In 2016, Charlotte Stockdale commissioned Savile Row tailor Huntsman to ensure she made a grand entrance at the Met Gala. Huntsman created a formal white tie and tail’s in a traditional men’s style for her custom creation. The stylist talked with several notable fashion entrepreneurs, including Daphne Guinness, Nicole Kidman, Katharine Hepburn and Coco Channel. Huntsman had outfitted these leading ladies throughout the years and used this experience to create an exceptionally tailored bespoke outfit that exuded a sense of authority and confidence. Charlotte Stockdale’s choice of bespoke clothing was bold and helped to push the creation of boundary-pushing suits. This year, the runways of Paris and New York are filled with beautifully designed suits, allowing you to create a powerful image through bespoke attire and accessories. Once you decide to have a suit jacket custom-tailored to your exact style and shape, you will never want to purchase another suit off the rack because a bespoke suit will accentuate your assets while minimizing your flaws.
The Tailor Made Suit Every Woman Deserves
Huntsman, which is now in its 169th year of business, is one of the top tailors that offer women’s bespoke suits. This London-based fashion house allows you to order a suit. The creation of your suit begins with meeting with a cutter at the flagship store on Saile Row or at the store in New York. Here, you will select the fabric, the buttons and the lining material. All of your measurements will be taken to ensure the perfect fit. Typically, the garment will require three fittings. The price for a bespoke suit begins at £7,400 (*note: Huntsman’s cutters travel internationally to key cities throughout the year to meet privately with their clients).
If you live in or visit Paris, the best source for a women’s bespoke suit is Cifonelli. This company has served some of the best-dressed men for many years. The Cifonelli House, run by fourth generation cousins, Lorenzo and Massimo Cifonelli, is located on the Rue Marbeuf and is by appointment only. The cousins will meet with clients, take clients measurements and cut the patterns for the bespoke suit. A team of in-house well-trained artisans will then sew the suit to the owner’s specifications. The cousins are often travelling around the world to meet with clients. Cifonelli House bespoke suits begin at £7,000.
Isaia is one of the best kept Neapolitan secrets. The men’s suit brand will also make women’s tuxedos and suits. Isaia has shops in San Francisco, Milan and New York. Isaia uses luxurious, colourful fabrics to create their women’s smoking jackets, tuxedos and suits. The starting price of a bespoke jacket is #3,925.
Bespoke Leather Accessories for All Occasions
One of the favourite leather houses is Moynat. Moynat creates bespoke gloves for both men and women. It should be noted that creating a set of bespoke gloves takes approximately three weeks. Moynat offers gloves for every occasion. Another great option is Centaurs, which offers made-to-measure signature handbags. This service allows you to choose from 26 different linings and details. The cost of the bags can range from £3,000 to £100,000. It takes approximately five months to create and deliver a handbag.
There are brands which offer a number of fashionable choices, including customised couture hats. In order to help their clients make a decision, this British brand offers bespoke boxes of samples from their previous collections through their online UK-based store. Each sample box includes pieces designed based on their customer’s specifications. The products are handcrafted at the company’s workshops.
Sole Artist – Bespoke Footwear at Its Finest
John Lobb has been creating bespoke boots and shoes for women for around 150 years. It all begins with meeting with a master bootmaker, who takes measurements and then uses hornbeam wood to sculpt a replica of customer’s foot. Once this is done, the bootmaker creates a trial shoe. The sculpture of the customer’s feet helps to determine if any modification is needed before the final shoe is handmade. The entire shoemaking process takes between eight and ten months. Starting prices for these bespoke shoes are £7,300 and up.