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We live in a time of fast fashion, where you run the risk of looking like the girl right next to you. We’ve no doubt that you’ve looked up from your phone and seen someone strolling down the street, dressed in a piece you also own. So, we’re glad that more brands are starting to offer personalisation, made-to-order, and bespoke services.
Even if it’s just a little touch on the garment, that small detail can make a piece look and feel like it’s uniquely yours.
Founded by Sheryl Yeo, 3EIGHTH is a Singaporean label that provides casual and formal gender-fluid garments, meaning that all pieces can be worn by both men and women. Its specialty is suits, and the label aims to put every woman in a good suit. Its made-to-measure service starts with choosing a base fabric. Your measurements will then be taken. You’ll then choose a style that you’d love, and your piece will be drafted, cut and sewn. Prices start at $120 for a shirt. It takes around four weeks for a custom job to be completed.
PLAYHOOD is a Singaporean design label that specialises in vintage denim with the customisation via hand painting. The label’s founder, Sarah Lai, has a penchant for fashion and illustrations, and PLAYHOOD was her canvas that allowed both of these aspects to come together. You’ll find denim jeans and jackets on the online store, where every garment is intricately hand painted with botanical designs. Expect to pay $600 for a pair of painted jeans.
3. Studio Emoi
Singaporean jewellery label Studio Emoi offers handmade-to-order minimalist fine accessories that bear a unique message that you can personalise. Accessories such as earrings, rings and bracelets are all handcrafted and hand-shaped from a single thread of metal. Your choice of message will be woven in. For real gold, they’re super affordable, starting at $104 for a simple ring.
4. La Putri
Known for its bespoke jewellery, La Putri is the place to go for extravagant jewels, and gemstones like diamonds, tanzanites, sapphires, rubies and emeralds are hot with its clientele. But the price is right — a bespoke gemstone necklace can cost as low as $300. With its made-to-order service, La Putri invites you to challenge its craftsmen. The brand once fashioned a small, polo-stick-shaped vial into a necklace for a customer.
Many luxury leather labels offer a personalisation service like embossing. We love how here, you can select letters and emojis (yes!), as well as different colour options (gold, rose gold, silver and “blind”, meaning colourless) and two font sizes (24pt and 36pt). You buy the leather goods, and handpick embossing details. Love. Prices start at around $50 for a card case. Choose up to four letters or characters to emboss. Additional characters cost $5 each.
6. Mon Purse
This Australian label specialises in leather goods like bowler bags and satchels. Its made-to-order service allows you to craft your very own unique purse in five easy steps. First, select one out of eight handbag styles. Next, you’ll choose the type of leather for your bag — there’s smooth, grainy, vegetable tan, suede, crocodile and ostrich embossed. Then pick the lining and hardware (silver, gold, rose gold and metal). Finish off with a monogram that is offered in an array of fonts and characters in a variety of shades. Best yet, Mon Purse offers hand painting by an in-store artist. Clutches start at $280.
7. Keur Paris
Everything started in 2014 when founder of Keur Paris, Eva Bromberg, decided to embroider a heart on a piece of clothing, to celebrate her third year anniversary with her partner. This motif then became the brand’s emblem that drives the brand’s personalisation service. Come up with any message that you want, and have it embroidered within the heart shape that’s located at the chest region of the garment. Products available for this unique personalisation comprise tees, sweaters, socks, jackets, shirts and even drawstring bags. There are options for men, women and kids. Prices are 40 Euros and up.
Known for its stripe T-shirt collections, Kule was founded by Nikki Kule, who had always been driven by her love for the modern prepster aesthetic. The brand offers monogram service for striped and plain tees, shirts and pullovers. You’re able to select up to three letters to be embroidered on your tops. Choose from three different colourways (white, navy and red) and the placement of your monogram (chest and side tab). There’s an optional service where you can choose one out of the four emojis (heart, lips, flame and smiley) as well. Heart! Prices start at $98 for a plain t-shirt.