting, drawing, sewing, and making artwork.

It would all make sense that she would go on to start her own clothing company at 22 making painterly mid-century silhouettes and be one of Etsy’s first sellers in 2005. In 2007, CEO & Founder of, Rob Kalin invited Desira to become part of a small cooperative think tank of his favorite NYC designers and they shared a studio overlooking the ocean in Red Hook Brooklyn together for three years. It was then that Desira produced and sewed her small run ready to wear and custom garments and accessories in this space harnessing contracts with stores in California, Japan, Australia, England, and NYC.

Desira Pesta, Desira’s clothing company has become a favorite amongst indie lovers and Desira was one of the final 25 possible contestants for PROJECT RUNWAY seasons 7 & 8, missing being on the show by inches both times.

She has always been in front of the camera, whether it was modeling as a child, creating her own storylines for home video theatrical productions, auditioning for America’s Next Top Model, or in school theater & forensics. With a natural knack for all things creative, she has lived an alternative lifestyle, supporting herself solely through creative hands-on endeavors. She joined the Screen Actors Guild in 2009 and has been working in tv & film since.

Desira has been teaching sewing classes in the NYC area since 2009. She has worked as an instructor at 3rd Ward Brooklyn, The Sewing Studio, Brooklyn Craft Company, ,, and countless private lessons. She has also worked as a contract sewer for Bebe, The Row, Ohne Titel, & Randy Carfagno productions. DESIRA is currently obtaining a Masters degree in Costume Design from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

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  • Desira Pesta

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Desira Pesta was raised by bikers in the woods of PA & spent her early years making & driving tractors & a dumptruck. Proud to be one of Etsy's FIRST sellers, she's also an actress & is currently a Masters student in Costume Design at NYU's Tisch.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 30, 2012
Hello! Thanks so much for visiting my shop. I am one of the originals of the handmade DIY revolution and have been making clothing and silkscreening since 2004. All items are handmade in my small studio in Brooklyn New York using top quality designer overstock, sustainable, and beautiful materials. Each item is lovingly made by hand using hand-picked fabrics, threads, and inks, and done with the greatest attention to detail taken. All vintage has been cleaned and repaired.

**Do you ship worldwide? Yes! My prices are based on the cheapest USPS prices I can offer.

**Do you make clothing in other colors and sizes than what you have on your site?
Yes! I love doing custom work, please contact me regarding any ideas you have. I have done over 500 custom orders that were as simple as changing the color of an existing piece and as extreme as making wild cocktail dresses from drawings.

**Can I return something?
Yes, I accept returns only if the buyer contacts me first and arranges for shipment back to me within one week of receiving the item. The purchase must be unworn and in the condition in which it was sent to the buyer. Buyer pays for all shipping. No refunds. In shop exchange or credit only. I have excellent feedback and do my best to make everything perfectly, well-tailored, and top notch.

**If I don't fit into your sizes, can I still have something made?
Yes! Again, I do custom work and want to make sure every *body* is accommodated. I will fit anyone, as long as materials are available and/or the design will work for that body type.

** Can I choose a different fabric than what you have?

I am one human running my own company in NYC. I am Italian and Italians love top quality designer fabrics and top notch tailoring. I only make and sell clothing I am proud of and would wear myself. You deserve the best quality, and so that's all I offer. Please consider the amount of work that goes into a company run by one person--- design, pattern-making, construction and finishing, photography, item listing, emailing and correspondence, boutique contacting, ordering, et al. PHEW. I do it all. You're paying for a top notch quality truly handmade piece of love that was made by my two loving hands. You pay for quality, time, and good design. Consider how Urb_n Outfitt_rs has a tribe of not-really-paid workers overseas making their clothing for .15 and then selling it for $75.... that ain't ethical. GO ETHICAL GO HANDMADE

Accepted payment methods

Payment must be made by PayPal. Receipt of payment must be made within three days of a sale or else, the item will be relisted. UNLESS, the buyer contacts me with a tale of woe and I will wait !
Please be sure to pay at the time of purchase. If you are having any problems paying please contact me. I will be more than happy to help you.

If there is no payment or contact within three days, I'm going to have to void the sale and relist the item so someone else can get your treat.
I run this whole company by myself. Your patience will be graciously rewarded.
Current wait time for made to order orders is about two weeks. Please order with that in mind. Ready to ship items are marked as such and will be shipped once your payment has cleared, which is usually 2-5 business days.

I ship via the United States Postal Service, which is best on your wallet. Depending on weight, I ship either First Class mail or Priority, which take 2-4 and 1-3 days respectively. International packages take anywhere from 3 days to 2 months, depending on your distance from the United States.


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Your PayPal address MUST match your Etsy address. If it does not, I will ship it to your PayPal address listed, as all shipping is done via PayPal. If you need special arrangements for your item(s) to be shipped anyplace other than your PayPal address, please let me know in writing ( email ), rather than just adding it into a message at the end of your payment confirmation. Items shipped to the wrong address are the fault of the buyer's failure to comply with this rule and will not be reimbursed or replaced.

Faster shipping methods are available upon request.

Please be prepared to pay a slightly higher fee for shipping, as it is impossible to list how much an item will cost to "everywhere else". I live in the United States and will use the least expensive shipping option for your wallet, yet will also keep time in mind. (i.e. I won't ship ground, which takes months) International shipping is not guaranteed, so keep in mind that I will do everything within my power to get the item to you, yet outside of the U.S. it's impossible to track an item. I have never had a problem with international shipping in the hundreds of transactions all over the world though. I just need to add a disclaimer! :o)
Refunds and Exchanges
No refunds. In shop exchange or credit only. I have excellent feedback and do my best to make everything perfectly, well-tailored, and top notch. Please check all measurements prior to purchase.

Custom and made to order items that have a problem caused on my end (too long or too big, etc.) can be returned to be repaired.


Sale items and custom orders are non returnable and non refundable, no exceptions.
Additional policies and FAQs
I have done over one hundred couture and custom orders to date.
I always do custom orders, unless a material is not available any longer due to a vintage nature. Please be prepared to pay AT LEAST $20 more for every custom order, this includes change of fabric, color, or added elements such as sleeves, length, buttons, zippers, etc.

Disclaimer about color: All computer monitors are different, therefore a color might not be exactly the same on your screen as it is in real life.