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Featured Seller: lizarietz

Jan 21, 2011

by lizarietz handmade and vintage goods

Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Liza Rietz and I am a self-taught clothing designer. I make women’s clothing and cloche hats out of my studio/storefront in Portland, Oregon. Determined to sculpt designs that are both artistic and wearable, I have dedicated the last 9 years to honing my craft. I have been part of a wonderful and supportive design community in Portland, enabling me to showcase my work in fashion shows, events, in boutiques and in my own storefront.

Apart from creating things, what do you do?
Creating is my full-time job. Aside from designing, sewing and running a storefront, I am in a dedicated rock band called Tu Fawning. Music is my other passion — I have been playing in bands for the last 10 years and tour both nationally and internationally. Designing fulfills my more introverted, meticulous imagination and music quenches my extroverted artistic side. I’m your classic Gemini!

A great example of my two worlds colliding happened last September. I was on a national tour and a woman contacted me from Etsy about making her wedding dress. We talked by phone about measurements and fabric samples between sound check and showtime. She was pregnant and concerned about taking her own measurements, so later in my tour she and her fiancé drove an hour to get a fitting. Taking a bride’s measurements in the middle of a rock club seemed to encompass the duality of my two passions perfectly.


What first made you want to become an artist?
I believe being an artist was with me from the beginning. Whether it was making my Barbie’s clothes out of old socks, or playing my violin and piano, I was always creatively buzzing from a very young age. My parents said I never sat still and referred to me as “Busy Lizzie.” My mother’s passing from cancer nine years ago propelled me into an even deeper and more passionate yearning to create, to make interesting and compelling things in this world and to live with intention.

Please describe your creative process.
New landscapes stimulate my creativity which is why I am lucky to travel extensively with my band. I am inspired by architecture, cityscapes and people in their environments. I first sketch my design ideas, then translate the basic concepts into flat patterns. I make muslin mock-ups from these patterns that I can manipulate on my dress form. I do a lot of tweaking of the design: add embellishments, alter the fit and shape of the garment through draping on the dress form. Depending on the design, sometimes this process is reversed. I am perpetually intrigued with the sculptural elements of clothing, so a lot of my structural components coalesce through draping.

I love the evolution of a design from sketch to garment on the body. Fabric has a way of speaking for itself. If you let it hang or ruche it in a certain style, it sincerely takes on a life of its own, with both structure and movement. The harmony of the body with the garment essentially creates an entirely new design.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
I cherish anything made for me by a friend or loved one. There are days at my studio when I find myself running a quick inventory of my immediate surroundings and realize I am wearing earrings from my friend Caitlin, a dress from my friend Emily, listening to my friend Dustin’s music on my iPod and eating my friend Tracy’s amazing lasagna for lunch. Handmade craziness, if you ask me.


What advice would you give to artists who are new to Etsy?
After four years on Etsy, the tricky balance for me is being both creative and business minded! Wouldn’t I love to spend my days making couture dresses that take weeks to make? It’s important to experiment and work on one project for a long time, but you must also find your bread and butter pieces — something that is intriguing and easier for you to produce and offer at a lower price point.

It can be overwhelming to do everything — marketing, photo shoots, blogging, let alone designing and making everything. The best thing I ever did was hire an assistant who is endlessly helpful. And interns! I love them! Lastly, love your customers. All small businesses exist from a dedicated customer base. That loyalty is up to you to curate and nourish.

What are your favorite features on Etsy? What new features would you like to see?
I love the Featured Seller series on the blog because I’m always fascinated and intrigued by the artist behind the art. It is great to hear what inspires and motivates individuals to produce handmade goods. Being a clothing designer, I think it would be interesting if Etsy had a sort of separate, flagship site just for high-end and couture clothing.


Image by Annie Beedy

How do you promote your work?
I design two collections annually and strive to curate a fashion show for each. I’ve had a lot of fun in the past creating runway shows and fashion installations with other incredibly talented clothing designers (which Portland is blessed with).

I also do larger handmade bazaars and this year, I opened a temporary pop-up shop in downtown Portland in conjunction with my permanent storefront. These efforts help with my local exposure, but I am definitely eager to promote my collections in other cities. I hope to hire someone to do PR for me in the future. In the meantime, I am endlessly thankful for all of the dedicated bloggers who have promoted my work over the years! And Etsy treasuries — thank you!

In ten years, where would you like to be?
I still want to be designing and playing music. But, so I don’t wear myself out, I want to keep my focus and intentions on what is meaningful to me and expand in terms of having more help. I am dedicated to my craft — the art of designing and sewing is the core value I keep ever close to my heart!

