Country of Origin: Designed in Melbourne, Australia.
Specialises In: Unique designs of brooches, necklaces and earrings produced in quality resin, typically in bright colours. Animals designs make up the bulk of products.
Ideal for Fans of: Bright colours, animal designs, kitsch done right.
Why Buy It: There’s a lot of hype about Erstwilder, particularly among Australian pin-ups, but in this case it is well deserved. The quality of the products along with the well balanced combination of beautiful detail and simple lines make Erstwilder products a worthwhile (and easy to store) investment. It helps that the pieces are affordable and hold their value for resale (in some cases, increasing in value over time).
Design categories currently available on the Erstwilder website are Cats, Dogs, Birds, Australiana, and Rockabilly.
Price Range: Prices tend to be remarkably consistent across sellers, with most pieces priced at $25 – $29, or $30 on ebay. Larger pieces such as necklaces are usually a bit more.
Issues?: Nope. The C-clasps are sturdy and as long as you don’t go flinging them on the ground, the resin is tough and easy to care for.
Where to Purchase: The Erstwilder website states that products are stocked in Australia, NZ, UK, USA and Japan and they include a stockists page (with Australian stockists listed by state, which is helpful).
For online purchases, ebay is a great start for those purchasing from overseas, while Australian and New Zealand pin-ups can find Erstwilder for sale at a variety of sites, including Your One Stop Pinup Shop and Ms Katt’s Kustom House (where I bought all the items featured in this post, except for the adorable pug below).