What is Istoriya about?
Here at Istoriya we strive to preserve the quality and excellence of our customer’s retail experiences - just like walking into all of the elegance and splendor of the first department store in Edwardian England or the personal service of walking into your local haberdashers and having the man behind the counter choose your socks. It’s the quiet laughter of young seamstresses as they try to make the stitches fly by and the feeling of confidence and trust you would instill in your local barber that we strive to provide to our customers. What we mean is that we at Istoriya have a vision to provide small glimpses into the past, to salvage antiques from relative obscurity and provide the preservation and conservation in a sustainable way so future generations can own these exquisitely crafted pieces of the past.
What kind of business is Istoriya?
Istoriya is an online antiques business. This means that we do not have a bricks and mortar location. While we do offer our appraisal services locally (please see Appraisal Credentials page) all of our sales are conducted online. We are a cash free business, this means that we only accept electronic payment methods including Debit Cards, Visa, MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express, PayPal, e-transfers & Gift Cards. By having an online business Istoriya provides 24/7, up-to-the-minute updates on our entire inventory, accessible any time at the touch of a fingertip. Shopping for antiques has never been easier! With an international attitude and the goal to conduct business on a global scale, Istoriya currently ships to over 110 countries.
The History of Istoriya.
Istoriya was founded in 2015 by a young female entrepreneur and 3rd generation collector. Her vision for Istoriya first and foremost is to provide educated, reliable, and professional services within the antiques industry. Kayla is the owner, operator and curator of Istoriya, she has been in the industry since 2010 when she initially started by managing a large scale retail antiques business and when on to work there for 2 ½ years. She then went on to found her first online antiques store in 2013 which gave her the ability to travel and soak in history. After becoming a Registered Gemologist & Gemologist Appraiser, Kayla decided to use her newly acquired skills to bring her new vision to life. Thus, Istoriya was founded.