We blame the industrial revolution. Before machines became a commonplace thing, virtually everything had an element of ‘you’ to it. Whether it was the personalised measurements of a tailored frock, the very particular staining of a piece of furniture or a hat that was turned just so. Now however, in the era of mass-everything these individualised sort of pieces are special again. We’ve recently (re)discovered the joy of things we had a part in creating and here’s our pick of the bunch…
- A custom axe from Best Made Company because seriously, who doesn’t need a custom axe?! You’ll need to get your buddies in on your venture though as there are a minimum of 6 axes for a custom job. Axe club, anyone? Prices start around $350.00 USD.
- The come in every colour of the rainbow and then some now, but you can’t go past a classic-hued Cambridge Satchel Company bag with your very own monogram. Embossing starts at £7.00 per letter, max £28.00 plus the cost of the bag.
- We’ve been swooning over Stubbs and Wootton smoking slippers for some time now, but really… if you’re going to indulge in a set of smoking slippers, shouldn’t they be bespoke? You can choose your style, fabric, edging and motif (yes, you can even go for your initials if you’re that way inclined). Bespoke slippers start from $400.00 USD.
- Another contender on the custom shoe front, Australian label Shoes of Prey go a step further than customisation – you design the shoe in its entirety starting with one of twelve different styles as your ‘base’. Shoes start from $149.00 AUD and you have a full year to return them if they’re not right.
- Looking for the ultimate in bespoke luxury? Up there in contention for the title along with Saville Row suits is custom Anya Hindmarch leather goods. The piece de resistance would have to be a monogrammed weekender, but if your budget doesn’t extend to the £1,600.00 price tag, check out the smaller leather goods like this journal, which is a slightly more achievable £350.00. We love that Anya Hindmarch goodies can be customised in your own handwriting or with a small drawing too.
- Want to out-glam every other kid in the schoolyard? These monogrammed paper-bag style clutches (aptly named “Lunchy”) from The Mode Collective are just the ticket. Monogramming is free with every purchase. Lunchys are $269.00 AUD.