Photo by JULIA POMOSHOKO
Every day our community grows in unexpected and delightful ways. For our Fresh Shops series, we spotlight new and noteworthy sellers who have been on Etsy for a handful of months or are waiting for those first few sales.
Whether you’re heading to the office gift exchange or stopping in for drinks at your neighbor’s holiday potluck, ’tis the season for festive attire. And while we’ll defend the majesty of the tacky Christmas sweater until the cows come home (or at least through New Year’s Eve), sometimes it’s nice to leave the oversize reindeer pullover at home for the night and opt for something a touch more refined.
In the spirit of seasonal sparkle, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite fresh shops for dazzling holiday party fashion. These new-to-Etsy designers and collectors are offering up one-of-kind, statement-making pieces guaranteed to set you apart from the crowd.
Read on to meet the sellers and shop the latest holiday styles.
Inspired by the beauty of nature and the “architecture” of the female form, Romanian designer Rozalia Bot encourages shoppers to embrace their individuality through her exquisite evening gown collection. From ruffled silk frocks with handmade embroidery to luxe velvet stunners that effortlessly blend elegance and function, there’s a beautiful option for every occasion on your calendar.
Once you’ve found the perfect party dress (may we suggest this gorgeous lace mini?) it would be a crime to cover it up with a lackluster jacket. Lucky for us, there’s Ukraine-based model, architect, and designer Julia Pomoshko, who creates fashion-forward outerwear that can easily stand up to whatever carefully considered outfit you’re wearing underneath. Our picks? A menswear-inspired belted wool coat that will keep you warm without sacrificing style, or, if you’re feeling adventurous, an eye-catching faux fur vest that’s the next level in layering.
The right accessories can turn even the simplest garment into a truly knockout ensemble. Combining natural gemstones and distinctive metalwork, jewelry maker Gadeer Slayeh of Gadeer Design offers clean, geometric pieces that leave a lasting impression (like these gold and pearl drop earrings we can’t stop thinking about).
Headquartered in Tel Aviv, Gadeer draws much of her inspiration from her Arabic roots. And since launching her collection in 2016, she’s brought to life an impressive array of outfit-transforming pieces, including an open collar necklace with labradorite (one of this year’s hottest gems) and a green agate cocktail ring that complements classic holiday hues.
When it’s time to shine this season, jewelry isn’t your only option. Time-tested vintage handbags and clutches are another surefire way to add some shimmer to your outfit, and Virginia Beach-based Calliope Vintage offers an impressive, expertly curated selection.
Founder Alexine Goldwag’s love of vintage stems from a past filled with mother-daughter trips to estate sales, where she honed her eye for high-quality vintage treasures as a teen. And today, with over 200 pieces available, her shop offers a special touch for every outfit, whether you decide to go hands-free with a striking mesh crossbody bag or rock the season’s hottest texture with an elegant velvet clutch.
Dazzle from head to toe with a custom-made creation from designer Logan Smith of Fort Worth accessories shop Sequin Flower Galaxy. Logan gives choker necklaces a serious upgrade with generous servings of sequins and gems, but it’s her bespoke stockings that really knock us off our feet: Thanks to bold, three-dimensional embellishments, these beauties are certifiable works of art. For maximum impact, you can’t go wrong with the Ice Ice Baby—just remember to apologize to your host for upstaging the Christmas tree.
Kelsey Taylor is a senior merchandising specialist at Etsy. Besides constantly treasure hunting for *everything* on Etsy, she enjoys taking (and teaching) dance classes, solving crossword puzzles with her husband, and running around the backyard with her dogs.