Featured Seller Archive

Wool Cloche - ships tomorrow
Wool Cloche - ships tomorrow
$42.00 USD
Companion Necklace - gray rouche
Companion Necklace - gray rouche
$48.00 USD
Liebe Dress
Liebe Dress
$298.00 USD
Pocket Jumper - Cobalt Knit
Pocket Jumper - Cobalt Knit
$189.00 USD
Cummerbund Suspender Skirt
Cummerbund Suspender Skirt
$218.00 USD
Kimono Jacket - plum
Kimono Jacket - plum
$325.00 USD
Companion Necklace - blue rouche
Companion Necklace - blue rouche
$48.00 USD
Companion Necklace - gray pom pom rouche
Companion Necklace - gray pom pom rouche
$58.00 USD
Companion Necklace - Denim Fray
Companion Necklace - Denim Fray
$48.00 USD
Pocket Jumper - denim
Pocket Jumper - denim
$168.00 USD
Suspender Culottes
Suspender Culottes
$192.00 USD
Petal Dress
Petal Dress
$378.00 USD


  • HouseOfMoss

    HouseOfMoss said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! (And hooray for Portland!)

  • ThePolkadotMagpie

    ThePolkadotMagpie said 6 years ago

    Fabulous designs. Love the movement in your work. Wish I had known about you when I was a movie/tv costumer. Rock on girl! xo

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congratulations on the feature! Well deserved!

  • outofline

    outofline said 6 years ago

    Love your work, congrats!

  • MyGrandpasPen

    MyGrandpasPen said 6 years ago

    Great article! You make a terrific point about being creative and business minded at the same time - that can be really tough to do!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts said 6 years ago

    Congrats! such talent-I admire your drive and ability to focus on a goal and succeed! Your mom I am sure is with you and just beaming right now!

  • AvianInspirations

    AvianInspirations said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is beautiful and unique! The Rings Sheath is gorgeous and I adore your hats. I wish you lots of luck.

  • Peppersplacedesigns

    Peppersplacedesigns said 6 years ago

    I really admire your designs, congrats and thanks for sharing your story!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 6 years ago

    All of your designs are Fabulous I love your hats.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    Pretty clothes! I've had a cloche of yours in my favorites for years and years. Someday I WILL own one. :) I loved reading the way you talk about cloth and it's form/movement. Thanks for a good interview! I'm sure your momma is *so* proud! <3

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    I love your hats I've included them in quite a few of my treasuries, its great to see inside your studio. Thanks for sharing your story with all of us :)

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 6 years ago

    wow, wow! What amazing and creative work:) Congrats on your feature and success-- well deserved!

  • theonutmegotree

    theonutmegotree said 6 years ago

    ahhh i love your studio!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 6 years ago

    Simply stunning. There must be something in the water in many amazing Artists there! So sorry about your mother's passing. I am sure you are making her proud every day :)

  • xmastreeskirts4u

    xmastreeskirts4u said 6 years ago

    So original, great job on your interview and on all your success.

  • TheDedicationCompany

    TheDedicationCompany said 6 years ago

    Lovely shop - thanks for sharing your story - off to covet the cloches.

  • LeslieGallery

    LeslieGallery said 6 years ago

    great article. congrats to your success. I love Tiered Dress. can't wait to own one.

  • studiopainters

    studiopainters said 6 years ago

    lovely design.

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous shop!

  • whiteoctopus

    whiteoctopus said 6 years ago

    Great interview! And I love how your clothing seems to harness the edginess of rock and also the delicate nature of femininity- the perfect balance! :)

  • HeavenlyNaturals

    HeavenlyNaturals said 6 years ago

    fierce and edgy I love it!

  • old2newmemories

    old2newmemories said 6 years ago

    Congrats, great work.

  • VictoryJewelry

    VictoryJewelry said 6 years ago

    Simply stunning! Congratulations on your success and here's to wishing you much more in 2011. :)

  • TashinaFalene

    TashinaFalene said 6 years ago

    Stunning outfits! Congrats and best of luck on continued success (though you really don't need it :D)

  • hattieshouse

    hattieshouse said 6 years ago

    love your dresses, Congrats on your success!!!

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy said 6 years ago

    Loved the part about measurements in the bar, I too have whipped out the old tape in such places...

  • aravenscroft

    aravenscroft said 6 years ago

    I would love to see a follow-up short article about the wedding dress mentioned, and if she used other etsy items in her wedding! Congrats on the article!

  • junkyardglitter

    junkyardglitter said 6 years ago

    I wish I could afford this collection! One can dream!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Love the asymmetrical tiered dresses & the cloche hats. Carry on the good work!

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 6 years ago

    Interesting video!

  • therustyschwinn

    therustyschwinn said 6 years ago

    You go girl! I truly enjoyed this article and wish all the success in the world!

  • forallthingslovely

    forallthingslovely said 6 years ago

    Beautiful clothes, and your studio is so droolworthy!

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 6 years ago

    I love very very much your work ! You deserve your success!

  • shay86

    shay86 said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! I love to know that there are people out there truly living their dream, and it gives me something to look forward to for m future! Your studio and designs are awesome!

