What is Bespoke?
A question we've heard countless times before. Admit it, you secretly wonder what on earth it means, every time someone mentions the word B-E-S-P-O-K-E! Luckily we don’t mind answering, because the process itself is definitely one worth sharing and exploring! So for the benefit of our loyal clients, and first timers to Lucia Josephine (including any curious cats out there) here’s the LJ Team’s rundown on everything bespoke... bespoke womenswear that is.
In a gist, Bespoke is a far cry from Ready-to-Wear or Off-the-Rack, where clothes are made in a factory, from standardized patterns or sizes. It's also not a “Custom Fit,” where a handful of client measurements will be considered to alter a garment. And certainly not Made-to-Measure, where the clothing house or factory will simply adjust available patterns of a pre-made design to the clients size. So how does it differ? Well, bespoke is completely made from scratch to your specifications, ie. a design made solely for you, and a pattern crafted only for your body.
First cited from the 16th century, the word “Bespoke” is derived from the verb "bespeak", to speak for something, in the specialized meaning or in other phrasing "to give order for it to be made in advance." The term originated from Savile Row a street in London considered the "Golden Mile of tailoring". In essence, Bespoke Tailoring is to the English, what Custom Made is to the American, and Haute Couture is to the French.
So here’s our 3 point checklist to highlight the process of our Bespoke Experience:
1. Design Discussion and Consultation
It can take around 2-4 illustrations to find the perfect collaboration between the LJ Team and our lovely clients. We take note of various styles, silhouettes, fabric material, finishing and even custom prints or fabric that the client is very much inspired with. We make sure the final design is appropriate for the occasion and suits perfectly, considering body type and skin tone.
2. Measurements and Patterns
Unlike made-to-measure that might just take 5-7 measurements and modify a standard pattern, we make sure to take note of the smallest but really important details such as the bust arcs, hip height, shoulder slope, and arch of the back, among other important things. As a matter of fact, our current measuring chart includes 60+ measurements! Once taken, we will proceed with a hand-made pattern. This individually-cut pattern will then be archived should further clothing and designs be requested and commissioned.
3. Sample Garment and Multiple Fittings
We love experimenting and developing our skills with traditional couture techniques, and this stage is very crucial for that! Quality pieces that stand the test of time is in our DNA, so to get the perfect fit and proper finishing, we make sample garments. Through multiple fittings with our lovely clients, we will achieve the desired garment & perfect fit.
But to make “The Bespoke Experience” extra special, we have an important feature that gives our clients an all-access to monitor and check out the progress of their bespoke pieces. We coined this “Behind The Seams”. A cyber-port of discussions, inspiration, and multiple visual presentations that focuses on each client’s bespoke piece. Thus, we don’t proceed to the next step without our clients word of confirmation. Staying true to the meaning of Bespoke!
We hope you've enjoyed this quick journal featuring The Bespoke Experience. To learn more about the process shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to start a design consultation!
Words; Shermaine K
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