Katherine Alleman on Mar 14, 2017
This bag is amazing! I got so many compliments on it.
PennyRene on Mar 5, 2017
Absolutely love it. Great quality, design and functionality.
Soumaline on Feb 27, 2017
Beautiful piece ! But a bit disapointed, no place to put coins... And not so many places for cards either. Anyway, that is a very nice job and unique
Wearable art for the stylish creative
***Starting February 1st My a La Mode will be taking a hiatus to travel and refocus my intention and purpose for my business. Read below for more information, and as always, thank YOU SO MUCH for your continue love and support!!**
If you've been following my journey the last few years then there are probably a few things you know about me. I started My A La Mode 3 years ago after leaving a corporate job, in pursuit of my dream, which is to create. I also love to travel, see the world, and experience various cultures. These passions collided into what is today my business and livelihood. I'm so grateful for my customers and all those people that have supported me on this journey. I can never show enough gratitude, thank you to all of you!! But My A La Mode is, and always will be, a form of art and expression for me, and secondly a business; and as many artists experience, sometimes that balance is tough to maintain. I've reached a point where I'm no longer creating, I'm producing, and not seeking my passion. So, it is with a lot of excitement (and admittedly some sadness as well) that I announce I will be taking a temporary break from producing my items, so I can travel and focus on gaining inspiration for new one of a kind creations!! My husband and I will spend the next year or so in Europe, and I will spend my time coming up with new ideas, testing new materials, and bringing more truly one kind items to you all! My A La Mode will be open until the end of January and then reopening at a date to later be determined. I am in no way giving up on my business and am absolutely reopening in the future and this time with new and improved designs and a more streamlined process! Just taking a temporary pause 😊 I hope you will continue to follow my journey and keep sending the good vibes
My A La Mode was founded on a love for a bohemian lifestyle and a slight obsession with color. The unique pieces in my shop all begin with a blank piece of fabric and the painted and dyed designs grow organically. My collection includes handmade and handpainted or dyed purses, wallets, clutches, passport covers, totes, kimonos and scarves. Each piece is always a new beginning and a new chance for me to make an inspiring piece of wearable art!
I have always loved working with my hands. As the daughter and only child of an artist living in a remote area, I used my imagination and natural creativity to make my own fun. I found I had three true passions: creating art, traveling, and running through the woods barefoot with my animals!
I received my degree in apparel and textile design and I was drawn to the idea of creating my own unique surface designs with paint and dye instead of working with pre-printed fabrics. My A La Mode was born after a several year career in a fast paced sales environment that left me feeling tired and unfulfilled. One day I unpacked my sewing machine to work on a small project and I haven't looked back since!
I absolutely love traveling and meeting new people from all corners of the world. My first design for My A La Mode was a splatter map of the world and it is still my best selling item! I take inspiration from my own travels and also from customers all over the world who request a splatter map of a place that has a special meaning to them.
Each item that I make for my shop is handmade to order from start to finish; beginning with a blank piece of fabric that is cut, painted or dyed and sewn to make an original wearable piece of art. My designs are inspired by my love for color and organized chaos and each one will be different in its own unique way. I love that I am able to wake up every day and work on something that I am passionate about and be able to create something beautiful that will make the person who buys that work of art smile every time they look at it. This makes all the trial and error worthwhile!
A HUGE thanks to Etsy for featuring My A La Mode on the front page!!! Check out my story here:
I'm honored and humbled to say that today I am able to travel the world and continue to design beautiful one of a kind items that express who I am and what my customers love! And yes, I still sometimes run around barefoot with my dog!
I hope that my collection inspires you to be bold, creative and always remain true to yourself!
Let me know if you have any questions and visit my Instagram for a look at what goes on behind the scenes at My A La Mode.
~My A La Mode
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer
I am a true bohemian at heart. I have always loved to create and explore. I LOVE travel and do not plan to ever be in one place too long. At the end of the day all I need is my husband, my dog, a few pieces of clothing and my creative spirit.