  • SugarCubeVintage

    SugarCubeVintage said 6 years ago

    saw your designs at the pdx pop up shop and loved them! so great to see you here on etsy! congrats!

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Just stunning! Wish you continued success! Congrats on the feature!;)

  • brienna

    brienna said 6 years ago

    what clean, sophisticated works and the video says it all, very beautiful, love it.

  • OlenaBacasArt

    OlenaBacasArt said 6 years ago

    Good designs.Congratulations!

  • VinTiDgCo

    VinTiDgCo said 6 years ago

    just lovely... thanks for sharing.

  • GrinderGraphics

    GrinderGraphics said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous. Congrats on the feature!

  • 5orangepotatoes

    5orangepotatoes said 6 years ago

    I love your designs, especialy the wool cloche! Congratulations!

  • SakuraSoapworks

    SakuraSoapworks said 6 years ago

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  • terrygraziano

    terrygraziano said 6 years ago

    I've been a big fan for a long time and really admire how you have built your brand. Congratulations - your success is well-deserved!!

  • darlinpress

    darlinpress said 6 years ago

    I've had my eye on your cloche hats for quite some time, and someday I'm going to walk myself over to your store a pick one up! Portland really is a mecca for creative individuals!

  • automaticsweetheart

    automaticsweetheart said 6 years ago

    I've been a long-time admirer of your work. Congratulations!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 6 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful! Congrats on your success as a musician and designer!

  • misshowescuriosities

    misshowescuriosities said 6 years ago

    I love combining seemingly disparate interests! I do that, too, being a project manager and also loving being a vintage seller, voice over artist, and homemaker.

  • gizmofiberarts

    gizmofiberarts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! You sound extremely busy!

  • VeyCourtCottage

    VeyCourtCottage said 6 years ago

    Amazing work, so original. All the best to you!

  • LaughRabbitJr

    LaughRabbitJr said 6 years ago

    I love your personel inventory when you realize you have surrounded yourself with items from your creative friends ... creativity breeds creativity! Great interview and continued success!

  • Pinkmind

    Pinkmind said 6 years ago

    I love your shop and i love Portland too,such talented people over there!Congratulations!

  • CocoBijou

    CocoBijou said 6 years ago

    You have a wonderfully inspired life! I will be sure to swing into your shop the next time I am in Portland!

  • diirvine

    diirvine said 6 years ago

    Nice interview, especially good reminder to nuture our customers. Best of luck this year.

  • LaughRabbitDesigns

    LaughRabbitDesigns said 6 years ago

    Portland embraces creative people like you! So glad you have found a home there where you can produce your wonderful designs. Good luck in the future!

  • CupcakesandPinups

    CupcakesandPinups said 6 years ago

    Beautiful garments!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs! Much continued successs, and congrats on the feature!!

  • grimmandgrete

    grimmandgrete said 6 years ago

    Wow, amazing designs! Continued success and "rock on"!

  • DonkeeHouse

    DonkeeHouse said 6 years ago

    I love the structure of your dresses. For me, it's all about fabric, hand and shape. You know who else has fantastically strong structures that make her and her team's designs unexpectedly special? Victoria Beckham!

  • nathalieortega

    nathalieortega said 6 years ago

    You are such a talented artist!.Congrats on the feature and keep doing that wonderful dresses (I love the assimetrical in white!). Regards, Nathalie.

  • QueenofCuffs

    QueenofCuffs said 6 years ago

    'Busy Lizzie' indeed. You get so much done and still stay so creative. Love your designs - love your studio workroom space.

  • remodernseries

    remodernseries said 6 years ago

    fantastic! i love this shop. great attention to design, materials, and detail. love. :)

  • SylviaJanssen

    SylviaJanssen said 6 years ago

    SOOOO cool!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 6 years ago

    Nice studio, plus your designs are incredible, congrats on being featured seller, well deserved. Wish you continued success.....

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Great article ! Congrats!

  • Monicaj

    Monicaj said 6 years ago

    Yay! I am so excited to see you as a featured seller! I am a long time fan of your absolutely lovely work! Congratulations!!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    ...gorgeous designs, keeping portland lovely! xox

  • Pinkpjs

    Pinkpjs said 6 years ago

    Rock On! Love your studio space!

  • dorijenn

    dorijenn said 6 years ago

    Love your unique style and designs! Congrats on the feature. You're an inspiration!

  • 2CountryGrls

    2CountryGrls said 6 years ago

    WOW! your items and story truly make one think! Cheers, well done

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    i love the layered shapes. the points dress is so beautiful!

  • bowlabeau

    bowlabeau said 6 years ago

    Beautiful hats!!

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 6 years ago

    everything you make is magic!

  • grandmamarievintage

    grandmamarievintage said 6 years ago

    Amazing proportions and shapes. Really wonderful pieces!

  • aMUSEyourself

    aMUSEyourself said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Nice to have a balance in life like you do with your two passions.... I love the photo by Alicia J. Rose!

