Online sources for quality women's accessories
December 3, 2018 9:02 AM   Subscribe

I want to buy a woman I know a cool scarf or wrap or some jewelry for Christmas. I went to my local artisan's market/boutiquey area yesterday and didn't find anything I liked. What are some online sources? A few snowflakes below.

High quality is super important, since I won't be able to see or feel the thing before purchasing. So Modcloth is out. Etsy by itself is not a good answer for the same reason, but an Etsy store you have personal experience with would be great. Cool, unusual, not super conservative would be nice.

posted by FencingGal to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Slow Factory for high quality scarves (though the pictures are a bit misleading on size; those must be tiny models. The dimensions are accurate, however).
posted by crush at 9:10 AM on December 3, 2018

Besides Etsy, which can be overwhelming to navigate, look at museum shops, which carry stunning scaves and shawls: Metropolitan Museum; MOMA, Whitney, Clark Museum; Philadelphia, Getty, Guggenheim, etc.
posted by Elsie at 9:21 AM on December 3, 2018 [2 favorites]

This will depend on your aesthetic and budget, but I've liked the couple of pieces I've gotten from Aurum in Iceland and they've just made their worldwide shipping charges a lot more reasonable.

Be careful with the museum stuff; it can be a very mixed bag. I have a couple of very nice silk scarves from the Met but even after their gift store reform they still carry a fair amount of polyester nastiness.
posted by praemunire at 9:47 AM on December 3, 2018

Eileen Fisher sells gorgeous, luxury scarves (and other winter accessories) that are responsibly produced. The prices can be a on the spendy end, but they do have great sales.
posted by moxie_milquetoast at 9:48 AM on December 3, 2018

I'm partial to the accessories sold by indie designers on Of A Kind, and I love my scarf from Block Shop. A bit pricey but so soft and warm and lightweight and beautiful! If you want a solid scarf, rather than a patterned one, I've heard great things about Chan Luu scarves, although they're are beyond my price range so I can't vouch for them myself!
posted by stellaluna at 10:22 AM on December 3, 2018 [1 favorite]

I was just going to recommend the scarves at Block Shop Textiles - so there's two votes.
posted by rdnnyc at 10:41 AM on December 3, 2018

And I forgot to recommend some jewelry - I like Material Wit personally. Her prices are good and I can't own enough of her hair pins. Quality is great imo.
posted by rdnnyc at 10:47 AM on December 3, 2018

I recommend the Met Museum store. I bought this scarf for a couple people last year, and it's beautiful
posted by feste at 10:57 AM on December 3, 2018

Etsy shops I would recommend: scarves1, scarves2, jewelery1, jewelery2, jewelery3, jewelery4, jewelery5.
posted by paduasoy at 1:45 PM on December 3, 2018

My friend Valerie makes nifty button scarves.
posted by jocelmeow at 4:54 PM on December 3, 2018

I'm a huge fan of scarves and the ones I wear the most are from Desigual
posted by travertina at 5:39 PM on December 3, 2018

I like Scarf Shop, it's a small business that hand dyes everything themselves. The style is minimalist and the quality is lovely, all the scarves come in a bunch of colors. I'd look at the Wool Cloud or the Cotton Giant. Over the years I've bought five scarves and another one is always on my wish list.
posted by Miss Matheson at 3:18 PM on December 7, 2018

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