divelegant

Divine Elegance

361 Sales

divelegant

Divine Elegance

361 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(176)

Announcement   All available items are negotiable !

Announcement

All available items are negotiable !

Laura Collins

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Laura Collins

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(176)
Ashley Rae

Ashley Rae on Jan 16, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful dress! Fits perfect! Shipping was very fast and great contact from the seller! I Love it!

carastrawberry

carastrawberry on Jan 6, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

The dress was absolutely perfect and came quicker than expected. Excellent seller communication.

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About

Divine Elegance

Me - "So Laura, where were you born?
Laura - "In the Bronx, NY."

Me – “So Laura, where did you grow up?”
Laura – “In , Ronkonkoma, NY. I like it better in NYC.”

Me- “Was fashion always a passion of yours?”
Laura – “Yes. I would spend hours in my room alone growing up on Long Island, NY, drawing and designing glamorous gowns from a stencil ink pen." I found my love for fashion as a young girl, but my dream vanished, I guess you could say I am a late bloomer. In 2008, I started selling my own clothes & jewelry in Berkeley & San Fran flea markets for extra money. I went to thrift stores in my local town, but at one point I really didn't know anything about vintage, although, I was already wearing & buying vintage & didn't even know it. l would study about it, so that I would buy the clothes properly & started buying more and more clothes due to my eagle eye for vintage. Learning from my family rubbed off on me naturally,which led into shows at Nob Hill, San Franciso Vintage Expositions, & the Santa Monica Civic & Beverly Hills. I then upgraded on Ebay & Etsy online in 2010 & sold high-end donated estate vintage clothing to make ends meet to list in my Etsy Store. I put up & handed out fliers so people could check out my clothing. I have recently presented my line in a Northen Cali Antique Vintage Store & a Celebrity Charity Gala in West Hollywood, CA in 2012-13.
Me – “Was there anyone in particular who inspired your interest in vintage clothing?”
Laura – “Yes the 30 year veterans I have met at the Vintage Expositions & the memories that the clothing brought me back to from my upbringing on Long Island. NY, which enabled me to make money as I developed this crazy passion for it. Now I can’t ever get enough. I am always looking for another beautiful piece.”
Me – “Why do you love vintage?”
Laura– “Because it sets me apart me from the trendsetters, which usually fade in time, but vintage will remain historic and authentic forever. The authenticy of the piece and the story behind the clothing brings a new connection to me, and the JOY of who will bring a new story & new connection in this business amazes me everytime. When I purchase a new piece, I ask myself, now who am I buying this for and I ask, "I wonder who will wear this and who it is really for?"
Me – “How many parts of your business are there?”
Laura - I am hoping I will someday have a much larger audience & see one of my pieces on the Red Carpet. I can still dream can't I? Afterall, my dream was stolen from me a long time ago.
Me – “How long have you been in the vintage industry?”
Laura- "Since 2008" well, at least I thought I was until people came around me to teach me what they knew about real true vintage, the feel of textile and eras.
Me – “What is your favorite era?”
Laura – “The 50s because, everyone was so much happier then.” But, I will eventually be weening out of the 50s into something else.
Me – “Is it easy to identify a vintage garment? Can you give some examples?”
Laura – “Yes it is! A 50s piece usually has the original side metal zipper unless its been replaced over time. Although, I always wanted to be a 60s70s child, I started to see that the real wholesome glamour was more becoming & long lasting.”
Me – “What era would you say is the hardest to find items from?
Laura – “Anything from the 20s and earlier. It's sad that the Old Hollywood is no longer the real Hollywood anymore.
Me – “What do you think it is about vintage that makes it so desirable?”
Laura – “The quality of the clothing. I'm bored in commercial retail environments, with racks of identical clothing. Real vintage clothing, the quality of the fabric and design can last a life time if well taken care of.”
Me – “What’s your favorite piece of vintage that you own?”
Laura – “My 1950s Bathing suit with the original Metal Zipper" from a Manhattan Expo. Fits me like a glove, but never worn in public.
Me – “Do you have any favorite Vintage designers?”
Laura – “Many, Valentino”
Me – “If you could own one iconic piece of vintage what would it be?”
Laura – “An authentic vintage 1920s flapper with it's entirety.”
Me – “Do you only sell in the US or is your company international?”
Laura – “Etsy gives me the ability to sell worldwide without leaving my home except to the Post Office, of course."
Me – “What are your biggest international destinations?”
Laura – “Australia & United Kingdom”
Me – “What are your plans for the future of the business?”
Laura – "I want to be able to buy in volume, so someday I could see my designs & logos featured in an established glamourous magazine." I want my business to grow & be exposed in the celebrity world & their stylists to be seen on the red carpet.” But, mostly what is important to me in ALL, is: I want my business to bring JOY in helping others that are less fortunate, so I can use a small percentage of my earnings to help change lives and to give the Lord Jesus Christ all the GLORY in ALL I do.

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Shop policies

Last updated on November 11, 2012
Hi, thank you for visiting my shop.

Divine Elegance sells vintage clothing and retro, alike. Divine Elegance has been selling vintage clothing since July of 2008 and hopefully you will be able to find everything you need that meets your satisfaction.

Divine Elegance is focused on providing high quality service and customer satisfaction. Divine Elegance will do everything possible to meet your expectations.

With a variety of offerings to choose from, I am sure you'll be happy working with me. If you have any comments or questions regarding measurements and dimensions before your purchase, please feel free to contact me.