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 6 years ago

    I was already a fan, wonderful to read an article about her process. Portland rocks!

  • overthemeadow

    overthemeadow said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats and much success to you!

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut said 6 years ago

    Love how your designs are both classic and fresh. They're wonderful. It's great that you're able to pursue both your passions and ,as you said, live your life with intention. Congrats on your success.

  • noemiah

    noemiah said 6 years ago

    Your work is amazing Lisa. I still enjoy my purchase from your lovely boutique. I didn't notice you had a band too!! Congrats!

  • BreatheCouture

    BreatheCouture said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous designs!

  • tuto

    tuto said 6 years ago

    Beautiful art work. Congratulation!

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa said 6 years ago

    congrats! i just found the hat i bought at redux years ago- love it!

  • JudiPaintedit

    JudiPaintedit said 6 years ago

    Super cool!

  • shopbobbi

    shopbobbi said 6 years ago

    Lovely work!

  • BobsWhiskers

    BobsWhiskers said 6 years ago

    Living a creative life!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 6 years ago

    Inspiring, I wish you the best in this creative living!

  • FoxyFurKeychains

    FoxyFurKeychains said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article. You really have some beautiful pieces!

  • sylvita

    sylvita said 6 years ago

    Lovely work! I love the sculptural aesthetic of her clothing... and the cloche hats!!! Wow!

  • StitchKnit

    StitchKnit said 6 years ago

    Love your studio space. I'm longing for windows here! Taken by your asymmetrical pieces.

  • RoseyFinch

    RoseyFinch said 6 years ago

    Beautiful hats! You do such wonderful work.

  • atthestudiodoor

    atthestudiodoor said 6 years ago

    wow! I loved reading about how you're pursuing two completely different art forms (music & fashion) at the same time and finding a way to make it all work together. Such a good role model for those who wish they could do more than just one thing. Congrats on your success!

  • withlovemandy

    withlovemandy said 6 years ago

    Wow, you manage to do so much - and do it well. Love what you had to say about finding balance between the creative and the business side of things.

  • withlovemandy

    withlovemandy said 6 years ago

    Oh yes, you also made me want to pack up all my things and move to portland...right now.

  • recrudescence

    recrudescence said 6 years ago

    Many congratulations and much luck on all your creative endeavors. Thank you for the reminder to live with intention.

  • BettyBee

    BettyBee said 6 years ago

    Wow! I love your outlook and your designs! Keep up the great work.... from a fellow Gemini :)

  • frommylifetoyours

    frommylifetoyours said 6 years ago

    Nice job . Good luck with your band and clothing line.

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 6 years ago

    Your designs have wonderful movement. You have certainly captured the harmony of body and garment. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Congratulations!!

  • RevivalVintageJewels

    RevivalVintageJewels said 6 years ago

    Living with "intention" should be everyones motto for 2011. Have had recent conversations with friends talking about just that. If all of us creative types can pave the way and make each moment we live more purposeful one encounter at a time, then we've truly created more beauty around us. I'm inspired by your clean, modern, rocker-chic vibe. Thanks.

  • jungledread

    jungledread said 6 years ago

    love how you're able to fulfill both your introverted & extroverted sides :)

  • ModernMode

    ModernMode said 6 years ago

    I've always loved your designs, absolutely stunning. Love that you're living the dual life (so am I). I always find it fascinating how such different areas of our lives manage to co-exist and inform one another. Keep up the amazing work!

  • daydreamjewels

    daydreamjewels said 6 years ago

    Lovely story, congratulations on your success!!!

  • ChrissiesRibbons

    ChrissiesRibbons said 6 years ago

    Wow- truly inspirational for someone who is just starting out.

  • urbanheirlooms

    urbanheirlooms said 6 years ago

    I've loved that wool cloche forever! Congratulations! This is so well deserved. :)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 6 years ago

    Congrats! Wonderful designs.

  • cloudedyellow

    cloudedyellow said 6 years ago

    Your designs are beautiful! Congratulations!

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  • TheLittleRagamuffin

    TheLittleRagamuffin said 6 years ago

    More Etsy artisans and musicians! Yay! Thanks for showcasing the wealth of talent here on Etsy.

  • ssilvernell

    ssilvernell said 6 years ago

    You have an amazing eye - beautiful work.

  • royaldesignstencils

    royaldesignstencils said 6 years ago

    Wonderfully original designs. You're a total rock star! Congratulations!! -Melanie

  • JanJat

    JanJat said 6 years ago

    Lovely designs! Wonderful :)

  • SparklingMKDesigns

    SparklingMKDesigns said 6 years ago

    Pure art! I love every piece! Congrats!

  • DuryeaPlaceDesigns

    DuryeaPlaceDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Congrats on the feature.

  • 6eisha

    6eisha said 6 years ago

    Wonderful items and style!

