Bespoke. It’s the ultimate expression of individuality. Never before in history has such luxury and refinement been available, so readily, to so many. Today however, for some, uniqueness trumps luxury alone.
Bespoke: In the English language of old, the verb bespeak had various meanings, including “to speak,” “to accuse,” and “to complain.” In the 16th century, bespeak acquired another meaning – “to order or arrange in advance.” It is from that sense that we get the adjective bespoke, referring to clothes and other things that are ordered before they are made.
This edition is an exploration and celebration of those people, brands and marques who have set themselves the aim of creating cars, watches, suits and perfumes that are all a step ahead of the rest – tailored to the most rarified customer of all. A target group of just one… you.
There was a time, and not so very long ago, when pretty much everything you’d have either bought or owned was made bespoke in some form or fashion. It would have been made to order – or made on request at least – even if it followed a standard plan held within the artisans hands and doubtlessly passed down through the generations.
Then came a realisation of the commercial benefits of ‘mass production’. Industry began to see that in the standardization of items lay a beauty all of its own. Whilst it’s impressive that thousands of identical cars, watches, suits and perfumes can be produced, it’s not what everyone wants all of the time.
Fortunately, there remain a healthy and growing band of manufacturers who recognise this, and far from becoming extinct, bespoke is in the ascendency.
In our Bespoke Edition, you’ll discover the stories of those who are, in our opinion, doing it amongst the best of all. They each have acquitted themselves admirably in the sphere of luxury – balancing numbers of production with the maintenance of exclusivity.
For those customers of theirs who seek the ultimate in exclusivity, there will be much to read here and useful information to be gained. For the rest of us, we can merely marvel at how the skills of the craftsmen are trained to match the infinite wish-lists of their clients.
Read the bespoke stories here: