thisilk

Vintage lace statement jewelry

3213 Sales

thisilk

Vintage lace statement jewelry

3213 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(1020)

Announcement   Welcome to This Ilk, the original lace jewelry shop! Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, body jewelry and more, handmade with love in Montreal, Canada, since 2008.

Je parle aussi français!

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--> Read my "featured seller" interview here : http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-this-ilk/

If you're into vintage lace or the mod 1960's (think Edie Sedgwick) and are looking for some lightweight extraordinary dangling earrings, necklaces, harnesses...you're in the right place.

The lace is hand dyed, cut and strategically stiffened when needed so the structure is kept (and doesn't unravel) and the sheen or softness of the lace remains. Most designs are limited editions due to limited sources of vintage lace.

All hooks are silver or gold tone plated and they happen to be the only ones that don't give me an infection (they are nickel free) so I do recommend them... I can also provide clip-ons for anyone who doesn't have their ears pierced or stirling silver hooks for an extra 4$.

*Wholesale and custom colors available when possible... Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Announcement
Last updated on Jul 8, 2016

Welcome to This Ilk, the original lace jewelry shop! Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, body jewelry and more, handmade with love in Montreal, Canada, since 2008.

Je parle aussi français!

♥ Join This Ilk on Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/this.ilk
♥ Follow us on Twitter or Instagram @THISILK
♥ Visit the website at www.thisilk.com

--> Read my "featured seller" interview here : http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2013/featured-shop-this-ilk/

If you're into vintage lace or the mod 1960's (think Edie Sedgwick) and are looking for some lightweight extraordinary dangling earrings, necklaces, harnesses...you're in the right place.

The lace is hand dyed, cut and strategically stiffened when needed so the structure is kept (and doesn't unravel) and the sheen or softness of the lace remains. Most designs are limited editions due to limited sources of vintage lace.

All hooks are silver or gold tone plated and they happen to be the only ones that don't give me an infection (they are nickel free) so I do recommend them... I can also provide clip-ons for anyone who doesn't have their ears pierced or stirling silver hooks for an extra 4$.

*Wholesale and custom colors available when possible... Don't hesitate to ask any questions!

Tamara Bavdek

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Tamara Bavdek

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(1020)
sallyandrysz

sallyandrysz on Sep 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love these earrings to cool for school! Thank you Brilliant :)

sallyandrysz

sallyandrysz on Sep 22, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Brilliant earrings, love them thank you :)

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Updates

When Vanessa Pilon wears our Celeste Bracelet in Clin D'Oeil styled by Melanie Brisson. raised_hands heart
Stunning styling of the Lunar Eclipse ear jacket blue_heart by Cristina Acevedo
Photo : Maxyme G. Delisle
Makeup : Maïna Militza
Model : Tamy Emma Pepin
Wonderful photo of our Bohemia necklace by Michelle Gagné!
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About

Industrial Design, Edie Sedgwick and lace...

After a bachelor's degree in Industrial Design in 2007, and a little existential questioning, I needed a change.
A big one.
So after nearly 20 years of long hair, I decided to chop it off into an unconventional retro bowl cut. Knowing that a touch of femininity would be lost together with my long locks, I turned to the era of awesome short dos with women who knew how to pull them off, the 1960s... More precisely, I was struck by Andy Warhol's muse, Edie Sedgwick's amazing style. Extra large statement jewelry and bold make-up seemed to do the trick so off I went looking for a way to mimic a pair of Edie's earrings which although they were not made of lace, reminded me of fabric. And that is how it all started...
A stroke of genius, as I soon realized that lace is to textiles what gold is to metals and diamonds to rocks and that nothing beats lightweight statement earrings!

Today, the hair has grown again but the passion for statement pieces never fades. This Ilk was born in late 2008 and has come a long way since. With help from believers in my art at various stages along the way, This Ilk has managed to become my life and full time job.

Working alone in my Montreal studio I developed my own techniques. Cutting, dyeing, treating the lace so it doesn't fall apart, stiffening it strategically and precisely for structure, painting and assembling the various jewelry pieces, are all part of the process. I do not cut any corners as good design and quality are what counts. Another part of the challenge is seeking out the lace, that will inspire new pieces or fit my designs, from a variety of sources (mostly vintage). Always rethinking the definition of jewelry itself, the idea of body jewelry was born when I inadvertently placed a necklace on my shoulder. Skirting the fine line between jewelry and clothing, leggings and a dress also became part of the collection.