  • willowstreetworkshop

    willowstreetworkshop said 6 years ago

    What lovely designs. The black asymmetrical dress is gorgeous!

  • almcdona

    almcdona said 6 years ago

    I have 2 dresses by Liza and they're amazing -- easily the most beautiful and well-constructed pieces I own. I can't count the number of compliments I've received on them!

  • GildedCageDesign

    GildedCageDesign said 6 years ago

    I love your space!! Great feature, congrats!

  • beliz82

    beliz82 said 6 years ago

    Congrats !! Love your work !!!

  • JesseMosher

    JesseMosher said 6 years ago

    this is great thanks !

  • terrymillsphoto

    terrymillsphoto said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story about your shop here on Etsy. We are from Portland Oregon also and it is a great place for designers and music. We wish you good luck with your shop. Patti and Terry

  • littleshopofphotos

    littleshopofphotos said 6 years ago

    Your designs are gorgeous! You have an amazing talent. Very nice article...congrats!

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles said 6 years ago

    eeeeeeeeee! stunning.

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 6 years ago

    awesome work. very inspiring! :)

  • thecareerscrapper

    thecareerscrapper said 6 years ago

    congrats on your success! here's much more!

  • rositasrojas

    rositasrojas said 6 years ago

    beautiful collection....stunning work....

  • AlissaBcustomjewelry

    AlissaBcustomjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great story! i love the fact you were able to take measurements during one of your shows. so very cool to incorporate both your passions. Congrats!!

  • honeystreasures

    honeystreasures said 6 years ago

    Cool interview. Beautiful work!

  • CrowesNest

    CrowesNest said 6 years ago

    Wow! You are so talented! Thanks for sharing!


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  • tatianasakurai

    tatianasakurai said 6 years ago

    LIZA!!! Congrats on the feature! You totally deserve it. I love that you recommended a high-end fashion etsy site. That would be so killer...I hope someone is taking note!

  • beatyboutique

    beatyboutique said 6 years ago

    Love Love Love everything you do!

  • 3sevens

    3sevens said 6 years ago

    I enjoy the color tones.

  • DandelionTrails

    DandelionTrails said 6 years ago

    Lovely article and beautiful work. Congratulations on your success!

  • erindove

    erindove said 6 years ago

    awsome designs, thank you for the inspiration!

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 6 years ago

    Beautiful beautiful pieces!!! Your passion shows in your work! Congrats!

  • sparkleandstorm

    sparkleandstorm said 6 years ago

    Awesome article - love your hats!

  • LaurenElaineDesigns

    LaurenElaineDesigns said 6 years ago

    What beautiful designs! Portland is a great city to be an artist. Im just down the road from you in Eugene. Congrats on the success!

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 6 years ago

    Great designs. The pictures of your creative space are fabulous. Congratulations

  • vectorfairy

    vectorfairy said 6 years ago

    Love those drawings on the board! I love your quote on living with intention... I guess most artists really feel this way.

  • messicakes

    messicakes said 6 years ago

    inspiring and beautiful!

  • jeanbean1909Company

    jeanbean1909Company said 6 years ago

    What an inspiration you are! Very talented! Keep up the amazing work!!!

  • Caracarmina

    Caracarmina said 6 years ago

    amazing work !!!! love your collection... and btw... I dream on hiring an assistant too!!! I do everything myself... and I agree... it´s exhausting and time consuming!!! thanks for all the inspiration! :D

  • tuckooandmoocow

    tuckooandmoocow said 6 years ago

    Love your cloche's! Congrats on the well deserved feature!

  • VezaVe

    VezaVe said 6 years ago

    You are amazing artist.Thank you for shearing.Whish all the best.

  • bleuherron

    bleuherron said 6 years ago

    So happy to see you and your work featured! Your words are greatly inspiring! I'm a long time fan!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 6 years ago

    Your work is truly gorgeous! Your silhouette has that vintage feel with a modern edge.

  • audreytolove

    audreytolove said 6 years ago

    Wonderful designs!! Congrats!

  • orchidandreptile

    orchidandreptile said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story.. Your work is beautiful! And yay, Portland!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 6 years ago

    Congrats! lovelove I've always been a big fan. :)

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    wonderful feature. thank you for the inspiring story. ♥

  • PomLove

    PomLove said 6 years ago


  • erinlynch

    erinlynch said 6 years ago

    Congratulations Liza! Wonderful to see your work featured on ETSY! Your dresses for Megan's wedding were beautiful. Great interview!

  • mishimoudesigns

    mishimoudesigns said 6 years ago

    it's nice to hear a behind-the-scenes snapshot of your work/life. Your work is both intriguing refreshing here on etsy...congrats on the feature!

  • mishimoudesigns

    mishimoudesigns said 6 years ago

    it's nice to hear a behind-the-scenes snapshot of your work/life. Your work is both intriguing refreshing here on etsy...congrats on the feature!

