Handmade goes high-end on Etsy. All images via Etsy.
Etsy is basically a black hole. The online marketplace features more than 30 million buyers and sellers from all over the world. Some of the stuff is crap—laughably awful creations that spurred a spin-off site aptly named Regretsy (that site has sadly been shut down). But if you have time and patience to sift through soap that looks like glazed donuts and flip-flop wreaths, you can find some extraordinary pieces by supremely talented designers, metalsmiths and vintage collectors.
I’ve curated some of the best finds on the site now, including a dress so gorgeous I recommend you wear it to all your fancy functions; a painterly skirt by a Moscow-based fashion studio that has Anthro written all over it (you hear that, guys?), the best white button-up I’ve ever seen, and jewelry that I have tacked onto all of my wish lists.
15 Most Beautiful Finds on Etsy
#1: The Major Necklace
Galadriel rhinestone necklace, $269 at Bayila.
#2: The Vintage (Metal!) Scarf
Vintage Whiting & Davis reversible metal mesh scarf, $144.95 at GalleryThreeSixty.
#3: The Chic Top
Handmade linen button-up, $88 at Aolo.
#4: The Delicate Bracelet
14K yellow gold bracelet, $306 at Capucinne.
#5: The Beaded Jacket
Vintage beaded jacket, $202 at Aiseirigh.
#6: The Summer Evening Dress
Yes, this is described as a wedding dress, but they can make it without the train, so it becomes a wearable, summer-perfect dress. Handmade-to-order 'Haden' chiffon and lace dress, $2,450 at Daughters of Simone.
#7: The Major Necklace (Take Two)
White Frost oversized coral and rope necklace, $$315.79 at Yayoi Jewelry.
#8: The Art Scarf
The design is handpainted, then digitally printed onto soft cotton. Cotton scarf, $48 at Shovava.
#10: The Painterly Skirt and Top
I adore the '50s silhouettes coming out of this Moscow-based fashion studio. Bunch of Tulips crepe de chine skirt and top, $644.44 at Mrs. Pomeranz.
#11: The Gown
Handmade painted Italian silk crepe de chine dress, $1,098 at Dahl NYC.
#12: The Bag
How unexpected is a pyramid-shaped triangle pouch? Handmade Jackie leather pouch, $78 at Gift Shop Brooklyn.
#13: The Summer Hat
Vintage straw Panama hat, $55 at PaperZebra.
#14: The Ankle Bracelets
Set of two 14K-gold-plated ankle cuffs, $79 at Rouelle.
#15: The (Chic) Handcuff Bracelet
Gold-filled handcuff bangle, $95 at GlamRocks.
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