As the numbers of independent stores dwindle and high street chains become more and more dominant, fashionistas are increasingly looking for ways to stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s an original pair of shoes or one-off jeans you’re looking for, there are a variety of sites on hand to help you achieve a unique look.
Mood By Me
Unleash your inner designer on Mood By Me, a site which allows you to customise everything from trench coats to Derby lace ups — for which you can add features such as toe caps, different colored laces or seams and natural or patent leather. There’s also an area where you can glean inspiration from celebrity looks, and men aren’t left out either with the chance to customise their own cashmere sweater. Delivering to all EU countries, this site also serves international locations including Canada.
Mood By Me, trenchcoat customisation page.
Shoes of Prey
Delivering worldwide, Shoes of Prey lets shoppers select their own heel, toe, fabric and embellishment before their unique design gets handmade. Starting designs range from sandals, shoe boots and peep-toe heels, and to combat any size issues it’s also possible to have shoes made wider or narrower.
Shoes of Prey customisation page
Jeans are notoriously one of the hardest garments to shop for, which is why they have inspired an array of soon-to-be-launched customisation innovations in the US. Combating the issue of sizing, new company Fitted Fashion will take clients’ measurements using 3D body scanners, and then make custom-fit jeans for them — find out more at http://www.fittedfashion.com/. Meanwhile, register for updates on upcoming Chicago-based startup Civali jeans, a site where users will be able to submit their measurements online for a custom-measured pair of denims. See http://www.civali.com/ for more information. Meanwhile, Make Your Own Jeans.com, which ships worldwide, allows users to add features including embroidery and pockets while still ensuring their pants come up a perfect fit.
Choosing from a library of over 40 styles ranging from everyday totes to travel bags and evening clutches, users of LILL can then customise their chosen accessory by picking from over 130 fabrics from vintage-style paisleys to stripes and art deco-themed prints. This US-based interactive site ships to various international locations.
Vintage customization at Etsy
Fashionistas have rekindled their love for vintage thanks to the recent return of super stylish 1960s-set US series Mad Men, and on US-based vintage marketplace Etsy a quick browse of its online sellers highlights the versatility of attire that can be customised upon request, including bridal gowns and novelty print sundresses.