  • Xlaxbellexfillex

    Xlaxbellexfillex said 6 years ago

    Its good to see local talent :)

  • zelmarose

    zelmarose said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and great story. I love the idea of a pop up shop. Congratulations on all your successes!

  • blessedvintage

    blessedvintage said 6 years ago

    love the white dress in your first photo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Marietjee

    Marietjee said 6 years ago

    You make beautiful clothing!

  • TheLadySlipper

    TheLadySlipper said 6 years ago

    Your work is just gorgeous and I really appreciate your words of wisdom about staying in touch with your intentions and what has meaning to you.

  • valeriephoto

    valeriephoto said 6 years ago

    I bought one of Liza's wool cloche hats years ago. I loved it and got so many compliments on it. Then I lost it on the subway. Time to get a new one! I'm glad to see she's gotten some well-deserved attention.

  • LoveMaddi

    LoveMaddi said 6 years ago

    Very Inspriring for me someone who is a budding designer.

  • fantasiabridalveils

    fantasiabridalveils said 6 years ago

    I really like how your asymetrical designs just seem to flow, very eye catching! Congratulations on your continued success!

  • ChristinaRomeo

    ChristinaRomeo said 6 years ago

    I have loved your shop since the very first day....I purchased a cloche hat back when your shop was brand new and I LOVE my hat....I get so many compliments when I wear it!! You are amazing...

  • theduskyjewel

    theduskyjewel said 6 years ago

    Nice work and inspirational story!

  • noempire

    noempire said 6 years ago

    I am so glad you were featured! you are a great seller (great customer service) and your products rock. I am in love with my cloche and wear it constantly!

  • SassySisterVintage

    SassySisterVintage said 6 years ago

    Congrats on your interview and your beautiful designs! Very cool that you're able to do clothing design and music. How on earth are you able to find the time to balance the two? ;-)

  • DamaUSA

    DamaUSA said 6 years ago

    love the hats:) Very cool

  • BellaRennie

    BellaRennie said 6 years ago

    I've been a fan for some time...I love the styles and the designs Liza envisions and creates (if only I had the body to wear them!). Enjoyed this article and glimpse into Liza's artistic life and process. I'm inpsired by her words and her life!

  • gigantour

    gigantour said 6 years ago

    creativity on many different levels; i would love to hire an assistant

  • BatesMercantileCo

    BatesMercantileCo said 6 years ago

    great story. beautiful designs. love the blue kimono dress......gorgeous indigo. if you need pr tips, that's my 'other' job. love the 'pop up' shop idea.

  • MaribelleCampa

    MaribelleCampa said 6 years ago

    Keep on rockin`!! Your designs are great. Thanks for the great advice. I will not forget your words: "...The best thing I ever did was hire an assistant who is endlessly helpful..." Best regards, Maribelle

  • PetalPetal

    PetalPetal said 6 years ago

    Congrats to fellow Portlander. You've been one of my Etsy favs for a long time! All the best for continued success!

  • milkfly

    milkfly said 6 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful designs!

  • PyxusPassionProject

    PyxusPassionProject said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work and congrats on being a featured seller! Your workspace looks great as well - it gives me something to strive for.... All the best!

  • artlab

    artlab said 6 years ago

    Bravo! Great interview. Stunning portrait of you. Congratulations.

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 said 6 years ago

    Look for the woman in the dress. If there is no woman, there is no dress. ~ Coco Chanel fab post Liza ♥ best wishes!

  • elisemahan

    elisemahan said 6 years ago

    beautiful work, your designs are inspired!

  • maryannkohl

    maryannkohl said 6 years ago

    You're beautiful, your designs are beautiful, and the dresses you made for Megan's bridesmaid's (you included) were beautiful. Your interview really tells your story.

  • BlkSheepProductions

    BlkSheepProductions said 6 years ago

    Beautiful cloches!

  • wayfaringmagnolia

    wayfaringmagnolia said 6 years ago

    Love hearing about someone being able to encompass both of their loves into their life. ( I say this out of me being a Etsian and musician myself)

  • comeonworkitout

    comeonworkitout said 6 years ago

    Sounds like you are running a tight ship. Props to you, your interns & assistant for maintaining a great spirit of collaboration :)

  • muffintopdesigns

    muffintopdesigns said 6 years ago

    seriously, you are an inspiration. rock on, lady! xoxoxo

  • 7sistersstudio

    7sistersstudio said 6 years ago

    Beautiful work, Liza. A much deserved spot as featured seller!

  • theroyal

    theroyal said 6 years ago

    very nice

  • HollyDaise

    HollyDaise said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work. Love it - you rock! Hx

  • TheOldRedHen

    TheOldRedHen said 6 years ago

    Fantastic designs! Beautiful work...very progressive. Congrats!

  • TheOldRedHen

    TheOldRedHen said 6 years ago

    Fantastic designs! Beautiful work...very progressive. Congrats!

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on being a Featured Seller! Your work is very beautiful!

