Sunday, 19 June 2011

The Bespoke Item

Have you ever seen something that you thought would be perfect if it were in a different colour or had more/less embellishments? Alas, we usually have to compromise unless we have a Fairy Godmother who can wave her magic wand and make our wish come true.

Good news is some companies are now offering a semi bespoke service and even better news is that this service doesn’t cost the earth.

So who needs a fairy godmother when you have the following brands with their bespoke services?

Belen Echandia is the only luxury Italian-made handbag company to offer an online customisation service on its entire handbag collection. You can choose the leather, colour, lining, hardware and other extras to create your dream bag.

Step 1 – choose a style from the collection
Step 2 – choose features such as straps, tags, tassels/zips
Step 3 – choose the leather and colour
Step 4 – choose the hardware such gold, silver, brass or gunmetal
Step 5 – choose lining colour
Step 6 – choose the extras such as extra internal pockets, BE stamp or hole motif, personalised tags etc.

All their handbags are handcrafted in a family-run Italian atelier that uses the traditional techniques. And most feature extra details like multi-way leather straps, key holders, removable compartments and hidden pockets to help you stay organised.

More details on www.­belenechandia.­com 

Upper Street is a made-to-order luxury shoe label with sizes available ranging from 2 to 10. A feat in itself!

Decide on the shape and style and then explore materials, colours and embellishments. The website allows you to look at your design at all angles just by clicking and dragging over the image.

1.       Shoe style – have 7 styles to choose from. 
2.       Upper Shape – the choice of either the full cut or the D’Orsay cut sides.
3.       Fronts –  choose between leaving the front plain or adding embellishments
4.       Back – whether you want to keep the back plain or have a counter back which is a good choice for contrasting colours or materials
5.       Straps – ankle, Mary Jane, triple, wide straps or no straps
6.       Colours and materials. The shoe model is divided up in to segments and each segment can be a different colour or material by just clicking on it and then choosing. Materials are leather, suede, patent, snakeskin, metallic, animal, satin and bridal satin
7.       Embellishments


Warning! You’ll find creating your own pair very addictive. This is shoe heaven without having to walk to those pearly gates.

Start creating on

Designer Belinda Robertson not only creates modern elegant knitwear in 100% pure Scottish cashmere using traditional production methods and skilled artisans, but she also offers a bespoke service on her Black Label collection.

You have a choice of more than one hundred colours ranging from sharp citrus brights to soft natural melanges, and from deep autumnal hues to delicate pastels – so you’re bound to find a shade you love and which will complement your own colouring.  They even have a swatch service (charge £10) where they will send 10 cashmere swatches in the colours you have selected so you can feel and see the actual shades before deciding on your final choice.

The bespoke service doesn’t end there, they will alter the sleeve and body length for a charge of £35 per alteration so you’re guaranteed a perfect fit, a great benefit for the taller or petite woman. Plus there are a variety of styles and necklines to choose from.

Delivery takes approximately 6-8 weeks.

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By Karen Grace
Personal Shopper & Image Consultant for Frumpy to Funky

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