Oh the luxury of having something made especially for you. Before the machine age everybody wore custom made clothes and shoes, and had custom made houses with custom made furniture. With mass production custom made goods assumed a place for the privileged minority who could afford the cost and time.
Custom made shoes HERE
As a dancer I have had custom style shoes made, but never real custom made shoes that require having a last made. The process begins by making a plaster mold of the customers feet. Then a shoe last is modified to accommodate any irregularity in the foot.
Lasts stored at the shoe makers shop
This pair of lasts are stored and can be used to make future shoes. The uppers are hand made with detailed input from the customer. Style, color, type of material are all customized. Details like the type of sole, heel, lace are also part of the custom made process. Finally an insole is made that makes the shoe comfortable.
I have had a purse made for me in Spain and in Argentina, but not just a custom style for me, because they sell the same "custom" model to anyone with the tourist dollars to pay.
Grace Kelly with the Hermes bag made and named for her
It's not like Grace Kelly or Jane Birkin having Hermes design and name a bag for them, but it still was wonderful to see my bag in pieces at the workbench, and then put together just for me.
There is a cute little contest going on at the blog
over at CustomMade.com
, the most visited website for artisans to feature their custom made goods. They are currently running a contest starting this Friday 6/25 asking anyone to present us with reasons why handmade and custom goods are a better idea than the lacking quality of mass production goods.
They are offering a $100 gift card for the best response to the question "Why Custom?". You could win $100 for taking 30 seconds to enter a one sentence response, and please mention Visual Vamp.
Getting measured for custom made gloves
I also have had leather gloves made for me in Spain. I felt so pampered!
Feragamo the famous Italian shoe maker fits Audrey Hepburn
Who is more beloved for her glamour then Audrey Hepburn? She certainly had many beautiful custom made things made for her: Clothes, shoes, bags, etc.
Givenchy fitting a dress on Audrey Hepburn
Hubert de Givenchy was her personal designer and life long friend, and custom made her clothes for her movies and for her real life.
Audrey Hepburn in the little black dress Givenchy made for her Who wouldn't love to have a life long relationship like this?
Many of us experience the feeling of having something custom made and fitted when we get a wedding dress. For that one moment in time we allow ourselves to indulge in luxury. And men often have custom suits and shirts done for them if they have the budget for it.
It's even a small thrill to have a label with our name or initials sewn into a garment made especially for us.
Home decoration affords more opportunities for custom made goods. Built-in book cases and kitchen cabinets are accessible custom projects.
Custom made furniture is not out our of reach either. If you buy a good quality sofa or chair, it is often made just for you. And custom drapes and upholstery is something attainable.
Audrey on a custom couch
If you are lucky enough to have a dressmaker, or even more lucky to be able to sew and make your own clothes, you can have a custom made dress form. One size certainly does not fit all in the world of custom made goods.
Custom made dress forms
Now go enter the contest HERE
, and tell the Vamp sent you!