  • PearlyNotes

    PearlyNotes said 6 years ago

    You are so talented artist. Congrats !

  • RelaxationTub

    RelaxationTub said 6 years ago

    Oh yes the fine dance we do between being Artists and business people and lovers of life. Carpe Diem!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 6 years ago

    Wonderful interview. I keep dreaming that one of my children will grow into an endlessly helpful assistant. This interview pushes me to consider a plan B for that. Congratulations!

  • SusanStudio

    SusanStudio said 6 years ago

    great story.....

  • SuperflyLullabies

    SuperflyLullabies said 6 years ago

    so inspiring. thank you etsy, thank you pdx, thank you liza! xo j

  • PaperWoodVintage

    PaperWoodVintage said 6 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • metalmorphoz

    metalmorphoz said 6 years ago

    woov! nice to see such a talent as a featured artist! I loved all of your products! no kidding!

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs! I admire your dedication and I love your studio!! Much continued success!

  • miasole

    miasole said 6 years ago

    Beautiful designs and you ROCK!

  • SweetSincerity

    SweetSincerity said 6 years ago

    I am a HUGE FAN!!!! :)

  • seaoats

    seaoats said 6 years ago

    CONGRATS on the Feature!! i've been a fan since the beginning. :D

  • scotatto

    scotatto said 6 years ago

    beautiful clothes and music! thanks for sharing you have left me inspired :)


    BELLACOSAART said 6 years ago

    fun article, I have been wanting one of your hats for so long, I will have one someday

  • strawberrycouture

    strawberrycouture said 6 years ago

    S you're the one who made this hat!!! Very nice and basic!

  • newday55577

    newday55577 said 6 years ago

    This is the first time I've seen your work. Absolutely beautiful!!! Designer and musician.... what an inspiration!

  • danielladarling

    danielladarling said 6 years ago

    Loved your interview and love how you drape your clothing! You've given me one more reason to visit Portland.

  • spoolandsparrowshop

    spoolandsparrowshop said 6 years ago

    I've admired your work for quite a while now. Your ruffle dress is a favorite! Sounds like you've come up with a formula that works to happily pursue multiple passions. Congratulations on it all!

  • CuriousTuesday

    CuriousTuesday said 6 years ago

    I wear my cloche hat from you so much that it must be time to get a new one! Always a pleasure to meet the person behind designs. Congrats!

  • VireoPerfumes

    VireoPerfumes said 6 years ago

    So happy you are busy, being featured and have the magic to keep your ducks in a row juggling your art and music. The peices are all so, so beautiful!

  • lilabelledesign

    lilabelledesign said 6 years ago

    well done, you are so creative, wow ;o)

  • Donauluft

    Donauluft said 6 years ago

    fascinating! ...a favorite for a long time! Congratulations !

  • EllaJewelry

    EllaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Hi, I like the atmosphere of your clothes! It looks like art!

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 6 years ago

    Great talent. Congrats.

  • aileenrae

    aileenrae said 6 years ago

    Looks like my little girl dreams come true! I so admire your work :)

  • Woolbridge

    Woolbridge said 6 years ago

    very neat! i too love music and creating for my etsy shop. i've often wondered if i'd have to choose between them. your article has been very inspiring. love your work!

  • ArtByEmmanuella

    ArtByEmmanuella said 6 years ago

    I am impressed!

  • renegadeperceptions

    renegadeperceptions said 6 years ago

    Wonderful! Such great talent. I love all the photos...

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 6 years ago


  • ozzana

    ozzana said 6 years ago

    Wonderful work! High-end and couture clothing flagship site is great idea. Thanks

  • CuteCraftDecor

    CuteCraftDecor said 6 years ago

    very nice design.

  • Witchey

    Witchey said 6 years ago

    I love your clothes, because they're really edgy and interesting. They seem so high-fashion yet at the same time wearable.

  • onlymadeonce

    onlymadeonce said 6 years ago

    Love your work space!

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou said 6 years ago

    Fantastic your work!

  • JustColor

    JustColor said 6 years ago

    I very much enjoyed reading this article and your story confirmed the fact that if you have a passion you can follow and do it successfully without any college degrees. I love your work and wish you greater success in the future.

  • laloulamodiste

    laloulamodiste said 6 years ago

    Fabulous clothes and hats with a mindful design... Loved them all!

  • HotRoxCustomJewelry

    HotRoxCustomJewelry said 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your success. Very original work! Robin

  • GoldenGlowGems

    GoldenGlowGems said 6 years ago

    Love your great workroom! Your dresses are beautiful too! Congrats on all you success!

  • houseofistria

    houseofistria said 6 years ago

    beautiful. I love this insight into your work- and you have a gorgeous studio! Thank you for sharing House of Istria xx

  • chicoreeshoppe

    chicoreeshoppe said 6 years ago

    Great creativity. Always inspiring to read about the people behind the shops.

