About This Ilk

Lace is to textiles what gold is to metals and diamonds to rocks!*The story* : My name is Tamara Bavdek. I graduated from University of Montreal in Industrial Design a couple of years ago. I am addicted to design in all of it's forms and I have a natural urge to create things. I am inspired by everything.After many, many years of long blond hair, I needed a change. A big one. After finally getting a short haircut, I started seeking large earrings to compliment and feminize my look. Having always been obsessed with Pop Art and the ‘60s era, I turned to trendsetter of her time Edith Minturn "Edie" Sedgwick for inspiration. This actress/model/heiress was, in fact, Andy Warhol’s (most renowned artist of the Pop Art movement) muse and greatly inspired his work as well. I then started creating statement jewelry and accessories made of lace (sometimes stiffened to keep the structure and treated for durability) which is extra light weight and simply elegant. Today, the hair has grown again but the passion for statement pieces never fades!Every piece is handmade in Montreal, and most designs are limited editions due to vintage sourcing of the lace and other materials. The lace is hand dyed, cut and strategically stiffened when needed so the structure is kept and the sheen and softness of the lace remains. All earrings hooks are nickel free and hypoallergenic, and since the lace is very lightweight, all earrings are very comfortable to wear despite their size!Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions!

*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- 7 to 14 business days for the USA- 7 to 21 business days for international destinationsTo 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 your profile. 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!*Returns 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 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.