Eat your high heel heart out ... bespoke is the new black.
The bespoke fashion business is booming - particularly online. From shoes to fine jewellery there aren't many things that you can't customise to your exact taste and needs. Shoes that don’t fit, jeans that aren't quite right - smart retailers are tapping into the reality that time poor women are increasingly shopping from the comfort of the couch with their laptops.
Here are four custom sites worth bookmarking.
WHAT: With over 85,000 fans on Facebook this site is super popular. Spend some time browsing and you'll fast understand why - in just a couple of clicks you can create every aspect of the perfect shoe.
HOW: The only restriction is the choice of a base mould then the rest is as limitless as your imagination. You'll get lost in the endless combinations of everything from colour to heel height to stitching. It’s mix and match heaven.
COST: $150 for sandals; $195 for ballet flats; $250 for 1½ to 3½ inch heels, $300 for 4 to 4½ inch heels and $350 for ankle boots.
GOOD TO KNOW: If your beloved shoes don't fit then Shoes Of Prey will pay to have your shoes adjusted by a shoe repairer in your city.
WHAT: This one is all about the bling where everything from charm bracelets to wedding rings can be customised. Founder Pascale Helyar-Mora realised there was little choice in the online jewellery industry. “I was pregnant and the last thing I wanted to do was shop," she says. "I went online and couldn’t find jewellery I liked and didn’t have the energy or time to visit a store ... so I decided to turn that frustration into a business.”
HOW: Start by choosing a basic item from the ranges on offer. Then choose the metal, plating and finish and customise with stones or engraving.
COST: Pricing varies based on design and current gold and silver prices.
GOOD TO KNOW: They make the jewellery fast with most deliveries on your doorstep around fifteen days after you create and pay for your design.
WHAT: Shopping for jeans can be harder than shopping for swimsuits. This site takes the nearly-but-not-quite out of the ordeal. You know what I mean? You love the wash but not the leg shape or they fit your hips but not your waist – this service allows you to bespoke every aspect of the denim so it matches your body exactly.
HOW: Pop in your measurements... waist, hips, bottom, front rise, back rise, upper thigh, mid thigh, knee, calf, tummy shape, bottom shape and the site will create the perfect fit for you.
COST: Prices start at $165 including shipping and are capped at $175.
GOOD TO KNOW: This site will goes live on Monday - be the first to try it out.
WHAT: Design your own handbag. Show me a woman who wouldn't want to do that?
HOW: From hobos to clutches there are eight base designs to choose from and then select from hundreds of colours and finishes. There are literally hundreds of combinations to play with.
COST: Prices start at $139 - for a very cute iPad bag - with the average style around $200.
GOOD TO KNOW: There is a 100 day full refund guarantee on all bags and delivery is about six weeks.