MEA­SURE OF A MAN

Be­spoke makes the fash­ion lex­i­con in a big­ger way than ever. Here’s a quick heads- up. By Jef­frey Yan.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Style -

Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo made his name dress­ing the stars of Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age, but he is equally fa­mous for his ex­cep­tional shoes once worn by the Bri­tish army. The house now of­fers the Tramezza shoe, a made-to-mea­sure piece avail­able at its flag­ship stores. With its three lay­ers of leather and the iron sup­port be­tween sole and up­per, the shoe has re­tained the dura­bil­ity and sup­ple­ness of the war­time clas­sic, but with a sen­si­bil­ity up­dated for mod­ern times. With nine mod­els to choose from – lace-ups, der­bys, desert boots, moc­casins – and ma­te­ri­als that range from the more clas­sic calf­skin and suede to pre­cious ostrich and al­li­ga­tor, there are al­most 80 vari­a­tions in colour, style, ma­te­rial, and com­bi­na­tion. Your mea­sure­ments are taken by an in-store ex­pert to be sure of a per­fect fit and in 60 days, the fin­ished prod­uct with your ini­tials en­graved on the un­der­sole will be de­liv­ered to you. Like Fer­rag­amo, Louis Vuit­ton also of­fers made-to-mea­sure shoes. The brand’s am­bas­sador of the Spe­cial Or­ders ser­vice, Luchino Vis­conti be­lieves that “cus­tomi­sa­tion is the last fron­tier of lux­ury” and that be­spoke and made-to-mea­sure pieces are the most per­sonal of men’s fash­ion. Its com­pre­hen­sive range in­cludes six mod­els to choose from, eight dif­fer­ent leathers in­clud­ing ex­otics, in eight rich and el­e­gant colours. Of­fer­ing a full ser­vice, the shoes can be com­ple­mented by made-to-mea­sure belts in the same de­tails, skins, and treat­ments as the footwear as well as the Taiga busi­ness bags that can be per­son­alised in­side and out. En­grav­ing ini­tials and choos­ing leathers and lin­ing is par for the course, but one may also wish to cus­tomise the ar­range­ment of the com­part­ments in­side, to store iPads, lap­tops, or even a spare change of clothes. Per­son­alised lux­ury, in­deed. Hand-paint­ing the sole of a made-to-mea­sure Louis Vuit­ton shoe

A Sal­va­tore Fer­rag­amo ar­ti­san work­ing on the Tramezza shoe

Louis Vuit­ton’s Taiga bag with cus­tomis­able in­te­rior com­part­ments

Made-to-mea­sure Louis Vuit­ton shoes and belt

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