Finally, as design at large is my passion, the packaging as well as promotional photography also have my personal touch. In addition to all these aspects of the business, collaborating on photo shoots always makes me happy. Seeing what other artists do with my art is inspiring and motivating...

This Ilk has been featured in various magazines as well as at Montreal's Fashion week and festival. It also won a spot on the "Who's Next" trade show in Paris as well as a large grant with Incognito ( a local company) and Elle Quebec to enable me to expand my business.

By the way... "ilk" means a “ type" or "kind"...

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  • Tamara Bavdek

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Graphic Designer

    Following a degree in Industrial Design, Tamara founded This Ilk in late 2008 after designing her first pair of lace earrings in 2006. Inspired by all facets of design, she believes that lace is to textiles what gold is to metals & diamonds to rocks.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 22, 2015
Welcome! This Ilk is a small company I have created out of my skills as an industrial designer. Basically, I like to treat everyone how I would like to be treated, and I really like to trust people (I think it makes this world a little better). Plus, I am as ecofriendly as possible (concerning packaging, limiting waste and using low impact materials such as water-based glues and giving a second life to certain materials).

Accepted payment methods

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  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
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  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
My shop accepts Paypal and Direct Checkout (debit cards, Etsy gift cards and credit cards). Items bought must be paid before they are shipped.

Taxes will be applied to purchases within Canada.
Shipping
Everything is made to order so a little delay is normal (think 3 to 10 days before we ship). I ship by regular mail from Canada (without tracking) to keep the shipping fees as low as possible for you! So to reach you it should take:

- 2 to 6 business days for Canada (usually 2-3 days)
- 4 to 14 business days for the USA (usually 4-6 days)
- 6 to 21 business days for international destinations (usually 6-10 days)

To the USA, we also offer express shipping options:
- 6 business day shipping with tracking - 17$
- 4 business days shipping with tracking - 20$
- 2 to 3 business days shipping with tracking - 32$

Please inquire if you would like tracked or express shipping, we will put up a special listing for you!

Also note that we can not be held responsible in the case where an address is incorrectly spelled or incomplete on Etsy. If the item is returned to us, we will happily resend it to your corrected address for the equivalent of the shipping fees so please double check your shipping information before purchasing.

Also, a little note so you don't expect any fancy packaging... I reuse cardboard (I eat a lot of cereal!), use a minimum amount of materials and I keep the shipping weight and sizes low so they have a lower impact on the environment. Thanks for understanding and helping me be ecofriendly!

If you have a special request (deadlines, gift wrapping, etc.) just ask and I'll definitely make the extra effort!
Refunds and Exchanges
Damaged items :

A lot of love and care goes into the making of This Ilk jewelry. If by misfortune damage is due to a default in my product, please let me know before leaving negative feedback and I will see what the best solution is to accommodate you weather it be repair or replacement. Errors are human after all...

Do note that lace may be imperfect or slightly different than pictured because there is often a human behind its fabrication and dyeing. Treat it like you would your precious jewels, feather jewelry or delicate nylons :) I also suggest laying it flat when storing so it keeps it's shape as best as possible.

Lost packages :

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for lost packages sent out via regular mail. However, although we reserve the right to make all decisions regarding responsibility and ways to remedy this situation, we will favor replacing the item when possible and are not obliged to issue refunds. If your package seems to be lost in the mail (see shipping delay details in shipping policies) please contact us directly so we can work something out together. Please remember that this is as much a problem that we undergo as it is for you. We understand your concern and want you to be super happy with your This Ilk piece so don't worry to much, we'll figure something out ;) If you have any doubts, feel free to visit our feedback section.

Delayed packages :

Note that in all cases, we do not offer refunds for delayed shipments as we have no control over delays caused by postal services and customs.

Wear :

Also a quick note to remind you to wear the backings to the earrings because they are very lightweight and you may not notice if you lose one. If you do lose one, I may be able to provide you with a single earring depending on the style, just let me know :)

Messaging :

We will do our best to answer your inquiries as fast as possible but please be indulgent as we are only a team of 2 and may not be available to instantly answers questions.

It's pretty simple, we will treat you as we would like to be treated and as best we can to the extent of our control !
Additional policies and FAQs
I am open to wholesaling around the world, for anything else just ask me :)