Accepted payment methods
- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Each listing says how long your item will take to create, this does not include holidays and weekends. Once shipped you will receive a notification via Etsy with your tracking information
DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL
All orders include tracking and are shipped via USPS first class mail. Estimations are as follows:
North America- 3-5 business days
Europe- 5-10 business days
Australia/NZ- 10-14 business days
If you are an international customer, once your package arrives at the USPS facility to be scanned for departure this will be the last time you will see "tracking" in the US. You can follow your package in your country by entering the same tracking number on your countries postal courier website. For example Ireland uses www.anpost.ie to follow tracking for packages in Ireland via the USPS.
Please call the 1800ASKUSPS customer service line, or log onto www.usps.com to track your package or inquire about your package. Once the USPS receives your package and scans acceptance, My A La Mode does not accept responsibility for your package.
If you are an international customer, you may be responsible for paying taxes on your item. I am required to post the cost of the item that you purchase. (custom tax is variable per country so please check with your post prior to ordering to get the estimate on your purchase). a good website for reference is- http://www.dutycalculator.com
items are shipped USPS first class international- once the item leaves the US, you will not see tracking information (the last place will show FL). Delivery time for international packages are approximately 7-15 days, however your item may be held up in customs. If you have not received your package within 15 days, please check with your local post to see if they are holding it there. USPS stops tracking packages as soon as it leaves Florida, so you will not see any updates on your package whereabouts until the package is scanned as delivered.
***My A La Mode is NOT responsible for lost, undelivered, or stolen packages. Once the post office receives your package and scans acceptance, My A La Mode does not accept responsibility for your package. The postal system's quality of service is not a reflection of my service***
Refunds and Exchanges
Unfortunately My A La Mode cannot accept returns. Each listing states that my design technique is organic, leaving each item unique. As with any handmade item my pieces can have slight differences which adds to their charm and makes every item unique. Therefore, I cannot accept returns. Sorry! no exceptions for this.
If you are unhappy with your purchase please let me know within 7 DAYS of receiving your item. This does not apply to designs from our splatter map or gold drip collection. Your item must be clean, unused, and cannot show wear. It must be in "new condition" just as it was sent to you. If your item does show damage or signs of wear, it will be sent back to you as yours to keep. You wouldn't return an item to a store with stains and expect a refund or new item….it's the same here :) Buyers pay for return shipping to me and must purchase tracking.
**DO NOT send any items back without discussing this with me first. I am a traveling business and the return address may not be the same that was listed on your package.
All sales are final for custom designs. Because these pieces are unique and made specifically for that individual. This includes ALL splatter map designs and any other variations I make to the current designs I offer. Sorry, no exceptions.
In the rare case that a refund is offered it will include what you paid for your item, minus a $10 restocking and handling fee, excluding shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Can you make my item any bigger or smaller?
Over time I have developed specific patterns to guarentee each item is consistent in size and quality and for that reason I cannot currently offer any variations from the original pattern.
Can you add a zipper to my wallet for coins?
Similar to the question above, I cannot change my current pattern and add pockets, zippers or any extra compartments. Please look at my "coin purse" section if you would like a wallet with a zipper for coins.
What can I customize?
You can choose from the drop down box to change the color of your item from our gold drip collection and you can choose a different map from our splatter map collection. If the map you would like is not listed feel free to message me first to see if it is a possibility!
Can you paint a monogram or any writing?
At this time I do not offer this as an option. I have tried it in the past and didn't care for the finished product as I felt like it "cheapened" the look of the piece.
Will the paint run or smear if the item gets wet?
Of course I don't recommend sitting your clutch or wallet in a puddle of water :) but if you are caught in the rain or if your items gets a little wet you will be fine. The paint has already "set" and isn't going anywhere.
How do I clean my new piece?
Do not machine wash anything. Only spot clean with a damp cloth.
I love to read your positive reviews! They keep me motivated!! Please do remember this is how I make my living. If you have something negative, please refrain from leaving a review and instead email me at sales [!at] shopmyalamode.com or send a message here on Etsy...I am quick to fix a mistake! :)
Please visit my wholesale page to view my line sheet and policies at the link below.
coupons are to be entered into "apply coupon code" box at checkout. I cannot go back and fix this once an order is placed, so please make sure it is entered before you finish checking out!