Taissa Lada Designs,*Vintage Inspired Fascinators*

443 Sales


Taissa Lada Designs,*Vintage Inspired Fascinators*

443 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Last updated on Jan 14, 2017

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They say that millinery is a dying art, perhaps I can change that

I started off as a psychology major in the late 80's who tinkered with the camera and would spend my paychecks on vinyl and vintage clothing, time in libraries, the dark room or hunched over my grandfather's old sewing machine revamping old lingerie or whatever struck my current fancy. In 1992 I packed up a small mini van and headed to the windy city to pursue my dream job which later turned into a reality. I had a love (and still do) for high fashion, the 20's and 30's, British street fashion and the surrealism era. I soon began to incorporate this into my own work and assignments given to me while attending The School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago and started selling some pieces in local independent shops. I graduated with honors in 1996 and bit the bullet a couple years afterwards and began designing full time.

My line mainly consisted of high end evening wear, one of a kind pieces, some bridal,corsets,dusters and accessories here and there. My clientel ranged from the local club kids, drag queens,friends and some local and out of state stores that carried my pieces. I was slowly expanding and began gravitating more and more towards designs that had a definite vintage feel but still staying true to my original roots which was a mix of punk,grunge, and goth. I began working in more color, different fabrics and using unusual prints and patterns mixed together. Then in the Spring of 2002 I decided to launch a tiny hair accessory on a whim and a dare.

What caused this sudden change of heart and drastic change of direction? Necessity, desperation and pure vanity. Honestly, it was a bad hair day and I was simply trying to cover up my outgrown roots with some random materials I had lying around on my drafting table. I clipped in some feathers and hand made satin flowers, hopped in a cab and went to an opening I was showing at and came home with orders on the back of bar napkins for some of my girlfriends. Word of mouth quickly spread and some long time clients look a liking to these new pieces so I began including them with my garments and making some on their own. A few basic ideas lead to more elaborate pieces and then dozens more and within a few months I had a small collection without even realizing it. In the Spring of 2003 I opened up a store on ebay after a good friend suggested I do so and got picked up by more local boutiques in Chicago, New York and Minneapolis. Over the next year I began selling more hair pieces and expanding with designs, color palettes and adding a small bridal line as well. I began experimenting with different techniques and unusual materials and started building on vintage hats I would purchase at estate sales and vintage stores blending the two worlds of past and present together. The early years were a great deal of trial and terror before I developed a solid method when it came to millinery. I simply kept experimenting with new shapes and sizes and pushing the envelope with ideas, new materials and blending the old with the new bringing the forgotten back to life. What started off with a simple pair of black ostrich clips grew to three and four mixed colors, limited edition runs, three foot curled pheasant feather headbands, deer antlers, taxidermy and rhinestones galore. I never really had a method behind my madness and probably never will since each process is a bit different, I just start working and see where my mind and hands take me. I often turn to sea creatures for inspiration along with tropical flowers, insects and forces of nature, the punk and grunge eras and of course, the 20's and 30's.

So here I am over 10 years later and still designing and expanding, collaborating with clients, friends, photographers and boutique owners while burning the midnight oil and the candle at both ends. My pieces have appeared on TV, have been worn by celebrities, showcased in magazines and walked down the aisle by brides followed by "I do". It has not always been an easy journey but it has been a wonderful and fulfilling one. I'm still traveling down this crazy road searching for new ideas, inspirations and stories to tell through my work. I still tinker with the camera and use my grandfather's sewing machine while blasting vinyl and working into the late hours of the night. It's true what they say, "necessity is the mother of invention" because my hats are living proof. Cheers to bad hair days:) XOXO tai-

Favorite designers are Elsa Shiaparelli, Coco Chanel, Vinonette, Betsy Johnson, Anna Sui, Stephan Sprouse, Pam Hogg, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Philip Treacy, and Stephan Jones.

Favorite movies include, Unzipped, My Fair Lady, Slaves Of New York, Sid and Nancy, The People Verses Larry Flynt, Walk The Line, Pollock, Another State Of Mind, The Cotton Club, Purple Rain, and Pretty In Pink.

Favorite tunes to listen to while working: The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nirvana, X, KMFDM, Mazzy Star, Sonic Youth, X, Hole, The Ramones, The Muffs.


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Last updated on September 4, 2013
Hello and welcome to my shop. I offer a little bit of the things I most love to design in my here on etsy. Feather headbands, cocktail hats and loads of one of a kind accessories. I love to revamp and recycle clothing as well. All items are hand made by myself and an assistant come from a smoke free and pet friendly home. If the item has been purchased I make sure to clean it before I get started. I don't really have a method behind my madness, I just start working and see where my mind and hands take me. I'm inspired by the ordinary and the extraordinary and draw many of my ideas from hollywood glamour, the depths of the deep blue sea and good old fashion rock and roll. Even though some of my items are sometime repeated no two
will ever be the same. I guess you can compare my items to snow flakes, no two are a like.

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sorry but I only accept paypal here on etsy as far as payments go. Payment is due right after you purchase the item/items. If you are having trouble with the check out let me know and I can help you with it. If you want to put something on hold or a deposit I can work out a payment plan with you. If the deadline is not met on a custom piece then the client looses the deposit and a refund will not be given for the amount put down.
I usually ship every other day and I ship usps ground mail. I do not ship more than three items per box on most my pieces. If I do not combine shipping on a particular item it will say so in the description. My shipping rates are a tad more than standard items but I want to make sure that they arrive safe and sound to you. All items are shipped in cardboard boxes that are well packed with tissue paper. I do not ship items in styrofoam peanuts since they are horrible for the environment. I also try and re use cardboard boxes if I can so if you get a box with an odd spelling on it, rest assured your purchase is inside:) also,I include a free gift will all purchases. Who doesn't like a fun surprise?
Refunds and Exchanges
Due to sanitary reasons I really prefer to not do exchanges or give refunds but if there has been a mix up or problem on my part I will be more than happy to fix it for you. Communication is the key and there are no stupid questions so please be sure to be clear of what they problem is and we'll work it out:)
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are interested in purchasing several items I am more than happy to give you a bit of discount on your purchase. If you are placing a custom order PLEASE be sure to allow plenty of time for the order to be completed. I require half down on custom work and then the other half when the order is completed and ready to be shipped. If you have item of your own and wan them revamped by me I'm happy to do that too. If you have a particular fabric you can't live without and want a hat made out of it by all means I can do that too. I do wholesale as well and sell in bulk. so if you are a store and are interested in carrying my line don't be shy and shoot me a convo.