What is a bespoke design?
Bespoke is a uniquely commissioned design created specifically for the client.
These designs can be tailored to match the client’s specifications and needs. This may include colour or fabric variations, as well as the use of specific trimmings.
What is “re-trimming”?
Re-trimming is a great way to give an existing hat a new lease of life. Essentially, it is altering the decoration on the design but without altering the base shape of the hat or fascinator. This may be as simple as adding new feathers to the design to help it co-ordinate with a new outfit. In extreme cases, it may be the removal of all the existing decoration and re-attaching it with additional design features or changing the positioning of the decoration.
If you have a piece that you like but it isn’t quite right for the outfit you wish to wear it with, this can be a great alternative to buying new headwear.
How long does it take to have a bespoke design made?
I ask for a minimum of 4-8 weeks to complete bespoke orders. This is due to the time required for me to research, source and receive specific materials that may be required for your order. This time scale also allows time to arrange the required consultations and mock-up. I also require time to create your final design too.
How much does it cost to have a bespoke design made?
Prices for bespoke designs start at £100.
How does the bespoke design process work?
Essentially, there are three steps, an initial consultation to decide on your requirements, a mock-up design and the finished article.
The first thing is to get in touch with me as soon as you have chosen your outfit. This may be by phone or by email. I will ask you to email me photos of your outfit and other accessories so that I can see potential colour, materials and design possibilities. Obviously, I will also ask you for any ideas that you have about the style of design you would like.
On receipt of this first contact, you will be able to make an appointment to visit the studio. This initial consultation usually takes about an hour. I will ask you to bring your outfit so I can see the colours/fabrics first hand and we can choose the appropriate colours for your design.
You will have the opportunity at this consultation to try on a range of designs that suit you and your preferences.
The next step will be to give you a guide as to how much your commission will cost. The cost will be affected by factors such as the cost of the materials used and the amount of time the design will take to make. At this stage, you will be required to pay a 50% non-refundable deposit to allow me to order in any required materials and create a mock-up of your design.
When the mock-up is complete, I will email you photos of the design for you to approve. At this point, it may be necessary to arrange a further appointment for you to try the design on again.
Once the final design has been agreed, I will commence work of the final version. I will be able to offer final images of the design on its completion. We will also arrange a final visit for you to try on your completed design, make payment of the balance and take your design away with you.