Commissioning something bespoke is the ultimate of luxury and Carolina Bucci loves to create bespoke items and has developed a client base over the years who love extravagant designs made according to their preference. When she opened her shop in Chelsea, Victoria Beckham asked her to make matching bracelets for their anniversary. She now conducts three private appointments a week to really understand what the customer wants. She has made a bedspread of yellow gold with beige silk for £300,000 or a shawl with delicate gold chains woven through fabric for £80,000. However her woven cuffs have been a great hit and Tara Bernerd got a bespoke version made with 20 champagne diamonds set in the clasp.
Anya Hindmarch runs a Bespoke shop in Knightsbridge. She creates things that make touching moments of life memorable. She has a personalized item for all the special occasions in your life. Her shop is only two years old but she has been in the business for two decades now. She considers getting one off things made for oneself true old fashioned luxury. However, her Ultimate Box which is basically a leather chest with drawers and compartments is very popular and costs only £895. Hindmarch believes that bespoke can be as personal as you want it to be.
Creating perfumes for individuals can be an intense and emotional process, believes Lyn Harris. She is something of a pioneer as an English perfumer with rigorous French training. She created the highly successful Miller Harris scent house in 2000. She has developed a confidential technique for her bespoke individual clients. She has recently launched La Fumée and La Pluie, inspired by smoke and rain respectively. She normally takes three months in perfecting a fragrance before offering three trial bottles to her clients.
Ishbel Myerscough, the London based artist specializes in portraits. Commissioning a painted portrait is daunting as the client is not sure how he or she can sit still for hours. But Ishbel prefers her subjects to do as they please. She likes creating portraits that look lively and animated. Her portraits look like they might start talking to you any moment. She goes to sitter’s home to paint them as they are the most comfortable there. Her prices start at £10,000and she takes five to eight sittings of two hours each to complete a portrait.