Have you ever had clothes made to measure?
It’s secretly been a dream of mine… a custom made tux mostly! Or shoes! Could you imagine a shoe that was made with the exact specifications of your feet (left and right, because we all know there are differences). Of course it is far beyond my means as my name surprisingly is not Queen Brie Welch II.
However, I was fortunate enough to get to make my very own bespoke shirt while in Paris, with Bruno Rubinski, a shirt maker since 2005. He told me I had to make a classic white shirt, to start – and if you were able to peek inside my closet, I have a small affinity for. So that’s where we started! I also chose a lovely blue stripe, more masculine.
Took my measurements, chose a fabric (there are hundreds of different white cottons), and even a location to embroider my initials**… Ahhh the true sign of bespoke clothing! I made the shape of the shirt slightly looser, the sleeves to hit just below the wrist with an exaggerated cuff.
The funny thing is, you wouldn’t perhaps know when anyone’s clothes were made specifically for them, but it’s almost more the way you feel in them. You know why that hem sits where it does. It’s kind of like opening that indulgent bar of salted chocolate, once you have one piece (the serving size), you can’t help but want more.
**As a side note, I’ve been tailoring my clothes for years! It’s a less expensive route to getting clothes to fit properly and look your best!