Bespoke

Glass act

Cult British eyewear label Linda Farrow Vintage has opened a store in Hong Kong, just in time for the summer.

Sunday, 8 July, 2012, 12:00am

Tinker, Tailor

With increasing competition in the luxury sports-car world and fears of clients getting lost in the mass-market crowd, Italian manufacturer Ferrari recently launched their Tailor-Made Program, a bespoke service that allows customers to personalise almost every facet of their dream car.

6 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Chinese bespoke furniture shop 'The Red Cabinet' uses its relaunch to aid green lobby group

Watch out Horizon Plaza - Wong Chuk Hang is poised to become the city's next one-stop, high-end home furnishing hub. Manks moved there earlier this year and The Red Cabinet, which closed its Central boutique in 2008, hosted a warm and welcoming relaunch party on Wednesday at its spacious new digs in One Island South.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Brand director at esteemed tailor vows they'll never stray too far from Savile Row

When you've been making suits for nearly two and a half centuries and have dressed some of England's biggest names in royalty, you don't need to stray from heritage or give in to what's trendy.

That's what Ray Clacher, brand managing director of Gieves and Hawkes, believes.

12 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Natural selection is in the jeans

Bespoke clothing has a long, rich history. It's normally associated with high-end tailors like those in London's Savile Row and the made-to-measure suit makers of Hong Kong.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Moustache

Who started it? Ellis Kreuger (who originally trained as a tailor) and Alex Daye founded Moustache in September 2009, as a bespoke tailoring house. The American designers had arrived from New York with bags full of attire unsuitable for Hong Kong's balmy humidity.

20 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

One-off pieces help buyers stand out from the crowd

For design-savvy homeowners who dread the thought of spending large amounts of money on a couch, lamp or coffee table only to see the same piece at a friend's place, customisation is important.

This is especially the case in compact cities such as Hong Kong, where it is often the same interior designers making the rounds and plumbing the same resources.

31 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Getting it right the bespoke way

Traipsing around town for that 'just right' furnishing item can be time-consuming and frustrating. There is no guarantee that you will find it or, if you do, that it will fit in your flat, make it up the stairs, or any other number of variables that arise when you do not live in a standardised, mass-produced apartment. But when in Rome, as they say.

20 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Fast fashion, like fast food, is not to master tailor's taste

Veteran Italian tailor Antonio Liverano is a firm believer in the idea that 'clothes maketh man'.

'We are not all lucky enough to be born handsome. However, if we know how to style well people will fall in love with us,' Liverano (above) said.

4 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Collar me beautiful

The button-down shirt may have started off as a fixture in the boardroom but it has since become an essential for both sexes for work and play. However, finding the perfect shirt remains a holy grail of fashion (along with black trousers and the little black dress) because there are so many styles and colours available, from cheap and chic to super luxurious and expensive.

12 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

The metro

I may get flak for saying this but Christmas is the only time we can be overindulgent, extravagant and a little selfish. A couple of Christmases ago, I drew up a list of 12 gifts I wanted from my partner, my version of the 12 Days of Christmas. In return, I gave my partner eight gifts to represent the eight days of Hanukkah. Those were the best of times.

8 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Classic British branding

Daks From a bespoke tailoring service set up in Middlesex Street in London in 1894, Daks (right) has grown into one of Britain's leading fashion houses. British Designer of the Year Giles Deacon, and Daks menswear design director Bruce Montgomery combine the brand's renowned tailoring skills with luxurious fabrics and clean lines.

5 May 2008 - 12:00am

Personal touch

If you fancy trying your hand at jewellery design, make a trip to Lane Crawford, which has launched a bespoke jewellery service. Create Your Own allows customers to select every detail of their piece with the help of an in-house design expert. If you don't want to start from scratch, a book featuring designs is on hand for inspiration.

23 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Skin deep

Italian accessories house Valextra is known for its understated approach to luxury. Staying true to its discreet style, Valextra now offers customers a bespoke line of exclusive leather goods called Twins. Fashioned from one strip of crocodile skin, two matching items, from card holders to handbags, are created to customer specifications.

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Brioni

An insider's guide to your favourite fashion brands

Who started it?

31 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

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