  • MysticalRaindrops

    MysticalRaindrops said 6 years ago

    Love your style, especially the hats! :)

  • bellastwist

    bellastwist said 6 years ago

    Your work is lovely....very creative! Congrats!

  • LauraEllisonDesigns

    LauraEllisonDesigns said 6 years ago

    Congrats... great to see you living your dream. The hats are Great!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 6 years ago

    Love love love love love love love. One of my favorite Etsy designers.

  • frolicnfancies

    frolicnfancies said 6 years ago

    Inspiring article...wonderful shop! Congrats on the great feature article!

  • elmstreetmarket

    elmstreetmarket said 6 years ago

    I love her style, attitude, interview and bay window! Such a cool designer.

  • Vanessaisms

    Vanessaisms said 6 years ago

    amazing interview. i love the designs and the music is great check it out

  • Handmadebyani

    Handmadebyani said 6 years ago

    Great work!!

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    So beautiful, LOVE your studio and your designs. such a wonderful inspiration! CONGRATS!!!! HUGE Success for 2011! XXX to you- EL VINTAGE

  • styleforlife

    styleforlife said 6 years ago

    i am so pc frozen up and I didnt realize it put all those messages. Cant erase or I would! x

  • AnnaisBags

    AnnaisBags said 6 years ago

    Love the Rock n' Roll feel behind this brand, very moody and playful - great designer and shop owner!

  • alatvian

    alatvian said 6 years ago

    great post! thank you so much for sharing!

  • lovisetto

    lovisetto said 6 years ago

    I admire your style! Good luck!

  • ShowOffDesigns

    ShowOffDesigns said 6 years ago

    Inspiring story and success deserved for devotion to work and talent. Good luck to you!

  • sewmoe

    sewmoe said 6 years ago

    inspired to be back in the studio today...thank you! xoxoxo moe

  • tlord3

    tlord3 said 6 years ago know I love your designs! Thanks for being such an attentive designer. You make every client feel special! Can't wait to receive my beautiful... Didn't know about your music...going to listen now! Great job on your interview!

  • VividDaydream

    VividDaydream said 6 years ago

    love your work, well deserved for featured artist!!! as a fellow gemini, i love the duality of your passions!! keep up the hard work, it's paying off!

  • JKdesignsMe

    JKdesignsMe said 6 years ago

    Cheers to your success and what a wonderful way to spend your life-your an inspiration:)

  • whitenoisemaker

    whitenoisemaker said 6 years ago

    Love your work!

  • aussiekn

    aussiekn said 6 years ago

    very nice work! well done!

  • coolranchstudio

    coolranchstudio said 6 years ago

    beautiful work and an inspiring story behind it. thank you for sharing! :)

  • rubisartnmore

    rubisartnmore said 6 years ago

    Beautiful and original designs. Congratulations! :)

  • KariOriginal

    KariOriginal said 6 years ago

    thanks for your inspiring story. i have a shop in real life and am going into my own line of clothing for it. your story is inspiring and very real. many thanks and i wish you ongoing success!!

  • sassyraggs

    sassyraggs said 6 years ago

    I love your approach to what you do. Keep it going.

  • TheKnottyDaughters

    TheKnottyDaughters said 6 years ago

    I was at a wholesale show this weekend and saw some cute cloche's...but yours are A-Dorable!

  • rosivintage

    rosivintage said 6 years ago


  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns said 6 years ago

    Nice work and very inspiring story. Wishing you much success!

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 6 years ago

    Love your work!!!

  • fashionL

    fashionL said 6 years ago

    Love your work!!!

  • shabbypinkflamingo

    shabbypinkflamingo said 6 years ago

    Love the cloches. Great shop and wonderful work. Keep it up. Wishing you lots of success. Barbara

  • blueseptemberdesigns

    blueseptemberdesigns said 6 years ago

    Your shop is great. Love your clothing and especially your cloches. Inspires me to keep on keeping on. Best of luck to you.

  • whimsyluv

    whimsyluv said 6 years ago

    such feminine work, simple, delicate. i love <3

  • cancan68

    cancan68 said 6 years ago

    Very pretty..Keep it up. I am fairly new to Etsy and I am amazed at all the talent out there. I tell my friends to come check it out, there are so many artists that encourage me to come up with a million dollar idea, So I say you go girl love it!

  • lullabellesoap

    lullabellesoap said 6 years ago

    beautiful work:) adore u and keep it up!

  • Melibee

    Melibee said 6 years ago

    I got one of your hats a year ago. I absolutely love it. Your dresses are so unique and fabulous. Keep up the beautiful work.

  • namasteyworld

    namasteyworld said 6 years ago

    This is a great post... thank you for sharing...

  • HiddenSightPhoto

    HiddenSightPhoto said 6 years ago

    Very chic! Love how etsy attracts such talent!

  • TexasVintage

    TexasVintage said 6 years ago

    Great post! I love her hats!

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