BEST OFFERs and NEGOTIATIONS are accepted. Divine Elegance is very easy to work with, so please be reasonable.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Other Method
Payment
* I accept Paypal as payment and E-Check & Etsy Direct Deposit Credit Cards.

* NEED HELP WITH CHECKOUT? Click on this link for easy instructions on paying for your Etsy purchase: http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-pay-with-a-credit-card-and-create-a-paypal-account-746/

* NOTE: YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP FOR A PAYPAL ACCOUNT TO PAY WITH A CREDIT CARD. On the Paypal payment page, look for the small text in the corner that gives you other credit card options. You can use this to pay via credit card directly, without a Paypal account. - link to instructions on how to use it - *****http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-to-pay-with-a-credit-card-and-create-a-paypal-account-746/

If your purchase is used by E-Check, it could take several days for your check to clear before Divine Elegance would be able to ship out your item. State of California buyers will be taxed 9.75 percent, if otherwise specified that your city & county sales tax is lower in California.

If your purchase is used by Etsy Direct Deposit Credit Card, It will take 2-3 business days for your item to be delivered to your destination and for the sale to be credited as a sale in my store, usually on the third day of receipt of your package. I almost always ship out ASAP! or on the next business day so your package will arive three days from the date of your purchase.

Paypal is the best option for buyers, due to the fact, your monies are confirmed instantly and Paypal friendly for the seller as well and much easier to print out a shipping label through Paypal.

*International buyers must pay with Paypal or E-check and have a confirmed verified address. If you are a buyer with no feedback, you must also pay with Paypal, Etsy Direct Deposit Credit Card or E-check.

Divine Elegance must receive payments within a 24 hour day timeframe, otherwise Divine Elegance will be forced to relist the item. Please convo me if there is a reason in a delay of payment, Divine Elegance will be flexible with you thru Convo and "GOOD COMMUNICATION." or even a phone call: (415.513.9356)
Shipping
Insurance or Registered Mail is optional but highly recommended especially for orders being shipped outside the Continental US.

U.S. orders are shipped at Prioirty Mail Flat Rate Prices, if you wish to have your order shipped to you with a different service other than Priority Mail Flat Rate service, please communicate shipping services that you wish to use and put in your request to Divine Elegance thru "CONVO."

Divine Elegance is NOT responsible for items damaged during transit, or for lost or stolen items without a valid tracking number or uninsured packages. Therefore please, consider buying Insurance or requesting Registered Mail if you do not use Flat Rate options. Please let Divine Elegance know if you want insurance added re: First Class regular mail, BEFORE completing your transaction or paying through PayPal, Etsy Direct Deposit Credit Card or E-Check, so Divine Elegance can provide you with a certified Shipping Quote. Divine Elegance will include Delivery Confirmation for U.S Customers who use Flat Rate Shipping.

+++INTERNATIONAL packages will be mailed First Class Mail International unless other arrangements would like to be made by your request.

First Class International cannot be tracked or insured, hence Divine Elegance will not be held responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. (If you would like tracking and insurance, Divine Elegance can mail it Priority International thru USPS prices only ... let me know!). Payment is through PayPal, Etsy Direct Deposit Credit Cards and E-Check only and you MUST HAVE A CONFIRMED ADDRESS.

In the event of a postal mishap, Divine Elegance will contact the post office and provide you with all relevant information that Divine Elegance may receive ... you will have to deal with your local post office and/or customs office on your end.

'''Unconfirmed addresses are not Divine Elegance's responsibiltiy if items does not reach your destination.
Refunds and Exchanges
There will be no refunds or exchanges on vintage clothing & accessories. As-is sales only. Please read item description and check measurements carefully before making your purchase. If a situation cannot be resolved, buyer will be charged a 15 percent restocking fee on each item that is returned.

I try very hard to meet the needs of my customers, the more questions asked, and more images you need, the better, this saves time on any future misunderstandings of item before your purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
Items placed on LAY-AWAY (must be $75.00 or more.) Paying 1/3 down at time of purchase price. Paying 1/3 in 30 days and 1/3 in 60 days balance and shipping. I will send e-mail confirmation on payment and on last payment if by cashier's check only, I will not ship till cashier's check clears bank.

Terms For LAY-AWAY: Cashier's Check payments on LAY-AWAY plan. E-Mail Divine Elegance at forgivealways [!at] gmail.com, items number, items name description, your FULL NAME, Address, City, State, Zip Code and Phone Number and we will set up a LAY-AWAY plan.

When Divine Elegance receives your cashier's check in the mail, you will be e-mailed a confirmation on your LAY-AWAY order plan.

If cashiers check payment are not received within 6 days of your e-mail, items are placed for sale again. Please make sure you can pay out your LAY-AWAY plan, if you have questions about the item or need Divine Elegance to e-mail you more images of item, please e-mail Divine Elegance thru "CONVO."

If item is partially paid for and 2nd or 3rd payment is 10 days past due date----Money is forfeited and item or items will be back up for sale again.

NO RETURNS or EXCHANGE on LAY-AWAY PLANS: Divine Elegance checks over the items very good before shipping and items are well packed.

Divine Elegance will place an Item on Hold for 24hrs if item needs to be RESERVED only, if Divine Elegance does not receive payment within the RESERVED 24 hour timeframe, items will be on sale again.

Overseas Sales: Paypal or International Money Orders in U.S. Funds Only.